Many cat owners increasingly make healthier choices for their pets. The idea is to contribute to a calmer lifestyle, reducing risks of future health conditions. One of the most common changes in their habits towards a healthier lifestyle is starting to make homemade cat food, rather than only feeding their pets with dry cat food. Would you like to change your pet’s habits and introduce organic and healthy food to their diet? Learn how to make homemade cat food and check the benefits of this change.
What are the benefits of making home-made cat food?
Feeding cats with homemade cat food may bring several benefits to them, such as:
- Reducing the likelihood of kidney problems and diseases caused by excess sodium, contained in dry cat food;
- Reducing the risks of bowel conditions, when compared to dry cat food;
- Reducing the likelihood of food intolerance or nausea, that some cats have when they stop eating certain brands of cat food over time;
- Reducing the risk of cat food allergies;
- Reducing the risks of diabetes, in the long run;
- Improving the pet’s breath;
- It may prove a lot cheaper than dry cat food, in the long run;
- Reducing the risk of malignant tumors.
Learn how to make homemade cat food for your kitten
Keep in mind that cats get easily tired of repetitive meals, hence, it is important to vary what will be served to them daily, ok? All following recipes have been made in accordance with a balanced diet, so as to prevent your pet from missing essential nutrients to his health.
Basic Cat Food from Ecolife: A guide to Green living
1/4 teaspoon olive oil or salmon oil
2.7 grams of feline vitamin/mineral supplement
30 grams of potato, cooked without skin
50 grams of carbohydrates — choose one: cooked pasta, white rice, barley, oatmeal or peas
83 grams of cooked animal protein, such as whole meat chicken, lamb, rabbit, beef, pork, tuna or salmon
Mix all of the ingredients together — a blender works really well for this purpose — and store the food in the fridge until needed.
Tuna Patties from Healthy Recipes for Pets
1 can tuna
1/2 cup boiled rice
1/4 cup pureed liver
2-3 sprigs parsley chopped
Drain the tuna and mix all ingredients together. Make six to seven balls and then form them into patties. Store in the fridge, and serve to your cat. This is one cat treat recipe that your feline friend won’t be finicky about!
What precautions should you have when preparing homemade cat food to your kittens?
Making homemade cat food is very simple and easy, right? However, you must be careful not to put your cat’s health at risk. Check some precautions you must have when preparing their food:
- Don’t offer them toxic food, such as onion, corn, garlic, leeks, chives, chocolate and sugar in general, alcohol, caffeine, cow’s milk;
- Grapes must never be given to your cats;
- Citrus fruits must be given with moderation;
- Avoid adding salt to any food you make them, since it may be prejudicial to their kidneys in the long run;
- Do not cook with sunflower, corn or soybean oil;
- Always make sure that the food does not spoil after storage;
- Pay attention to proportion and types of food when making a recipe, so as to prevent your cat from missing essential nutrients to his health;
- Cook all meat properly to prevent salmonella or hookworm infections;
- The same applies to vegetables, so as to prevent hookworm infections;
- Always use filtered water and, preferably, boil it previously to prevent giardia infection;
- Any shifts in your cat’s behavior, after ingesting homemade cat food, must be immediately examined by a veterinarian;
- Keep in mind that “homemade cat food” is not about giving leftovers to your cat.
Taking good care of your pet, making him homemade food, taking him to the vet and paying attention to his behavior are essential actions to promoting a healthy lifestyle, ensuring they live long.