Making your own homemade cat food {guide + recipes}

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Perhaps you"ve gotten frustrated in searching for the perfect cat food. You might feel betrayed lớn find that the pricey gourmet cát food that advertised itself as being good for health and all natural is little better than spicy wood pulp.

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Not only do you have lớn find a mèo food that"s nutritionally sound and in your budget, but it has lớn be something your furry but finicky friend will eat.

It could be you"re ready lớn throw up your hands & say “Forget it! I"ll cook my cat"s food myself!” “I"ll go for homemade cát food!” This is really not a bad idea, provided you know what you"re doing.

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Lamb and mutton are a bit high in fat, but cats may lượt thích a little every once in a while. The meat in any case must be fresh and not processed.

Bones


Do not let your cats have cooked bones. As noted before, cooked bones splinter too easily and can hurt your cát either internally or externally. Raw bones are a good source of calcium and are good exercise for the teeth. If you feed your mèo fresh fish, make sure khổng lồ take out the bones first.

Fresh bone versus bone meal or calcium carbonate

While a mèo might love to lớn gnaw on a fresh bone, it should be done sparingly and under supervision. If you use bone meal in your diy cat food, use the kind made for consumption và not the kind for gardening.

Better yet, grind the bones yourself. It"s easier than it sounds. Calcium carbonate not only provides necessary calcium but is a natural preservative. Bởi vì keep in mind that your mèo can have too much of a good thing where calcium is involved. Don"t overdo it.

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Organs


The liver is the number one source of vi-ta-min A for your cat. Kidneys are full of B vitamins và iron. Other offal your cát might lượt thích includes the heart, tongue và tripe. Raw green tripe might look và smell disgusting to lớn you, but your mèo will love it. Heart, a good source of vi-ta-min B12, iron và phosphorus, should not be overcooked if at all. Beef tongue has plenty of B12, iron and zinc but also cholesterol, so watch the portion sizes.

Brain is considered a delicacy by some people (no, not just zombies), but care must be taken so that your cát doesn"t eat something infected.

Supplements

It is better for your cát to get vitamins, minerals & other nutrients from the food itself, but a supplement may be beneficial depending on the circumstances. Powdered or liquid forms are the easiest khổng lồ cook with. If your cat needs a vi-ta-min supplement but won"t swallow pills, mixing a vi-ta-min powder or liquid in her food may be the easiest way khổng lồ get her khổng lồ take it.

Always kiểm tra with your veterinarian before feeding your mèo a vitamin supplement và do not exceed the recommended dose.

The Recipes

Please kiểm tra with your vet before feeding any of these recipes lớn your cat. If your mèo has certain diseases or allergies, some of these recipes as is may not be appropriate.