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

Wet vs. Dry Cat Food

I was always told that the wet food is better for cats - and to give the dry in moderation. My cat has a history of bladder stones so extra moisture is key for him. He is a big boy too at 18 lbs, so free feeding can have its challenges when you have a hungry kitty! I give my pet a half of a small can of Fancy Feast in the morning and at night - and he gets a 1/8 cup of dry in the morning and at night). Try different things and see how your kitty does - you don't want the weight to come off too quickly and you want to make sure your cat gets enough moisture in his diet.

Kellyann C., owner of a Burmese mix

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