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Healthy Recipes For Cats

This is the place to share your best homemade cat food and treat recipes with each other! Remember to use caution if your pet has allergies and to make any diet changes gradually so that your cat's stomach can adjust to the new foods you are introducing.

  
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Whiskers

The ruler of the- earth
 
 
Purred: Sat Oct 11, '08 2:59pm PST 
Here is a healthy recipe. I made it up myself. If it don't sound good to your cat, I'm just a kid to let you know.
Stuff:
Dry Cat Food (Any Brand)
Wet Cat Food (Only put a couple of slices and pour gravy from can food on it)
Cauliflower
Broccoli
Carrots (Baby Carrots)
Water
Instructions:
Put a little dry food in a bowl and then take Cauliflower and chop it up real good and put it in there and take small pieces of Broccoli and chop it up and put in there and take the Baby Carrots and chop them up and put them in there and then take a few slices of canned food and put in in there and pour the gravy from the can in the bowl and then get just a spoon full of water and put it in the bowl and stir it all up.
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M y cats liked it and maybe yours will too! If you want to you can put a couple treats in the bowl too! It might sound weird at first, but once you cat tries it it will probbley like it!

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Oreo

Make it look- like the dog did- it
 
 
Purred: Sat Oct 11, '08 9:20pm PST 
Veggies aren't really healthy for cats. Its better to just feed them a high quailty food if your going to add some "Junk" into the food.

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Khina

Don't breed or- buy when shelter- pets die
 
 
Purred: Sun Oct 12, '08 7:26pm PST 
Kitties are carnivores, they aren't designed to digest vegetables. It's also best not to mix dry food with wet. Please just stick to the canned food without doctoring it unless you're adding pure meat or pure meat broth.

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Whiskers

The ruler of the- earth
 
 
Purred: Mon Oct 13, '08 2:38pm PST 
Just to clarify, my cats haven't gotten sick and someone asked on Catster if it was ok to mix wet food and dry food and there was a lot of answers and they all said "I don't see a problem with doing it" . And I feed them this strictly as a snack.

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Oreo

Make it look- like the dog did- it
 
 
Purred: Tue Oct 14, '08 5:36pm PST 
When kibble is wet it can develop a mold that might make you sick. Veggies aren't necessary in a cat's diet. Where did you read on Catster that it's okay to feed canned and kibble?

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Skip

Mamma's Boy
 
 
Purred: Thu Oct 16, '08 7:30pm PST 
If you really enjoy preparing your own food for your kitties, I would highly suggest speaking to a professional (a vet, or someone who specialises in cat dietry) because kitties do require only a very small percentage of veggies, and a high percentage of meat. If you throw off their balanced nutrition, it could lead to health problems.
Your kitties may enjoy the food you gave them, but they don't have the capabilities to decide whether it beneficial to their diets or not.
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Sneakers

Meow for Obama!
 
 
Purred: Fri Oct 17, '08 9:11am PST 
I serve a 1/4 can of wet in the same dish of dry at dinner time. My cats will eat in one sitting, so there is no worry of mold.
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Nala ~ 1995 - 2010 ~

MOW! MOW! MOW!
 
 
Purred: Fri Oct 17, '08 11:46am PST 
Wouldn't mold only develop if it's sitting around for a while?
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Whiskers

The ruler of the- earth
 
 
Purred: Fri Oct 17, '08 3:37pm PST 
Yes Nala, your right. When it stays out to long it can form mold and it can make the cat sick...
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Shadow

Education is the- Key
 
 
Purred: Tue Oct 28, '08 6:44pm PST 
Here is the the reason for not adding dry food to wet.
"Although the cooking process kills bacteria in the ingredients, the final product can pick up more bacteria during the subsequent drying, coating, and packaging process. Some experts warn that getting dry food wet can allow the bacteria on the surface to multiply and make pets sick. Do not mix dry food with water, milk, canned food, or other liquids."
Also some other reasons:
Bacteria. Slaughtered animals, as well as those that have died because of disease, injury, or natural causes, are sources of meat, by-products, and rendered meals. An animal that died on the farm might not reach a rendering plant until days after its death. Therefore the carcass is often contaminated with bacteria such as Salmonella and E. coli. Dangerous E. Coli bacteria are estimated to contaminate more than 50% of meat meals. While the cooking process may kill bacteria, it does not eliminate the endotoxins some bacteria produce during their growth. These toxins can survive processing, and can cause sickness and disease. Pet food manufacturers do not test their products for bacterial endotoxins. Because sick or dead animals can be processed as pet foods, the drugs that were used to treat or euthanize them may still be present in the end product. Penicillin and pentobarbital are just two examples of drugs that can pass through processing unchanged. Antibiotics used in livestock production are also thought to contribute to antibiotic resistance in humans.
Mycotoxins. Toxins from mold or fungi are called mycotoxins. Modern farming practices, adverse weather conditions, and improper drying and storage of crops can contribute to mold growth. Pet food ingredients that are most likely to be contaminated with mycotoxins are grains such as wheat and corn, and fish meal.
Chemical Residue. Pesticides and fertilizers may leave residue on plant products. Grains that are condemned for human consumption by the USDA due to residue may legally be used, without limitation, in pet food.
GMOs. Genetically modified plant products are also of concern. By 2006, 89% of the planted area of soybeans, 83% of cotton, and 61% of maize (corn) in the U.S. were genetically modified varieties. Cottonseed meal is a common ingredient of cattle feed; soy and corn are used directly in many pet foods.
Acrylamide. This is a carcinogenic compound formed at cooking temperatures of about 250°F in foods containing certain sugars and the amino acid asparagine (found in large amounts in potatoes and cereal grains). It is formed in a chemical process called the Maillard reaction.4, 5 Most dry pet foods contain cereal grains or potatoes, and they are processed at high temperatures (200–300°F at high pressure during extrusion; baked foods are cooked at well over 500°F); these are perfect conditions for the Maillard reaction. In fact, the Maillard reaction is considered desirable in the production of pet food because it imparts a palatable taste, even though it reduces the bioavailability of some amino acids, including taurine and lysine.6 The content and potential effects of acrylamide formation in pet foods are unknown.
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