Home Cooking for Your Cat
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It’s a well-known fact that good quality cat food is very important when it comes to keeping your favorite feline happy and healthy. As a concerned pet parent, you want to ensure your cat receives the proper amount of nutrition on a daily basis, aiding in keeping her strong and fit and less susceptible to nutritional deficiencies and disease.
Despite the plethora of choices for cat food on the market today, you may choose to cook your cat’s food due to a diet restriction, medical issue, or simply because you prefer to go the minimally processed route. Just as you can cook good quality, healthy and hearty meals for you and your family, so to can you cook great meals for your four-legged friend. Making home cooked meals for your cat will ensure she is getting a nutritionally sound, well blended meal that is certain to keep her purring for more.
Cats are fans of proteins like fish, turkey, lamb and liver (although liver should be fed in small amounts only as too much can cause Vitamin A toxicity), and prefer fresh flavors over those that are aged. Sure, cats are probably the pickiest eaters in comparison to other pets, as they will quickly turn up their cute pink noses to food that doesn’t meet their standards. For that reason, it might be best to avoid feeding them only their favorite foods, as you will soon learn it will lead them to refuse anything else.
When cooking for your cat, do not add salt, include some grains in the recipe (cooked oatmeal or whole wheat bread are good choices), and throw some vegetables into the mix (starchy veggies such as peas, potatoes and squash are preferred). You may even opt to include some fruit in your cat’s food recipe.
Just as important as what you add to your cat’s meal is what you exclude. Be sure to avoid adding the following foods, as they can be quite dangerous when consumed by cats:
- In moderation it is fine, but too much tuna can lead to malnutrition and even mercury poisoning.
- Onions, Garlic and Chives. Onion in all forms – raw, cooked, powdered or dehydrated – can break down a cat’s red blood cells and lead to anemia. And garlic and chives can cause gastrointestinal upset.
- Dairy Products. Many pet parents think it’s okay to give their kitty a dish of milk or cream, but most cats are actually lactose intolerant.
- Grapes and Raisins. Both can cause kidney failure in cats.
- Fat Trimmings and Bones. Fat, whether cooked or uncooked, can cause intestinal upset, vomiting and diarrhea. Bones can cause choking, and they can splinter, causing an obstruction or lacerations to your cat’s digestive system.
- Raw Eggs. There are two major reasons why you shouldn’t include raw eggs in your cat’s meals. The first in the possibility of food poisoning; the second is that the protein in egg whites interferes with the absorption of the B vitamin Biotin, which can result in skin and coat problems.
A home cooked diet based on protein, grains, veggies and fruit can ensure your cat is getting the minerals, vitamins and probiotics she needs to maintain a nutritional balance. Remember to serve any meal you prepare at room temperature, not directly from the stove or refrigerator.
For cat food recipes, visit a pet recipe specific site like BalanceIt.com.
As always, it’s best to consult with your veterinarian before making any changes to your cat’s diet.
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