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Dog & catWith headlines sometimes blaring the alarming news of pet food recalls, more and more pet owners are seeking out information on naturally healthy meals and recipes for Kitty or Fido that they can prepare at home.

Before you begin any homemade feeding regimen, however, the experts recommend that you seek out enough information about your pet's feeding requirements to ensure that it is getting the proper amount of nutrients in its daily diet.

Taurine, for example, is a specific amino acid that cats specifically require (with a deficiency often leading to eye lesions or other serious conditions), while the mineral calcium is another important ingredient in both cat and dog diets for maintaining strong and healthy teeth and bones.

How to cook homemade dog food


And it doesn't end there. The amounts of daily proteins, fats and carbohydrates you feed your pet depends on their activity level and, more rarely, their breed.

In the U.S. in particular, obesity can be as serious a problem in pets as in people.

Overall, commitment is key to providing a good, healthy and balanced diet for a much-loved member of the family, so if you're serious about do-it-yourself meal planning for your pet, first get the facts.

Around the Web, learn more from the experts offering tips and advice on proper amounts of protein, fats, carbs, vitamins and minerals in pet meals, how to's for storage and handling, and more on what to look for in commercially-prepared formulas, and what to avoid ...

also see -> Homemade Doggie Treats | How Nutrition Affects Dog Behavior

More about dog & cat food recipes around the Web:

How to make homemade cat food

Home Cooked Pet Diets And Nutrition - More expert veterinary advice for preparing homemade meals associated with certain dog or cat ailments including kidney failure, diabetes, heart disease, and obesity, plus additional do-it-yourself recipes for ferrets and parrots.

Cat Food Recipes - Find great nutritionally-balanced recipes with complete directions for main meals, treats, grain-free, fish and meat dinners, and more specifically for diabetic cats, feline kidney problems and other conditions.


This information is provided as reference only. Before beginning a
diet of homemade foods for your pet, you
should seek the advice of
your veterinarian to ensure all nutrient requirements are being met.

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