Feeding pets – Halal pet food ?


Asalamu alaikum.
We have been buying our cat dry food that only contains fish (to be halal for her).Now she is gaining a lot weight and the only solution is to transfer to fresh (raw) meat. Is it important for the meat we give her to be certified halal ?


No, it is not important for the meat you give your pets to be certified halal. An-Nawawi (R.A.) said in al-Majmoo’ (4/336): “It is permissible to feed dead meat to dogs and birds, and to feed impure things to animals”.

Imam Senad Agic
American Islamic Center – Chicago

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