Make Your Own Cat Food
for Better Cat Health

Learning to make your own cat food may benefit your cat's health because many cat food brands do not contain appropriate amounts of protein

Unfortunately, some pet food manufacturers do not care about the animals they feed and are only concerned about making a profit.

As a result, the kibble and canned food they produce is full of cheap fillers, plant matter and unnecessary vegetable stuff that stretches the reduced amount of meat they put into their pet food.

Domestic cats are strictly carnivores, not omnivores. They need access to raw meat and water to maintain good health (as well as love and attention from caring owners) but do not need plant-based food sources.

The only reason why cats are seen chewing contentedly on grass is to induce vomiting and eliminate unwanted fur or the skin and bones of an unlucky mouse.

Contrary to a common belief, cats do not eat grass because they are missing something from their diet.

What You Need to
Make Your Own Cat Food

To prepare homemade cat food you will need:

  • An Electric Meat Grinder--unbelievably, you can still purchase one of those old-fashioned, crank-handle, clamp-on-the side-of-the-counter grinders for around $15. They are easy to clean and will do the job just as well as a more expensive, electric meat grinder

  • An extremely sharp knife and meat cleaver--they need to be sharp enough to cut up chicken bones and tough meat like necks and gizzards

  • Mixing bowls to blend meats. This will make your homemade cat food irresistibly delicious to your cat (as well as super nutritious)

  • Plenty of plastic freezer bags or small containers in which to put the food and a permanent marker to write what kind of food is in each container

  • The best meats to use when you make your own cat food are:
    • Turkey (bones, skin)
    • Chicken (bones, skin)
    • Fish
    • Beef
    • Rabbit (bones, skin)
    • Lamb
    • Tuna and salmon(limit tuna and salmon servings because of mercury levels in ocean fish and high sodium content)

Do NOT use these foods:

  • Onions (contains N-propyl disulphide, a chemical that damages feline red blood cells and can cause a disease called Heinz body anemia)
  • Grapes and raisins (toxic to cats and dogs)
  • Chocolate (toxic to cats)
  • Raw potatoes or green tomatoes (both contain an alkaloid called glycoalkaloid solanine that is poisonous to cats and will cause severe gastrointestinal distress if ingested)

When you begin to make your own cat food, don't feed your cat totally organic diet but combine small amounts of the fresh food with your cat's regular food so that his digestion is given time to adjust.

Usually a cat becomes accustomed to homemade cat food in about four to five days.

Cat owners can freeze homemade cat food but freezing causes the food to lose some of its nutritional power. Adding a pinch or two of powdered taurine will ensure you that your cat is receiving the essential amino acids he needs to maintain optimal health.

Additionally, water should comprise at least 25 percent of the weight of homemade food.

Since some cats seem to resist drinking water, you can make sure they receive enough water by knowing you have added a sufficient amount to their food.

Sample Homemade Cat Food Recipe:

  • Four pounds of chicken thighs
  • Seven ounces of raw chicken liver
  • Fourteen ounces of chicken hearts
  • Eight to 15 ounces of water
  • Three teaspoons of salmon oil
  • Optional taurine, vitamin E or B complex supplements (depending on your cat's deficiencies, if any)
  • Optional cooked eggs (eggs are rich in protein but limit giving cats eggs to twice a week)

It can be time-consuming to make your own cat food when you have to grind the meat, bones and skin, mix all ingredients together and then place them in containers for later use.

However, with fresh, homemade cat food created in your own kitchen, you will know exactly what your cat is eating and will feel good about giving your feline the best kind of food available--aside from a freshly caught mouse!

Here are a few homemade cat food recipes to try. They are rich in protein and your cat will love them.

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