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mels
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« on: February 10, 2011, 09:48:33 PM »

Hello all
I have 5 kitties and 1 chihuahua and I am feeding total raw right now due to the fact that my guys started with diarrhea from canned Wellness I was feeding also.
I had been giving them raw and canned (different meals of course) but the canned help off set all the grinding and all with the raw.
It also gave them more of a variety.
I felt good about giving them the Wellness up until they all started having issues with it.
And I have yet to find another canned food that I would feel safe to feed them so we are doing all raw and hubby and I both would like to add some cooked diet into the rotation again.
I'd LOVE to be able to cook food for them but I haven't found any recipes that seem good and balanced for them yet.

I was noticing on here that alot of you say you cook for your guys.
If any of you can share your secrets and recipes with me I would be Forever Greatful.
I'd love to know what you all are feeding that works for you and your guys.

I just made a trip today to two of the more natural higher quality pet food stores and came home with nothing cause I just can't bring myself to buy and feed my guys any of the foods. I honestly just don't trust any of them anymore.

Although I did notice that there are several new brands out now so I guess time will tell on them but I figure sooner or later they will become like all the rest even if they start out good.

If any of you can share any recipes and secrets with me please personal message me here or let me know and I can give you my email addy.
I'm not sure if I can just post it or not .

I would love to cook for my guys as well as feed them the raw but I want to make sure I am doing it right .
And I thought who better to get help from then those of you who already cook for their guys.

I look forward to hearing back from you all.
Thanks and good night for now.
mel
& Artemus Gordon, Malachi, ZoWee,Meena,Qtip & Jinixie

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Mandycat
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« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2011, 10:59:41 PM »

Mels,
I don't homecook, so I cannot give you any personal tips. Just the general caution that whatever you cook, you must be sure to add the necessary vitamins, minerals, etc. to be sure that the food is balanced and complete for nutrition.  Here is one a link from one thread here that has many recipes for homecooked food for cats.  You can find other links under the Making Your Own PetFood and Home Remedies section here.

      http://itchmoforums.com/making-your-own-pet-food-and-home-remedies/cats-what-homeprepared-meal-did-meowmie-fix-for-you-this-week-t1922.0.html
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caylee
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« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2011, 12:35:38 AM »

Here are some more threads that may be of help.

   
Equipment needed for home made food
http://itchmoforums.com/making-your-own-pet-food-and-home-remedies/equipment-needed-for-home-made-food-t2481.0.html

http://itchmoforums.com/making-your-own-pet-food-and-home-remedies/cato-continues-kaffes-work-t6701.0.html

http://itchmoforums.com/making-your-own-pet-food-and-home-remedies/simple-homemade-pet-food-t2932.0.html
   
Kaffe Kooks: CRF/CRI Phosphorus/Protein Load of Various Home-made Recipes

http://itchmoforums.com/making-your-own-pet-food-and-home-remedies/kaffe-kooks-crfcri-phosphorusprotein-load-of-various-homemade-recipes-t4757.0.html

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petslave
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« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2011, 04:31:22 PM »

I've been feeding my cats home-cooked only for over a year now, with the last 6 months using Alnutrin with eggshell calcium for supplementing.  It's a easier to use than adding each supplement by hand, and I feel a little more confident they are getting some of the micronutrients they may have been missing before.  Most of the recipes on the Alnutrin website are for raw, but they will help you figure out a cooked version if you email them. 

I started with the recipe I have been using for awhile from the Kaffe Kooks thread here, and got it balanced for Alnutrin.  There is a nutrition calculator on that website, but I couldn't figure it out so I emailed for help and got a prompt answer.  The cats seem to be doing well on it, but I'm going to phase in a second formula to give them some variety, dropping brown rice and adding peas & carrots.

Best of luck with the home-made meals!  It's a lot of work, but at least you know what's going into their food.
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5CatMom
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« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2011, 03:43:27 AM »

Mels,

We also use Alnutrin supplements.  Have been using it for about 4 years with good results.

The nutrient calculator on Alnutrin's site is a great tool, and Marta is very helpful with my questions.

http://www.knowwhatyoufeed.com/nutrient_calculator.html
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