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Does anyone make their own cat food ?

(14 Posts)
OnEdge Mon 05-Sep-11 23:00:46

If so, how do you get on with it ? What works ? There seems to be very conflicting advice such as always use raw meat/never raw. I have 5 and 3 kittens at the moment and I am not sure about 85% of the tinned stuff being water. I also think that too much cereals are used ??

mammya Mon 05-Sep-11 23:17:44

I don't but will watch with interest...

tabulahrasa Mon 05-Sep-11 23:32:37

I'm lazy, so no, lol

But one of mine has lymphoma so I've been being fussy about their food and I'm buying ones that have a high meat content, nature's menu and applaws wet food has 70+% meat content and applaws dry food is 80% meat

SparklyCloud Tue 06-Sep-11 01:50:28

Tinned food with some dry sprinked on top is i feel most like they would eat in the wild ie flesh and some bones. Butchers Classic in the orange cans is prob the best tinned food on the market, also it has no cereal at all and has a high pure meat count. Not sure about the 85 pc wet content, but surely that would go for birds and mice anyway?

OnEdge Tue 06-Sep-11 05:44:35

[http://www.catnutrition.org/recipes.html this]] is what i had in mind. I have a plentiful supply of rabbit.

OnEdge Tue 06-Sep-11 05:45:46

sorry i mean this

OnEdge Tue 06-Sep-11 05:59:07

It just keeps bugging me when I can buy meat from my butcher for less than i pay for tinned cat food which is trying to mimic it. I gave them a whole raw rabbit that was skinned and gutted the other day and they loved it. Like a pack of Lions grin

OnEdge Tue 06-Sep-11 06:11:18

this too

Fluffycloudland77 Tue 06-Sep-11 20:08:16

Taurine is really important, if they don't get enough they can die.

Mincing and cooking destroys it.

If you google raw food diets for cats the Americans have done some really interesting research on it.

You can buy taurine supplements. But they are expensive. I saw one that was £50 a month

OnEdge Tue 06-Sep-11 22:35:04

shock

SparklyCloud Wed 07-Sep-11 14:57:32

Will second the taurine.

Samvet Wed 07-Sep-11 15:03:20

cats are not dogs.
Feed cat food because it is designed for cats.
All meat diet = nutritional hyperparathyroidism (plus death in some cases)
Plus taurine deficiency. Home cooked BALANCED diets for cats are very very difficult and require multiple suppliements/complex recipes.
Feed you cat occasional treats of meat etc fine. But main diet must be food for cats.
Wet food of course has a high water content. So do mice.
Please listen as I have seen litters of kittens die/be euthanased due to inappropriate all meat diets.

Samvet Wed 07-Sep-11 15:04:28

http://www.fabcats.org/owners/feeding/case.html

Samvet Wed 07-Sep-11 15:05:50

http://www.fabcats.org/owners/feeding/info.html

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