Industrial feed for animals can pose some problems:
- Excess of cereals;
- False marketing claims;
- Packaging waste (often individual and not recyclable);
Poor quality meat (‘animal by-products’) in the list of ingredients and croquettes are the unwanted parts of the food industry: carcasses, legs, feathers, or even hooves. Certainly avoids waste, but the flip side of the coin exists: the meat in this feed is of very low quality);
Unnecessary and potentially dangerous food additives: sugar (sugar is addictive to the animal), dyes, etc.
Some veterinarians say that a pet eating only industrial foods has a shorter life expectancy.
This recipe avoids both food waste, and allows a healthier diet for your pet. It is also more economical than an equivalent pie (as healthy, if equivalent).
Low-cuts or cuts of meat cut for free at your butcher’s. Butchers often give them. These are pieces that they cannot sell and therefore throw. You can go to a butcher near you (or a butcher on a market), who will keep these unsalable pieces from one time to the next. Personally, since I do not eat meat, I buy butcher mustards or other related products that he sells, to thank him. Some butchers can also sell you very inexpensive pieces that can be chopped for simplicity for you. You can also use fish, but it is rarer for fishmongers to have pieces to throw away.
Flakes of rice or oats or a well-cooked rice
unsalted vegetables without sauce (zucchini, beans, peas, carrots, … Attention, never give your cat avocado, cabbage, turnips, potatoes, mushrooms, onion, garlic, fruit, chocolate or milk).
Rapeseed oil (especially for cats over 10 years old);
Spirulina (choose if possible spirulina grown and organic);
Beer yeast and spirulina are perfect natural food supplements, even for humans. They bring many different vitamins, iron, acids, calcium, phosphorus, zinc, magnesium, etc. Some brands of organic pies use them.
1- In a saucepan, mix the rice flakes or oatmeal with water and let them cook on low heat until the flakes have absorbed water, are cooked and are therefore almost as a mash.
2- Add your cooked vegetables in small pieces (if they are not yet cooked, add them in the previous step).
3- Add water and the pieces of meat (which you will have sorted and cut into small pieces). If you cannot cut some pieces or have bones, add them and remove them at the end (like broth). Cook for 2 minutes. If your pet lives only indoors and you do not give him de wormers, cook the meat a little longer).
4- Add a little yeast of beer and spirulina.
5- Fill jars or food boxes with this mash. It can be kept for a few days in the refrigerator.
You can do it in advance and freeze it in jars. This allows you to thaw small quantities at a time and thus not have to cook too often.
A mash must be given when it is at room temperature, that is, close to its body temperature.
Even if you cannot do from home mash in large quantities, by giving your pet a few times a week! If you rarely give this pie to your pet, you do not need to add food supplements (spirulina, yeast and rapeseed oil).
In addition, organic and croquettes and / or more high-end brands than supermarkets are preferable. Their prices are certainly higher per kilo, but thanks to the absence of additives pushing the animal to eat too much, the same weight of this diet will last longer. It is therefore preferable to compare the prices according to the number of weeks that lasts the same amount of food, and not according to the weight.
The proportions to respect, even with approximation, are as follows:
5 0% meat and / or fish, 2 0% vegetables, 2 0% cereals.
Dietary supplements are to be added in small quantities: two spoon s Coffee rapeseed oil (three or four to a cat beyond 10 years if not put that meat used is already very oily.)
1/2 teaspoon of spirulina and a tablespoon of brewer’s yeast for 50 cl. The precision of these proportions is of little importance!
In short, this homemade can reduce low quality industrial food.
It does not cost you more, on the contrary: the main food (meat) is free, leftover rice and vegetables cost almost nothing, only rapeseed oil, yeast and spirulina are to buy but to use in very small quantities.
This Pet Food Packaging helps reduce waste related fueled tin of our pets (trays and non-recyclable plastic bags, cans,).
It also helps to alleviate the food wastage in butcher’s shops or at home (by accommodating leftover vegetables or rice).
Another anti-waste trick for your pet: if you have a carcass or bones, make it a quick broth (no salt and no sugar), with a little oil (and yeast if you have any) he will be delighted, and it will allow him to hydrate well!