Unbalanced nutrition can harm your pets over a long-term period, it's important to feed them nutritionally balanced food. Cats have unique dietary needs. In the wild, they would instinctively seek and find all the nutrients they need. However, indoor pets depend entirely on their owners to give them the proper diet.
Hills Pet Nutrition, Inc. refers to a study done on homemade pet foods which determined that more than 90 percent of the homemade foods were found to be nutritionally incomplete for pets (Small Animal Clinical Nutrition, IV Edition, page 169).
Such results give the veterinarian community one more reason to discourage those who would like to go the extra step and make food for their animals.
Steps to a Balanced Diet
Unfortunately, balancing a diet for your cat is not an easy task. However, there are options for you to consider:
- Contact your veterinarian and ask him/her for help, but most likely you will be discouraged from preparing homemade food for your cat.
- Select a few recipes from reputable sources. Make sure you don't limit your cat to one particular diet only.
- Use supplement premixes especially designed to add all the important nutrients to your cat's homemade diet.
- Get your favorite recipes recalculated and adjusted to meet the appropriate nutrient profiles.
Recipes for Cats to Avoid
- Feline diets with low or no meat content (vegetarian and/or fish-based only)
- Recipes without a good source of calcium
- Cat diets supplemented with human multivitamins
- Cat diets high in carbohydrates
Homemade cat food, especially raw homemade cat food is more natural, healthy and palatable to our animals. If balanced correctly, home-prepared cat food should be recommended by veterinarians as a superior and advanced diet to commercial pet food in the same manner as fresh, home-cooked human food is preferred by our doctors over processed food.