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How to Make Dry Cat Food at Home

How to Make Dry Cat Food at Home

Ever wondered how the dry cat food that you always buy from your local pet supplies store is made? It is just so easy to do at home, and it’s guaranteed to be fresh and complete with the necessary ingredients that your cat needs to stay healthy and away from common feline diseases.  Here is the procedure on how to make dry cat food at home:

  1. Mix 3 cups of whole wheat flour with 2 cups of soy flour, 1 cup each of wheat germ, cornmeal and lactose-free milk plus ½ cup of brewer’s yeast in a mixing bowl.  Sift these all together to make it evenly mixed and set aside. It is not wise to substitute any of these ingredients in making your dry cat food. You can double the amount if you wish to bake more and just store the leftovers in your refrigerator.

  2. In another bowl, smash a big mackerel from the can into pieces. Tuna flakes or chunks can also be substitutes. Add in 1 tablespoon of cod liver oil, 5 tablespoons of vegetable oil and pour in 2 cups of water. Mix them well altogether.

  3. Mix the first bowl of dry ingredients with the second bowl of mackerel or tuna mixed with the liquid ingredients.

    ine them thoroughly until you form dough. With a rolling pin, roll it repeatedly and finally flatten them into ¼ inch thick dough. With a cutter, cut them into long strips, and finally into pieces equal to that of commercially-bought cat foods.

  4. Put these small pieces of dough on a baking pan applied with non-stick spray and bake in a 350 degrees pre-heated oven for about 30 minutes. Mix and check every eight minutes to ensure even baking. They should be crispy and golden brown in color after about 30 minutes. Take them out of the oven and let them cool. Use more baking pans as needed as overcrowding the tiny pieces makes them stick to each other after baking.

  5. Store this newly baked dry cat food in a clean sealed container and put inside the refrigerator to preserve its freshness.  Get just enough portions every meal time for your dear pet to consume. As cats prefer warm food, take them out of the refrigerator a few minutes before meal time – just long enough to allow them to adapt the room temperature.

  6. Practice proper labeling to consume the ones made first. This is also one of the advantages of making your own dry cat food - you are sure that you are feeding your cat fresh products. In some pet shops, they become careless and sometimes sell you dry cat food with molds, which is detrimental to your cat’s health. As you can observe, they don’t refrigerate these dry cat foods they have on stock.

There are other ways to make your homemade dry cat food more appetizing to your cat.  You can add artificial food coloring, but make sure it is not too much. The advantages of making your own dry cat food are more in terms of cost, freshness and most especially in the nutritional value. When you know how to make dry cat food at home, raising your lovely cat becomes fun and less expensive. You can also have peace of mind that your cat is eating well, making it healthier.


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