Recipes for Cats

Cooking for your cat is not exactly rocket science, but there are a few things it’s important to be aware of, especially if you’re thinking about experimenting with a few of your own recipes.

Firstly, cats have a very specific biological requirement for meat, and they can’t survive without several key amino-acids (the building blocks of protein) which are only found in meat. So a vegetarian diet for a cat is not a realistic option – stick to recipes which are meat based.

Secondly, when you’re cooking for cats, you have to try and put yourself in your cat’s mind when it comes to flavours and textures. Remember that cats have a very different idea of what’s tasty to us, and so many of the recipes in this book might not sound very attractive to you (liver and banana milkshake anyone…?) but they’ll go down a treat with your cat.

So when you’re coming up with your own recipes, think cat and come up with dishes which are rich in meaty and fishy smells.

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Thirdly, there are some slightly unusual ingredients in some of these recipes, which need a quick introduction:

 

Catnip 

This herb is a relative of garden mint, and is available from good health stores. It contains a chemical called nepetalactone which drives most cats into a brief frenzy of excited activity. Not all cats are affected, so if your cat turns his nose up at a catnip recipe, don’t be offended – it’s just in his genes.

 

Brewer’s Yeast 

This is the pasteurised residue of commercial brewed beer and packed full of all sorts of nutrients. Buy it in powder or tablet form from your local health store.

 

Marmite (or other yeast extracts)

Like Brewer’s yeast, these extracts are very rich in protein and vitamins. They also have the added bonus of being very strong tasting and most cats love the meaty flavour.

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Best Avoid ...

And finally, a quick word on ingredients that are best avoided. Some of the foods listed below will just cause the odd upset stomach – but some, like onion and mushroom, can be fatal in exceptional circumstances – so it’s vital you check out any recipe to make sure it’s safe.

 

Tomatoes

A small amount of ripe tomato is unlikely to cause any problems, but green tomatoes can cause serious stomach upsets and even heart problems, so it’s best to avoid them.

 

Onions (and garlic to a lesser degree)

Can cause blood problems including anaemia. Again small amounts are very unlikely to cause any problems, but to be on the safe side I only use small amounts of garlic and very little onion in my recipes.

 

Grapes and raisins

Both can cause very serious illness including kidney problems, and large amounts have been known to be fatal, so avoid wherever possible.

 

Mushrooms

Best avoided as some cats will not tolerate mushrooms well and they can cause serious toxicity.

 

Raw fish

Regular feeding can lead to a vitamin B deficiency, so all fish should be cooked.

 

Liver

Liver contains a lot of vitamin A and if you feed your cat a diet rich in liver every day, this vitamin can cause serious bone problems. However, liver-based meals are fine as long as they are occasional and are only fed once a week or less.

 

I’ve created the recipes in this book using my veterinary knowledge – and the helping whiskers of my cat Jill, who’s had a paw in every dish! They’re not designed to be replacements for your cat’s complete diet – more occasional treats designed to light up her week and add a little healthy variety to her life.

Just remember though, that cats are the fussiest creatures in the world, so whilst all these recipes have been puss-approved by Jill, not all of them will be to your cat’s taste. The only way to find out what tickles her taste buds is to try a few out and see what happens – but once you find a few that she loves, you’ll have one contented and healthy cat on your hands!

Enjoy!

Joe

 

JOE

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