How can I find safe, veterinarian-approved homemade recipes to serve my cat?

Many people are turning to homemade recipes for their pets. Veterinarians report that there is nothing wrong with serving homemade meals as long as they provide the right balance of nutrients, vitamins and other possible supplements.

This should always be done under the guidance of your veterinarian or pet expert. Your veterinarian most likely has the textbook Small Animal Clinical Nutrition, and you can go online to find other books, such as Dr. Pitcairn’s Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats.

There is also, an online service that will, for a fee, provide diet consultation and a recipe for your dogs.

It’s important to remember that cats need a lot of protein in their diet and white meats such as chicken, turkey and fish represent some favorite feline sources. Choose different parts such as livers, wings or necks and then enrich the meat by combining it with other items such as eggs, cheese, vegetables, yeast, oats or rice.

For example, a well-balanced meal can be made by combining 2 cups of cooked meat, 1 cup of mixed vegetables, and 1 cup of cooked oats or rice. Be sure to steer clear of starchy vegetables like potatoes, corn or peas that can be difficult to digest. Also, avoid adding garlic or onions, as these are toxic to cats. Mix the ingredients until well blended. If the food seems too dry, pour 2 teaspoons of melted butter over the top and stir vigorously to incorporate it. Serve your cat 1/4 cup at a time and store the unused portion in the refrigerator for up to three days.

You must also remember the cat’s need for taurine, an essential amino acid that they cannot manufacture in their bodies. Taurine is found in meat and seafood but since a deficiency can cause numerous health problems—and possibly even death—it’s always wise to have the diet evaluated by a veterinarian.

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