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hello everybody, i was reading someone's blog about diy food for cats , and i wonder if i could make any for mine ... i discovered that in fact i malnourished my cats as industrial food like whiskas , sheba or felix are in fact full of things that aren't good for pets as there is only 4 % of actual beef, fish..etc... amazing that i never even had a minute to read what i'm giving to my cats!!!! in fact i searched what kind of food rich in a good % of meat will be good or at least less bad for them and found that there is huuuge gap between prices . but i still want the best for them... so i would like to know , you owners , what do you give to your lovely felines ? did you ever try instead of buying in big surfaces , to make their food at home? is it too complicated ?? i think that i should address this questions to my vet as well as nobody knows better that them ...
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Old 22.09.2018, 17:13
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Re: cat food homemade

Go to a Facebook canning group, they have recipes for pet food
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Re: cat food homemade

Andreacardona,

The issue is not as simple as homemade=good, commercial=bad.

A nutritionally insufficient homemade diet, no matter how lovingly cooked, no matter how fresh, organic, whatever the ingredients, is still crap food.

A properly researched and tested commercial diet, made from quality ingredients under strict nutritional and hygenic control, is an excellent product.

A properly researched homemade diet, following current nutritional recommendations is an excellent product.

So yes, you can home cook - but first you must educate yourself. A word of caution - there is a lot of idiocy out there in t'internetland - and a lot of opinions and suggestions that are not only bad information, but also dangerous to your cat. Stay away from recipes from amateur blogger, you tubers, and airy-fairy fluffers, look for recipes published by veterinary nutritionists.

And of course, check the recipes you are interested in trying with your veterinarian.

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A case in point in dog food: The US FDA has recently stirred up quite a a storm by publishing a warning against foods that block the production of taurine - but the soundbite that emerged is 'grain free/home made food may cause heart damage'. The FDA warning was maddenly vague, but seems to suggest a potential correllary between peas, legumes, potatoes and insufficient taurine that might play a role in DCM. (Often legumes and potatoes are used as carbs in place of grains, hence the grain-free/home made shorthand.) The warning admits that research is only in the early stages.

Well, many of us had switched to grain-free because we thought it was healthier than foods containing 'empty' grains. Now we are all wondering what to believe. Should we supplement with Taurine? Should we avoid legume and potato based foods? Should we file the warning under 'FWP Angst Of The Day' and just keep on doing what we were doing?

No idea - but it points out we all need to keep abreast of new information, learn as much as we can as we decide what is the best course for our individual pets.
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Andreacardona,

The issue is not as simple as homemade=good, commercial=bad.

A nutritionally insufficient homemade diet, no matter how lovingly cooked, no matter how fresh, organic, whatever the ingredients, is still crap food.

A properly researched and tested commercial diet, made from quality ingredients under strict nutritional and hygenic control, is an excellent product.

A properly researched homemade diet, following current nutritional recommendations is an excellent product.

So yes, you can home cook - but first you must educate yourself. A word of caution - there is a lot of idiocy out there in t'internetland - and a lot of opinions and suggestions that are not only bad information, but also dangerous to your cat. Stay away from recipes from amateur blogger, you tubers, and airy-fairy fluffers, look for recipes published by veterinary nutritionists.

And of course, check the recipes you are interested in trying with your veterinarian.

---

A case in point in dog food: The US FDA has recently stirred up quite a a storm by publishing a warning against foods that block the production of taurine - but the soundbite that emerged is 'grain free/home made food may cause heart damage'. The FDA warning was maddenly vague, but seems to suggest a potential correllary between peas, legumes, potatoes and insufficient taurine that might play a role in DCM. (Often legumes and potatoes are used as carbs in place of grains, hence the grain-free/home made shorthand.) The warning admits that research is only in the early stages.

Well, many of us had switched to grain-free because we thought it was healthier than foods containing 'empty' grains. Now we are all wondering what to believe. Should we supplement with Taurine? Should we avoid legume and potato based foods? Should we file the warning under 'FWP Angst Of The Day' and just keep on doing what we were doing?

No idea - but it points out we all need to keep abreast of new information, learn as much as we can as we decide what is the best course for our individual pets.
thanks.... i just feel so confused ... suddenly just want to feel like throwing away all that crap food that i give them .... But meanwhile what can i give them instead ... i mean it's the carbs , the % of meat, the taurine , so many things that i can't see what's better ...or am i panicking too much ???
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Re: cat food homemade

You may want to check this site:
http://holisticat.com/index.php/en/

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They have home made recipes.

I have been feeding raw for a long time and it is a lot of work.

I managed to switch 1 of my 2 cats to eating mice, so free teeth cleaning for one of them! And he gets the right nutrients.
From time to time I also feed canned food (bio).
Very few dry food, as a treat only.

Dogs and cats don't have the same requirements and cats can not process grains - unlike dogs.

PM me if you want to discuss feeding.
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