Unconventional diets for dogs and cats – Homemade
Published 15 August 2022 | Updated 16 December 2022
Historically many dogs and cats may have been fed on kitchen scraps. However, the current tendency to feed homemade diets is more likely to be motivated by owner concerns about feeding commercial petfood, particularly for animals that are perceived to have specific dietary requirements or require encouragement to eat because of disease. However, as with all diets it is necessary to ensure that the diet is meeting the animal’s nutritional needs, which may require specialist advice.
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