Feeding your cat a homemade, raw food diet will do wonders for their overall health. The odd tin of cat food or a little dry kibble wont hurt but the majority of their nutrition should be coming from raw, enzyme and nutrient rich ingredients. Some suggest that ‘big cats’ tigers, lions, leopards etc eat the contents of the stomach of the animal from the kill and therefore eat redigested vegetables, grains, and fruits. If you do want to feed vegetables, a better choice is cooked carrots, peas, corn kernals, broccoli florets, green beans, zucchini, lettuce, spinach and catnip. Do not feed garlic, onions, tomatoes, avocados or mushrooms. These foods are either toxic to cats or are difficult for them to digest. NOTE: If you are freezing the food for more than a week or two it is also not a bad idea to sprinkle extra Taurine from a capsule on the food as you’re serving it two or three times a week, just to be certain your cat is getting plenty of this critical amino acid. Cats like their food at something approximating “mouse body temperature.
French translation. A short note regarding dogs can be found at the bottom of this webpage. Also, please consider purchasing Feeding Miss Lilly by my colleague, Dr. Christine King. King is a fabulous writer and her book is a very enjoyable and easy-to-read essay discussing how she feeds her own beloved dog and why. As this webpage explains see Safety, there is a logical way to compromise between the two which will result in a diet that is safer and healthier than any dry food, and is safer than some sources of raw ingredients — especially those that come from a supermarket and have spent time in a refrigerator versus a freezer. It is my strong preference to feed a diet that is a safe balance between raw and cooked as described below. Note that dry kibble is very often contaminated with bacteria, fungal mycotoxins, insects and their feces, as well as being high in carbohydrates and plant-based vs animal-based proteins.
I will let a healthy cat go without food for about 18 hours and then offer them some of their regular food if they will not eat the new food that you are introducing. The recipes and information are for general informational purposes only and are not intended to replace professional advice from your veterinarian. Whatever best fits your financial situation is appropriate. Horses and cows, on the other hand, are designed to eat very high fiber diets. This method is fine if when served, it is eaten right away. Use bottled spring water, not tap water which can have too many chemicals. Notice the lack of any carbohydrate-based ingredients.