What is the Best Food for My Dog and Cat?

dog cat
August 12, 2019 4:38pm CST
Now that my family includes a cat and two dogs, I wanted to know what is the best food for my dog and cat. Is a good home-cooked meal best solution for healthy pets? And, by the way, what’s really in commercial pet food ?
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@owlwings (41475)
• Cambridge, England
12 Aug
Cats and dogs need different diets. Cats MUST have meat (because there are things in meat which cats need and which their bodies don't manufacture). Dogs are carnivores, too, but they CAN be given a vegetarian diet provided that it's properly balanced. All reputable pet foods are made from good and natural ingredients and are properly balanced to meet the needs of the animal. You CAN make your own pet food at home but you do need to avoid certain things which can actually be poisonous to the animal. Animals need less salt and sugar than humans usually consume. Here is a list of foods you should avoid for dogs (most of them are OK in small amounts if they happen to be in what you are feeding the dog but should be avoided if you are specifically cooking for the dog):
Comprehensive listing of human foods that are unsafe or poisonous for dogs to eat.
4 people like this
12 Aug
Thank you for this article it is very helping .
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• United States
18 Aug
It depends on the animal, if you have taken to the vet, they can recommend something.
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19 Aug
I already did. Home cooking for now.
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• United States
19 Aug
@funkytuna I only home cook them boiled chicken and rice, when ill, otherwise it is Royal Canin.
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20 Aug
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• United States
13 Aug
i read through 'n see that'cher fur family 'tis new, thanks much fer gettin' 'em from the shelter. 'tis tricky, 's pups 'n cats 've sensitive stomachs - changin' their food can cause lots 'f troubles (includin' diarrhea). my best recommendation? ask the shelter what they feed 'n start 'em off'n that. home-cooked meals 're a solution, but can be very time consumin' 'n jest 's 'xpensive 's dry kibble. what'd be'n commercial foods 'tis a crap-shoot 'f sorts. been lots 'f recalls the past year o'er toxins bein' put'n such. jest be sure'n purchase a reputable brand. if yer switchin' 'em from one food to the other, do such'n small increments o'er a couple weeks - increasin' the 'mount 'f new food ratio to the ol'. that'll save tummy issues. oh! 'n welcome to mylot!
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13 Aug
I decided to start with home cooking and will see how is going to work it out. And to ask shelter people is a great idea. Thank you very much.
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• United States
13 Aug
@funkytuna best 'f luck to ya 'n those critters, hon. yer welcome :)
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@Ladanger (9170)
• United States
13 Aug
Welcome to mylot. Are they still babies?
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13 Aug
Thank you Christine for welcome. Little Maltese girl is 4 years old and Rottweiler is 6. Little kitten is 3 months old. They are all taken from kill shelter. My husband and I wanted to save as much as we can.
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@Ladanger (9170)
• United States
13 Aug
@funkytuna wow god bless them! If you want to save i would give them home cooked meals so that you don't have to invest to much in pet food.
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@MALUSE (53046)
• Germany
12 Aug
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12 Aug
Thank you very much for guidelines.
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@MALUSE (53046)
• Germany
12 Aug
@funkytuna You're welcome.
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@psanasangma (2596)
• India
17 Aug
We usually feed home food along with pedigree
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19 Aug
Honestly that was my idea as well. But vet recommended home cooking in first couple of months.
@debjani1 (7227)
16 Aug
I have very little knowledge about the animals. Better to ask the vet.
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19 Aug
Will do. Thanks a lot.