Homemade cat food recipes are becoming more and more popular as many owners are turning away from commercial pet food. Economic conditions have also encouraged this, as people look to save pennies in tough times.
Some kitty parents will buy the best cat food they can find, and then alternate by preparing homemade meals. Or, they'll make meals for special occasions only, or just make treats.
Consumers have been getting more and more health conscious over the years. The interest in eating healthy people food has led to questions about the quality of our pet foods, and an interest in cat nutrition.
After the melt down that occurred with the massive 2007 melamine pet food recall, consumer confidence in commercial pet food dropped like a rock. Questions not only about contamination were raised, but people started looking at what's really in their pet's food.
Combine that with reports that one in four pets is overweight and an economic downturn, and it's easy to see why cat owners are turning to either organic cat food or homemade cat food recipes.
It may or may not be less expensive to make your own cat food, or buy pre-packaged or frozen meals for your kitty. It also may or may not be a healthier alternative (opinions vary).
Some cats are said to have allergies to food, and some owners are removing commercial cat food products from the equation in order to see if it helps. There are some anti-allergy homemade diets recommended by veterinarians.
In any case, thousands of cat owners are making their cat food at home. I'm not going to show you how to make cat food here. Instead, below are some places to find recipes, and some things you should know about making cat food.
Here are several resources for homemade cat food recipes. If you're replacing your cat's usual diet entirely, remember to check with your veterinarian to be sure that your cat is getting adequate nutrition. Once you settle on a meal plan, bring it to your vet.
In some cases, you may need to add supplements to meet the nutritional needs of your kitty. Also remember that some ingredients may upset your cat's digestive system, as can switching diets too quickly.