It’s natural for cat parents to be concerned about their fur babies’ health. In effect, many are opting for a healthier and more natural diet to give their calicos. One option that cat owners consider is personally making what they feed their pets. So, if you are one of them or are planning to join this group of pet owners, remember these essentials when making your homemade cat food.
Cats are obligate carnivores which means they need meat-based protein. There should be 60-85% meat protein to make sure their meal provides a good nutritional balance. Amino acids that come from meats either fish, liver, chicken, pork or beef, are essential for a cat’s daily nutritional needs. The concern with commercial cat food is the low amount of protein and others even rely more on plant-based protein instead of animal-sourced.
Fats found in meat are important due to the omega fatty acids in them. These are needed for a cat’s health. By having this essential in their diet, your kitty can have a healthier skin, fur and circulatory system. Cats purportedly need around 35% fat in their food. So, when making your homemade cat food, be sure to include good organic sources of animal fats.
It’s essential to include carbs when making your homemade cat food. It gives your cat the energy to do its daily activities. It must be noted however that due to the sedentary lifestyle of most cats, just about 10% of carbs is considered a fair amount for your calico’s daily nutrition.
Another essential when making your homemade cat food is calcium. It’s a vital nutritent that forms healthy bones and teeth for your kitty. Calcium also helps in other internal functions like blood clotting and muscle function. To ensure your fur baby gets the calcium he needs, including bone meal to his diet is advised. There’s also supplements which you can add in your homemade cat food. Both sources have pros and cons and you may consult your vet or try both to see which works best. An important consideration cat owners have to remember is providing meals with the correct calcium to phosphorous ratio (Ca:P). The ration should supposedly be 1.0 to 1.3 parts of calcium for every 1 part phosphorous. It’s essential to note this for proper bone development and maintenance for your feline friend.
When making your homemade cat food, consider wet food or adding water in the processing. This is important because cats don’t easily get thirsty; their bodies usually rely on the amount of hydration they get from their prey or their food. It’s why providing wet food over dry kibble is promoted. Make sure that about 10-30% of the total weight of the food should carry water or moisture.
There are many homemade cat food recipes available these days. A quick search in the internet will provide a lot of options that cat owners can try making for their kitties. Whatever it is, just remember to choose ones with ingredients that would ensure your homemade cat food have these essentials.