Do you cook or prepare meals for your pets?

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Do you cook or prepare meals for your pets?

Bignuf Bignuf
Do you pets just eat store bought food, and perhaps some "table scraps" or do you actually cook/prepare food for them. In other words, do you, if you are making hamburgers, make some for your dog or cat? Do you hand cut fruit for your bird?..etc?
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I just feed my pet store bought food.
Rod Ronald , padmeamidala , SneakersAndPearls , Jaimes , phoenixfire , Hummingbird , srexom , Bleu , *Ashley* , TWE112 , Kitka , nikki0668 , Pandwhora , kitty1949 , Terri69 , Harpina is gone , PeaceToTheMiddleEast , shorejen9 , Thomas90 , Pink Lily , brevado , LavenderSkies , sillylilkitten , butts , ARPKasso , Allstars316 , Living Doll , Beautiful-Disaster , Andrey2052 , sweetpea12
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I feed a combination of store bought and fresh made food I prepare.
travelnurse , Airen Wolf , Vanille , Trysexual , deltalima , Gone (LD29) , Cowgirl-Cutie , EmuLove , K101
9
I only feed my pets food I prepare.
I have no pets.
Ansley , Cat E. , BrittaniMaree , spunkmonkey , amazon , Gdom
6
Other?
Rossie , sillylilkitten
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Total votes: 47 (46 voters)
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Rod Ronald Rod Ronald
I just give my dog store bought food.
01/11/2013
padmeamidala padmeamidala
Quote:
Originally posted by Bignuf
Do you pets just eat store bought food, and perhaps some "table scraps" or do you actually cook/prepare food for them. In other words, do you, if you are making hamburgers, make some for your dog or cat? Do you hand cut fruit for your bird?..etc?
I give my kitty food from the pet store. It's a really good organic kind which is good for her.
01/11/2013
SneakersAndPearls SneakersAndPearls
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Originally posted by padmeamidala
I give my kitty food from the pet store. It's a really good organic kind which is good for her.
I am not opposed to making treats (I actually have a recipe somewhere...) but to make actual meals for our dog in addition to making for our family would be too much.
01/11/2013
Jaimes Jaimes
They eat dry pet food regularly, and they occasionally get scrambled eggs and apples as a treat.
01/11/2013
Cat E. Cat E.
I used to have a cat and would occasionally make her a chicken breast. I'd cut it up real good.
01/11/2013
Ansley Ansley
I don't have pets but if I did, they would get what I could afford. I'm not into the whole give your animal gourmet food thing.

And since we're on the topic...

Dear Manufacturers of Pet Food:

Stop making pet food look like people food. That's just totally uncalled for, thanks!
01/11/2013
Ansley Ansley
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Originally posted by Jaimes
They eat dry pet food regularly, and they occasionally get scrambled eggs and apples as a treat.
Aw! So sweet of you. I would share my grapes with my cat. Hubby is an advocate of "bacon grease as gravy for dry food".
01/11/2013
Jaimes Jaimes
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Originally posted by Ansley
Aw! So sweet of you. I would share my grapes with my cat. Hubby is an advocate of "bacon grease as gravy for dry food".
I miss having a cat. Boy, I'd love it if my gravy was bacon.

Hubby feels pretty strongly about making sure our dogs don't get people food. It upsets their tummies, and having a clean system makes it a much easier ordeal if they get into something bad for them, like chocolate. But they get so cute when I take eggs out of the refrigerator. They are such mind readers. It takes all of 5 seconds for them to figure out if they are getting a treat, or if I'm just using eggs to cook.

