Passover Foods for Pets

Cat Matzah

In Judaism, the Torah forbids eating certain foods during Passover. Any foods containing chametz are not to be eaten or owned by a Jew. Chametz is any product made from one of 5 types of grain – wheat, barley, spelt, rye and oats. In order to be considered chametz, the product must be combined with water and let to stand raw for more than 18 minutes.

Pets can eat products with soy beans, rice and corn which Jews from certain parts of the world cannot eat. Pet food must be purchased before Passover. Following is a list of foods pets can eat.

Pet birds can eat millet sprays and seeds, alfalfa pellets (crushed for smaller birds), sunflower seeds, safflower seeds, peanuts, fresh vegetables and fruit appropriate for them.

Fish can be fed Frozen Brine Shrimp, tubular worms, freeze-dried worms without fillers.

Hamsters, Guinea Pigs and Gerbils can eat alfalfa grass and pellets, fresh vegetables and fruits, sunflower seeds and dried corn.

FOR CATS:

Evanger’s Beef and Liver Dinner, Chicken Dinner, Chicken Liver and Tuna, Seafood Dinner, 100% Duck, 100% Organic Chicken, 100% Pheasant, Whole Mackerel with Gravy

Kosher Pets Inc. Freeze-dried Beef Patties

Hills Pet Nutrition:

  • Prescription Diets a/d, c/ds dry only, c/d-s dry only, d/d, g/d dry only, h/d, n/d, k/d, pd/ r/d/ s/d, t/d, w/d and z/d
  • Science Diet Feline Growth (dry only, Kitten Growth, Adult Maintenance Fish and Rice Recipe, Adult Maintenance Chicken and Rice Recipe, Adult Maintenance, Light Maintenance, Oral Care Adult, Sensitive Skin Adult, Adult Maintenance Lamb and Rice Recipe, Adult Maintenance Turkey Recipe, Light Maintenance Original Recipe, Mixit, Adult Maintenance Beef Recipe.

Friskies Pet Care (canned only)

Alpo canned Chicken and Rice, Tuna and Rice

Friskies Special Ocean White Fish Dinner, Special Diet Beef and Chicken Entree, Special Diet Turkey and Giblets, Special Diet with Salmon, Special Diet Buffet Salmon Dinner, Classic Seafood Entree, Country Style Liver and Chicken Dinner, Mariner’s Catch, Mixed Grill, Ocean White Fish and Tuna Dinner, Prime Entree, Pacific Salmon in Sauce, Sea Captain’s Choice, Turkey and Giblets Dinner.

Origen Grain-Free Cat Food

FOR DOGS:

Evangers 100% Venison, 100% Beef, 100% Chicken, 100% Duck, 100% Organic Chicken, 100% Pheasant, 100% Beef, All Nateral Puppy Food, Beef and Beef By-Products, Beef Chunks Dinner, Beef with Chicken, Beef Chicken and Liver, Beef with Liver, Chicken and Rice Dinner, Chopped Beef Dinner, Chopped Turkey Dinner, Cooked Chicken, Lamb and Rice Dinner, Senior Dinner, Turkey Chunk Stew.

Kosher Pets Inc. Freeze-dried Beef Patties for Dogs, Poultry Meal Dinner for Dogs.

Hill’s Pet Nutrition:

Alpo (canned) Beef, Chicken Eggs and Bacon, Gourmet Dinner, Senior Chicken and Rice.

Prescription Diet a/d, c/d/ d/d, g/d, h/d(canned only), i/d, k/d, n/d, p/d(dry only), r/d, s/d, t/d, u/d, w/d (dry only.

Science Diet Canine Growth (dry), Large Breed Growth (dry), Puppy Growth Treats and Real Chicken-medium bone, Puppy Growth, Puppy Growth Large Breed, Adult Treats with Real Chicken – medium bone and large bone, Large Breed Adult Maintenance (canned), Senior Treats with Real Chicken – medium bone and large bone, Small Bites Senior, Light Maintenance Original Recipe, Active Maintenance Chicken Recipe.

Origen Grain-Free Dog Food

Check all labels to be sure the food doesn’t contain chametz.

There are many grain-free foods for pets, both dry and canned, available that may be used for Passover. You can also homecook meals for your dog and/or cat. Combinations such as lamb,carrots, broccoli, potato and rice; cottage cheese, eggs and salmon; yogurt, tuna and rice; chicken or turkey, potato, peas and carrots. Cats need more protein and less carbohydrates while dogs can eat a bit more carbs.

Check with your Rabbi or Kashrut service if you have any doubts.

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