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Home Cooking for Your Favorite Feline

Home cooking: What to consider and delicious recipes if you are ready to plunge in

We all love a good home-cooked meal prepared with love and care and our animal companions are no different. You have probably never met a fur baby who didn’t love his people’s food.  The issue with giving our fur babies our own food is that it often contains things which are not good for our four-legged companions – or for us, for that matter!  The same issue can arise with some pet foods which include animal bi-products and ingredients which are either of low quality or harmful to our pets.  In some instances, our fur babies have specific conditions which require a special diet which cannot always be found from commercial sources or which is cost prohibitive.

Things to consider when cooking for your feline fur baby

More and more pet parents are therefore deciding to make home-cooked food for their fur babies.  If you are part of that group, here are some things to consider when embarking on this venture.  We have also included some recipe and resource ideas below to get you started:

  • Good quality commercially prepared cat food can include all the nutrients, vitamins and minerals an average cat needs so if you make your own food, be sure to add ingredients which will provide the vitamins and minerals your kittie needs. Some of these may include:
  • supplementsCats are obligate carnivores which means that they must eat meat. The entire feline digestive system is designed to process meat, not plant-based foods.
  • The food you prepare will vary depending on the weight and health condition of your four-legged feline baby. For example, there are certain foods that are ‘heart healthy’ and others, such as milk and onions, to name a few, which are not  healthy for your cat.
  • The supplements you add to the food will also vary depending on the age of your fur baby:
  • There are certain foods which can be hazardous to your cat’s health
  • Don’t add too much salt to your recipes.
  • Consider any special health issues your cat has, such as pancreatitis, gastroenteritis, diabetes and skin issues.
  • Prepare wet or dry food, depending on your cat’s needs.
  • Be sure to include tasty treats in your fur baby’s menu – even those with diabetes or restricted diets.

Recipes

Here are some simple recipes to try:

  • Super Chicken Mouse…oops! Mousse…:
    • Ingredients:
      • eggs1 lb. cooked or raw free-range, hormone-free chicken
      • 1 hard-boiled egg
      • 1 oz. cooked or raw chicken liver
      • ½ oz. Vitamin E
      • 2 drops of Vitamin B-complex
      • 5 oz. wild salmon oil
      • ¼ C cooked white rice
      • ½ t. probiotics for cats
      • ½ t. digestive enzymes for cats
      • Enough water to create a smooth mixture in the processor
  • Preparation:
    • Put all the ingredients into a food processor and blend until smooth.
    • Refrigerate portion you will use over the next couple of days and freeze the remainder in single serving portions for ease of use.
    • Watch your fur baby enjoy her food!
  • Seafood Bonanza
    • Ingredients:
      • ½ lb. fresh or frozen – not canned – shrimp
      • ½ lb. fresh or frozen salmon
      • ½ lb. sweet potatoes, chopped
      • 1 tsp. organic sea kelp powder
      • ½ t. probiotics for cats
      • ½ t. digestive enzymes for cats
      • Dash of turmeric
      • Enough water to create a smooth mixture in processor
    • Preparation:
      • Cook all ingredients together until tender.
      • Put the mixture into food processor and blend until smooth.
      • Refrigerate portion you will use over the next couple of days and freeze the remainder in single serving portions for ease of use.
      • Once again, watch your fur baby enjoy her food!
  • Thanksgiving Turkey a la KittieKat
    • turkeyIngredients:
      • ½ lb. cooked ground turkey
      • ½ lb. cooked turkey or chicken liver
      • 10 oz. wild salmon oil
      • 1 tsp. organic sea kelp powder
      • ½ t. probiotics for cats
      • ½ t. digestive enzymes for cats
      • Enough water to create a smooth mixture in the processor
    • Preparation:
      • Put all the ingredients into a food processor and blend until smooth.
      • Refrigerate portion you will use over the next couple of days and freeze the remainder in single serving portions for ease of use.
      • You know the next step: Share Thanksgiving with your favorite feline!

If you want more recipes, consider getting Cooking for Your Cat: Healthy Homemade Kitty Cuisine Seasoned with Affection.

Bon(e) Appetit!

 

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