Discussing Questions And Answers About Sauces For Dry Dog Food

James asks…

Is it ok to give my pup left overs?

Hi I have 7 month old puppy, whom I feed on Burns dry dog food. Sometimes, last night for example, I had roast chicken for my dinner so I gave my pup a little of the leftover chicken and gravy in his dinner mixed with his own food. Someone at work said this is bad for him, is this true?

Jimmy answers:

It’s never done my dog any harm, I always give him leftover meat as a treat and sometimes gravy and peas & carrots but never potatoes or food in rich sauces – plain meat and the occasional spoonful of pasta or rice is good for them. If it wasn’t then why would they sell dog food that contains peas, carrots and pasta?!!

Ken asks…

What kind of wet food does your cat prefer?

I am not sure whether to go with the chunks in sauce (i.e. Fancy Feast) or pate. Can people let me know what their cats prefer? Also, how do you recommend putting it with their dry food? I always mix the two because if not, my kitten doesn’t really eat her dry food. Thanks!

Jimmy answers:

Try and avoid anything with gravy or sauce, because that means carbohydrate overload. Actually, you can go to the pet store and get a really good quality food a lot, lot cheaper. My cats enjoy holistic, low-to-no grain foods, but then mine are oldsters (16, 16, 17, 18). I also supplement their wet food diet with 50% raw, but that is a whole ‘nother issue. I serve primarily a pate wet food and I can add a little water to make a gravy if I so choose.

I do not ever, ever, ever recommend putting wet with dry. They should be fed separately and at different times. Dry food should never ever be moistened with anything as the inherent bacteria in the dry food blooms, and there can be 100% contamination within five minutes of contact. This bacterial contamination constitutes the major cause of IBS and other digestive issues, as well as internal and external yeast infections (including candida).

If your kitten doesn’t eat her dry food, don’t force her. Dry food is the cause of more health problems in cats than you can shake a stick at. It is okay to leave a little out during the day or at night (which is how most cats prefer to consume dry) but never make a cat that won’t eat dry to eat it. Dry food is not a natural food for cats, and should constitute no more than 25% of the diet.

I’ve included a link (one of many) that explains much of why a cat fares better on a wet food.

Take a cruise down the cat food aisle at the supermarket and the pet store. Anything that starts with “by products” as the first ingredient should be avoided, “meat” could be anything from horse to dog. Become a label reader, just as you are for your own food.

Http://www.littlebigcat.com/?action=library&act=show&item=whycatsneedcannedfood

Good luck with your kitty!

David asks…

What are some good fun foods for a camp-out?

My daughter and I are attending a camp out at my sisters this weekend and I want to bring some fun foods for the girls to eat, they will all be under the age of 10. Does anyone have any fun ideas for camp-out foods aside from smores and hot dogs on a stick? Just a note, I have to travel 2 hours to the camp out, so I cant bring anything frozen (I had origianlly wanted to bring frozen chocolate dipped bananas, but they wont make it)
Any ideas?

Jimmy answers:

Trail Mix

peanuts
raisins
dried fruit
chocolate chips
reese’s pieces

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Fruti Kabobs
just cut up fruit and place on skewer – I like to use:

kiwi
pinapple
blueberries
cantaloup
honeydew
strawberries

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Snack Party Mix

• 3 Tbl butter
• 2 Tbl Worcestershire sauce
• 1 1/2 tsp seasoned salt
• 3/4 tsp garlic powder
• 1/2 tsp onion powder
• 1/2 tsp cinnamon
• 3 cups corn cereal
• 3 cups rice cereal
• 1 cup pretzels
• 1 cup bagel chips

Heat oven to 250F. Melt butter in large roasting pan in oven. Stir in seasonings. Gradually stir in remaining ingredients until evenly coated. Bake 1 hour, stirring every 15 mintues. Spread on paper towel to cool.

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No-Bake Cookie Clusters

1 12oz. Pkg white chocolate chips
2 tablespoons peanut butter
1-1/4 cups crispy rice cereal
1 cup spanish peanuts
1 cup miniature marshmallows

1. Line cookie sheets with was paper. In a large saucepan, melt the white chocolate with the peanut butter over low heat, stirring contantly.
2. Let the mixture cool slightly then stir in the cereal and peanuts. Fold in the marshmallows.
3. Drop the mixture by tablespoonfuls onto the wax paper-lined cookie sheets. Let cool until firm. Serve or refrigerate until ready to serve.
TIP: You can add some fun and color to these by spinkling on a little flaked coconut, colored sprinkles or chopped candy bars before allowing to cool.

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