I thought I’d write a few articles about feeding your cat and dog for better health and long life. I know there are people who love their pets as much as I do. I wanted mine to always stay healthy and live long. But, they were having problems when they got old. It really bothered me and I set out to do something about it before I lost them both. Continue reading “Feeding your Cat and Dog for Health and Long Life”
I never dreamt I’d love cats as much as I do. My older cat was having problems. He had Diarrhea and lost it seemed half his weight. I was really worried about him. I tried giving him homemade cat food that was raw, but it made matters worse.
He threw up on the floor during the day. It was really upsetting. I felt powerless. So, I started studying the ingredients of senior cat foods to see what they all had in common. I looked at the ingredients in all the major dry cat foods and regular canned for my cat and my dog, too.
Immediately stop the Cat Kibble, especially if it has any grains in it!
There’s a huge amount of protein in dry cat food, and I think that can be harmful, especially for older cats. It’s hard on their kidneys. Canned has a lot less protein and much more water. I think less protein for your dog and cat is better for their health no matter their age.
I am working on getting my two other adult cats off dry kibble, because I know some of the ingredients in the dry kibble aren’t good for their health. It’s not easy to change what they are eating since they were raised on dry crunchy kibble.
All my cats are a lot more finicky than my dog and I am still coaxing my other two cats into eating canned. I leave the two each a bowl of kibble in their own areas (up where the old cat can’t get at it.)
You just can’t stop the kibble and expect them to eat soft food because they get hungry. It will backfire. You have to get them to like it little by little. They simply won’t eat and will starve themselves.
Move them into new food slow. You want a smooth transition to new food they enjoy.
Cats, the Carnivores
Cats are exclusive meat eaters, unlike dogs. So, don’t serve your cats starchy vegetables or grains at all. This especially means absolutely no wheat, soy or corn. This goes for rice, too. They need high water content in their food like they would in nature. Now, the addition of fruits and vegetables I believe should be OK. You just have to experiment with what they will eat.
Canned Cat Food I recommend: You have to read the labels for ingredients
- I took my senior cat off kibble entirely changing to soft canned food
- Too many additives and especially too much protein (I don’t feel cats need 30% protein)
- Avoid fish because of heavy metals like mercury
- Rice was the number two ingredient and a filler. This is an absolute NO
- Cats don’t thrive on rice or other grains (unlike what they say, rice is a grain)
- I feed my cat a simpler diet with fewer ingredients added to the can (no grains, but some vegetables OK)
- My dear old cat in the photo up there didn’t do good at all on ‘Friskies®’ canned food, either. I think it was probably the meat by-products, artificial flavors, fish and/or rice that didn’t agree with him. Fish has mercury unless it’s wild caught
- Read the ingredients always!
- I discovered Pure Harmony® Chicken and Giblets recipe with vegetables 3 oz. can (Stater Bros. Market) doesn’t have wheat, corn or soy. It also has no meat by-products, preservatives or additives. He’s doing very well on this one! It took over a month to see improvement in his health. It does have carrots, peas and potato
- I will stick with Pure Harmony, because he seems to be recovering very well. And, he is gaining weight slowly, getting stronger, looking better and getting around without limping as much as he was
- Also, I mix 1/4 teaspoon of psyllium fiber powder to his morning can of food
- I feed him all he will eat throughout the day when he is hungry
- No Diarrhea anymore and his stool is finally solid again in the cat box!
- He isn’t throwing up
- I grow grass for all my cats to eat! I buy organic wheatgrass seed on eBay. Highly Recommended. Grows great! Shop around
- My senior cat has been eating about 3 to 4 (3 oz.) cans a day
- My other two cats share his food during the day and evening
- I am not giving my cats any treats whatsoever, I only feed them the meals they eat. Most treats don’t seem to agree with my cats. I found that many have grains like wheat and additives that simply don’t make any sense. If you have to feed them treats, get freeze dried chicken or something with natural ingredients
- My younger cats I feed Nulo® Medal Series Indoor Adult Cat Food – Grain Free, Turkey & Chicken kibble. When they get older I will go exclusively to canned
- Changing my old cat’s food healed him giving him three more years of life
- Sadly, he has since passed away in Jan. of 2019
- He was 18 years old
- Go to homemade dog food, here.
Note- Sorry, but I can’t guarantee better health, weight loss or longevity results from changing your cat’s diet. Contact your vet if you have any doubts or need health advice
I love my dog like you do, too. So, I decided to write a post about how I make healthy food for him. Continue reading “Homemade Food for Adult and Senior Dogs”