As cats are carnivores so that they normally hunt the prey and rely on those animal products that are rich in protein, average in fats, and a minute amount of carbohydrates. Besides these, the feline also requires many other nutrients like minerals, amino acids, vitamins, and fatty acids.
It is obvious that only the required amount of nutrients is always better, so never feed more than of that. If you are feeding your pet a complete and balanced diet, then supplements are not required.
Without the prescription of your veterinarian, supplements should never be given because they may be harmful. Access to fresh and clean water should be provided to your cat at all times.
Raw Cat Food: The Risks and the Rewards
It is said by Remillard that raw meat diets are not so safe or nutritionally sounds. American Animal Hospital Association backed up her by warning about the salmonella poisoning risk to both the pet and the owners family.
A veterinarian in Calif; Lisa Pierson, disputes these kinds of arguments on her website by saying that she is making her own cat food for 6 years and have not faced issues of bacterial contamination. She is careful about her pets, and she has the knowledge that where from the cat diet stuff comes from. She parboils chicken and rabbit bones, adds minerals, and grinds it by herself, and that’s how she makes a balanced diet.
It is experienced by her that it’s cheaper and takes only 2 hours a month to make this at home.
Raw Meat Diet
- Whole fowl or rabbit: 3 pounds, including skin, organs, and bones
- Water: 1 cup
- Eggs: 2
- Vitamin E: 400 IU
- Wild salmon oil: 2000 mg
- Vitamin B-complex: 100 mg
- Taurine: 2000 mg
- Salt with iodine: ¾ tsp
A Homemade Diet: The Risks and Rewards
Making cooked or raw food at home is warned by Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine due to the importance of the right proportion and quantity of nutrients.
Remillard said that she had a conversation with many cat owners. Due to melamine poisoning in commercial cat food, owners are anxious to switch to homemade cat food. And while she doesn’t endorse homemade cat food diets, but for this, they have to consult a veterinary nutritionist to prescribed one.
For a healthy 12-pound cat, the following recipe is proposed by the MSPCA-Angell Animal Medical Center. This recipe is for a day.
- Protein: 83 grams or 3 wt-ounce (cooked beef, pork, salmon, tuna, lamb or chicken)
- Carbohydrate: 50 grams or 1/3 cup (cooked barley, white rice, corn, pasta or peas)
- Fat: 1/4 table spoon (olive oil, vegetable oil, or fish oil)
- Fiber: 1/5 cup or 30 grams, sweet potato cooked and without skin
- 2.7 g commercial vitamin or mineral blend
Raw cat diet and homemade diets are good for a cat, but you should always take care of your hygiene and nutritional requirements. You can use homemade food if your cat has a sensitive stomach or suffers from allergies but always consult your vet before offering it to the cat.