Natural Cat Food Recipes
Natural cat food recipes are becoming more prominent as feline owners look for alternatives to regular cat food, whether dry or wet. A cat’s diet is essential to its health. Your cat is what they eat. Natural raw cat food is becoming more prominent as more people look for homemade cat food recipes.
If you think about the natural instinctual cat food diet, it is raw food – birds, mice, and other small rodents. However, cats are carnivores and, therefore, should be fed meat! The carbohydrates and other processed stuff in regular dry food are not what nature intended. Still, it is what society has come to accept.
Natural Cat Food Recipes
How Do I Switch My Cat to a Raw Food Diet?
It may be easier than you initially thought. Cats are, by nature, curious creatures, so if you prepare natural raw cat food for your cat and leave it by their dry food overnight, you might find over time that your cat will go for the raw food (like raw chicken breast, thigh, liver, heart, gizzard, turkey neck).
Also, it is helpful to cut the meat into tiny bites and ground the bones for the first batches. Yes, preparing the food in advance takes time, but it is worth it in the end. Also, many cats and dogs love zucchini, so try that on your little character.
Remember that it is a good idea to introduce a variety of foods to your feline; however, with cats, it’s always wisest to go slowly. Only a tiny bit at a time because you’ll want to get your cat’s stomach used to the different proteins you’ve been introducing. Especially if your cat has never been on a raw food diet.
Why Switch My Cat to a Raw Food Diet?
A healthy raw, fed cat doesn’t need to go to the vet because they have no chronic illnesses, which puts money into your pocket.
A cat who is appropriately fed is a healthy cat who will stay out of the vet’s office – other than for wellness visits.
- Improved oral health
- Increased Digestion
- Control over food sanitation
- More Nutrient Rich Food
- The Challenge of eating raw keeps your cat lean and trim
Raw Meat Danger?
Cats are more likely to come in contact with Salmonella in DRY food than in raw meat. A HEALTHY cat who encounters Salmonella will have no ill effects from it. However, a cat with a COMPROMISED immune system is another story. They MAY develop diarrhea.
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That’s a really good idea! I have a pet snake as well, and already buy feeder mice. Thanks for the suggestion!
I was wondering if I could hunt small birds and rodents around my house and feed them to my cats, or would it be considered dangerous and unsanitary because they could carry diseases and parasites? Like what has been said above, that’s what wild cats eat, why not mine?
It would be dangerous. Also, they could be recently poisoned and therefore could poison your cat. You can buy feeder mice online through a company called, Big Apple Pet Supply.
I am more convinced of “going back as nature intended” with regards to feeding my cats a raw diet. When I was young, i witnessed my pet cat eat his caught mouse for his meal. Nothing went wrong with regards to his health. All footages too of all the big and wild cats out there eat their foods raw.. So why not take the extra effort for our feline pet friends?
I agree. I haven’t done it with my cats, though. I wanted to but my vet discouraged it because I wouldn’t know if the food had been out of the freezer in route from the manufacturer to my local store. I still think about it daily!
Jenny, I would try to find a holistic store in your area or I could even suggest one by me if you want to talk to someone. Vets know medicine and are sometimes turned off by holistic approaches. Also, cat food can be sold out of your vet and moving to raw May hurt their bottom line. Not to say your vet is money driven or narrow minded but I think you should get other opinions. I have an IBD kitty and I blame the current cat food industry and vaccinations on her obtaining this disease. Just a thought, not trying to preach. 🙂
Super-Duper site! I am loving it!! Will come back again – taking you feeds also, Thanks.