SPECIAL NEEDS CAT RECIPES
There may come a time in your cat's life where special needs cat recipes may be required when making its dinner meals. It is during these times that a homemade meal is really the best thing for its health.
Ideally if you have been preparing a homemade meal all along, you have been able to prevent some of these disease issues until well into old age. If you are curious because you have discovered your cat already has a problem, then creating special needs cat recipes and cooking at home will do wonders to help stave off further progression.
A good example of a special need is kidney failure. Prior to kidney decline, a high protein diet is optimal, but if a cat is already experiencing kidney failure, a much lower protein diet is more in order. By the time we uncover kidney disease, about 70% of the functioning is gone, and weak kidneys don't have the strength to process a lot of protein. Fresh meals will need to include more healthy fillers like brown rice and vegetables to provide complex carbohydrates and lessen the impact of proteins from meat sources.
Here is a kidney disease recipe from Dr. Pitcairn, author of Dr. Pitcairn's Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs & Cats:
DR. PITCAIRN'S FELINE DIET FOR KIDNEY PROBLEMS
- 1 1/3 cups (2/3 pound) ground chicken, turkey or lean heart
- 4 cups cooked white rice
- 4 eggs
- 2 tablespoons cold-pressed safflower, soy or corn oil
- 1,500 milligrams calcium
- 1/8 teaspoon iodized salt
- 1/8 teaspoon potassium chloride (optional, for a saltier flavor)
- 1 teaspoon parsley, finely grated carrot or other vegetable (optional)
- 5,000 IU vitamin A
- Taurine and other cat vitamins (about 5 days' worth)
- 50 milligram level B complex (or 10 milligrams per day)
- 2,500 milligrams vitamin C (½ teaspoon sodium ascorbate)
- Mix everything together in a large bowl. Serve raw if the cat will accept it. Otherwise, mix all but the vitamins together, bake about 20 minutes in a moderate oven and then wait until it cools to mix in the vitamins.
- Occasionally, substitute 1 to 3 teaspoons of liver for part of the meat.
Other special needs cat recipes may be required for an already obese feline. Home cooking can prevent obesity, but if we have an already overweight or grossly obese cat, we must be careful how we change its diet and how much weight it loses.
You cannot drastically reduce the amount of food an overweight feline is eating. A cat that does not eat or does not eat enough can develop a problem with its liver. Instead, you need a special recipe for weight loss that is still based on fresh ingredients and home preparation, but it will include leaner cuts of meat and more vegetable fillers to ensure your cat feels full.
Momma's Gourmet Cat Meals by Frank Temple- Brown suggests this recipe for gradual weight loss on a tubby feline:
FELINE WEIGHT LOSS DIET
- 1 pound of minced or chunky lean meat: turkey, chicken heart etc. with a little liver from time to time.
- 1 cup of cooked rice or 1-1/2 cups 10 oz. Or cooked potatoes.
- 1/2 cup oat or wheat bran or vegetables such as peas, beans carrots and corn.
- 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil.
- 1, 800 mg of calcium, 1 tablespoon of bonemeal or 1 teaspoon of eggshell powder.
- cat vitamins.
- Weight loss and kidney disease are just two occasions when a special needs cat recipe might come in handy with your homemade cat food preparation. Kittens, pregnant cats, and diabetic cats are just a few more examples.
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