Even with their busy schedules at work and at home, many cat owners would like to create their own homemade cat food recipes. Many reasons may be responsible why they do this. For some, they simply want to create food that they think is healthier than the usual cat food that can be found at the local pet store.
It must be kept in mind though that it is important to prepare the right homemade cat diet that contains all the proper vitamins and minerals to be able to give the cat its needed nutrition. Here are some important tips that a responsible cat owner must have in mind in creating its own cat food.
Tip Number 1 – It is important to know that there are some ingredients that must be avoided when creating a cat food at home. Some of the food stuffs that must never find its way into a cat’s food recipe because of their known harmful effects on cats are the following: chocolates, onions, pork such as bacon, uncooked fish, uncooked eggs, milk and bones. Although a cat may find any of these foods to be tempting, they should never be given to the cats to keep it safe.
Tip Number 2 – Considering that a cat needs five times more protein than dogs do, NEVER give a cat dog food because it will never meet the cat’s nutritional needs. For the same reason, a vegetarian diet will not work for a cat.
Tip Number 3 – Keeping in mind the danger that is associated between eating tuna and mercury poisoning, it is important to limit the amount of tuna that is feed to the cat. It is best to consult the proper guidelines that give information on how much lbs. of tuna can be given to a cat in a week. As they say, it is better safe than sorry.
Tip Number 4 – It is important to be on the lookout for ingredients that contain vitamin A especially if the cat is already receiving supplements of this vitamin. It is known that overdoses of this vitamin are very common. Therefore, it is important to know that liver which is high in vitamin A should be feed in moderation. And it should not be given to a cat if it is already receiving supplements of the vitamin.
Tip Number 5 – As stated in the second tip, it is important to look for ingredients that are high in protein. Meaning, it is important to give the cat a diet that is rich in meat but not in pork. This can be very easy to feed the cat because it is a carnivorous animal.
Tip Number 6 – Many vets highly recommend a cat diet that includes wet food. Also, they suggest that a cat is given food that is high in protein, high in fat, and low in carbohydrates. This type of food will help manage its blood sugar levels and keep it away from diabetes, a serious illness in animals.
Tip Number 7 – A homemade cat food recipe can actually combine dry, commercial cat food with meat, cooked eggs, milk that has no lactose, and some flavorings. This way, the cat is going to get used to the idea of eating a diet that is prepared at home.