I read an interesting article in the NY Times the other week, on making homemade food for your pets. Have you seen it?
The article describes the latest trend in making food for one’s domestic companions, rather than serving them kibble and mystery meat from a can. At first the trend, represented by overly conscious New Yorkers, reminded me of the scene in Best In Show where the gay couple goes to the butcher’s to buy fresh meat for their two pampered lap/show dogs.
In fact, here you go:
I remember discovering, when I first came to France, that my host mother made food every morning and every evening for her two old and rather ill-mannered toy poodles. She combined cooked hamburger patties with noodles or rice, then topped it with veggies, leftovers and something that I suspect was brewer’s yeast. Sometimes, but not often, she added a bit of kibble. I remember being impressed that she went to so much trouble to prepare food for her dogs, but they each lived to a ripe old age (late teens, early twenties, if I remember correctly).
Then I became the person to my own aged (and crotchety) animal. When I moved to France I brought my two cats along with me. The mom cat, my cat, died a year and a half ago at the age of 16 but her daughter is alive and kicking, albeit skinny, at the age of 16 and 1/2.
It’s the skinny part that gets me. She has a hard time eating- if she eats too much she throws up, if she doesn’t eat often enough, she throws up. She has a hard time eating kibble because it hurts her mouth, but she doesn’t like it when the can food sits out too long. So I’ve started cooking for her- not as her entire diet, but as a complement, so that she’ll at least eat something. She also lurks under the table and eats the kids’ table scraps, like a dog. (This whole problem is compounded by the fact that she’s part Siamese and when hungry, capable of waking me up at 5 am in the way that Siamese cats do best to tell me so.) I never thought that I’d cook for my cat…but then again: the things we do for our beasts.
What do you feed your pets?