Cats require a lot of protein in their diet and therefore, their diet has to comprise a decent portion of meat. While there is no dearth of cat food brands in the market, the unfortunate event of melamine contamination that caused several pet food products to be recalled in 2007, has brought a bad name to these brands.
Pros of Homemade Food Diet
Homemade food has several advantages over ready-made cat foods; the foremost being the fact that it is made without using any added preservatives. This reduces the chances of allergy or food poisoning. Instead of preservatives, you can use natural ingredients that are nutritious and fresh.
Other than preservatives, commercial pet food is full of toxins, chemicals, sugars, fats, and animal by-products, like chicken claws, bones, etc. These ingredients may take a toll on the sensitive stomach of your kitty and cause diarrhea, gas, vomiting, etc. Commercial food products are not always up to the mark on the nutritional scale.
You are more likely to end up buying exorbitantly priced commercial brands available at the stores, which are of little help for the pet. Nevertheless, the only thing these brands will do, is make a hole in your pockets. Homemade food, on the other hand, is not just beneficial for the cat, but also comes easy on your wallet.
Cons of Homemade Food Diet
Many pet owners look for cat food recipes over the Internet. While there is no dearth of easy-to-cook recipes on the web, one needs to understand, that not all these recipes are nutritionally suitable for kittens and cats.
Ingredients to Avoid
- Macadamia nuts
- Candy containing Xylitol
- Moldy foods
- Mustard seeds
- Onion powder
- Yeast dough
- Coffee grounds
Additionally, you can also consult a vet; he will be the best person to guide you in this case. Cooking your pet cat's food at home can be fun. It can help strengthen the bond between you and your pet. You can even ask your kids to pitch in; that will make them become more responsible and connect to their pets.