I was wondering what is ok to feed a kitty. My grand parnets have cats on there farm and they never seem to be fed. Some are whild and some are tame. My parents are living in the house out there. They buy them food when they can. But, sometimes the kitties go without food. What is ok to feed them, and what is an apsolute do not? Is it possible to make your own cat food, from store bought items?
It really is best to feed only a food made for cats. There are so many things that are toxic to cats that even as an experienced cat owner, I am constantly amazed at just how bad some thing are. I had a friend on another website who lost a kitten from eating just a tiny bit of green onion. In addition to being toxic, this particular cat must have been allergic to have such a drastic reaction. Even things that do not cause immediate illness can do long term damage to their organs. Cats need taurine and other special nutrients in their food that they would not get from human food. If you buy a large bag and keep it in a plastic container, it is more affordable and will last a while. I normally would not recommend something like Purina Cat Chow and feed my own a more holistic food, but it does have the right nutrients that a cat needs and can be purchased inexpensively at any feed store, supermarket, Wal-Mart, etc. Since these are not your cats but just cats you are trying to help, any brand of cat food would be an improvement for them. And do not feed them milk. Their bodies can not digest it properly and it will cause vomiting and diarrhea.
"One cat just leads to another" - Ernest Hemingway
I agree. If they are kittens (under a year old), buy them kitten food. If they are over a year old, but regular adult food. Like Max said, You can buy it at any grocery store. I personally feed a holistic food to my cats, but they are strictly indoor pets. Since these are not your cats and are outdoors, and you just want to feed them, dry cat kibble is better than anything made because it has all the nutrients a cat needs. Don't forget to leave out fresh water for them also. Good luck!
Ok, will do. My parents feed them scraps... I figured that this was bad. But, it is better than nothing. They do hunt mice and such. I do believe my grandfather has to euthanize some each year because they are sick or badly injured. Most are wild so they are hard to catch. Last year my dad built a cat feeder in the tree out in front of his house, and they put the cat food up there so the dogs wont get it. I think most farmers keep cats around like this to keep the mice down. The only thing that sucks for the kitties is that they get ringworm bad. Is there any way to treat them with a home remedy. And how to you keep them from getting it back. Apparently the soil is riddled with the ringworm. I have herd that mice carry worms, but the cats don't seem to be entirely to skinny. My family tends to just dump there animals out there when they don't want them any more. Luckily for them my parents live there now... There is a beautiful golden retriever that my aunt left out there when she moved. She is awesome. She barks when people come, and she keeps the big cats and coyotes away. My cousin lives out there as well and he has a bird dog so he feeds the dogs. He ignores the cats and his son shoots bb's at them! Its just one big mess. I told him (he is 10 or so) that it isn't nice to shoot kitties.
You can try crushing coriander leaves, the juice can help kill the fungus that causes ringworm, and put it in the food. That might help a little. The bad thing about ringworm is it is extremely contagious, and is hard to get rid of with the wild cats.
I have 2 cats and three dogs. One night, I ran out of cat food (the dry type) and my cats were hungry. So since I had dog food only and the shops were closed, I gave them dog kibbles. They're more or less of the same shape and size and are made of the same ingredients - chicken. My cats took a nibble and refused the rest of the bowl, preferring to go hungry than eat dog food.
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