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Home-prepared Foods for Cat

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Home prepared Foods for Cat

In contrast to dogs, cats enjoy a varied diet, and giving them different sorts of food is the best way to ensure that they stay healthy and obtain all the vitamins and minerals that they need. All kinds of meat can be given, either braised in gravy or lightly boiled, perhaps with a small quantity of mashed potato added. The meat does not need to be too lean since cats have a need for fat in their diet. Liver is very popular with cats and is a good source of vitamin A. Some cats show a great preference for liver, but it is not good for them to have it too frequently as this might result in an excess buildup of vitamin A, which can be the cause of skeletal deformities.

Chicken, game of all kinds and rabbit are all enjoyed by cats, and some of the bones can be given as well to provide calcium. Kidney, heart, tripe and lungs are suitable foods to give occasionally, although lungs do not have a high protein content. Cooked but not raw fish should be given on a regular basis, and it is a good source of various minerals including iodine. Oily fish is a rich source of vitamins A, D and E and can be offered to cats occasionally. Dairy products, particularly milk and cheese, are very popular with most cats and are an excellent source of calcium, protein and fat. A balanced diet consists of small quantities of all these types of food, a different one being offered each day.

Meals based solely on meat are not suitable since, while supplying plenty of protein and fat, they are deficient in calcium, vitamin A and phosphorus. To restore the balance, a small quantity of sterilized, powdered bone meal (which contains phosphorus and calcium), cod liver oil (vitamins A, D and E) and yeast (vitamin B) can be added to the food. It is best to seek veterinary advice if there is cause for concern about the diet of a cat before adding any extra vitamin and mineral supplements to its food. It should always be borne in mind that if a cat is allowed to roam freely it might well be obtaining food elsewhere or even hunting and eating prey animals.

Cats are capable of developing quite exotic and expensive tastes if given any encouragement. There is no harm in occasionally offering tinned fish such as tuna or sardines or a few prawns if the owner's budget is sufficiently accommodating. Manufacturers also make luxury 'gourmet' foods that are very tasty and highly acceptable to cats. These are generally intended to be offered as an occasional treat for cats that are eating a balanced and varied diet.