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The Best Food for Cats

 

Dogs will eat just about anything, but cats can be downright picky. Since our rescue and feral cats would rather starve than eat my homemade meals, I devised a plan.

To boost the nutritional content of the canned “mystery meat” they love, I began adding a few things. Results were almost immediate with softer, more luxurious coats.

The surprise, however, was that they now had no more ticks and fleas. This had been a MAJOR problem before. We initially had success using the product Flea Free, but it became less effective after a while.

Flea Free contains apple cider vinegar and garlic (the part that is safe for dogs and cats), plus amino acids, vitamins and minerals. However, once the cats were getting extra nutrition, the pricey supplement was no longer needed.

 

Protein vs Carbs

 

Cats are true carnivores, which mean they must eat meat to survive. For optimal health, cats need a high protein low carbohydrate diet enhanced by greens. In fact, a cat who eats no green foods is more likely to experience trace mineral deficiencies, digestive disorders, and some forms of cancer.

The worst foods you can give your feline friends are grains, which are in the majority of dry pet food brands on the market. These are linked to weight gain, diabetes and other disease.

A friend of mine bought expensive dry cat food from her vet for several years. When her cat, Morley, gained a massive amount of weight and developed diabetes, my friend went online to determine the cause.

This was 10 years ago, before “grain-free” became a buzz word, but she learned how detrimental excess carbohydrates are to cats. Switching Morley to grain-free canned food was the answer to his health and weight problem. He finally began to thrive.

 

Nutrition Boosters

 

  • Organ meats.  While they get a variety of nutrition-dense organ meats from both chicken and grass-fed beef, chicken livers are our cat’s favorite. I use Springer Farms free-range, antibiotic-free and humane certified.  Organ meats should make up only about 10% of your cat’s meal if ingested daily, or 50% if given twice per week.
  • Super-foods – This is what I use. It contains 20 organic food ingredients, including probiotics.
  • Vegetables – All are safe except garlic, onions, tomatoes, avocados or mushrooms. These foods are either toxic to cats or difficult for them to digest. Leafy greens help to improve digestion and prevent constipation. I give my cats micro- greens.
  • Herbs – Parsley, dill, chamomile, catnip or dandelion greens are safe for cats, but avoid others until you research or check with your vet.
  • Oils –  My cats like a little oil on the side, but not in or near their food!

 

The Truth About Oils

 

Because of their ability to decrease inflammation in the body, Omega-3 fatty acids are helpful for numerous inflammatory conditions that occur in cats. This includes skin problems, asthma, gastrointestinal issues, arthritis, autoimmune diseases, cancer and other conditions. 

Omega 3 oils also give your cat’s coat a nice shine, help with hairballs, improve bad breath and promote good intestinal health. Fish oil and coconut oil are the best choices for felines. There is a lot of confusion around giving coconut oil and flax oil to felines, but it appears that 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon is safe for an average sized cat (check with your veterinarian if your cat has health problems).

According to the owners of Raw Paws Pet Food, coconut oil offers the following benefits for both dogs and cats:

✔ Healthy Skin & Shiny Coat: Naturally moisturizes without chemicals. Helps reduce allergic reactions.
✔ Thyroid Health: Gently elevates metabolism resulting in higher energy levels and weight management.
✔ Improved Oral Health: Helps to combat bad breath and cleans teeth.
✔ Helps Control Diabetes: Natural solution to help regulate and balance insulin levels.
✔ Rich in Lauric Acid: Strengthens immune system with antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal agents.
✔ Natural Hairball Remedy: Non-petroleum lubricant for cats with hairball issues.
✔ Fleas & Flea Control: Contains lauric acid which acts as a repellent to fleas and ticks and mites naturally.
✔ Whole Body Support: Supports strong bone growth, reduces inflammation and alleviate arthritis pain.
✔ Improves Digestion: Increases nutrient absorption and helps relieve colitis and IBS

 

Putting it All Together

 

Following is what I use to optimize my pets’ health. If time is a concern, you can try a liver supplement and/or super-food mix.

While it may sound complicated, I prepare everything at once. Here’s the steps:

  • Boil or braise organ meats over medium heat and cool.
  • Chop, grind or blend meat and steamed vegetables and/or herbs.
  • Form into small balls (or drops) and place on a cookie sheet lined with wax or parchment paper.
  • Freeze, then store in a container or baggies.
  • Thaw the balls as needed and add to food once or twice a week. Mix with canned food 1:1.
  • Add super-food powder.

 

Healthy Snacks

 

My cats LOVE these snacks:

  • Unflavored yogurt. Cats are often lactose intolerant, but small amounts occasionally seem to be okay for most.
  • Canned wild Sardines or mackerel
  • Cat grass  grown from seed and kept indoors (sunny spot)
  • Grain-free dry food – used for snacks since most cat treats are unhealthy. This is what we buy.

 

 

If you’d like to start making your pet’s food from scratch (dogs are easier to please), Dinner Pawsible is a good book. For natural health care for pets, check out Dr. Pitcarin’s book.

Be sure to make any changes in your pet’s diet gradually to introduce them to new tastes and avoid stomach upsets. If your furry friend has digestive or health issues, run this information by your vet.


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