A Thanksgiving Feast Your Pets Will Love


Thanksgiving is a time of reflection, a time when we take stock of all we are grateful for. For many of us, our fur babies are at the top of that list.

The Thanksgiving feast is the focal point of the holiday. Sharing our bounty is a way we bond and show our family and friends just how special they are to us.

Cats and dogs are important members of our families and deserve to be included in our celebration. Since their nutritional needs differ from that of humans, here are two recipes especially for them.

Please note – do not use pieces of the turkey your are making for the humans. Most recipes include onions and garlic or broth made with both. Onions are extremely toxic to pets. Garlic in small amounts can be beneficial, however the amount of garlic used to cook a turkey is just way too much.

These recipes are not meant for long term feeding. They lack the proper balance of vitamins, minerals and marine based omega-3 fatty acids. There are many wonderful commercial supplements that accomplish this, but most of us do not have them on hand. If you are interested in learning how to prepare balanced homemade food for your pets, please contact me at info@healthypetcoach.com to arrange a consultation.

RECIPE FOR DOGS

1 tbsp. coconut or olive oil (optional)

6 – 8 oz. water

Sprinkle of sea salt

1 lb. ground turkey or chicken

1 egg, scrambled

½ cup pumpkin puree or mashed or cubed sweet potatoes (cooked, of course)

1 cup chopped green beans, steamed (or frozen)

¼ cup unsweetened cranberries (or blueberries – frozen is fine)

½ tsp. finely ground eggshell (this is optional, but optimal as it provides the correct balance of calcium)

Heat the oil in a pan (if using) over medium heat. Add half of the water.

Add the ground meat and stir. Add the salt

Add the rest of the water

If you are making fresh green beans, steam them separately. If they are frozen, add to the meat

Cook until the meat is done (usually around 5 minutes)

Empty contents of the pan into a bowl.

Scramble the egg in the same pan and add to the bowl

Stir in the pumpkin or sweet potatoes, steamed green beans and the fruit

Add the ground eggshell, if using

Mix everything together.

Done!

This will make approximately 3 days of food for a 20 lb. dog, 2 days of food for a 30 lb. dog, 1 day of feeding plus one meal for a 50 lb. dog

RECIPE FOR CATS

1 tbsp. coconut or olive oil (optional)

6 – 8 oz. water

Sprinkle of sea salt

1 lb. ground turkey or turkey cutlets or ground chicken or boneless, skinless thighs

1 egg, scrambled

1/4 cup pumpkin puree or mashed or cubed sweet potatoes (cooked, of course)

¼ cup diced zucchini

½ tsp. finely ground eggshell (this is optional, but optimal as it provides the correct balance of calcium)

Heat the oil (if using) in a pan over medium heat. Add half of the water.

Add the meat and stir. Add the salt

Add the rest of the water

Add the zucchini

Cook until the meat is done (usually around 5 minutes for ground, 10 for pieces)

Empty contents of the pan into a blender

Scramble the egg in the same pan and add to the blender

Add the pumpkin or sweet potatoes

Add the ground eggshell, if using

Blend on a low setting. Most cats like a pate consistency. Some cats prefer their food a little chunky, so blend accordingly

Done!

This will make approximately 3-4 days of food for an average sized cat (10 – 12 lbs.) or 2 days of food for two cats.

Wishing you and your fur babies a wonderful and happy Thanksgiving.

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