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Fermented Foods For Your Pet - Reduce Your Pet's Meat Consumption


Do you want to cut back on the amount of meat you're feeding your pet without compromising their health? A simple way to feed more vegetables and plant material is to look at giving them more fermented foods.

Before looking at fermented foods, one of the simplest ways to begin with is to give more broth type foods to your pet. Slightly sautéed, grinded, blended, steamed and using the steamed water from the food is an especially good idea since steaming puts those nutrients into the water. 

You can add mushrooms and different plants like lemongrass to the bone broths or make mushroom or vegetable broths to help carry the load of delivering nutrition. 

Although we don't agree with carnivores being given a full vegetarian or vegan diet, one really good way of reducing the amount of meat your pet is eating without compromising their nutritional requirement and at the same time is to feed them more fermented foods. A great advantage of fermented foods are that they are nutritionally bio-available (easier to absorb) for the body to use. 

Fermented foods are full of enzymes and probiotics, they would also have the plant material broken down which is a benefit needed for pets, to have the plant nutrition released by the beneficial bacteria and yeast that are in ferments.

Through the fermenting process, the bacteria and yeast increase the digestibility of food as they directly consume food components and release their broken down metabolites. The digestive enzymes can also be released into the food from microbes after they die, further aiding the process of breaking down food that your carnivore pet can't normally do through it's own digestive system.

The addition of protective cultures during fermentation naturally limits the growth of harmful microbes in foods. This effect is related to several factors, including competition for available nutrients, as well as organic acids and bacteriocins produced during the fermentation process.

Fermented foods are also a good form of natural probiotic foods as they contain a wide diversity of microorganisms, many more species than are found in commercial supplements and including specific therapeutic strains that are sought after in probiotic supplements.

Fermented foods are more nutrient dense than their unfermented counterparts and those nutrients can become more bioavailable with the fermentation process because anti-nutrient levels are reduced.

Before You Start Fermenting

Not all fermented foods are automatically healthy. When choosing fermented foods, it is important to remember the foundations of health. Choose clean, sustainable, organic and whole-foods whenever possible.

Choose raw fermented foods whenever possible. Pasteurization will kill beneficial microbes. Although, even if a food is pasteurized, it may still have many benefits of digestibility, nutrient content, and bioactive content associated with fermentation, it's much much less than raw fermented foods.

Look for fermented vegetables that are described as lacto fermented in the refrigerated section of your grocery store. These are vegetables that rely on traditional bacterial fermentation methods instead of doing pseudo-fermentation with vinegar.

You can make yogurts and kefirs without dairy, making coconut or nut varieties. 

Fermenting blueberries can restore cognitive function, improve memory but too much fruit fermented will make an animal drunk so be aware and always ensure you're feeding your pet appropriate for example just a little bit i.e. a teaspoon if you have a senior pet.

A caveat here is that if your carnivore pet is suffering from small intestine overgrowth or another microbiome imbalance, they may not be a good candidate for fermentation products. Once the intestinal balance is restored, then you can employ ferments. 

As a general rule, animals are not going to eat or even need much ferments as they are a superfoods full of nutrition. Less is more when you're feeding your cat or dog fermented foods. 

A rough feeding guideline use a teaspoon for every 10 pounds in dogs. Or for cats they will probably do better if you start out at ½ tsp for every 10lbs.

Fermented Recipe for Your Pet 

Raw Vegan Sauerkraut


  • 1 Head Red Cabbage, Shredded
  • 1/2 Apple, Seeded
  • Kombu Seaweed, Soaked, As Needed
  • Outer Cabbage Leaves, As Needed

1. Place half of the shredded cabbage in a ceramic or glass container, that also has an airtight lid.
2. Press down firmly.
3. Place the apple in the center of the cabbage.
4. Place the remaining ½ of the shredded cabbage on top, always pressing it down firmly.
5. Cover the top of the cabbage with a layer of hydrated kombu seaweed.
6. On top of the kombu, place a layer of cabbage leaves.
7. Place a heavy weight on top of the cabbage leaves, making sure that the entire container is covered so that no foreign matter can enter the kraut. The cabbage will begin to foam and bubble as a result of the fermentation process.
8. Leave out at room temperature.
9. After 3-5 days (if ready), discard the cabbage leaves, kombu, and apple in the middle.
10. Place the sauerkraut in a container for storage and refrigerate.

Sauerkraut is one of the oldest traditional foods. Made from fermented cabbage, it's high in dietary fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K and B vitamins. It's also a great source of iron, copper, calcium, sodium, manganese and magnesium.

Fermented foods such as Kimchi is a traditional fermented Korean dish that is made from vegetables including cabbage, plus spices and seasoning. This Korean delicacy dates back to the 7th century.

It's known to improve cardiovascular and digestive health. It has high levels of antioxidants that reduce the risk of serious health conditions such as cancer. If you begin making Kimchi do not make the Kimchi very spicy for your pet. Think in really small quantities for spices such as turmeric and ginger if you decide to try it.

The best way to dose well made ferments is by giving just a little to your pet.  

A really good book to buy to know all about fermenting is the book, "Wild Fermentation" by Sandor Katz or also the book "The Art of Fermentation". Sandor feeds his dogs fermentation products and noted that their preference for fermented foods is more like a coleslaw consistency than heavily fermented, long fermented recipes.

Cats they will let you know if they want it or not. Sometmes they'll take the fermented food and sometimes not. Just trust your pet knows what it needs and continue to offer the ferments to your cat or dog as some days they'll eat it other days not depending on their nutritional requirements.

The main thing is to start slow and you will see how they take to the vegetables and to the ferments but please also be sure to feed them meat, fats and bones. 

Animal organs are actually where the best nutrition for your pet is found so don't forget to feed them organ meat and then make up any differences with the vegetables. But make sure vegetables are processed because carnivores lack the enzymes to digest the vegetables whole themselves so giving them some fermented foods could be just what your carnivore pet needs.

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