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iloveyouangel
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« on: August 16, 2008, 01:32:24 PM »

Hi , i'm new here Smiley I plan on spending the afternoon reading some of the posts on all the forum Smiley

I would like to know if anyone here is using the recipes and supplements provided by BalanceIT . Like is there anyone here feeding using exclusively those supplements and recipes? Are you feeding dogs or cats or both? What do you think of the recipes and supplements? Are you babies healthy? How long have you been feeding them this way? Basically i would appreciate anything and everything you could tell me about your opinion or experience feeding with the recipes provided on that site and their supplements Smiley

I read on some sites not to use them for cats cause they're full or grains, other says their cats do wonderful on them. Some say their dogs couldn't eat the recipes cause there was way too much rice in it, other say their dogs are doing well on it. I think i need more opinions before making up my mind .

I would like to start homecooking for my boys and my girl ( 2 dogs, 2 cats all healthy). I have the book written by Oprah's vet , i read it and liked it . But it's not possible for me to make my own supplements because the ingredients he talked about are not available in the small town where i live. For this reason the BalanceIT supplements seem a lot easier for me Smiley

Also my vet is no help , he prefer commercial diet ( don't say change vet , he's been my vet for 14 years and i like him a lot. He's a wonderful vet and care a lot about my babies. He always provided us with great service and my babies love him, we just don't agree on homecooking Smiley )

So anyone doing the BalanceIt ? It seem easy enough using their site , recipes and supplements. Could it really be this easy? Everything else make it sound so complicated BalanceIT almost seem too good to be true... I just want more opinions before i spend a lot of money on some of their recipes and supplements.

Thanks so much in advance for all your help Smiley


Oh and anyone else has a husband who think they're nuts for even considering cooking for the babies?

I don't want to just feed them just anything , i'm thiking of buying a bunch of recipes from BalanceIT ( because they seem the easiest and we already eat all that stuff anyway so it's always in the fridge or pantry ) and their supplements and following that to a T . Why would that be bad ? Seem pretty easy to me and good for them , am i wrong?
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Sandi K
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« Reply #1 on: August 16, 2008, 01:36:31 PM »

Angel, I am one of those that hasnt home-cooked.....yet...so I cant offer any info but just wanted to welcome you to Itchmo! 
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catbird
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« Reply #2 on: August 16, 2008, 02:00:52 PM »

Welcome to the forum.  I do some home-cooking for my cats (they also eat commercial food), but have not used the BalanceIt.  To see if your pets will eat home-cooking (cats can be so fussy), you might consider starting with kaffe's super-simple Quick Poultry Feast recipe.  That uses ingredients which are widely available and there is not a big investment.  Then, if they like that, you can go ahead and seek out more complicated recipes, add-ins, etc.  Here's the link:

http://itchmoforums.com/making-your-own-pet-food-and-home-remedies/simple-homemade-pet-food-t2932.0.html

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« Reply #3 on: August 16, 2008, 03:00:12 PM »

Hi and welcome to Itchmo Forums!  Many of us home cook.  I also use a commercial kibble, two varieties of the same brand and rotate those.  Some of my dog's meals are 100% home cooked.  For those I use supplements from Monica Segal and got the basics from her books as far as ingredients and percentqages.
http://www.monicasegal.com/
My dog was allergic to grains in commercial foods, or so it seemed.  However, he is not allergic to the grains we buy for ourselves and use in his food.  He gets both white and brown rice, barley, oats.  Sometimes it is potato or sweet potato in his recipe.  Like people, diets are not a "one size fits all."  His food is ground up, frequently just in something one would use for a baby transitioning to some normal table food.  Normal table food for us isn't fried, greasy, highly seasoned.  We just use herbs to add interest to mostly steamed things.  I reserve the liquid under our steamer baskets to use when making a crock pot full of a dog recipe that will go into washed, small yogurt cups for freezing individual meal portions.  We add the supplements at feeding time and not in the recipe.  As much as possible we purchase locally grown food and enjoy a large variety of vegetables and fruits.  Don't use onion when cooking for your dog.  We don't add garlic, either, although I note that many dog treats list garlic on their label.  We save the bones from our free range chickens (purchased, not from home, unfortunately) and use those to make our own broth as a base for home cooking the dog's food.  The water from under those steamer baskets I mentioned earlier is part of the liquid we boil the bones in.  Fat is skimmed off after the bones are cooked and liquid stored in fridge so fat has risen to top.

