How To Make Your Own Cat Food: Read This Before You Try It
If you love your pet like I do, you must have wondered at some point whether store-bought food is good for them. I happened to be wondering about this when I finally decided that I would make my cat some homemade food.
Sounds crazy, right? Trust me, it’s not that hard and it could definitely improve your cat’s health and your own life. Of course, as with anything you cook, there are some ingredients to stay away from.
Make sure you gather the appropriate equipment, and that you have a good knife to cut your protein of choice as well as a blender at hand. There is nothing to fear, as you will have control of all the things that go into your beloved pet’s food.
Ready? Let’s get started!
Warning: Avoid These Foods For Your Cat
Before we get started on how to make your own cat food, it’s important to know exactly what foods you should always avoid for your cat. Watch out for these harmful foods and ingredients before you cook for your cat:
- Alcohol: needless to say, alcohol can cause intoxication, coma, and death.
- Bones: especially from fish, poultry, and other meats, these bones can cause obstruction or cuts of the digestive system.
- Chocolate: if your cat ingests chocolate containing theobromine, it can cause it heart problems, seizures, or muscle tremors.
- Caffeine: anything that contains caffeine can cause restlessness along with rapid breathing, heart palpitations, and muscle tremors.
- Dairy: some cats can be lactose intolerant, which causes them diarrhea and vomiting.
- Fat trimmings: causes pancreatitis.
- Grapes, raisins, currants: damaging to kidneys.
- Raw meat: may have bacteria, which causes vomiting and diarrhea.
- Dog food: when ingested repeatedly, it will cause malnutrition and heart diseases.
- Human vitamins: because they contain iron, they are harmful to cat’s organs.
- Macadamia nuts: affect digestive and nervous systems, and muscles.
- Mushroom: can cause shock and even death.
- Raw eggs: because they have an enzyme called avidin, which decreases absorption of biotin, they will lead to hair loss.
- Rhubarb leaves: they contain oxalates that affect the nervous, digestive, and urinary systems.
- Salt: when ingested in large quantities, may lead to electrolyte imbalance.
- Sugar: cause obesity, dental problems, and even diabetes.
Homemade Cat Food
Now that you know what to avoid, let’s try making some basic, but yummy, cat food for your pet.
- ¼ teaspoon olive oil
- 2.7 grams feline vitamin or supplement
- 30 grams of potato, cooked without the skin
- 50 grams of cooked carbohydrates–either pasta, white rice, barley, oatmeal, or peas
- 83 grams of cooked animal protein–either chicken, lamb, rabbit, beef, pork, salmon or tuna
Mix all ingredients, preferably in a blender. Store food in the fridge until needed.
Cooking For My Cat
You are now ready to try some recipes for your cat’s food. Try adding sweet potato, celery, leek, parsley, or turnip. Maybe make some patties to change things up.
Always remember that your cat’s food needs animal protein, animal fats (about 30 percent for an adult cat), calcium and phosphorus, water (about 10-30 percent of the meal), and carbs.
What do you think? Ready to make some homemade cat food? Let me know what you think!