Post # 1
I was wondering if anyone here has ever feed their cat a diet of homemade food, and if it was successful. I already work some canned fish and cooked chicken into my baby’s diet, and she goes nuts for it. She also seems to have much more energy on days where she eats “real” food. So I have been thinking about making the plunge to a full homemade diet, but I’ve heard conflicting reports on whether it is safe, exactly what vitamins are needed, and cooked vs. raw. There are so many different recipies out there, and so many opinions from vets and other people in the field. Any input?
Post # 3
We did this for a while because our cat was sick/recovering and having trouble with store food.
We did it for about 18 months. It’s a lot of work, but there was definitely a difference in her health. This is the info we used:
Feeding Your Cat: Know the Basics of Feline Nutrition
Now we feed them some bought food, a couple tablespoons of dry food, a couple tablespoons of wet food mixed half and half with chicken (cooked if it’s from another country, or raw if it’s domestic because we don’t have salmonella).
They get some chunks of raw meat in the evening, usually beef (domestic again) or chicken hearts. So it’s kind of a mix.
Post # 4
I have dogs, and after much research, I put them on a raw diet. It’s both the easiest and most species-appropriate diet. (The ratio for dogs is 80% meat, 10% bone, 5% liver, 5% other secreting organs; I don’t know if the ratio for cats is different.) If you go with a homemade cooked diet, which I don’t know if there’s a method for cats, you will need to calcuate nutrients of different meals and see what supplements you need to add. With raw prey-model, no supplements are needed as long as you are feeding the proper ratios.
Here are some sites to get you started: