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Oct 15, 2012 10:59 AM

Feeding Pets

Today when Ruthie contributed to the apple cider thread with this comment:
I put a little bit in with my apples for pie. Also my dog gets a teaspoon a day, it helps with a condition she has of bladder stones. The vet recommended it after her surgery...

I wondered (again) if a how we feed our pets board has ever been considered?

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    1. re: KrumTx

      Oh YES !!! what a fantastic idea !!!

      1. re: grangie angie

        Glad you both think so!

        I'm thinking given the popularity of pet bakery's, pet-friendly restaurants/hotels/public spaces, the growth of commercially sold "homemade" food for pets, homemade treats we make for our pet pals, healthful food tips and actual pet recipes there would be some interest by the PTB to be both innovative and conscience of the time and money we spend on this particular part of our family.

        1. re: HillJ

          As a dog owner I would love such a board, especially for the homemade recipes and healthful food tips you mention, HillJ. That said, I fear that what we feed our pets has the potential to be a contentious topic for some. I suspect it is why there is no baby/child food board on Chowhound.

          1. re: EM23

            Your point is valid, EM23. But baby/child falls under human and doesn't need a separate board. Slipping great tips for our pets in the current list of Topical boards doesn't give these gems the right forum for one and two limits the greater discussion and ability to share. Feeding pets is diff than feeding humans...needs it's own board.

            As for potential to be a contentious topic, that could be said of every board...we have Mods and we have better sense than that :)

            1. re: HillJ

              ... and we have better sense than that :)

              We do? lol

              But seriously, count me as a supporter for a Pets food board HillJ:) And I'm sure my spotted friend would hit the Lick button if there was one.

    2. Here's another helpful pet food tip from a thread about pumpkin this AM:

      A bit of canned pumpkin for cats/dogs is good for their digestive system. I used to have to feed some to one of my late kittehs to help her move things along, so to speak. But not a lot - just a tsp. a day mixed in with her food.

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      1. re: HillJ

        I was just at my vets yesterday, struck up a conversation about feeding my cat; a client told me about cats loving pumpkin, how her vet advised it to give her cat needed fiber. I didn't have any pumpkin, but tried my cat on some baked butternut squash. Might as well have been a chunk of eraser for all her interest. Will try with some pumpkin this weekend.

        1. re: HillJ

          Yes, pumpkin! My previous dog, a sweet little orange bit bull who lived to 16, had problems with anal glands getting impacted/infected, and the pumpkin and fiber therein helped her immensely. Also good for animals who because of renal issues need to have non-proteins in the diet.

        2. I would support a CH board that supported the culinary adventures of my pups!

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          1. re: Monch

            Should it be for all pets? fur, fins, feathers and scales?

            1. re: toodie jane

              I'd like to see ALL pets because the CH community boasts members from all over the globe raising and caring for pets of all types.

              1. re: toodie jane

                Absolutely...all pets.

                One of the best "recipes" I ever had in my bag of tricks was a concoction for my saltwater aquarium!

            2. PET BOARD ,wonderful the idea.I think the number of us that are a stacked deck of "quirks",tips and info would be (?),can't come up with just one word.

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              1. re: lcool

                lcool, not quite sure I follow you. Like the Garden, Special Diets or Spirits board...a Feeding Pets would populate with threads we can't anticipate ahead of time completely but surely we have much to share. Not to mention the advertising potential beneficial to CHOW.

                1. re: HillJ

                  Here,we don't really cater to picky,but we do some things to avoid it that aren't mainstream.
                  I have a great dog biscuit recipe that the cats and the mynahs love,but what's best for dogs isn't always best for the others.So for the cats,less fiber,more calcium,for the mynahs,low iron.The dogs would over eat parsley,the vet thinks this is great.
                  I save all pastry,cookie,biscuit etc scraps in the freezer that eventually all get rolled out together and baked as treats.

                  Truth is I think the variety of pets and their respective ages with CHOW owners would be great reading.What some of us are feeding and why turns up in many posts.And I might add much will be things we discovered by accident or a by by-product of something,again more good reading for those interested.

                  1. re: lcool

                    That's what I'm hoping! It could be a very popular board.

              2. I'd love to see one. I'll even offer up a tip: Does your health/natural foods store have a juice bar? Ask if you can have a harvested flat of wheat grass.They usually just throw it away. It will grow again. Cats love it!

                I had a few on my front steps. My neighbor mentioned that it was all she could do to restrain her dog from trying to eat the greens. I had no idea dogs would like it! So she is on the list for my next wheat grass redistribution. Nice for rabbits too!

                Once the wheat grass is kaput I use the material to slowly fill low spots in the yard.

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                  1. re: meatn3

                    See? I would have never known that, and since my cat seems to hate my guts, I'll try it! And on the pumpkin for dogs mentioned above, my vet recommended it a few years ago just as the great canned pumpkin depression began. I searched everywhere then for pumpkin. Ah, good times.

                    1. re: KrumTx

                      wheatgrass & catnip grass fare beautifully indoors with a bit of water & minimal sunlight - fortunate for me because my kitties are 100% indoor. i keep a pot of each for them, and they love to munch on them as a snack :)