Homemade Cat Food?

Homemade cat food might sound easy enough: you make food for yourself, so why not make food for your cat? Well, because according to a new study by researchers at University of California, Davis, homemade cat food lacks essential nutrients and possibly even contains toxic ingredients. 

University of California, Davis researchers examined the nutrition in 114 recipes from online sources and books. In doing so, most recipes lacked in providing all of a cat’s essential nutrients and that some even contained ingredients, such as garlic, onions and leeks,  that are potentially toxic to cats. 

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Ironically, homemade cat food became popular around a decade ago, following the discovery of  toxic substances in commercial pet food imported from China. Therefore, cat owners decided that homemade recipes would allow them to have more control over their beloved pet’s food. 

However, it is clear that homemade cat food also has the potential to do harm to pets. According to Jennifer Larsen, a veterinary nutritionist with UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, “cat owners should not be afraid of commercial diets, but recommends cat owners who desire a homemade diet consult with a board-certified veterinary nutritionist.They specialize in formulating homemade diets for pets.

What do you think? How do you decide what to feed your cat? Do you make homemade cat food or how do you choose your pet food? 

Read the UC Davis Study Here