How to Make Homemade Cat Food - Many cat foods are mass-produced by multinational companies. Since the factories of these companies may be located in countries that have limited controls, it is not surprising if many cat owners avoid them. Instead of buying mass-produced cat foods, they prefer to make it on their own.
Are you one of these cat owners? If you are, you came to the right place. We can give you a quick, simple guide to help you make homemade cat food. Let’s start with the ingredients you need to avoid.
Ingredients You Must AvoidThere are ingredients you must not use. For instance, chocolate. Chocolate is delicious for us. But, it can lead to various health issues for many animals, including your cat. Here are some other ingredients you need to avoid:
- Raw egg whites
What You Must Include
Animal Fats and ProteinRemember, your cat is a carnivore. Even if you are a vegan, you must feed your cat with meat. Cats need animals’ fats and protein if they were to be healthy. If they don’t meet their daily fats and protein need, it can lead to various problems. For example, if a cat does not get enough taurine (a protein which can only be obtained from meat) they can go blind.
Here are good fats and protein source for a cat:
Calcium and PhosphorusYour cat also needs calcium and phosphorus. If you want to add calcium and phosphorus into the homemade cat food you make, use 1 part of calcium and 1.3 parts of phosphorus. You can add calcium supplements to get the proper ratio.
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WaterWater is essential for a living being. Due to this, your homemade cat food should also include water. An ideal cat food will contain about 10% to 30% water.
CarbohydrateCarbohydrate (carbs) is important, too. All good homemade cat food recipes should have less than 10% carbs content.
These are what you need to keep in mind. To give you an idea, here we have a homemade cat food recipe you can try.
Basic Cat Food
- 1/4 teaspoon of salmon oil (if you don’t have salmon oil, you can replace it with olive oil)
- 2.7 grams of cat mineral/vitamin supplement
- 30 grams of skin-less potato
- 50 grams of carbs (you can use peas, oatmeal, white rice or cooked pasta)
- 83 grams of animal protein (you can use cooked salmon, tuna, pork, beef or chicken)
Then, mix all of these ingredients together using a blender. Store it in your freezer until it is needed. Easy, right?