Start off with one simple meal without many ingredients and then build from there.  You will discover likes and dislikes as you go along.  Read a number of good books.  You'll feel overwhelmed at first and the more you read the more you might be discouraged, but remember every single meal does not need to be exactly balanced.  The nutrients can balance out over days and in some cases over a month.  Depends on which vitamin or mineral as far as how often and how much the dog needs based on weight.  Some people actually get into spread sheets for each meal or recipe, and that is more than I have ventured into!  I feed a quality kibble and basically if just adding a bit of our steamed chicken or turkey or salmon from the grill, along w/ ground green beans, squash, zuchinni or whatever veggies and rice or potato, throw in some apple (also ground w/ the rest of the table food) as just part of his dinner I don't worry that it is becoming "unbalanced."  I'll add some wild salmon oil, some vitamin E and call it good.  So does Jake!  This isn't scientific by any means, I'm just saying it works for us.  It gives me confidence that if push came to shove, we could completely supply good meals that were totally home cooked if necessary by using our crock pot dog dinner recipes.

Happy cooking and no...you're not nuts! Wink
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Nabiya
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« Reply #4 on: August 16, 2008, 03:58:02 PM »

ILUVU, welcome to itchmo!  I don't home cook for my cats, but instead use a raw diet.  The first time I heard of BalanceIT was from Pet Connection last year (www.petconnection.com).  You may want to search their archives and see if you can find any blogs about it.  If I remember correctly, the cat recipes supposedly were too high in carbs and calories according to some posters, but please refer to the blogs if you can find them.  I just now glanced at the BalanceIT website and it's one and the same that I looked at previously when I was trying to decide on foods for my crew to get them off the kibble and cwap I was feeding at the time.  It is an impressive company, though, with recipes by certified veterinary nutritionists (real ones).  HTH.
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Laurie
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« Reply #5 on: August 16, 2008, 04:45:10 PM »

iluvua, When you are on the home page of the forums, you can type balanceit into the search engine. Doing this should bring up quite a few threads where it and recipes were discussed.
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« Reply #6 on: August 16, 2008, 06:13:59 PM »

Welcome Iluvyouangel ! Carolo is right ,start without a lot of ingredients or supplements & slowly add them.That way you will know if anyone has a problem with an ingredient. I've been homecooking for 2 cats & 3 dogs since last spring with great success. I did have to switch vets,we had a problem with 2 commercial foods & she was totally in the dark about the recalls & raw or homemade. The new vet is much more open to different diets.I did find that after years of dry food,mine needed the higher grain amounts at first. I have been gradually cutting it down over the past year,the cats only get a tiny bit of oatmeal & veggies & 1 dog the same. The other 2 dogs need slightly higher grains in theirs or we have digestive issues.I do my own on the supplements,if you have a health food store they will usually order anything you need.Some of the supplements like calcium,lethicin,brewers yeast & Vitamin E I put in after cooking. Others like taurine,fish oil,pro or prebiotics & milk thistle I add per meal.Again I would do 1 protein,1 grain & 1 veggie with only calcium to start. As they get used to it you can add others separately or the balance it supplement.Remember they are each different in dietary needs & tolerance. You will see any problems as they come up & be able to make changes as needed. Good luck & expect much better skin & coats & less hairballs.
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« Reply #7 on: August 16, 2008, 06:28:47 PM »

Can't say I've used the recipes/supplements at BalanceIT but for simple homecooking, I can recommend Dr. Strombeck's book.  It is very straight forward, uses simple ingredients and nothing fancy to buy.  Good luck!
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« Reply #8 on: August 17, 2008, 04:58:35 PM »

iloveyouangel- Once you get started & see how well they accept the homemade,you can cook in larger quantities & freeze meal sized containers. I also share some meals with them, just watch the onions,seasonings etc. Add them after separating the dogs & cats portions.You are lucky they have no allergies or sensitivities,that will make it easier.For the cats,texture & temp matter. If they are used to pate style canned,you will want to puree the homemade. Most like it prey temp. So warm it slightly before serving.Hope it goes well ! I was very lucky & all 5 have switched to homemade easily.
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« Reply #9 on: August 17, 2008, 07:07:45 PM »

Welcome to Itchmo Angel. Best of luck with the BalanceIt. Hopefully there will be others who also are using this and can add their input for you.
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