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How Balanced is your Recipe?

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A Balanced Diet Will Add Years to This Cat's Life

A Balanced Diet Will Add Years to This Cat's Life

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I have been feeding home-prepared food to our cats for several years and during that time I have come across a lot of recipes on the internet or in different books. Most of them claimed to be balanced diets. One day I grabbed my calculator, did the math and discovered that many of those recipes were incredibly out of balance.

Why should it matter if the cat food recipes are balanced or not?

Unbalanced nutrition could harm our pets over a long-term period. Animals (especially cats) have unique dietary needs. In the wild they would instinctively seek and find all the nutrients they need. However, our indoor pets depend entirely on us to give them the proper diet.

Hills Pet Nutrition, Inc. website refers to a study done on homemade pet foods where more than 90 percent of the homemade foods were found to be nutritionally incomplete for pets (Small Animal Clinical Nutrition, IV Edition, page 169). Such results give the veterinarian community one more reason to discourage those who would like to go the extra step and make food for their animals.

So what can you do about that?

Unfortunately, to balance a diet for your cat is not an easy task. However there are options for you to consider:

  • Contact your veterinarian and ask him/her for help, but most likely you will be discouraged from preparing homemade food for your cat.
  • Select a few recipes from reputable sources. Make sure you don't limit your cat to one particular diet only.
  • Use supplement premixes especially designed to add all the important nutrients to your cat's homemade diet.
  • Get your favorite recipes recalculated and adjusted to meet the appropriate nutrient profiles. (You are welcome to contact me if you would like more information.)

Recipes for cats to avoid:
  • Feline Diets with low or no meat content (vegetarian and/or fish-based only)
  • Recipes without a good source of calcium
  • Cat Diets supplemented with human multivitamins
  • Cat Diets high in carbohydrates

What I believe:

Homemade cat food, especially raw homemade cat food is more natural, healthy and palatable to our animals. If balanced correctly, home-prepared cat food should be recommended by veterinarians as a superior and advanced diet to commercial pet food in the same manner as fresh, home-cooked human food is preferred by our doctors over processed food.

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