Why is it so hard to make pet food? Isn’t it just a matter of using quality ingredients and following safety guidelines? If pet food manufacturing companies are unable to promise that our pets will survive their food then maybe we need to think outside of the box.
I lost a cat to the Melamine contamination that had caused a sizable FDA recall and led to deaths of countless pets across the nation. Following the death of my cat, Ziek, I had been given a cat and later when I was actually ready, I chose a new pet. Needless to say I now have two cats. It probably took me about a year to feel confident in feeding them. Recently, one of my cats started sniffing his wet food and just walking away. This of course raised red flags inside of me.
After coming across reports about the Salmonella dog food contamination I have been sent back to my earlier days of having a lack of confidence in pet food manufacturers. As a result, I have returned to making my own cat food. I thought I would share with any concerned pet owners where I go for my recipes.
Lisa Pierson has set up an entire instructional manual that discusses specific needs of cats, handling procedures and countless recipes. You can visit her website to learn all the basics of making cat food. I don’t have a dog, however after exploring a few options I have found that the Dogtime website is the most detailed and explanatory.