Who would have ever thought that I would make homemade cat food for Callie, but it appears that I have done just that. My sister shared with me a program that she had watched on Netflix about the pet food industry and how disgusting the ingredients are with even the high-end cat and dog food and that it is appalling what sells for fancy pet food these days.
Callie has suffered from asthma and itchy ears and my veterinarian thinks the ear problem could be food allergies. I had the brainstorm to cook up a batch of soft cat food for her today and I was amazed at how easy it was. A nutritious and fresh homemade cat food that would last 2 whole weeks and it only took me about 30 minutes to prepare.
I simmered one chicken breast in water until tender and then added 5 baby carrots and a 1/2 of a zucchini and let them cook until soft. I also combined 1/2 cup steamed rice with 1 Tablespoon avocado oil, a boiled egg and then puréed the whole mess until it was the consistency of baby food. I let it cool down and excitedly served Callie her first homemade cat food, and what did she do? She turned her nose up and walked away.
I couldn’t believe my eyes! She didn’t like the food I had so lovingly prepared for her. How could that possibly be? I didn’t skip a beat though and thought to myself, “what a spoiled rotten cat, I wonder if Michael would like this dish?” I could add a sprig of parsley and present it ever so artistically on fancy China and see what happens. There wasn’t anything particularly wrong with any of these ingredients except that they were all mashed up and looked like something the cat had thrown up!
Fortunately for Michael, I didn’t have to do it because Callie came up to me while I was resting on my bed about an hour later and signaled to me that she was hungry. She licks my hand and chews to express her desire to eat. I excitedly jumped off the bed and ran over to the homemade cat food and brought it back to her and once again tried to introduce her to the food. At first, she just stared at it, so I rubbed a little on her chin and she licked it off and was mildly interested. Her attitude changed once she really tasted it though and she wolfed it down and relished every bite! How could I have forgotten that particular step when introducing her to the new food? She just needed to be served her lunch in bed.
I stored the new food in little glass containers the size of a small can of cat food and will freeze the rest. I hope she continues to enjoy it and that there will be some relief with her itchy ears. The proof will be in the pudding if she tries a second helping though. I did share with Michael my hope that if she doesn’t eat it, maybe he would?