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Homemade cat food
« on: August 18, 2011, 10:28:57 PM »
This Topic is for cats... will be starting other Topics. This is just a quick start.
Augonit asked an excellent question in  Practical Questions Topic. I posted it there too.
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Quote from: augonit on August 17, 2011, 03:09:14 PM

    I have long wondered what will you all be feeding your dogs and cats once the pet food runs out?


Yowbarb thoughts...
I've been thinking it would be a good idea to experiment with various scraps of
meat and fish and a little veg in a big pot - no bones... not much salt and cook a bunch of stuff and see if
the cats would eat it. We have on doggie in the house a friend brought her. She craves a variety of foods too.
My cats seem to crave a lot of protein scraps in addition to their high protein dry cat foods.

They will eat these things:
chicken scraps
some will eat a little hamburger
chicken liver
steak scraps if chopped
one cat will nibble on pasta if it is high nutrition like whole grain
white fish
tuna
chicken broth like from canned chicken

Maybe if there is a group in a survival shelter, and a couple cats or dogs, someone could take the table scraps
and cook them down..
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One article I found:

http://www.catsguru.com/cooking-food-for-your-cat-home-made-cat-food

Cooking Food For Your Cat – Home Made Cat Food

« Last Edit: August 18, 2011, 10:34:21 PM by Yowbarb »

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Re: Homemade cat food
« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2011, 11:08:13 PM »
This article doesn't give a cat food recipe. Will post one soon, YB

http://www.catsguru.com/cooking-food-for-your-cat-home-made-cat-food

Cooking Food For Your Cat – Home Made Cat Food
Note: "Vitamin supplements are most likely to be necessary for your cat if it is being fed on home-cooked foods."


Cooking Food For Your Cat – Home Made Cat Food

Devoted cat owners who spend hours every week slaving over a hot stove and preparing their pampered cat’s meals are convinced that they’re providing their pet with the best possible diet. But whether or not this is true depends on what they’re actually giving them. Still more important is how much variety they’re giving them — a constant diet of even the freshest and most expensive fish, for example, would not constitute a balanced diet.

home made cat food

Many cats are tempted by tasty, home-cooked titbits; however, you should always ensure that such treats are part of the overall diet, and not ‘extras’ which would just make your pet put on weight.

A healthy adult cat’s diet should contain a balance of nutrients, including protein, fat, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals. It may surprise you to know that this is more difficult to achieve, in the right proportions, with home-cooked foods. With prepared foods, the proportions have been calculated — in theory, anyway — for you. However, when you cook and store fresh food for your cat it is easy to miss out on important vitamins and minerals. Thus it is advisable to give a mixture of prepared and fresh foods rather than limit meals exclusively to either.

The golden rule with home-cooked food is always to give variety. A constant diet of any one food — even if it’s the best quality and the most expensive lemon sole or fillet steak — would not constitute a balanced diet and can cause vitamin deficiencies. So ring the changes each day between meat, fish, liver and poultry.

DIETARY ELEMENTS

The minimum amount of protein that a cat needs daily is reckoned to be about 5g for each kg of body weight (1/8oz for each lb). In addition to the protein element in your cat’s food, it is also a good idea to add a little fat in the form of chicken fat, butter or sunflower oil, and some bulk in the form of bread (crumbled toast is popular) or cooked potato. Eggs and cheese are other valuable protein sources.

Some people maintain that cats that are fed raw meat develop better and are stronger and healthier, but this is not generally advisable because it is the main route by which they contract certain diseases, such as toxoplasmosis. The bacteria that cause such disorders are destroyed by cooking. The answer is to cook lightly —boiling or steaming, say, for 15 minutes — which is unlikely to have any harmful effect either on proteins or on most of the vitamins.

Research shows that 50% of owners give their cat two meals a day; 20% give only one meal; and another 20% give three meals. The remaining 10% either vary the number of meals from day to day, or regularly give four or more meals a day.

Vitamin supplements are most likely to be necessary for your cat if it is being fed on home-cooked foods.

Cats should be offered a bowl of fresh water, which they need to flush their kidneys. Wash the bowl thoroughly each time.

Chicken or rabbit bones can be dangerous to a cat, because they can splinter and cause internal injuries.

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Re: Homemade cat food
« Reply #2 on: August 19, 2011, 12:07:04 AM »

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Re: Homemade cat food
« Reply #3 on: August 19, 2011, 06:57:55 AM »
Thank You Barb - This is really great info!

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Re: Homemade cat food
« Reply #4 on: August 19, 2011, 09:19:40 AM »
Thank You Barb - This is really great info!

Sunny

Sunny let us know if you try some of the recipes and your cats like them.  :)
I can hardly wait to try some of them -
also I want to experiment creating a nice big pot of gloppy good goop. If the cats like the mixture,
I will then cool it and put it in smaller batches and freeze them..
Enamel or cast iron would be best, I figure,
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