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Just curious..... If you have a pet does it's food have to be kosher?
strictly speaking, kashrut only covers the method of slaughter and the inspection, cleaning and preparation of meat, as well as what happens from that point up to the point you eat it. however, there is a large body of opinion that maintains that the ethical side of kashrut ought to go all the way up the supply chain, so kosher ought to mean ethical all the way. it is hard (from my perspective) to see how any form of unnecessary suffering to animals can be justified as part of the process and, indeed, since the agriprocessors scandal, this has begun to be taken more and more seriously.
re hametz, pet food would have to be kasher le-pessah, because the halakhah is about hametz in your *possession*, not just for consumption. normally, it wouldn't be a problem AFAIK.
Ok how about the food fed to food?
eg how do you raise a kosher animal for food? Does your sheep, cow, etc have to eat kosher?
Some do, some don't. I know of a company that makes kosher pet food, but I believe it's going overboard (although there are several families I've met that won't give their pets anything but kosher pet food.)
I feel that as long as the pet food isn't going to make the companion ill, nobody's going to care one one way or the other.
Pets don't have to be kosher.
Oh, you were asking about food. afaik not normally, but I'm pretty sure some people see it as problematic during pesach if the pet food is chametz.
it would have to be kasher-le-pessah during pessah, but you are allowed to "derive benefit" from, say, pet food, so you ought to be able to keep it within your house as long as there wasn't a risk of someone eating it. when i had cats, they used to get kosher tuna cans during pessah, which made them very pro-the whole idea. interestingly enough, the test for whether something is food-like enough in order to be considered hametz for the purposes of pessah is "would a dog eat it?" - dogs being thought to have somewhat low standards, but not actually stupid enough to eat, say, cardboard.But, What of animals that need far more than just grain? such as flesh?