|Purred: Tue Aug 28, '07 9:50pm PST |
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An over view:
Foods You AVOID Feeding to Your Cat:
Pork - this is dangerous. While trichinosis may not be as much of a concern these days, it can still cause problems raw.
Fish - raw fish fed in excess can lead to a Thiamin deficiency. Small amount of cooked fish may be feed sparingly as treats, such as sardines. Raw fish may contain some parasites that cats cannot handle, strong as their digestive systems may be.
Blue-green Algae - these supplements are not recommended.
Cod Liver Oil - not recommended as a fatty acid supplement since it can easily lead to a vitamin A and D overdose; unless, no other source of these vitamins, such as liver, is given to the cat.
Raw Egg White - there are many reasons why this is unhealthy. The most important being that it contains avidin which breaks down and destroys the B vitamins.
Minced Meats (and cooked meats) - B vitamins get destroyed in the process. Cooking meat also destroys the digestive enzymes, which in turn makes proper digestion very difficult.
Potatoes, Peas, Cabbage or Corn (Vegetables in general) - allergen or dangerous, lack of digestible nutrients.
Carrots - the vitamin A isn't going to help your cat any because he can't convert it properly.
Citrus Fruits - allergen or dangerous, cats hate the smell.
Chocolate - dangerous and an allergen.
Onions - dangerous because it can cause Heinz-body hemolytic anemia. Onion is also found in baby food and it is often added to enhance the flavor of many foods, so be sure to read the label.
Cooked Fat - a cat's system is not designed to handle cooked meat or fat.
Tuna Meat - use sparingly. It is not a good idea because it can cause very serious vitamin E depletion. Cats can quickly become addicted to the strong flavor and refuse all other foods. However we use it in our recipes at times and when we're in between batches of raw meat mixtures.
Ground Meat from a Grocery Store - possible contamination from grinders.
Flaxseed and Vegetable Oils - from a vegetable source.
Foods You CAN Feed Your Cat:
Turkey, Pheasant, Cornish Hen and Duck.
Bone Meal - do not purchase it at a garden supply store meant as fertilizer. This type of bone meal is not food grade and is of low quality, often contaminated with heavy metals. Watch how much you use and avoid overdosing.
Gelatin - provides a unique blend of amino acids.
Egg Yolk - contains all of the essential amino and fatty acids needed by the cat. It presents a rich source for vitamins and trace minerals. Egg yolk represents the most complete and concentrated nutrition available in the animal kingdom.
Salmon Oil - rich with Omega 3 fatty acids and it's the most concentrated source of Omega 3 fatty acids.
Garlic - helps to fight fleas.
Apple Cider Vinegar - a teaspoon in food each day may also help to repel fleas (but our cats prefer garlic).
Organ Meats - heart, liver, giblets, gizzards and kidneys. On a regular basis, they will help in enhancing variety. We don't use organ meats much, though.
Colloidal Minerals - containing over 70 natural minerals, preferably in unflavored liquid form (Health food and supplement stores).
Psyllium Husk Powder - unflavored, for fiber and proper bowel movement. Not necessary, but we use it.
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