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

Separate Feedings for Cats with Different Needs

If one needs to lose weight and one needs to "bulk up," the only way you can do that is to feed them separately, in different rooms. If the overweight cat is gorging himself, you may have to physically remove him to give the little one a chance to eat. I've heard you can also train cats to eat in their carriers.

Joy W., owner of a Maine Coon mix

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