Post # 1
Hi bees, we are trying to save as much money as possible especially since DH has not gotten a good job. So, I want to learn how to make my own cat food. One of my cats suffers from recurring UTI. He is under prescription food, but it so expensive. We have to buy a box every month of wet food, but it’s just a bit too expensive. So far it’s working but we don’t want more expenses if we can do it ourselves. So do you know of any recipes? Thanks a lot.
Post # 3
@candy11: I think cat food can be very difficult and expensive to make, especially if your cat has an underlying condition. You could talk to your vet/pet nutritionist about it, but I think the ingredients you’d have to buy will probably end up costing more than the current food.
Post # 4
@housebee: Thanks for your input.
Post # 6
I feed my cats raw cat food. It ends up being around $5 a pound, I think. About $0.62 a day for two cats, plus I mix in wet food (grain free, but only part of a can), which ends up being about $0.30 a day. So, less than a dollar a day for two cats – not bad! (I also give them some grain free dry food, but they don’t eat very much of that… a $12 bag lasts us a little over a month. (If it only lasted a month, that’s still only $0.40 a day.) So, the grand total for daily cat food… (drumroll!) – $1.32 for two cats.
My cats were shelter cats, so they came to us a bit thin. They both had some pooping/vomit/digestive issues, but after a couple months of raw they haven’t had any more issues (thankfully!). Also, their coats are muuuuuch softer. I haven’t dealt with a cat with a UTI, but from what I’ve read grain-free diets are supposed to make a major different in cats with reoccuring digestive, skin, and/or urinary problems.
Here’s a site with some instructions on making cat food:
Here’s a site singing the praises of raw food:
Post # 7
I used Home-prepared Dog and Cat Diets, the Healthful Alternative by Dr. Donald Strombeck to make our cats wet food. Dr. Strombeck is a veterinary gastroenterologist and his book is used as a text book at several vet schools. I started using this when two of my male cats had urinary blockages due to FLUTD (FUS) back in 1998 and we have not had a single incidence ever since! Here is a description of it on Amazon
I also used cranberry extract while I was getting the kitties back in order, a few drops in the food was all that was needed. I also kept Tinkle Tonic on hand for the first signs of trouble – it is a herbal combo recommended by our holistic vet and I swear by the stuff – even though the cats hate the taste.I have recommended Tinkle Tonic to several people and everyone has always reported good results. I think that can be purchased at Amazon as well.
I make the wet food in the crock pot, extra can be frozen. I would warm cold food by adding a little warm water. I do add Dr. Goodpet Vitamins and Minerals and probiotics before serving.
I believe in the raw food diet, unfortunately my cats do not. They will not touch it and I even bought a eat grinder to prepare it for them. Sigh!
Post # 8
Make sure you are not using any grains, and that the diet is high in protein.
Post # 9
One of my cats had reocurring UTIs 2 years ago, we the prescription food from the vet for a month or so, but i agree, too expensive over time. We have since used “Purina special diet cat food for urinary tracts”, buy it at Wegmans. and once a night we give her a large spoonful of “friskies special diet for urinary tract” wet canned food, at about 50cents a can it lasts about 4-5 days. We mix the wet cat food with a little water too. we ran this by our vet before we ever changed fro, the prescription food, he approved it and reccomended the extra water in the wet food, said the main goal is to get more water in her system.
just my experience, Talulah our cat had about 4 that year, poor thing, ever since our food changes, prescription or not she hasnt had a single one.
Post # 10
This is great, I am ready to start trying some of this. Thank you so much.