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How to Make Your Own Cat Food

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How to Make Your Own Cat Food

With multinational companies like Purina mass producing cheap cat food in places like China, where controls are limited even for products meant for human consumption, many people are beginning to go back to the basics for their pets. If you would like to surprise your kitty with a wonderful treat, or even transition entirely to homemade kitty food, consider these guidelines, recipes, books and websites as a starting point.

Ingredients to Avoid

As tasty as a chocolate-covered mouse may sound, this is definitely a no-no for kitty. Chocolate, in general aggravates the tummies of many of our animal companions, not just cats. Some other ingredients to avoid in homemade cat food include:

  • Garlic
  • Onions
  • Raisins
  • Raw Egg whites
  • Tomatoes
  • Grapes

While the above ingredients must be avoided, any regular cat food diet must also include a number of ingredients, but especially animal protein. You may be okay being vegan, but your cat certainly will not thrive on a diet of tempeh and tofu! Your cat is a carnivore and there is no way around this evolutionary fact. Cats need between 60% and 80% meat protein in order to acquire enough essential amino acids such as taurine, arginine, lysine and cysteine. Not getting enough taurine, for example, will make your kitty blind.

The Essentials

Animal Protein:
The protein in your cat’s diet should come from chicken (or other poultry), beef, pork, rabbit, fish or liver. Liver is especially important because it is chock-full of Vitamin A and cats cannot produce this vitamin on their own. Variety is important, so you should not just feed your cat liver or straight fish on a daily basis. The other essential ingredients include:

Animal Fats:
Not only does animal fat make food tastier, this essential ingredients is also mandatory for healthy skin and fur, as well the circulatory and urinary systems. Kittens need about 35% fat while adult cats thrive on a diet of about 30% fat.

Calcium to Phosphorus Ratio (Ca:P):
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 calcium supplements. Commercial cat food usually uses bone meal. If you choose to use bone meal only use a product meant for human consumption, not one intended for gardening. Veternarian Dr. Pierson is a supporter of grinding up bone herself and says it is much easier than it sounds.

Water:
Homemade cat food will ideally be 10% to 30% water weight.

Carbs:
All good recipes for felines should contain less than 10% carbs.

 

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Cherise Udell

Cherise Udell is a mom, clean air advocate, anthropologist and feline aficionado with the nomadic habit of taking spontaneous sojourns to unusual destinations. Before her adventures in motherhood, she was an intrepid Amazon jungle guide equipped with a pair of sturdy wellingtons and a 24-inch machete, as well as a volunteer at a rainforest animal rescue center.

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10:02PM PST on Dec 5, 2014

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11:55PM PDT on Aug 15, 2014

My cat use to eat what I eat - sometimes she eats even better :)

11:36PM PDT on Aug 15, 2014

My cat loves ground turkey and eggs mixed. She is old, was peeing on my bed and outside her liter box, puking more than the usually hair balls (food). Fed her that for a month... Now the incidents of problems has been reduced 90%. Recipe is 1 lb ground turkey with 6 eggs (both slowly pan fried cooked - more nutrients slowly cooked), a tiny pinch of salt in mixed in with both before pan frying. The salt might not be best but she seems to me doing so much better with this recipe. While writing this I fed her and she is sleeping on my lap atm. :)

8:40AM PDT on Jul 15, 2014

I made some homemade cat-food as well :) Mine went over well but I only feed it to him may three times a week. http://youtu.be/KdtAwEYqCGQ

4:36AM PDT on Jun 14, 2014

thanks, I tried to make some for my cats, they wouldn't eat it.

4:58AM PDT on Jun 10, 2014

Dogs and cats need organ protein some flesh and small amounts of high protein low carbohydrate vegetables, unless the dog is extremely active. I see the use of rice and pasta being used as filler for the pet foods, this may added to a less expensive recipe but is not adding to the overall health of the pet.

3:48AM PDT on May 28, 2014

I do not agree with beef, pork or liver from these animals in catfood, because I never saw a cat catch a cow or pig, so I think it is better to give them chicken or rabbit. Only it will always be a problem that all the meat is full of chemical substances from the food those animals get. So it is no wonder that a lot of cats nowadays suffer from glanproblems, cancer and longproblems. Humans are killing their pets with the food we give them. I try very hard to keep my cats healthy, but since I do not own my own chickens and as a vegetarian I am not able to kill another animal, I have to give my cats the food I can find in a store. I always try to use the most pure food I can find, that is all I can do.
I also want to point out that in a lot of dog and cat food the industry has put sugar. That of course is very bad for animals and very addictive.

12:42AM PDT on May 28, 2014

thanks for sharing

9:27PM PDT on May 27, 2014

I think I will stay with the brand I have been feeding my cats for the last 25 years. They are all healthy, and live long lives.

8:26PM PDT on May 27, 2014

I don't know what to do for my sweetie as far as food is concerned

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