Home-Prepared Diets For Dogs and Cats

Safe, Balanced, Complete & Up-to-Date


Food Quality & Safety

Feeding Normal Dogs & Cats

Food Intolerance & Allergy

Diet & Gastrointestinal Disease

Diet & Skin Disease

Managing Obesity

Skeletal-Joint Diseases

Chronic Renal Disease

Urinary Tract Stone Disease

Endocrine Diseases

Heart Disease

Pancreatic Disease

Hepatic Disease


You Can Do It

Diet determines health and life expectancy for dogs and cats. This site is for owners who choose to feed diets they can prepare for normal pets and for those with medical problems. These diets are formulated with a computer program to insure that they are balanced and complete. The diets are prepared from unprocessed foods marketed for human consumption and are readily available in a food market. Pet owners can control the quality and wholesomeness of a diet’s ingredients. The site is from over 50 years of experience with many pet owners who wished to prepare their animal's diet; they did not want to feed a commercial pet food. For many patients with medical problems that no commercial pet food could resolve a recipe for an owner-prepared diet was necessary. The pet food industry convinces veterinarians and pet owners that only commercially prepared foods offer complete and balanced diets. The industry claims that feeding human foods “may actually harm American companion animals whose owners have been misled to believe that they can give their animal something from their own meal, thinking that their human food will fulfill the animal’s needs.” This site is to show average owners that they can prepare and feed their pets a complete and balanced diet with foods they choose that are high quality and wholesome.

How to begin

For an adult dog or cat determine its normal body weight. At the top are four menu bars to find your pet's caloric requirements for use in determining its dietary needs. The tables show your pet's caloric needs at any given weight. Then you can find a diet you would like to feed from the diets for normal dogs or cats. Each diet shows its caloric content and the size of pet that it would feed. For pets larger or smaller than the weight of pet that a recipe would satisfy, you can adjust the amount to feed for your pet.
For a puppy or pet still growing you need to judge what its final weight would be as an adult as well as its weight and age at the current time. You will find its caloric needs from the tables using the pet's current age and its estimated adult body weight. This site also contains a table showing how much a pet of a given weight at 2 months would weigh at different intervals until maturity.
Adjustments are made to the diets for normal pets to feed during pregnancy and lactation; they are also found under one of the menu bars above.
A table showing a cat's and kitten's caloric needs is also found under the menu bar above.

Before proceeding further you are advised to read sections in the appendix called
Feeding Normal Dogs & Cats. Discussions in the Appendix provide information on many other aspects of feeding normal and diseased pets.

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