Animalmcburger is right. I am a raw feeder because one of my cats is epileptic and the raw food keeps the seizures under control. But it is a lot of work. I needed to buy a meat grinder ($200) and then find a consistent source of raw chicken hearts. Just keeping fresh food on hand is a weekly chore. I set aside a half day a week to take care of business.
Cat food has improved a lot in the last few years. My other cat loves Costco dry maintenance formula. It costs only $18 for a 20 lb bag. It is the best quality. I do share chicken and turkey and salmon on a regular basis with my guys. Remember cats are obligate carnivores.
Grains and veggies don't do them much good because they have a short digestive tract and cant digest them well. Some cats can't digest them at all and have real problems with diarrhea. If you do cook for your cats find a good supplement. I like the feline vitamins from Only Natural Pets.
I'm against homemade cat food. It's near impossible to make sure your cat is properly nourished. I started out feeding my cat a homemade raw diet. You have to buy the meat/liver/muscles/fat, buy a scale, buy vitamins, raw meaty bones. I mean, the list is endless.
Now, after you've purchased your meat, intestines, bones, muscles, liver, and on and on and on, you have to make sure your cat eats it all. If it doesn't, it'll be missing the calcium it needs from the bones for example. What it'll do is eat the good parts like the liver and fat and nibble at the rest.
Now, if you passed all that, you have to worry about constipation. Cats are carnivores but they get some fiber. You can buy it some grass or maybe add pumpkin to the food. It's so much work and your cat will have to slowly adjust to the diet.
What I found to be the easiest thing for you to do is to go out and buy some grade A dry food. Not Purina or Whiskas. This one decision will make a difference of years in your cats life. No kidding. Buy something like Ajisen, Go, Dick Van Patten's or something of that nature. It'll be about 20 bucks for a bag. My cat goes through that in about 2 months. That's going to be 120-150 bucks a year on good food that will extend your cats life by years compared to whiskas and that other garbage.
Seriously, if you don't believe me, go ask a vet. Your cat will love the food, be SUPER healthy, have a beautiful coat and you'll be happier knowing that you don't have to worry about your cat's diet.
One last thing, cats like to eat many meals a day. Not one or two big ones. Even if you're a stay at home mom, you don't have the time to feed it 8 times a day throughout a 24 hour period. I free feed my cat and she doesn't gorge but if your cat does, just measure out a day's serving once a day. If you do it in the morning, it'll wake you up at the same time each day. It might pig out the first day or two but it'll quickly see that it has to conserve.
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