How to Make Homemade Food for Your Cat

Chronic digestive disorder and malnutrition are among the problems that cats suffer due to the intake of unbalanced diet. These complications can be avoided by ensuring that the food your cat takes contains all the necessary nutrients.

Making the food that your cat consumes at home is among the ways of ensuring that your cat stays healthy. The misconceptions that are common as regards making food for your cat at home, advantages of home-made food for your cat and the correct way of making your cat’s food will be discussed in this article.

Misconceptions about making your cat’s food

They include:

a) It is time-consuming.

All you need is to allocate an hour every four days to make your cat’s food. If you are opposed to making your cat’s food in bulk and you prefer making fresh food every day, it takes even less time.

b) It is more expensive.

Making your cat’s food is less expensive than buying a premium canned food for cats. It is, however, more costly than average kibble. However, making your cat’s food is advised because you get to keep tabs on the nutrient intake of your cat.

c) The nutritious content of homemade cat food is incomplete.

This misconception is actually ironical if you take into account the fact that when you purchase your cat’s food, you are told the nutrients that it contains. When you make your cat’s food, you get to keep up with the nutritious content.

How to Make a Balanced Diet for your Cat

When transiting from canned food to homemade cat food, surprise your cat with a great treat that should serve to tighten your bond as well as increase her nutritious value.

Take into account that your cat is naturally affiliated to proteins. Therefore, while preparing his or her meals, ensure a healthy balance between raw and cooked foods. 

There are three essentials that should be contained in your cat’s food:

a) Animal protein.

In your cat’s food, ensure that the protein comes from poultry, beef, rabbit, fish, and pork, among other animal proteins. Ensure that you feed your cat a variety of these proteins. Fish every day might get monotonous and boring for your kitty.

b) Fats.

Fats are essential for your cat for several reasons. First, your cat gets a healthier skin and fur, and also, the food he or she eats turns out tastier than a sample with no fats.

c) Water.

Water is very important for your cat, as it is necessary for an easy digestion. The water content of your cat’s homemade food should be between 10% and 30%.

d) Carbohydrates.

The carbohydrate content in your cat’s food should not be excessive. Excess carbs in your cat’s food may lead to chronic digestive disorder.

There are a number of precautions that you should beware of while preparing your cat’s food. They are:

• When preparing homemade food for your cat, ensure that you do it right. If you are unable to prepare a fully nutritious meal for your cat, you are better off buying a canned meal.

Consistency is recommended. If you choose to prepare your cat’s food every day, or every four days, ensure that you include it in your schedule. Consistency during the time you feed your cat is also a great bonding experience for the two of you.

• When preparing a recipe that has been recommended by the vet, you are advised to neither omit nor add any ingredient.

The Benefits of making your Kitty’s Food

a) The chances of your cat suffering malnutrition due to the lack of the number of nutrients in his or her diet are reduced. By preparing your kitty’s food, you are able to keep up with the nutrients in each meal.

b) While making your cat’s food, you are able to introduce a variety. The proteins in the meal can be varied from, say, liver, to beef or another protein. Moreover, you can vary the meals from raw to cooked food.

c) In some situations, it is less expensive, for example when compared to premium canned food. Moreover, there is a higher cost-effectiveness considering that you can make food for a couple of day at a go.

d) It also makes for a great bonding experience between you and your cat. This is because you get to monitor what he or she is eating and you can even create a cooking-to-feeding routine.

 

The debate on whether homemade food is a better pick to canned food has been there for a while now, and the misconceptions on homemade cat food are a proof of how skeptical a number of people are.

However, making your cat’s food at home is beneficial in more ways than one, including by increasing the cost-effectiveness of your cat’s food, better nutrition content and the ability to vary his or her meals.

Therefore, while cooking your cat’s meal, ensure that it has the right balance of fats, proteins, water and essential salts.

  • April 6, 2017
Mary Nielsen
 

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