Let me start by saying that this book should be on every animal lovers book shelf. Pet Food Nation is one of those books I couldn’t put down. After the cat food poisining scare a few months ago everyone should realize how dangerous commercially prepared pet foods can be.
I don’t have a dog or cat right now, but I have in the past and always thought the smell of the canned and bagged food alone was terrible, if it smelled that bad it couldn’t be pleasant to eat. Pet owners need to realize they MUST take control of their pets diet. Leaving it up to pet food companies is no longer an option.
The suggestion in the book is to start off slowly, a gradual process will ensure a successful transition. One point that really struck me dealt with our duty to our pets. So often we think of pets for our enjoyment and benefit, but we must remember that humans chose to domesticate these once wild animals. We owe it to them to ensure their lives are as long and as happy as possible.
There are some great recipes in this book for homemade cat and dog food. I watched neighbors in Japan prepare big pots of hot fresh food for their pets and my aunt in France always made homemade food for her dog but I never even thought about doing it myself. I’ve never heard this discussed in America so hopefully this is a step in the right direction.
I highly recommend this book, chock full of thought-promoting information. Pet Food Nation by Jean Weiskopf