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.
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.
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).
✔ 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
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:
My cats LOVE these snacks:
If you’d like to start making your pet’s food from scratch (dogs are easier to please), Dinner Pawsible is a good 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.