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Don't They Deserve
Natural Pet Food?

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If you're like us you want the best for your pet, so why not feed them natural pet food? Before the recent cat and dog food scare, many people never thought about the ingredients in the food that they gave to their four-legged family members.

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We started thinking about natural pet food before the scare, but what happened only reaffirmed our concerns. There are so many ingredients found in commercial foods that most people don't realize weren't meant for dogs or cats to digest. In all honesty, they really aren't fit for humans, so why should they be fit for our pets?

People are now turning to natural pet food or making their own. We hope that this page will help guide you in making the decision that's best for you and your pets. We'll give you lots of information on alternative foods along with referrals and links, as well as information on how you can make your own food for your favorite dog or cat.........or turtle or rat!

Like you, nutrition is very important to your pet's health and well-being. In fact, it's the most important part of their health care. What your pet should eat is not unlike what you should eat. They should get whole foods, enhanced by vitamins, minerals and enzymes and supplements when needed to prevent disease or address a certain health issue.

What we must remember is that our domestic pets are natural hunters and carnivores and their intestinal tracts are set up to consume and digest raw foods.

Most people serve their pets commercially prepared kibble because it's convenient and relatively inexpensive. People have recently become aware that cost and convenience aren't always the best for their companions. Ideally, a home prepared raw food diet is the best meal for dogs and cats. Unfortunately, this isn't always feasible. The good news is that there are healthy options for all lifestyles and feeding choices.

The two main things you should know in deciding what you should feed your pet are freshness and rotation.

Here is the freshness scale:

1. Home Prepared Diet (Preferably Raw)
2. Frozen Raw Food
3. Freeze Dried & Dehydrated Foods
4. Canned Foods
5. Dry Kibble

Just like you, your pet probably doesn't like eating the same thing every day. I know I wouldn't either. The ideal thing would be if you could give your pet a rotation of fresh raw foods everyday. I know all too well, though, that sometimes there just isn't enough time or money to do that.

The next best thing would be if you could feed them raw food half the time and processed food half the time, alternating days. For a list of ways to increase freshness in your pet's diet check out this great article at Only Natural Pets:

What You Need to Know About Your Pet's Food by Dr. Larry Siegler

Here's a list of great natural pet food that you may want to try:

Canine Caviar
Castor & Pollux
Dr. Harvey's
Honest Kitchen
Merrick Pet Care
Natura Pet Products
Natural Balance
Nature's Logic
Nature's Variety
Newman's Own Organics
Northwest Naturals
Primal Pet Foods
Raw Advantage
Red Barn Pet Products
Solid Gold
Timberwolf Organics

Some of these natural pet foods are kibble, some freeze dried, and some raw. You can choose which works best for your time and budget.

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All Natural, Premium Cat Food at Only Natural Pet Store

So as you can see, there are many options to choose from if you want to give your four legged family member natural pet food. It's really just a matter of finding out what works for you, what your pet likes and striking that balance in between.

Check back here soon for more great tips!

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