A homemade diet can provide a healthy, nutritious and tasty alternative to many commercial pet foods on the market. It’s fun to prepare Fido’s food at home if you have the time for research and meal preparation. Many larger commercial pet food manufacturers caution against feeding table scraps or preparing your pet’s meals yourself, but humans don’t expect to maintain optimal health on a diet that consists of one single processed food, and almost all wild species eat a varied diet consisting of different foods, to provide a broader spectrum of nutrition. Domestic pets can benefit from a minimally processed, varied diet, too.
There are challenges of preparing your pet’s food:
- It takes some homework to prepare balanced meals, but when a broad array of foods is offered throughout the week, it’s not much trickier than providing our children.
- Homemade meals can be time consuming to prepare, and messy as well.
- Decisions need to be made about whether to use cooked or raw food, based on your pet’s age and state of health, as well as what you’re comfortable with.
- This can involve research and consultation with your vet. Some vets advise against homemade meals, and if this causes a conflict, it may be necessary to locate an alternative vet who will support and assist you with your decision.
- If you have larger animals or a multi-pet household, ingredient storage can become an issue. A dedicated chest freezer might be a wise investment, so you can store raw ingredients and finished meals.