Making your own pet
Making your own pet food is an option, if done carefully. Dogs
are opportunistic carnivores, or omnivores, as humans are. If
you can feed yourself properly, with goodf nutrition, you can
probably feed your dog.
Cats, however, are obligate carnivores. They need meat for proper
nutrition. They cannot manufacture certain nutrients that humans
and dogs can. For example, a diet deficient in the amino acid
taurine can result in blindness or heart failure. Taurine is a
very fragile nutrient and oxidizes/degrades quickly and easily.
For good cat food recipes, that satisfy the nutritional requirements
for cats (as recently updated), see:
I have a video
of how simple this can be!
If the above recipes are a bit daunting,
or you'd like to try something simpler to start, consider a simple
ground meat (or ground meat and bone) with supplements added.
Info on Instincts TC versus Feline Instincts here.
Please note! I do NOT recommend buying ground
meat at the grocery store. Once ground, meat has significant surface
area exposed to air (and bacteria). I recommend buying a pre-ground
flash-frozen produce (such as Hare
Today) or grinding/chopping your own. Some butchers will grind
and immediately freeze for you, but this is generally meat without
bone. (Most health ordinances prohibit butchers from using a grinder
to process bone that will be used for human meat.)
You can also buy a raw meat diet that's already nutritionally
complete (has supplements added), such as Feline's Pride.