Are You thinking of making homemade cat food?

By Valdette Muller| April 20, 2018 | Blog

Treat your cat by preparing them some nutritious food.

An increasing number of vets offer nutritional consultations to help owners assess their cats’ specific needs in their diet.

As with humans, keeping to the same eating routine week in and week out can get boring. Some home made food can go a long way to complement your cat’s regular diet and keep things interesting.

Here are some recipes for some well balanced healthy food and some guidelines to go along with it. You can also serve dry food with the following recipes.

Ingredients to avoid before making any meal for your cat.

The following ingredients can aggravate your kitty’s stomach and can become toxic in the long term.

  • Garlic
  • Onions
  • Tomatoes
  • Raw egg whites
  • Raisans

While the above ingredients should be completely avoided, any regular cat food diet must include animal protein.

The essentials for a well balanced homemade meal for your cat.

Animal protein: 

Protein you can give your cat can come from chicken (or any poultry), beef, pork, rabbit, fish or liver.

Liver is full of vitamin A, and cat’s cannot produce this vitamin on their own. Too much of one thing such as liver can also become toxic and result in vitamin A toxicity. Remember, that variety is critical, so you should not exclusively feed your cat liver or fish only .

Water:

Homemade cat food should be hydrated and have 10% to 30 % water weight.

Carbohydrates:

All good recipes for felines should contain less than 10% carbohydrates. White rice, barley, oatmeal or peas all work well.

Animal fats:

Animal fats are an essential ingredient for healthy skin and fur, as well the circulatory and urinary systems.

Calcium to phosphorus ratio:

The ratio between calcium and phosphorus should be 1 part calcium to to 1.3 parts phosphorus. The easiest way to accomplish this ratio is to add a calcium or mineral supplement. You can also ask your local butcher for bone meal (not the one intended for gardening). Bone meal is a great source of calcium for your cat.

Basic Cat food recipe

  • 1/4 teaspoon olive oil or salmon oil
  • 2.7 g of feline vitamin/mineral supplement or bone meal.
  • 20 g of potato or grated carrot, cooked without skin
  • 40 g of carbohydrates — choose one: cooked white rice, barley, oatmeal or peas
  • 83 g of cooked animal protein, such as whole meat chicken, lamb, beef, pork, tuna, sardines, rabbit or salmon

Method

  1. Sautée the meat chunks in olive oil or salmon oil.
  2. Add the cooked carbohydrates and potato/carrot.
  3. Once meat is cooked through, add vitamin/mineral supplement or bone meal.
  4. Mill it up – a blender works really well for this purpose.
  5. Once cool, serve to your cat.
  6. Store the rest in an airtight container in the fridge.
  7. Discard after 4 days.

Sardine Patty Recipe

  • 1 can of sardines in oil
  • 1/2 cup boiled rice
  • 1/4 cup pureed liver cooked
  • 2-3 sprigs of parsley chopped

Method

  1. Drain the sardines and mix and mash all ingredients together.
  2. Form the mixture into little balls and then press them into patties.
  3. Serve to your cat, or store in airtight container in the fridge.
  4. Discard after 3 days.

 

Sources: https://pets.webmd.com/cats/guide/homemade-cat-food-and-raw-cat-food#1

http://cats.lovetoknow.com/Homemade_Cat_Food_Recipe

https://prettylittercats.com/blogs/prettylitter-blog/thinking-about-a-homemade-cat-diet-what-you-should-know

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