Food for cats

Homemade Food Recipes for Your Cat

Not all owners feed their pets with ready-made store food. Some people prefer to give homemade food. With such a choice of food, one should not forget about a balanced selection of food. A four-legged friend should have all the necessary minerals, trace elements, and vitamins in the diet. If there is no time to prepare food for the cat, then it is better to purchase store food. But if you are ready to buy groceries and cook for your pet yourself, then this article is for you.

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Basics of Natural Homemade Food

Home feeding is a regime in which the cat does not eat factory food, but food prepared by a person. For the animal to be healthy and receive the necessary nutrients, natural nutrition must meet certain standards, namely:

  • food must be safe and well-cooked, i.e. not contain harmful pathogens, parasites, and bacteria;
  • so that the pet gets the basic nutrients every day, the ingredients in the diet should be varied;
  • the products should be free of harmful substances, for example, GMOs and pesticides.

Also, when drawing up a menu for a furry friend, the following important points should be taken into account:

  • Proteins. Cats are carnivores by nature and must get protein from meat. About 80% of the total diet should be meat dishes.
  • Fats. Animal fats are best for pets. Vegetables can also be present on the menu, but in smaller quantities.
  • Carbohydrates. The main source of energy for mammals is carbohydrates. They must be in the diet, but not in such a large volume as proteins.
  • Fiber is a daily essential ingredient in a natural diet. Fiber helps in the digestion of various foods and normalizes the digestive tract.
  • Minerals, trace elements, and vitamins. The cat’s menu should include foods rich in iodine, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, selenium, etc. These elements normalize the work of the heart, blood vessels, musculoskeletal system, provide healthy skin and silky hair.
  • Water. The body is 80% water, so your pet should have 24/7 access to a bowl of clean water.

The general recommendation for the ratio per 1 kg of cat weight is as follows: 1 gram of carbohydrates, 2 grams of fat, 10 grams of protein. The most important rule when drawing up a menu for a week is to monitor the amount and variety of food so that the pet does not have a vitamin deficiency, especially in the autumn-winter period.

Approximate Diet for Cats

So, if you decide to feed your pet yourself, you should know how many grams of what food should be included in the daily diet:

For kittens from 1 to 3 months (daily intake in grams):

  • Meat (from 10 to 60);
  • Fish (from 8 to 50);
  • Fermented milk products (from 30 to 100);
  • Cheese, cottage cheese (from 5 to 10);
  • Cereals (from 20 to 50);
  • Vegetable fats (1 to 2);
  • Fats of animal origin (from 0.5 to 1);
  • Fish oil (from 0.5 to 1);
  • Chicken eggs (1-2 pieces per week);
  • Vegetables (15 to 20);
  • Fish, meat, and bone meal (from 7 to 15).

For kittens from 3 to 6 months (the daily norm in grams):

  • Meat (60 to 80);
  • Fish (from 50 to 60);
  • Fermented milk products (from 100 to 130);
  • Cheese, cottage cheese (from 10 to 15);
  • Cereals (from 50 to 70);
  • Vegetable fats (3);
  • Fats of animal origin (from 1 to 2);
  • Fish oil (from 1 to 1.5);
  • Eggs (1-2 pieces per week);
  • Vegetables (20 to 30);
  • Fish meal (15 to 25).

For adult cats (daily intake in grams):

  • Meat (80 to 120);
  • Fish (80 to 100);
  • Fermented milk products (from 100 to 200);
  • Cheese, cottage cheese (from 30 to 50);
  • Cereals (from 50 to 80);
  • Vegetable fats (3 to 5);
  • Fats of animal origin (from 5 to 8);
  • Fish oil (from 1 to 3);
  • Eggs (1-2 pieces per week);
  • Vegetables (from 30 to 40);
  • Fish meal (25 to 30).

At first, it will be a little difficult to create a menu with the above products. But after some time, you will get used to it and can easily cook delicious meals for your beloved pet.

Recipes for Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Each cat is individual and everyone’s taste preferences are also different. Therefore, in the process of switching to homemade food, the owner of the cat will have to repeatedly review some dishes. For breakfast, light cereal porridges, cottage cheese, yogurt are best suited. It is best to avoid heavy meat dishes in the morning. But for lunch, meat recipes will be perfect. Fortified treats purchased from a pet store are suitable as an additive. In the evening, you can give the animal cereals with the addition of meat.

The recipes below are sure to please your pets:

1. Meat dish with cereals and vegetables

For this recipe you will need:

  • 200 grams of meat;
  • 100 grams of vegetables (it is preferable to take those vegetables that your pet loves);
  • cereal – 0.5 tbsp.

Boil the meat, remove it from the pan, and cool. Pour 0.5 glass of broth into the cereal mixture and let it brew for 10 minutes. Cook the vegetables in the remaining broth until half cooked. Mix the infused cereals and vegetables in a blender until smooth. Cut the meat into small equal pieces and add to the resulting mixture, mix well. If the mass is thick, dilute with broth. Divide the resulting dish into several parts and serve the cat for breakfast or lunch.

2. Dumplings with liver

For this recipe you will need:

  • an egg;
  • 100 ml of water;
  • 250 grams of cornflour;
  • 150 grams of chicken liver.

Grind the liver in a blender, add the egg, water, and flour. Mix well. The consistency should be a soft dough. Roll out a long rope and cut it into small pieces. Divide the resulting number of dumplings in half. One part can be frozen immediately, and the other can be boiled. Serve warm.

3. Fermented milk delicacy

For this recipe you will need:

  • cottage cheese 5% (100 gr);
  • fermented baked milk (50 ml).

Place food in a blender bowl and mix thoroughly. Pour the mixture into molds and place in the freezer. The resulting delicacy perfectly refreshes on a summer day.

4. Chicken with vegetables

For this recipe you will need:

  • chopped chicken meat (200 gr);
  • steamed broccoli (50 gr);
  • steamed carrots (50 gr);
  • chicken broth (100 ml).

Combine all ingredients and grind in a blender. Serve for lunch or dinner.

5. Tuna with vegetables and rice

For this recipe you will need:

  • tuna (500 gr);
  • boiled brown rice (100 gr);
  • grated boiled carrots (50 gr);
  • sprouted wheat (2 tablespoons).

Mix all ingredients. Keep the resulting mixture in the refrigerator or freezer.

There is nothing difficult in preparing homemade food for your cat. The main thing is that the products are fresh and of high quality, and the menu is balanced and varied. If you are not sure about the number of essential vitamins and minerals in the diet, then give your pet additional vitamin and mineral supplements to the main food. A healthy diet is a key to the longevity of your animal.

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