Cats are known to be fussy when it comes to the food they eat, so there’s a good chance that you are becoming really frustrated when buying your cat food that he doesn’t turn up his nose to. How do you find food that will provide the nutrition your cat needs, with a taste that has him licking his lips and looking for more, yet has a price that suits your budget perfectly?
If you’ve exhausted all the options available in the stores, then how about giving homemade cat food a try? Following are a few hints and tips to help you get started.
Meat – since cats are carnivores, your homemade cat food should be made up mainly of meat which can be fed to your cat hot or cold. Good sources of animal protein you can use include fish, pork, rabbit and beef. Do note though, that while your cat might thoroughly enjoy tuna, it is not at all good for them, according to the experts. Although mutton and lamb tend to be high in fat, you can use it from time-to-time. All the meat you use should be fresh and not processed.
Bones – although calcium is an important part of your cat’s diet, you should not overdo things. Also, avoid giving your cat cooked bones, since they tend to splinter and can harm your cat both internally and externally. Instead, add bonemeal to your cat’s food, but make sure that it’s the type manufactured specifically for consumption and not gardening. When you give your cat a meal of fresh fish, remember to remove all the bones first.
Organs – it is essential that you include organs in your homemade cat food. Liver is rich in vitamin A, and kidneys are loaded with iron and vitamin B. Your cat might also enjoy other organs, such as tongue, heart and tripe, especially raw, green tripe. You might find green tripe utterly disgusting, but it will be a real treat for your feline friend!
It is best to give your cat raw heart, an excellent source of phosphorous, iron and B12. Beef tongue should be given sparingly because, while it is a great source of zinc, iron and B12, it also contains cholesterol, which can be harmful to your cat.
Supplements – while it is best that the food itself provides your cat with all the necessary minerals, vitamins and other nutrients, circumstances could arise where you will need to make use of supplements. If your cat needs a supplement but refuses to take tablets, then mixing the liquid or powder types in his/her food will probably be easiest. However, make sure to speak to your vet before giving your cat a supplement and DO NOT exceed the recommended dose.
Following are a few recipes, each of them providing two meals for your cat. As with the supplements though, please speak to your vet before feeding these meals to your cat, since they don’t work well with certain allergies and illnesses.
1 Cup tinned mackerel
1 Tbsp Sunflower seed oil
1 Tbsp cooked brown rice (organic)
1 – 2 Tbsp water OR beef or chicken broth
Mix all ingredients in food processor and blend until pureed
Best if eaten immediately, but can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
1 Cup chicken – baked or broiled
1/4 Cup steamed, mashed broccoli
1/4 cup steamed, mashed carrots
Separated chicken broth
1. Place all ingredients in a food processor, together with a couple of tbsp of chicken broth.
2. Crumble or puree until ingredients resemble pate.
3. Add broth gradually until mixture becomes smooth, but not “soupy”
4. Serve meal at room temperature.
1 Cup thoroughly cooked trout
1 Egg yolk, cooked
1 Cup of finely-chopped, steamed broccoli
2 Tbsp Sunflower oil
4Place all ingredients in food processor, blend until pureed, then serve.
As with the mackerel dinner any leftover food can be refrigerated for up to 3 days.
If you like the idea of making homemade cat food, then visit Amazon.com, where you will find a variety of books on homemade cat food recipes, at reasonable prices. Books include recipes for cats with health problems, books containing raw and natural recipes that your cat will find irresistible, books crammed full of recipes for the most delicious easy and fun-to-make cat treats, as well as books with homemade cat food recipes that are guaranteed to keep your cat in peak condition for years to come!