Determining what to feed your cat, can sometimes be an onerous task.Not to mention the finicky ones that snub their nose up at just about everything. I was able to talk with my pet's veterinarian about nutritious, homemade cat food. Here are some ideas that he shared with me. They are carnivores and need a high-protein
diet much higher than dogs.. They also respond to a variety of foods and enjoy a constant change in cuisine.
Make sure the meat and eggs are cooked and try to stay away from canned fish that may contain mercury. A powdered supplement, like kelp, green algae, protein powder, yeast, lecithin or other vitamin and mineral powder that is recommended by the veterinarian can be mixed in with the food before serving. He said the correct amount of protein and nutrients were very important and that is why the store bought, wet, dry or semi-wet is normally used. They are designed to provide what is needed for a well-rounded feline diet. Occasional, milk based foods like yogurt, cottage cheese and some shredded cheese are a nice alternative filler to use, make sure your cat is not lactose intolerant. Always follow the doctor or nutritionist's advice if any special diet should be followed, especially with a known medical disease like diabetes.
These foods should be avoided: chocolate and caffeine, onions, garlic, macadamia nuts, mushrooms, dog food.
Here are some easy recipes. You can mix some of them with the dry kibbles and transition them into a healthier diet gradually.
Protein blend delight
1 pound ground chicken
2 tbsp diced carrots
1 tsp kelp powder
Mix all ingredients and bake for 45 minutes in a preheated 350 degree oven. This recipe can be cooked on the stove top over medium low heat. Add homemade broth or water to the consistency you wish, for a delicious stew.
2 cups plain yogurt
2 tbsp wheat germ
2 tsp honey
Mashed bananas or berries
Try some berries on a separate plate to see what they will eat. Mash the berries or bananas up. Blend all ingredients together. Refrigerate any left overs, this will stay good for several days in an airtight container.
Beef and rice medley
1/2 pound lean ground beef
1 cup cooked brown rice
1 tbsp olive oil
1/4 cup cooked and diced green beans
1/4 cup diced carrots
Cook the ground beef in olive oil on medium low heat in a large saucepan. Mix in all the remaining ingredients. Add powdered supplement just before serving.