Pets are supposed to be part of our family. They also deserve to be given the same kind of dietary consideration which we give to the other people in the family. There are multiple choices about the packed pet food which is being promoted by many brands in the market. These foods are recommended by most veterinarians and pet lovers. It is supposed that these packed foods are developed by experts in the field of veterinary nutrition and contain all the right ingredients needed for a pet’s healthy diet.

There is another school of thought which confers upon the idea of giving the pets home cooked food. Even though the packed foods are promoted as being wholesome, yet they are not as fresh and nutritious as home cooked ones. According to these experts, pets too get bored with the daily intake of the same food everyday and definitely need a change. One of the vets affirmed that his pet pup started losing appetite after a few days of ready mix food which resulted in bowel malfunction and weight loss. But when he shifted the dog to human ingredient food, there was a positive change in the animal.

According to another study conducted, the cats need more nutrition than the dogs and therefore the ready made packed foods are very useful for the cats. Dogs are omnivores like humans but cats are absolutely carnivores. They absolutely must have meat and are susceptible to nutritional deficiencies if they don’t get properly balanced meals. There is a sea of difference between preparing food for a dog and that for a cat. The nutritional requirement of both types of animals is entirely different and so are the food habits.

There are plenty of cook books available in the markets which focus on a healthy and nutritious food recipes for pets. There is a growing trend among the pet owners to provide home cooked meals to their dogs and cats. This has emerged as a result of the health problems which come along with the packed pet foods. Even though the companies producing these foods assure the users that they are made from the best material, yet many varieties of foods had to be recalled in the recent past.

Many a veterinarians and animal lovers have written recipe books about pet foods. Some of the best cook books that can be referred for dog and cat foods are Barker’s Grub: Easy, Wholesome Home- Cooking For Dogs by Rudy Edalati, Natural Nutrition for Dogs and Cats by Kymythy Schultze, The Natural Pet Food Cook Book: Healthy Recipes for Dogs & Cats by Wendy Nan Rees, Cooking the Three Dog Bakery Way by Mark Beckloff & Dan Dye, The Kitty Treats Cookbook by Michele Bledsoe, Michael Walton & Kelly Schaefer.

Given all these factors, the pet owners are going more for home cooked meals for their pets, which have resulted in the increase in sale of cook books for pet animals.