Recipes and Nutrition
You can find a lot of cat food recipes anywhere,
on the internet, books, but bear in mind that cats are
by nature carnivores.
They aren’t designed to eat high carbohydrate diets with plants and
grains – which are the very things in most commercial diets because
they’re inexpensive to produce.
- Many dry foods can carry up to 50%
- Learn to read a label – the ingredients listed
are in order of amount.
- If the first ingredients are grains this isn’t
truly what your cats need. Cat food is convenient to measure
food has an added risk in that cats consume much of the water in their
diet as well. Unlike some other species they don’t drink
enough sometimes to keep from being dehydrated.
people believe cats survive on a vegetarian diet but the fact is cats
- Among the things meat is needed for is taurine.
Cats cannot produce taurine in the body – it is needed in raw
- They also need inositol, a B-vitamin but don’t
need vitamin C. Cats
need much higher protein than people as well as higher fat content.
are important notes! Cats deficient in taurine not only have eye
problems (including cooked foods), much higher stillbirth rates and
lower survival rate of kittens. Skeletal deformities increase. Excessive
feeding of raw fish can block thiamine absorption.
good cat food recipes can be
If you're worried about
how this is going to be a balanced diet to your cats, Feline Future
offers a powdered premix for making homemade
They also conveniently offers a few raw cat food recipes for you to use
with their product.
- a pound of coarsely ground or minced meat
- quarter pound heart, gizzards, liver, chicken
necks or lamb
- and 2 tablespoons fat. Raw of course.
feeding use 6-8 ounces of water, some recommend using grapefruit seed
extract, and pour over a serving size – two heaping tablespoons per cat
twice per day. Kittens
can be started with ½ to 1 teaspoon 4-6 times
per day but chicken necks only with supervision over 8 weeks old.
queens may consume twice the maintenance amount.
Still others point to this is good for cats with
teeth issues but the full effects of raw feeding can be
seen best with whole chunks.
The cat working on chewing her food is also cleaning her teeth
naturally, removing the tartar and bacteria that cause dental disease.
There is little information about raw feeding of cats as fewer seem to
embrace the concept than dog owners, perhaps the idea that dogs are
better able to handle it.
Cats will consume a whole bird (my
cat below eat whole bird) and some larger cats will catch and eat
squirrels and rabbit with little problem. Cats are an efficient killer
and nature adapted them to eat what they kill, including a set of teeth
that grinds it into pieces that is easy for them to swallow.
Ground foods are more apt to harbor bacteria, but grinding and freezing
foods halt this providing it’s handled properly when thawing. Fish once
per week is fine but don’t overdo serving fish.
online cat food recipes involve cooking – which can destroy enzymes
true carnivores need. After all cats don’t cook their food! Others list
grains or vegetables in the recipes, again which carnivores don’t need.
This provides filler and bulk, but not necessarily nutrition needed.
One might be 2/3 cup cooked rice, 2 cans oil packed sardines, 2 chicken
livers and ¼ cup parsley.
Still others contain flour and other grains –
providing a cooked diet no better than commercial kibble.
Remember – the more grain and less meat means the less cat nutrition
your cats are getting. A healthy, happy cat is worth the effort.
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