Anyone who loves to cook will tell you that cooking is a science. We often make blunders when it comes to our own diets. That is why it comes as no surprise that a number of people make mistakes when it comes to feeding their cats. Surprise surprise… Cat food recipes aren’t always on a person’s to do list! In fact they seldom are!
Most people use hand me down cat food recipes recipes. Milk and bread… The waste products of the previous meal… Chapati soaked in water (for my Indian brethren)… Vegetable stew maybe?
I would really like to know how many of you have really cared enough to find out what nutrients your cat really needs. Have you? Have you designed your cats diet based on that? Or do you listen to hearsay and build up ideas based on that?
COMPONENTS OF HOMEMADE CAT FOOD
Before you start building up your cats diet plan, you need to understand that cats are PURE non vegetarians. Notice the fact that I have emphasized on the word ‘Pure’. So whether you are vegetarian or vegan or gluten intolerant or whatever other diet that you follow… Remember that doesn’t matter! I respect your choice… I’m sure your cat respects your choice but it isn’t your cats choice! Don’t tell me otherwise… It’s non negotiable.
I know that for some, you will feel that I’m being harsh and maybe I am. I do have a reason for being this way though so bear with me and let me explain.
Cats have always been predators. Their body is built to digest meat and not complex vegetable tissue. That is why they are called obligate carnivores. They need animal protein to survive. Carbohydrates which come from vegetable based products are not essential in their diet. High levels of these carbohydrates will cause your cat to become obese and will predispose him/her to conditions like diabetes.
Amino acids like taurine and arginine are essential in a cat’s diet. These come from non vegetarian sources. A deficiency in taurine can result in blindness and even heart failure. It is a slow and painful death for the cat. Not something any doting parent would want.
In addition to all this, a cat needs fatty acids, vitamins and minerals that come from non vegetarian food. Water is also a key ingredient in every cats diet.
So what does this mean? Does it mean that a person who does not eat meat cannot have a cat? Absolutely not! Anyone can have a cat as long as you accept that a cat is a cat and he/she needs to get his/her nutrients from somewhere.
I know a Vegan, who is an active rescuer. I contacted her recently to get her views on it. It always best to hear it from the horses mouth (Not that I’m calling you a horse Yasmine!) but she shared my views. She feeds all her cats non vegetarian food. No qualms… No arguments. For her the cats health comes first.
Being vegan does not mean that you give your cat vegan food. Kudos to her for understanding that. I salute her!
I know a Jain family that just wants to keep their cat happy and healthy. So while they don’t cook non vegetarian food at home, they don’t mind feeding their cat wet cat food.
These aren’t the only people who are setting examples for cat parents everywhere. We need to set our priorities straight! Our priorities lie with our pets because after all they are family!
A FEW HOMEMADE CAT FOOD RECIPES
Well, to be honest, I was in the same shoes sometime back. I did not know that cats were lactose intolerant… Yes.. That means milk and bread is a big no-no. Surprisingly… Milk and bread seems to be the most common cat food recipe on the planet and yet the person who publicized it, got it all wrong! Luckily for me at that time I did not have a cat. But before I did get one I made sure to get my concepts straight!
A number of people have been asking me for cat food recipes for a while now, I finally have found the time to do some research and pen them down.
Chicken broth and Chicken Stew
This is possibly one of the simplest cat food recipes on the planet. Take a few pieces of chicken and cover it with water. Boil till the chicken is cooked. Shred the chicken once it cools.
You can serve it with the broth or serve the broth and the chicken separate. On hot days I even cool the broth and serve it chilled. My cat loves it!
Fish broth and Fish Stew
This is a variant of the chicken broth and chicken stew cat food recipe. The big difference is that you use fish. One big problem with using fish is that you need to debone it. This can be time consuming. That is one of the biggest deterrents to this recipe.
Other different kinds of meat can be used. The most popular meat in the Indian household is poultry and fish. That is why I have stated these two. The recipe can be adapted to whichever meat you choose.
Raw Food Diets
There are some people who prefer a raw food diet. Now this recipe involves just giving your cat different kinds of raw meat without cooking it. Some people may cringe at the idea but the diet does have its merits.
A larger amount of taurine is made available to the cat because it is not damaged in the cooking process. Cats a predators so their gut is built in a way that they can digest raw meat.
The problem with raw meat however is the chance of your cat developing a worm infestation. So if you decide to go down this path then make sure that you deworm your cat regularly.
Another draw back is finding a fresh source of meat everyday. You can’t keep the food out for long because it will go bad.
Other Cat Food Recipes
Well these were the recipes that I use. They are simple quick and easy for day to day living. There are other recipes that are more complex. I haven’t tried them out. I’m listing a few sites that you can check out.
Do let me know if you try any of them!
My cat doesn’t like fish. She loves chicken and other forms of meat. So she gets her fair share every day. I use Royal Canin kitten food for her too! At the end of the day, the diet that you choose is your choice. Just ensure that all the nutritional requirements are met. Keep an eye out for deficiencies and your cat will be fine!