We may not know that cats tend to have sensitive digestion systems. As carnivores, they need to eat meat but avoid eating unhealthy food which contains indigestible. Finding the right food for a kitty, especially one with a sensitive stomach can be very challenging and sometimes frustrating. This is because feeding cats the wrong diet can cause serious health problems and even ultimately lessen the length of their lives.
Being aware that there are high levels of chemicals, additives and preservations in many commercial cat foods, lots of cat people look for alternative home-made cat food recipes and cat treats to offer their cats a healthier option. Because as with human nutrition, cats are healthiest when they eat a minimum of processed food. Instead, cooking for your kitties is really a great way to make sure that they get the proteins needed and it can be an enjoyable pastime for cat-parents.
If you are thinking of making your own cat food, some tips below may be helpful for you.
Know the nutritional requirements of cats.
In fact, cats have dietary requirements that are significantly different from our own which requires careful consideration and planning of the food they are receiving. Basically, cats need high level of protein and fat in their diet which is twice than what dogs need. To be more specific, cats need about 85 percentage of meat, fat, offal and bone in their diet while vegetables, herbs and roughage only make up 15 percent of feline dietary requirements. You are advised to consult with a qualified veterinary nutritionist who can ensure your cats will be getting all the necessary nutrients before embarking on feeding them with home prepared foods.
Water is an important factor in cats’ diet because it contributes to overall health in every living creature, let alone cats but it will be particularly bad if you keep your cats on dry food systems. Cats do not have a strong thirst drive which leads to dehydration so it’s necessary to keep them hydrated as they can’t do that alone. Unlike dogs, cats are not the most diligent drinkers and have to be lured to drink water. Cats prefer fresh water and may think it is contaminated if their water bowl is placed where they eat. Today, cat-focused water fountains are purchased by many pet owners because they keep water fresh with a natural taste. Moreover, these fountains have filters which get rid of impurities appearing from sitting out for a long time. The movement and sound of cat fountains also mimic a running tap which will encourage cats to drink more water.
What is a healthy cat diet?
A balanced feline diet should contain clean water (needs to be available all the times and easily accessible), approximately 50% protein (most cat won’t eat food which contains less than 20% protein) and 20% fat, a good dose of vitamins including vitamin A, vitamin B and vitamin E, calcium is also important part of building and maintaining cats’ bones. In addition, taurine is an amino acid that is essential to cats’ diet. If your homemade foods lack of taurine, your cat may suffer from central retinal degeneration, irreversible blindness as well as heart failure because of taurine deficiency.
In the other hand, avoid giving your cat foods that are dangerous or toxic to them. What you can eat doesn’t mean what your cat can. Home-prepared food should not contain onions, garlic, chives, grapes, raisins, chocolate (even white chocolate), sugar, uncooked yeast dough and spices from your pantry such as nutmeg, baking powder and baking soda. Other ingredients you also should avoid are alcohol, dog food, candy and gum, coffee, tea and other caffeinated products such as cold medicines, stimulant drinks and painkillers, human medication of any kind.
Formulate or find a recipe and start cooking
Even though you have identified all the parts of a healthy cat diet, essential nutrients can negatively affect your cat’s health if you get the recipe wrong. That the balance of nutrients is so crucial, you had better consult your veterinarian or an expert on cat health to find a recipe. You can get one formulated by someone else.
After your searching to create a balanced diet that meets all of your cat’s need and getting your vet’s stamp of approval, you are ready to start cooking homemade food for your cats! To begin with protein, you can purchase free-range, antibiotic and hormone-free whole chicken thighs from a reputable source or else use chicken livers, turkey, and egg yolks, among other options. But it’s important to remember that meat needs fully cook to destroy bacteria then remove some of the meat from the bone and cut it into chucks of about ½ inch. You can grind the animal protein to make it easier for your cat to eat. After that, mix meat with additional ingredients with the recipe: for every 3 pounds (1.3kg) of meat, pour in 1 cup water, 400 IU (268 mg) vitamin E, 50 mg vitamin B-complex, 2,000 mg taurine, 2000 mg wild salmon oil, and 3/4 tsp light salt (with iodine). And finally, make meal sized portions and freeze. Generally, cat eats about 4 to 6 ounces per day. Don’t forget to keep your cat’s meal in the freezer.
Should an undesirable weight loss occur, contact your vet immediately to make an adjustment in your cat diet plan.
Hope that with some tips mentioned above, you can find better way to increase your companion’s health and longevity by incorporating fresh whole food into her daily diet. A change in food can bring about dramatic improvements in unhealthy cats and even healthy ones will be glossier, peppier and more radiant than before.