Pet Food Alternatives for Long-Term Emergencies
by Tess Pennington
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In a long-term
emergency we want our entire family to thrive, and that includes
our beloved pets. Dogs and cats will have vital roles to play during
a long-term emergency and we want them on their A-game!
Cats are very
skilled at trapping and will keep the rodents away from your retreat
and your food supply, thus keeping diseases at bay. Dogs on the
other hand, are ideal to have on a retreat because they will be
a good alert system, make excellent hunting companions, protect
the family and help to herd livestock. Larger breeds could even
help pull small wagons to help even more around the homestead.
To keep these
animals healthy, keep their needs in mind when making your emergency
preparations. Due to the cost of pet food, storing dry food is preferred
over storing the wet food. When storing dry goods for dogs and cats,
look for dry food that does not have a lot of oils in them; as the
oils can make the food go rancid more quickly.
pet food will only last for so long. Whats a pet owner to
do when the kibble supply runs dry?
own pet food is a more financially reasonable option for some. The
cost is actually comparable to the price of kibble, and the nutrition
content of homemade pet food is far higher.
food is not so much about having the recipe to do so its
about knowing the proper ratios for optimum nutrition for your pet.
The following information is geared towards healthy adult pets without
special dietary needs.
Cats have different
nutritional requirements than dogs. When a cat in the wild catches
a mouse or a bird, they generally eat it, bones, organs and all.
They receive a small amount of vegetables and grains, based on the
stomach contents of their prey.
more protein than dogs, and do not digest corn or grains well. Meat
is the number one element of homemade cat food. Bones are also a
very important addition to the feline diet this is how your
cat gets enough calcium. Liver is an excellent addition to your
homemade cat food but should not make up more than 10% of their
intake. Much of the waste that you would throw out when preparing
a whole chicken for your family would be a welcome addition to the
cat food dish.
Use this ratio
to create your own cat food, based on the items you have on hand.
Meat: 3 parts
Organs: 1 part
Grain: 1 part
Some cat approved
vegetables include: lightly steamed broccoli, carrots, zucchini,
caulifower, or any other vegetables that your cat happens to enjoy.
Some cats even like the taste of fruit such as melon, mango or apple,
and if your cat enjoys these healthy treats it is fine to supplement
their diet this way.
The meat in
this mixture can either be lightly cooked or raw. I include the
skin in the cat food, as it gives them some much needed fat. The
grain and veggies should be cooked. If you have a meat grinder,
you can put the entire concoction through the grinder before feeding
it to your cat.
the diet, you will need to add some olive or flax oil and some bone
meal (either commercial or grind your own in the meat grinder).
I use broth
to cook the grains that I include in my homemade cat food.
The meat can
be any kind of meat. Canned fish, like sardines, are especially
good for cats because of the high calcium levels. However, the cat
should not subsist only on fish.
You can find
some homemade cat food recipes HERE.
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joined the Dallas chapter of the American Red Cross in 1999 Tess
worked as an Armed Forces Emergency Services Center specialist and
is well versed in emergency and disaster management and response.
You can follow her regular updates on Preparedness,
and a host of other topics at ReadyNutrition.com.
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