Cat Food

A complete guide to cat food and treats: wet, dry, raw and cooked.

Cat food is a contentious topic among pet parents, and the subject of many a debate here on Catster with good reason – we only want the best for our cats. A healthy cat is a happy cat, and our cat food section is here to help you make informed decisions about the canned food you pick up at the store or the meals you prepare from scratch at home. Learn the components of a healthy diet, get advice on the steps to take if your cat weighs more than she should, and learn about common ingestible hazards and poisons.

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An Easy Homemade Cat Treat Recipe

Here's one I found online: Ingredients: 1/2 pound ground beef or turkey 1 small carrot -- finely grated 1 tablespoon cheese -- grated 1 teaspoon brewer's yeast 1 teaspoon dried catnip 1/2 cup whole wheat bread crumbs 1 egg -- beaten 1 tablespoon tomato paste Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium sized bowl, combine the meat, carrot, cheese, brewer's yeast, catnip and bread crumbs. Add the egg and tomato paste and mix well. Using your hands, roll the mixture into walnut - sized meatballs and place on a lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake for about 15 minutes until the meatballs are brown and firm. Cool the meatballs completely before storing in an airtight container in the refrigerator. These also freeze well. Note: Not sure about the brewer's yeast since some cats have reactions to it.

Alana R., owner of a American Shorthair

Proper Cat Food Amounts

When you stand above your cat, he should have a nice "shape." If you have to press your fingers into his sides to feel his ribs, he's overweight. If his ribs stick out, he's too skinny. Personally, I free feed my cats (Purina One). None of the three are overweight. In the wild, animals are not fed at certain times. They 'graze' all day, eating food when they find and/or hunt and kill it. Mine also get 1/2 can of wet food a day. If your cat gets good yearly check-ups and is healthy and active, then I wouldn't worry. His hunger may be boredom and he may need a little extra playtime and socialization with you.

Joy W., owner of a Maine Coon mix

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