Not all pet foods are adequate and not all home-cooked meals for pets are inadequate. Even with the best intentions, the average pet owner would probably soon discover that preparing a satisfactory homemade diet is too expensive and time consuming. The decision to provide your own pet food requires a long-term commitment because your pet may resist diet chance.
For those who are willing to try, it is essential to consult your veterinarian for feeding tips. To determine individual dietary requirements, you will need to consider your pet’s age, athletic fitness, type of daily activities, general health and preexisting medical conditions. It is very challenging to try to ensure all the vitamin, mineral, protein, carbohydrate, fiber, fat and water ingredients in a proper proportion that will also be palatable. Your best efforts may be limited by your pet’s individual preference for taste and consistency as well as how digestible the food is.
Consider your reasons for wanting to feed a home cooked diet. Refusal of pet foods can occur because of abrupt diet changes, but is also part of normal fluctuations in appetite. If your pet is increasingly or persistently finicky, discuss your concerns with a veterinarian in case a medical explanation is uncovered. If you object to the quality or to a particular ingredient in pet foods, there may be other options of which you are unaware. If your pet is ill and refuses prepared pet foods or requires a specially prepared meal, a home cooked diet may be specifically recommended.