What is a safe, healthy homemade recipe to serve on occasion for my diabetic cat?FamilyPet
Homemade recipes for the diabetic cat can be fine as long as they meet strict nutritional guidelines. Always check with your veterinarian, and follow these basics:
• Limit carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are one of the causes of diabetes in cats. Avoid adding cornmeal and other grains, such as rice, tend to be high.
• Increase proteins. Chop up roasts, steaks or any other kind of beef to the size of your thumbnail so your cat can chew it. Cook the meat in its own juice and use the juice as a sauce. Using chicken or fish is another good way to increase protein in your cat’s diet.
• Include fiber. Green vegetables, such as spinach and broccoli, to get fiber into the diet; will help to balance blood sugar and aid digestion. Ground up the vegetables in a food processor with water to make them digestible for your cat.
• Use fresh ingredients. This gives the food longevity if you freeze batches of it and provides more nutritional value. You also will not need to use the food immediately.
• Measure portions. Feed only one-half cup per cat twice daily. This is all they need to eat.
What follows is a homemade cat food recipe, good for diabetics and non-diabetics. As always, please consult your veterinarian first.
Vegetables, such as peas, carrots or string beans
• Cook ground turkey in a large pot or skillet. Cook eggs and vegetables separately. Chop up the eggs and vegetables and add them to the cooked turkey. Stir in the bone meal or eggshell and the butter or vegetable oil.
• Puncture fish oil capsules and add the contents to 1 cup of water. Stir in the vitamin B-complex and taurine. Add the mixture to the meat and vegetables.
• Use a food processor or stick blender and blend the mixture. Incorporate the ingredients completely. Portion the mix into freezer containers. Label and freeze.
• Thaw a day’s food portion in the refrigerator the night before or take the chill off in the microwave. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days.