Meows! Here we will discuss homemade cat food. Homemade foods can be purchased through mail order companies and specialty stores. Several supermarket chains also carry these in flash-frozen form. Check with your health food stores and local animal feed stores if you are interested in these lines.

The main advantage of homemade cat food is that the ingredients are fresh and nutrients are professionally balanced. The main disadvantage, of course, is price. But if you have a show quality cat or demand that your cat have the very best, this may be the way to go - unless of course you cook it yourself. Experts do NOT advise owners to simply use "people" food or recipes for their cats. If you insist on preparing your cat's meals, please ask your veterinarian for specially designed recipes that meet all of your cat's needs and requirements (there is a chart on the next page to help you). In canned food, the water content can go as high as 70%, and the protein as low as 12% . In addition to serving kitty the best possible diet to ensure good health, you may want to add a vitamin supplement of some kind. Some cats thrive on a teaspoonful of olive oil each week or two to help ease the expulsion of hairballs. Always check with your vet before adding or subtracting foods or nutrients from your pet's diet. Make sure fresh water is always available for your cat. If you live in a warm climate, put an ice cube or two in the dish to keep it cool. However, some cats like me can not stand to have ice cubes in their water. If this is the case with your pet also, I recommend refilling your cat's water dish several times a day.