More Cat Care Information:
While feeding your cat a moist homemade cat food is the best way to go health-wise, there are times you might want to feed best dry cat food. The best dry cat food is still homemade cat food , but because it is baked in small batches with good ingredients, the quality is better.
|General Cat Care #1: Before You Bring Your Cat Home|
|You will need food, food dish, water bowl, interactive toys, brush, comb, safety cat collar, scratching post, litter and litter box.|
|General Cat Care #2: Feeding|
|An adult cat should be fed one large or two smaller meals each day. Kittens from 6 to 12 weeks need to be fed four times a day. Kittens from three to six months need to be fed three times a day. You can either feed specific meals, throwing away any leftover canned food after 30 minutes or free-feed dry food (keeping food out all the time).|
Feed your cat a high-quality, brand-name kitten or cat food (avoid generic brands) two to three times a day. Kittens can be fed human baby food for a short time if they won’t eat kitten food softened by soaking in warm water. Use turkey or chicken baby food made for children six months and older. Gradually mix with cat food. Cow’s milk is not necessary and can cause diarrhea in kittens and cats. Provide fresh, clean water at all times. Wash and refill water bowls daily.
Dry kibble is most useful for two reasons:
- Dental health: Hard snack-sized morsels are good for kitty's dental health, especially if you don't feed homemade raw cat food. Just wet cat food alone doesn't scrape food off your cat's teeth. Supplementing the homemade wet cat food with homemade best dry cat foods is one way to assist this issue.
- Convenience: Dry cat foods can be the easiest way to go when your pet must be boarded or when you need to travel. Combine this with a pre-prepared wet cat food is the ideal.
Homemade best dry cat food cannot be made in large batches. This food is made in small amounts and stored in airtight containers to preserve freshness. But, the best part about it is that you can continually rotate the kibble you choose to make, thus providing your cat with a variety of ingredients and protein sources.
Here is a recipe option for best dry cat food. This could also be used as treats:
Kibbles for Cats
Recipe Credit (stretcher.com/stories/03/03jan27a.cfm)
3 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups soy flour
1 cup wheat germ
1 cup cornmeal
1 cup non fat milk
½ cup brewer's yeast
|General Cat Care #3: Grooming|
|Most cats stay relatively clean and rarely need a bath, but they do need to be brushed or combed. Frequent brushing helps keep your cat’s coat clean, reduces the amount of shedding and cuts down on the incidence of hairballs|
|General Cat Care #4: Handling|
|To pick up your cat, place one hand behind the front legs and another under the hindquarters. Lift gently. Never pick up a cat by the scruff of the neck (behind the ears) or by the front legs without supporting the rear end.|
|General Cat Care #5: Housing|
|Cats should have a clean, dry place of their own in the house. Line your cat’s bed with a soft, warm blanket or towel. Be sure to wash the bedding often. Please keep your cat indoors. If your companion animal is allowed outside, he can contract diseases, get ticks or parasites, become lost or get hit by a car, hurt in a fight or poisoned. Also, cats prey on wildlife.|
1 (15 ounce) can mackerel
5 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon cod liver oil
2 cups of water or as needed
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all the dry ingredients in a large bowl. In another bowl, mash the mackerel into small pieces. Mix in the oil and water. Add the mackerel mixture to the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly. The dough is tough, so use your hands. Roll dough out to about 1/4-inch thickness and cut into 1/4-inch bits, using a knife or pizza cutter. Mound the bits onto greased cookie sheets and bake for 25 minutes. During baking, occasionally toss the bits with two wooden spoons, so they brown evenly. Turn the heat off and allow the treats to cool thoroughly before removing. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. This cat food recipe freezes very well for longer storage.
To make other varieties of best dry cat food, you simply vary the grains used, the proteins, and even add in small amount of vegetables. Keep in mind the moisture content of your ingredients to adjust the levels of dry to wet ingredients.
Some ideas for different kibble mixtures:
- Replace cornmeal or some of the other flours with higher value grains like ground oat flour, barley, or brown rice flour.
- Add in small amounts of puréed vegetables (even baby food ones) in place of small amounts of water.
- Add an egg or two. This helps bind the ingredients together and adds beneficial protein.
- Change the proteins! You shouldn't use fish all the time. Add in other meats like ground turkey or chicken.
- Replace some of the oil with applesauce for a fruit choice.
The key is to cook the best dry cat food at a lower oven temperature to FULLY dry out the food. Keep the pieces very small and don't crowd the pan.
The best dry cat food is one that still looks at the nutritional needs of a cat. Ideally, dry cat food won't be the major component of your cat's diet, as it is still too high in carbohydrates, but when used in moderation, can be a good addition.
|General Cat Care #6: Identification|
|If allowed outdoors (again, we caution against it!), your cat needs to wear a safety collar and an ID tag. A safety collar with an elastic panel will allow your cat to break loose if the collar gets caught on something. An ID tag or an implanted microchip can help insure that your cat is returned if he or she becomes lost.|
|General Cat Care #7: Litter Box|
|All indoor cats need a litter box, which should be placed in a quiet, accessible location. A bathroom or utility room is a good place for your cat’s box. In a multi-level home, one box per floor is recommended. Avoid moving the box unless absolutely necessary. Then do so slowly, a few inches a day. Cats won’t use a messy, SMELLY litter box. Scoop solids out of the box at least once a day. Dump everything, wash with a mild detergent (don’t use ammonia) and refill at least once a week, less frequently if using clumping litter. Don’t use deodorants or scents in the litter or litter box (especially avoid lemon scent).|