There are plenty of options to provide better care to your household pets to give them a higher quality of life that involves a lot less commercial chemical in their diets and personal care routine.
Food is obviously the most important aspect in caring for your dog and cat. These days, the top pet stores in your area probably carry the top selling holistic foods like Wellness and Blue Buffalo that provide your pets’ far less animal byproduct for a well-rounded nutritional meal with fruits and vegetables nutrition.
For organic and raw foods, visit Natural Wonder Pets. If you don’t like the price tag of these high end pet foods or would prefer to be more hands on to your pet’s eating habits, you can make their foods at home, from scratch like you would your own meals.
Further reading: Top 3 Dog Natural Health Resources
Making Your Own Pet Food
For both cats and dogs, start with meats like ground beef or turkey. For cats the more it’s ground and mashed, the better because their mouths are much smaller and their throats need smaller bites to swallow without choking. For cats, you can incorporate more fish options such as salmon.
- Add a broth of choice, most any basic broths will work for both cats and dogs, gravy is also a very tasty and indulgent option once in a while.
- Add finely chopped steamed vegetables like peas, carrots, and potatoes-Mash well for cats and small dogs. Mashed potatoes and steamed peas add a tasty texture for them.
- Portion appropriately, refrigerate leftovers and unused foods, use within a few days to keep fresh.
- For dogs, apple cider vinegar in small doses mixed in food and water can help with digestion, health, and diarrhea issues too.
Keeping Fleas and Ticks Off Your Pets, Naturally
Store bought flea and tick shampoos are completely loaded with harsh chemicals and even contain warnings about pesticide storage and chemical warnings. That is especially unsafe for not only you and your pets, but keeping it away from children and protecting the family from the strong scents. There are safer alternatives for everyone in your home. Here is a recipe for DIY homemade flea powder:
- 1 Cup Diatomaceous Earth powder (food grade for safety)
- ½ Cup Neem powder
- ½ Cup Yarrow powder
- 20 drops of eucalyptus essential oil (do not use on cats)
- Mix all together and store in a glass jar, preferably with a shaker top
Sprinkle the mixture on the hair of your pet as your brush back and forth to evenly distribute the flea powder and fully protect your beloved pets. You can also rinse with fermented apple cider vinegar for extra protection and to soothe the dry, itchy skin your pet is most likely experiencing from the biting and scratching. Apple cider vinegar is also great for gently cleaning your pets’ ears; do not travel into the ear canal.
Homemade Pet Shampoo
Avoid those toxic products off the shelf and try this solution that is healthier and more soothing to their skin:
- 1 Cup Dr. Bronner’s castile soap
- 1 TBSP coconut oil
- ¼ Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
- 2-3 drops of desired essential oil (optional)
- Mix in bottle and shake when ready to lather
This is perfect for bathing your pets a couple of times per month when they need a good scrub and to keep their coat and skin softer.
Pet Safe Plants
Some types of flowering plants and even native plants can be dangerous to some pets, but there are a few household plants that are safe for most everyone in the home, including your fur babies:
If you need more guidance in caring for your pets holistically, try the website above or The Holistic Dog Book by Denise Flaim.
Do you have other tips and suggestions on how to care for pets naturally?