I'm a shameless freak for my dogs.
01/11/2013
srexom srexom
no, I don't really put that much effort into it.
01/11/2013
Hummingbird Hummingbird
This is new, I never heard of preparing food for pets. We feed our cat store bought hard & canned food for the nutrition he needs. Have for all our pets and don't believe in giving human food to the cat. I once lived in a national park and saw what happened to animals, especially the wild ones who were give food, not a pretty sight.
01/11/2013
BrittaniMaree BrittaniMaree
Nope I have a snake who loves worms
01/11/2013
travelnurse travelnurse
Well, I cut up carrots and veggies for my bearded dragon in addition to his crickets. The dog will get an egg or ice cream every once in a while while.
01/11/2013
Bleu Bleu
My cat wouldn't appreciate it anyway. Store bought all the way!
01/11/2013
Airen Wolf Airen Wolf
Quote:
Originally posted by Bignuf
Do you pets just eat store bought food, and perhaps some "table scraps" or do you actually cook/prepare food for them. In other words, do you, if you are making hamburgers, make some for your dog or cat? Do you hand cut fruit for your bird?..etc?
Well ok my cats think that if I have cooked a meal then they are part of the family so they should get their fair share...and they manage to get it too!
01/11/2013
Airen Wolf Airen Wolf
Quote:
Originally posted by Hummingbird
This is new, I never heard of preparing food for pets. We feed our cat store bought hard & canned food for the nutrition he needs. Have for all our pets and don't believe in giving human food to the cat. I once lived in a national park and ...
The home made pet food started as a response to pet food manufacturers who were loading spoiled meat with antibiotics in order to not make animals sick but feed them garbage. "People food" is usually a euphemism for unspoiled and healthy food so it's pretty good for animals too. Now processed food will not be nutritious for animals anymore than it is for humans but it's fairly easy to be sure your pet has a balanced diet and never buy them prepackaged food.

Wild animals given easy food are a problem but pets MUST be given a proper diet since they are not expected to develop the skills to fend for themselves.

That being said as long as you buy good food for your pet they can be healthy and happy on kibble. Your local vet can advise about the better brands as well as what nutrients your pet may be lacking in its diet.
01/11/2013
Vanille Vanille
I prepare food for my dog as he has a special diet. I honestly see nothing wrong with it if you have the time to commit to it.
01/11/2013
TWE112 TWE112
we feed our dog dry dog food but also give him left overs.
01/11/2013
Kitka Kitka
My cats eat a healthier type of store bought food. If I could afford to I'd cook them meals all the time but it's just not doable right now.
01/11/2013
nikki0668 nikki0668
I feed my pet only store bought food.
01/11/2013
Pandwhora Pandwhora
My chihuahua eats no table/human food at all. He eats strictly specialty dog food for chihuahuas.
01/11/2013
kitty1949 kitty1949
No, I do not cook for my cat, lol.
01/11/2013
Terri69 Terri69
I buy her food.
01/11/2013
Harpina is gone Harpina is gone
No, my kitties are fine with their kibble.
01/11/2013
Trysexual Trysexual
They get dog food, but they love my cooking,so I share some with them too.
01/11/2013
shorejen9 shorejen9
No I don't for my current pets. I did once live with a woman who made meals for her dog and cat. I learned And helped out. It was easy one third lean protein, one third carb and one third veggie is what the vet told her. She just made it in the crock pot in the morning and it was ready at night when we got home. The cat was 19 and healthy as a kitten so it must have helped!
01/11/2013
Thomas90 Thomas90
My dog loves IAMS
01/11/2013
Rossie Rossie
I buy my pooch's food from his vet. My dog has an extremely sensitive stomach and there is only one prescription dry dog food that works for him, and one darn 7.7 lbs bag cost $34.00!
01/11/2013
deltalima deltalima
Quote:
Originally posted by Bignuf
Do you pets just eat store bought food, and perhaps some "table scraps" or do you actually cook/prepare food for them. In other words, do you, if you are making hamburgers, make some for your dog or cat? Do you hand cut fruit for your bird?..etc?
I do a bit of both so I know what exactly they like and can add it.
01/11/2013
Pink Lily Pink Lily
I buy my food, but sometimes I like to feed my pet strawberries so I cut it up for her. But I've never cooked something specifically for my animals.
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