One of the only real advantages of feeding your cat commercial cat food is the cost. You can comfortably feed a cat for pennies on the dollar with the low-grade, low-nutrient food you buy on the shelf of your local pet store, or supermarket. What many of us don't know is that most of what comes in such foods are animal by-products, fillers, etc. that your cat doesn't need: While essential nutrients are added to the mixture during manufacturing. Homemade cat food puts a nutritious meal in front of your cat and the best thing about it is you know exactly what they're eating (as opposed to the "mystery mix" that comes in commercial cat food). |
Meat should be the main component of any homemade cat food. Cats have been conditioned over the last couple of hundred years to eat what we give them. Up until the early part of the 1800's; cats ate wild animals that they hunted and ate them raw after the kill. For this reason you should consider feeding your cat raw red meat, supplemented with chicken and fish a couple of times per week. What you put in your homemade cat food might be different, but remember that red meat will give them the bulk of the nutrition they need.
The "Raw vs. Cooked" debate is a no brainer, since many essential nutrients are lost during the cooking process. Humans need to cook meat because our bodies are designed for a vegan diet and can't handle the naturally occurring parasites in raw meat. Cats will thrive on raw meats and may in fact eat much less, since their nutrient intake will be much higher than before.
You can add in some vegetables to put some color to your cat's food. The easiest way to test what they will and won't eat is to give them what you're making here and there to find out their preferences. Oats, rice, barely, wheat and corn are all healthy for your cat, even in large doses -- other vegetables are fine, but your cat may not eat them.
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