Friday, May 27, 2011

A Homemade Feline Diet

If you are a pet lover, you might want to consider feeding him home made cat diet for the following benefits:

  • To avoid artificial colors and fillers, additives and preservatives that comes with commercial pet food. These additions can cause harms such as dermatitis or allergies and diarrhea in sensitive pets.

  • The poor quality of meat and meat by-products found in commercial pet foods are very unhealthy and can even put pest at risk for serious diseases

If you are now sold on the idea of feeding your feline friend with friendly home cooked diet, you might begin with this simple recipe:

Rice, Chicken and Vegetables

What you’ll need

  • ¼ cup grated carrots
  • 2 cups of chopped or ground cooked chicken
  • 1 cup of cooked brown rice

What you’ll do

  • Place the brown rice, chicken and carrots in a blender
  • Mix well
  • Pour about 2 teaspoons of chicken fat over the mix, if in case you have some
  • Serve at room temperature

You might also try mixing the following items for one delectable cat meal:

  • 1/3 to ½ pounds of ground meat which can either be chicken, beef, lamb or turkey or fish
  • 1/8 teaspoon of Potassium Chloride salt substitute
  • 4 teaspoon of olive oil
  • PetCentRx Cat Formula, as dietary supplement
  • ½ to 1 large hard-boiled egg
  • ½ ounce of clams chopped

There are a lot of recipes for home made cat diet you will find online so make sure you copy a few so you can vary your pet’s meal from time to time. Also remember to gradually introduce homemade diet to your cat. You can do this by mixing a small amount of his new homemade food to his old food, increasing this amount each day, until you replace the entire amount of his commercial pet food into his healthier, homemade goodies.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Depriving your Feline the Necessary Nutrients

We all know that cat diet is far more delicate than any other domesticated animals diets. Unlike humans, animals (cats & dogs) do not suffer from any moderate amounts of fats in their diets. In fact, it does not cause a bad effect in their heart or their arteries. They are very resistant to coronary artery disease but again it is necessary to have a balanced diet so as to avoid the risk for any health problems.

A home made cat diet should evolve in this idea so as not to jeopardize their health. There are many available recipes on the internet or in books but you must understand that it should be gradually introduced to your feline pets with the old foods. Increase it little by little each day until you entirely switch to it. Bear in mind that it should be not deficient of minerals and vitamins especially for those growing kittens.

If you cook the food for your cats then you must be aware that nutrients might be destroyed along the cooking process. And it could result into a deficient diet especially taurine and calcium which is a very critical component in their diet. Protein should come from meats considering cats are carnivores in nature and that it is missing from plants.

Cats need Vitamin A supplement in their diet since they cannot convert beta carotene to active Vitamin A. Supplements are necessary since meat and fish are low in calcium but high in phosphorous, so balancing them in the total diet is critical. And with an appropriate amount of water added in the diet is much healthier.

If you are planning to try your own home made cat diet, do it and do it the right way or don't do it at all. Do your homework to avoid an unbalanced diet or deficient of the nutrients they necessarily need.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Understanding Your Cat Diet

Before feeding any home made cat diet our feline friends, we must first remember and understand their dietary and digestive physiology. Obviously, cats are carnivorous. They eat those tiny mice in the walls hole. They leap over the tree branches to catch that poor bird especially the innocent hatchling. Or they play around, with the aquarium hoping that they will taste taurine within the clueless goldfish.

Therefore, with their natural killing instinct diet, we can safely say that cats need a lot of iron, protein, amino acids and fats in order for them to do their daily strenuous activities. Protein is needed for the repair of tissue and an essential factor for growth and development. Iron, on the other hand is for the production of red blood cells. Meanwhile, fats are the storage of energy, which are released during times of emergency.

However, cats are not purely meat lovers. They can be trained to eat plant products as well. They are said to be obligate carnivores. Obviously, we already knew the meaning of carnivore. The adjective obligate only suggests that the digestive organs of cats can consume plant byproducts (especially those who are also inside the stomachs of their preys).

Here's an example of home made cat diet, which you can try at home.
  • First, you can grind and pound meat, bones, liver, gizzards, etc. Mix it with small amounts of vegetables just to serve as extenders.
  • Second, you can fry bean curds or tofu in smaller proportions, season it with fish sauce.
  • Third, you can buy canned tuna and mix it leftover foods except for processed meal products.
Therefore, we can conclude that like us our pets do require a balance diet. Not all nutrients are provided by meat. The same is true with eating grains or vegetables. Furthermore, cats don't eat anything that would not have appeal on their sense of smell. You could season their meals with fish or soy sauce, but do it also in moderation.

Friday, September 10, 2010

The Challenge for Home Made Cat Diet

Food is the fuel that keeps every living organism alive. It is given also that what we eat defines who we are. Therefore, it is not enough to satisfy our hunger but we also consider the other attributes that comes with eating. The same also applies to what kind of food do we feed our pets. Of course, why bother if there are many home made dog or home made cat diets that proliferates the market? The only thing we need is to buy, open the can and dump everything to our animal buddies plate. But again, every action we do, connotes or reflects not only our pets but as well as ourselves as owners.

To know what kind of food we should give to our pets especially to our feline friends, we must understand their nutritional requirements. Like us, cats require different nutritional requirements like in protein, calcium, phosphorous, carotene and taurine for cat-terrific lifestyle. We should avoid giving them as much as possible processed meat products such as hotdogs, bacons, etc. if we don't want our cats to have skin diseases or allergies. Also, we should avoid giving them artificial fish oil to be mixed in cupful of rice or grains in order not to fatten them or make them obese.

The best home made cat diet should be healthy and nutritious as well. The challenge is how to incorporate fruits and vegetables to a carnivorous (natural) cat diet. What should be fed to them for desserts after eating Mickey's or Jerry's relatives?

Friday, August 27, 2010

How To Prepare a Home made Cat Diet

Like humans, our animal friends need good and nutritious foods. Although, it is sad to say like us, we too found ourselves eating ready to eat meals such as canned goods, preserved and packed meals. Which by common knowledge, it is said to be rich in preservatives such as sodium and other chemicals.

This might contribute to unbalanced diet, improper distribution of nutrients and poor health. We must understand that there is no substitute for natural and well cooked meals. Likewise, the same principle we should remember when purchasing or preparing a home made cat diet for our feline buddies.

Again, we all know that most cats love to eat fish. As such, most of the canned (cat) goods available in the market are mackerel, salmon or tuna either in flakes, chunks, grounded, etc. However, as we have said, this ready to eat pet meals most likely contain preservatives; so the challenge for us pet owners is how to prepare their nutritious meals?

If we have the luxury of time and money, perhaps we can buy fresh fish and have it steamed, boiled or fried before giving it to them. Giving raw fish might not be a good idea because like us they might incur infectious diseases such as ringworms, salmonella, etc.

Otherwise, we can still use the ready to eat cat meals; however, we must thoroughly combine it with vegetables such as minced carrots, potatoes, greens, etc. This is to ensure that the flavor of the cat food stays also with the veggies so they would eat it as well.