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Old March 31st, 2006, 07:25 AM
Snooky'sMom Snooky'sMom is offline
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Making your own cat food - My vet doesn't approve

I have been doing canned for years. So I figured for after awhile I would do my own food. My new young cat loved it. The older cat didn't but was starting to get used to it. Just when things were going smooth I had happened to mention to my vet at an appointment that I was doing my own cat food. Immmediately I got a scolding (well it felt like it) of how people could not possibly get the proper balance of right nutrients needed for cats on a daily basis. I brought up the argument that would it be good for humans to eat from a cat every day with fully nutritional complete meals? She wouldn't get into it but kept insisting the cats needed the proper diet. I was so confused and bothered by the whole thing I just didn't argue and switched them back to their canned food diet.

Just wondering how everyone else feels about this? In general are most vets like this?
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Old March 31st, 2006, 11:54 PM
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A lot of vets aren't taught alternatives to the foods made by the huge corporations. Even holistic foods can spark debates in the vet's office. If you have read up on feeding cats, and you make certain you're feeding them balanced meals, there's no possible way your kitties will eat anything worse than the food they sell at the vet.
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Old April 1st, 2006, 12:06 AM
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As long as you do your research, making your own cat food shouldn't be a problem. Cats can not live on tuna alone.

Next time you see your vet, ask her (?) how many hours of nutritional training that she has. I would be surprised if it was much more then a semester or two out of all the years she went to college.
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Old April 1st, 2006, 08:54 AM
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All the vets I know want you to feed dry Science Diet, so just ignore that.

But cats have VERY strict dietary requirements, so if you want to feed raw, please do a ton of research first.

If you cannot provide exactly what they need, better to stick to canned.
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Old April 1st, 2006, 10:57 AM
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Thanks everyone! I've got some books I was following on the correct percentage of each type of ingredient (along with some recipes) so I think I'll pull it out and start doing it again. I'll just lie to my vet, can't be bothered getting into it. Yeah, I know they recommend some pretty crappy food from the vets. The cats never like it.

PS:"would it be good for humans to eat from a cat every day with fully nutritional complete meals?" That was supposed to be CAN (typo) but I think everyone figured that out.
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Old April 1st, 2006, 11:24 AM
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ohhh... No, I didn't figure that one out... I was thinking your vet said it, like you were sharing your meal balanced for humans, and a cat sharing his balanced meal with you wouldn't be good for you, or something like that.
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