1. Know the “why” behind the “how” when it comes to making healthy homemade organic pet food for your cat.
Another caveat: Before making changes to your cat’s diet, you should consult with your cat’s veterinarian first. Cats can be very sensitive if their food is changed (i.e., barf city or digestive issues). When switching to a new cat food even if it’s natural or organic, you should proceed very gradually and slowly introduce the new food.
First named ingredients include organic chicken, sufficient water for processing, ocean whitefish, brown rice, flaxseed, oat bran, guar gum and dried kelp. Although pricier than most other premium foods, Newman's Own is well worth rotating in your cat's diet. Several
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While organic and free-range meats make superior protein sources, they are often not the primary ingredients in organic pet foods. Because of costs, many dry and some canned foods use higher levels of plant proteins to meet nutritional requirements, increasing the carbohydrate load in your cat’s diet. Cat’s cannot properly metabolize high volumes of carbohydrates and in turn store them as fat. Understanding your cat’s nutritional needs AND how to read labels will help you select the best foods for your obligate carnivore. Many commercial and holistic cat foods also contain vegetables. The reasons for adding them are varied. From claims that their food represents all the food groups, to individual claims about added fruits and veggies, all tend to boil down to the reasons why humans need them in their diets. Though there are some claims that cats eat vegetables contained in the stomachs of their prey, the amount contained in the stomach of a mouse, small rodent or bird is smaller than a dime, and can be considered negligible. Often, the first organ that cats ingest is the brain, which contains the highest concentration of nutrients. That's why when our mighty hunter (or huntress) leaves a present on our porch, it is usually a carcass with a missing head.
Another argument, is that cats will eat grass, therefore, they need vegetables in their diet. In fact, cats ingest grass to help cleanse their digestive tract, mostly to help pass hairballs. Upon regurgitation or elimination through the bowel, the grass will pass completely undigested and whole. Here is why: In order to extract nutrients from vegetables, carnivores and omnivores need to break down the cell walls in some way. Cooking (steaming is best), grinding, and powdering are the best methods of breaking down the cellulose walls in vegetable matter. For humans and some other animals, our chewing process is very effective in that our jaws allow us to "grind". Cats, however, do not 'chew' and grind as we do and therefore, need 'pre-digested' vegetables in order to process the nutrients they contain. Raw cat food does the best job of impersonating prey. Raw meat and organs are ground up in exact proportions to give cats all the nutrients they need. Raw and near-raw (minimally processed) cat foods are sold frozen or in dehydrated form. A variety of flavors are available to tempt even the pickiest of cats. This is a minimally processed diet with added taurine and probiotics for gastrointestinal health. This is a complete food for all ages containing 98% poultry organs and bone according to the manufacturer.