Foods For Pets
And People

Do you have special recipes you make for your family and your pets? PetFinder.com, the largest online database of adoptable pets, is calling all chefs to share recipes that they prepare for their families--including the family pet. Here are some healthy recipes, courtesy of PetFinder.com, and a list of foods you should never let Duke or Fluffy eat.

Dog and Cat about to Eat Hamburgers

A pet-friendly lifestyle includes diet and exercise

No doubt you have seen overweight dogs at the park or tubby cats lounging on neighborhood porches. The pet obesity problem, like with humans, is part diet and part inactivity. Rest easy--there are ways to ensure your pet doesn't gain weight, particularly if you are feeding it people food.

Betsy Saul, co-founder of PetFinder.com says, "A serving size of food for pets depends on the animal's age, size and even activity level--just like humans! Pet food bags and cans often recommend that you feed your pet a certain amount of food per day. Remember that this guide is not absolute. You should monitor your pet's weight carefully. If he gains weight, you should feed him less, and vice versa."

Regarding home-cooked meals, Saul suggests feeding your pet about the same amount as you would pet food. She adds, "6 ounces for an average-sized dog is a good estimate. [And] if you are mixing 'people food' into your pet's dish, keep it to bite-sized portions."

Some pets don't know when to stop eating, while others stay trim on a free-feed diet. And, still yet, some pets that don't overeat pet food will overeat people food. Be cautious about your pet's overall diet--monitor portions for both people food and pet food. Saul warns, "You don't want to overfeed your pet--animal obesity is just as dangerous as [obesity] for humans."

Another key in keeping your pawed pal healthy is to take the time to keep your pet active. You can workout with your pet to keep you both fit and you can also enter one of the many canine competitions held around the country.

Try these Healthy recipes for you & your pet!

Simple Scrambled Eggs


Ingredients:

  • 5 eggs
  •  5 tablespoons milk
  • 1 pat of butter
  • Kosher salt
  • Ground pepper

Directions:

  1. In a small mixing bowl, combine eggs and milk with a fork. In a non-stick skillet, melt the butter over medium-low heat until it bubbles. Stir a pinch of salt and pepper into egg mixture then pour into pan, stirring slowly with a heat-resistant rubber spatula.
  2. As soon as curds begin to form, increase heat to high and instead of stirring, use the spatula to fold the eggs over themselves while gently shaking the pan with your other hand. As soon as no more liquid is running around the bottom of the pan, remove from the heat and serve.

Harvest Veggie Chicken Soup

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 lb. skinless boneless chicken breasts, diced
  •  5-3/4 cups chicken broth
  •  1-1/2 cups of .5-inch-diced yams
  •  1-1/2 cups of .5-inch-diced red potatoes
  •  2 zucchini, diced
  •  2 summer squash, diced

Directions:

  1. In a large stockpot, melt butter over medium-high heat.
  2. Cook chicken, stirring often, until no longer pink.
  3. When chicken is fully cooked, add stock, yams and potatoes and bring to a boil, boiling for 5 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 10 minutes.
  4. Add zucchini and squash and simmer for 5 minutes.
  5. Remove the portion you will set aside for your dog (about a cup a day). You can even mix the soup with his dry food for a pleasant change.

Lean Mean Meatloaf

Ingredients:

  • 1.5-lb. ground turkey
  • .5-lb. ground beef
  •  2/3 cup peas
  •  2/3 cup carrots
  •  1 cup oatmeal
  •  1-1/4 cups milk
  •  2 medium eggs

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Mix all ingredients well.
  3. Place in a loaf pan and bake for 1-1/2 hours. Serve your pet, and then garnish with garlic powder or other spices to your liking.

Foods to never feed your pet

"There are quite a few foods and beverages we can consume that our pets should not, including onions, garlic, mushrooms, macadamia nuts and alcoholic or caffeinated drinks," says Saul.

She explains, "For instance, if you are using baby food in any meals for your pet, read the label first to make sure it doesn't contain onion powder. That being said, whenever you are cooking a meal for yourself and your pets, you should substitute ingredients or reserve a 'pet-friendly' portion beforehand." Then you can add other ingredients and seasonings to the meal to make it palatable for you, your spouse and your kids.

There are a number of other foods and drinks you should never feed your pet.
PetEducation.com has a printable list of foods to avoid.

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Comments

Comments on "Pet-friendly family recipes"

susan slater December 05, 2013 | 11:33 AM

These people that mindlessly say what cats cant eat ! All animals Require salt, that's right, since the beginning of time, choose a sea salt as it has many minerals in it that are good for all animals.Sea salt helps them to be healthy as it provides minerals, an alkaline balance & helps to kills bacteria & parasites Milk , eggs, My Mother & myself grew up around farms & all cats drank milk, ate eggs & were healthy. Look to the unhealthy ingredients people mindlessly feed their cats & dogs, in most pet foods , that make the cats & dogs get sick. Educate , research on this subject & buy informed. Pet food has mis-leading ingredient words, look up what they really mean. I only buy the best dry food made & sourced in America & sold only in health food & better stores & it is not advertised or sold by vets, stay away from sickening crap in a bag or can ! I make our cats fresh food also daily, they R all healthy! Watch out for hidden ingredients that cats shouldn't be eating like onion , preservative chemicals.

gege October 20, 2013 | 8:36 AM

just make your own chicken stock problem solved

Virginia September 10, 2013 | 4:38 PM

My 4 year old Yorkie loves beef liver and gizzards. Are these safe in small amounts?

Sherry September 08, 2013 | 6:59 AM

Cats also should not have potatoes and there are potatoes in the chicken soup recipe. I also would use reduced salt chicken broth. Salt is dangerous in high quantities and chicken broth is high in sodium, but cats love broths and gravy, so I would use low sodium and fat free.

Sherry September 08, 2013 | 6:55 AM

You should never feed eggs to a cat, and they are lactose intolerant after they are kittens, so the eggs and milk in the recipe for simple eggs is crazy! Please do not give eggs to your cats although many of them love it! Research it extensively, and the health risks are not worth it.

Jennifer March 16, 2013 | 11:57 AM

Thank you for sharing. I also make homemade treats for my four legged family member. I have several recipes that I have tested and are approved by my dog charlotte.

Ellen January 29, 2012 | 9:53 AM

I would like to know what I can substitute for the following "people" ingredients, in order to make them Dog & Cat "friendly"; Cinnamon Vanilla Extract Sour Cream Cream Cheese Corn Meal, either White or yellow Milk (whole, low fat or Skim) Garlic (either fresh or powdered) Thank you

Kate September 03, 2011 | 7:22 PM

I am concerned about the Harvest Veggie Chicken Soup.. I am assuming/hoping you mean homemade pet friendly chicken stock? Because all store bought stock contains onion and onion powder..

Ella October 22, 2009 | 4:35 PM

These are great! I'm going to try them with my fam (the kids and the dogs!!)

Tacheryn August 23, 2008 | 4:38 PM

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