Diet Recommendations For
Your Cat Family
Dogs eat. Cats
Years ago, I had a serious health issue, which started me
on a long journey and search
toward healing and health. I've learned a lot along the
way, one of the main things
being the major impact that diet can have on a person's health
and sense of well-being.
So naturally when I started my cattery, one
of my first concerns was to find out what
we should feed our cats, so as to insure that they would live
long and healthy lives,
and produce strong and healthy kittens.
Below I will outline the basic diet that I
have come to recommend,
based on my research,and also on the results of my own
experimentation with my cats.
I really encourage you to study the subject for yourself...
and come to your own conclusions.
I'll be adding a lot more information to this page as time goes
Right now I wanted to get the basic diet up, to make it
available especially for our
kittens' new families.
~ This is the
diet that we
give our cats
We do not expect
you to follow
this diet, but
to give it some
raw food into
your cats diet.
By the time our
ready to go to
new homes, they
are eating raw,
canned, and good
quality dry, so
as to make the
easy, no matter
what diet you
have chosen to
feed them. ~
Meat: Chicken, Turkey, Lamb, Pheasant, Cornish
Game Hens, and Duck
are good to use. I give them chicken legs with the bones.
They LOVE this, and it makes for a whole meal.
(Some people go to a lot of trouble and grind up their cats'
but in my opinion this is a lot of trouble to no purpose.
Simply give the meat
to them in chunks. The cats enjoy tearing at it with their
... a very important part of their diet. A lot of people
are very hesitant to give their cats bones. I was at
but after seeing their reaction to them (they eat them down to a
and never having any kind of an issue, I give them to them with
From my understanding, it's the cooked bones that give the
not the raw bones.
Some people feed beef, but if we're sticking to a "species
appropriate diet" here,
I can't really see a cat going out into a field and bringing
down a cow,
and then tearing into it's flesh. I tried giving it
to my cats,
and they turned up their noses, so I haven't used it.
Some people do though, and with success, but my concern would be
that it might be hard on the kidneys. I may be wrong.
meats are very important, liver in particular I think.
Liver is a good source of protein, and also of vitamins A, B, and C.
It is also a good source of trace minerals, such as
copper, folate, selenium, phosphorous, iron, and zinc,
which are very important for your cat's health.
(I'm a great liver fan, I think it's a wonderful people food as
Heart, Giblets, Gizzards, and kidneys can all be used also, for
Not a lot of fish is recommended. I do give my cats raw
which is their very favorite meal. But I mix it up in
small amounts with the rest of their meal, and not every day.
Be sure to read the label on the package, you don't
want to give them the kind with "color added". Better yet,
send your husband out
fishing for you. :)
Some people give whole eggs, others recommend only the yolks.
You can do an interesting study on this if you want to, to
decide for yourself.
Some people also use the egg shells as a source of minerals.
When I added the shells to their dinner, my cats refused to eat
the whole meal,
even though I had ground the shells up very small.
(I didn't think they'd even notice the addition of the shells,
but of course, they did!)
Goat Milk: I use the raw goat milk, based on Dr.
experiments with cats:
His experiment was what inspired me in the
go with the raw food diet.
I chop up sprouts and a bit of wheat grass into their meals.
I use clover and radish sprouts, not alfalfa. I've read
that alfalfa is not good for cats. Some people feel that
this is an unnecessary addition to their diet, but I've noticed
that when my cats run out onto the porch and down the steps for
a taste of freedom,
the very FIRST thing they do is nibble on the grass.
One of my boys, Toli, had a habit of this. Run out the
down the steps, eat some grass, and come back in.
Here is Karla's
Maine Coon Taz,
before his meal.
Fats are a very important part of your cats diet. Unlike
you do not want to give your cats a low-fat diet. When I
give them chicken,
I remove most of the skin but leave some of it as well.
Liver Oil or Salmon Oil: Some people do not recommend
Cod Liver Oil,
others do. If you're going to give it, do it in small
amounts once a week.
I give my added oils once or twice a week.
I have put
This is one of
secrets to my
This will be
Here is Columbo,
drinking out of
This is a
wonderful way to
water for your
thought of this
when I got
really tired of
dishes 5 times a
Most of the cats
not only like to
drink water out
of a bowl, they
like to play in
it as well.
I had one cat
that would wash
morning, dip his
paw in the
and then wash
Nice, but always
left the water
dish a bit
Raw Meat, - 1/2 of meal.
Cut in chunks if you have multi-cats
(it's easier to warm up this way, too.)
Organ Meat - 1/8 of meal
1/4 or meal will be raw milk
Whole Egg or Egg Yolk
Small amount of chopped sprouts
Psyllium Husks - 1/2 tsp. per cat, mix in thoroughly
Kelp or Dulce - 1/8 tsp. per cat once a day, or 4X week
Salmon or Cod Liver Oil - 1 tsp. per cat once a week.
Yeast - 1
tsp. per cat per
Soak the meat and organ meat in hot water for about a minute or
until meat is warmed. Add Raw Milk to a saucepan on the
Bring it to WARM, never hot. Turn burner off. Add meat to
Stir in egg yolk, sprouts, and any other supplements.
You don't want to ever give your pets cold food right out of the
(I know you already know this but you never know).
Obviously, you never want to microwave the food.
All of the life of the food is completely dead without hope of
when placed in the microwave for even 10 seconds.
Since we have a large cat family, we buy our meat in
big quantities, and freeze it.
I take out a few packs at a time, a variety of meat, organ meats, and
When thawed out, I cut it all up into chunks at once, and put it
into a big glass baking dish
with a cover. This fits nicely into the refrigerator, and
when I'm ready to serve a meal,
it's already cut up for me.
It saves me from having to handle the meat every meal. I
don't eat meat myself,
so preparing it is not a very pleasant task for me. Doing
it all at once makes it easier.
What to do if all this seems overwhelming:
This will be the subject in our next exciting episode of
"Diet Recommendations For Your Cats." :)
Norwegian Forest Cats...bet you can't
have just one!