As you have already decided, or are thinking seriously about, providing your cat with homemade cat food, I want to congratulate you!
This is the first huge step anyone can make in re-establishing the health of their cat.
But you do need to be aware of the pitfalls. You do need to ensure that you are providing Fido with all the essential nutrients for a healthy body. That's not all. You need to ensure Fido's mind is equally healthy.
Like it or not, your cat evolved by killing and eating small animals, up to about their own size. When making your own homemade cat food, you need to keep this firmly in mind.
By preventing them from killing their own dinner, you are removing something very important in Fido's life, so you have to try to compensate for this, as much as you can.
Unless Fido is a working cat, keeping mice or rat numbers down, I'm sure you don't really like to see him hunt.
How do you provide him with such a good and adequate diet that he really just can't bothered to hunt?
First of all, you look to nature for the answers.
Since a wild cat tends only to eat what he has just killed, this immediately tells us four things:
- he likes his food fresh
- he likes his food raw
- he likes his food warm
- he likes bones with his meal
That's a bit of a contradiction, isn't it? Raw, but warm?
Surely you need to cook the food to kill off any worms or bacteria?
What about bones? Won't they splinter and get caught up in his gut which will require expensive and distressing veterinary surgery to remove?
You know, there's a lot of misleading information about the best food for cats, 'out there'. Most of it comes from pet food manufacturers or those who sell or promote it, so have a vested interest in it.
In my opinion, you can't improve on nature. So when making your own homemade cat food, try to stick as close to a natural diet as you can.
You can't duplicate it, but you can come close.
While kittens will have no trouble adapting to eating a healthy homemade cat food, adults who have got used to the appetite stimulants in most processed food, can have a hard time adapting.
You will probably get a lot of accusing looks, turning his head away in disgust, walking away, turning his back on you, pawing the food as if to bury it, the works, during the transition period and you will feel a really nasty, uncaring cat person – rest assured Fido will make you feel that way! However, you do need to persevere for his sake.
He will come round. You just need to stick at it longer than he does… Trust me, he won't starve himself!
Homemade cat food, is without a doubt, the healthiest food you can feed your cat, as long as you follow nature's laws. You can restore good health in an ailing cat, you can keep your cat healthier, longer.
You have made the first giant step forward in considering a homemade cat food. The next step is in working out what the best one is.
I wish you every success!