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  •   Pet Health And Care >>  Cat Diet >>  Organic cat diet  
     

    Organic Foods for Cats:

    A number of cat owners are now turning away their pets from commercial pet foods, given the numerous controversies around the manufacture and production of commercially processed pet foods.



    The latest trend is to offer organic food to their pets, either in the form of organic dry cat food from local stores or to prepare homemade organic cat food from scratch. Once you know how to prepare organic cat food at home, it is not only healthier than commercially processed foods it is also economical and easy to prepare. Here are some tips on shopping for organic supplies for your pet cat:

    • Ensure that the meat or fish that you buy for your pet cat is fresh and organic.



      You must make sure that fresh produce is free from hormones, pesticides and antibiotic agents as well as artificial additives and flavorings. Some types of organic meat to buy for your pet cat include chicken, rabbit, guinea fowl and turkey.
    • Organic organ meat is a favorite among cats and is also abundant in vitamins and nutrients. Ensure that the organic meat you purchase for preparing homemade organic dry cat food is obtained from non-steroidal animals, as the toxic chemicals injected in the animal's body can find its way into your cat, through the organ meats such as liver and giblet.



    • Purchase psyllium husks to be added to dry cat food during preparation. Organic psyllium can be bought from just about any organic health grocery or your local food market.
    • Buy brown algae and edible red seaweed. These seaweeds provide excellent sources of essential minerals and can be blended in any meal when preparing cat food.
    • Purchase salmon oil. An excellent source of essential fatty acids, salmon oil is also an instant attraction to cats and entices them to taste and eat a new diet food. Organic salmon oil is the best variety available as against farmed salmon oil. It is believed that wild salmon possesses greater levels of EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) that are vital to the development and growth of a healthy cat. It can also help to get organic salmon oil capsules to be added in the cat food as loose salmon oil tends to spoil quickly if exposed to air.
    • Invest in an electric grinder. Electric grinders are a much-needed boon in the kitchen to grind meat and bones for preparing your cat food.
    Remember these important tips if you changing your cat's diet suddenly -
    • Cats can easily fuss over a new diet and to ensure that your cat switches to your homemade organic cat food, it is best to let hunger work its way. However, do not offer or leave around any of the previous cat food as your cat will only eat the previous leftovers and not attempt to try out the new organic diet.
    • Always remember to grind up bones before serving your cat. Bones are a must in the diet as they contain levels of nutrition, but in its whole form it can splinter and cause choking, leading to internal organ damage.
    • Do not let raw food sit at room temperatures for long periods of time. Although cats have a speedier digestive system that can protect them from infections caused by bacteria, keeping raw meats out for a long period may cause problems.
     
      Submitted on May 7, 2010