Post # 1
I’ve read a lot about home-made cat food, and the nutritional benefits over dry/store-bought food. My cats are currently on Royal Canin dry and a variety of different wet foods, but my mum is really interested in making cat food from scratch.
Are there any Bees who do this, who can vouch for the benefits? And any recipes to share?
Post # 3
@peonyinparis: nope, my two gingers are on Science Diet dry food and get 75g kangaroo mince for dinner each. All I know is that cats need meat. I’m interested to see if anyone does this. Sorry I couldn’t help!
Post # 4
I actually plan on starting my cat on a raw food diet starting next week. I’ve heard the benefits are out of this world. Grow bigger, healthier, stronger, coat is better, and their poop doesnt stink! Royal Canin is a great cat food brand, but so many dry cat foods out there cause serious health issues and I wish i would have had every cat i’ve ever owned on a raw diet after reading the side effects of dry food. There are tons of testimonials out there about raw diets. And i’ll check back with you in a month to let you know how my cat does on it!
Post # 5
As a vet, I HIGHLY discourage trying a home cooked diet unless under the supervision of a boarded veterinary nutritionist. A recent paper examined home cooked diet recipes and none were balanced. I just got back from a conference and went to about 6 hours of nutrition talks including sessions on home cooked diets and carbohydrates.
Here’s the abstract if you want to read it:
It is very difficult to obtain adequate Calcium/phosphorus ratios, and meet micronutrient requirements for choline, arachidonic acid, linoleic acid, zinc and copper among others.
If you must do home cooked, the website Balance it can help you balance a diet with their pre-formulated nutritional supplement.
There is a lot of misinformation on the internet regarding nutrition. Cats do have the ability to digest and obtain nutrients from cooked carbohydrate sources (note that grain free is not the same as carb free). Many cats with digestive issues actually need a fiber source in their diet, which you can’t get without some sort of carbohydrate source. For all of you against “by-products”, common by products such as liver, kidney and other organ meat are an important source of vitamins and minerals. The companies that claim no “by products” just list “liver” on the ingredient list instead….
Here’s the UC Davis nutrition website for more information
Post # 6
My great-grandparents used to do this… however… in their day then you could buy offal very readily. Animals need trace nutrients found in things like eyeballs and intestinal walls of prey species, and you used to be able to buy the remains of carcasses with most of the “good” meat removed from the butchers very easily. Not so much nowadays.
Apparently, my great-grandparents would boil the carcasses down in an old bathtub, and then treat the bones separately (animals need the marrow for optimum health). Apparently it used to stink the house out!
My vet recommends a mixture of wet and dry food, and whole foods (chicken livers, lamb’s hearts etc etc). To be honest, I think that a mixed diet is far easier. I also assume your cats are indoor cats, so they can’t get their trace nutrients from mice and the like? If so, you have to be doubly careful what you feed them!