A 3 month old
kitten will require 4 small meals a day. This will gradually ease off
to two meals between 6-9 months. Siamese and Orientals enjoy a varied
diet and will try almost anything.
Never feed your cat or kitten cooked
bones. It is a good idea twice a week to feed your cat or kitten
a raw chicken wing or neck, this will help to keep their gums and teeth in good
Please do not feed your cat or kitten
cows milk as many cats are intolerant of the lactose in the milk. Give
your cat one of the especially designed pets milk such as Pets Own,
Whiskas or a lactose free milk.
A balanced meal could be a serve of
good quality canned food, I prefer Dine, Fancy Feast & Purr. As
kittens they also enjoy the Kitten Whiskas pouches. Our cats
sometimes have a small amount of grated cheese & small dab of natural
yoghurt on top of their meal. The dry cat foods that I choose to use are
Royal Canin, Purina One, Eukanuba &
EaglePack. I feed this as their morning meal and make sure
that they can graze on this during the day.
This diet can be varied with minced raw
chicken or minced steak which is totally free of preservatives and fresh. Mince
raw steak yourself if in any doubt of what it contains. I only ever
use meats from the fresh meat section that I would eat myself.
Red Meat: Beef or
human consumption kangaroo steaks cut in
large lumps. These they can tear and chew on which will help their
digestion and keep teeth and gums healthy and clean.
Fish: Cooked and boned
thoroughly or canned fish cat food, such as Snappy Tom.
Chicken: Cooked and boned. Unless feeding raw chicken wings or necks.
Eggs: Scrambled, boiled or
poached. Never feed raw egg white.
Cereal: High Protein baby cereal
mixed with pets milk. Weetbix with warm pets (lactose free) milk
has also been a favourite amongst our young cats.
Water: Always provide ample
quantities of clean rainwater for your cat or kitten to drink. Of course
in the city this may be impracticable. I also use a Cat-It cat
fountain as a water dish and only glass or crystal bowls.
Vegetables: Some cats will
accept cooked mashed vegies mixed in with their normal meal.
Kittens and young cats should have
vitamins and calcium added to their food to ensure a good start in life.
Elderly cats also benefit from extra mineral and vitamin supplements.
Please speak to your Vet who can decide what is best for your cat.
For when your cat is
Rice (Serves 2-3)
2 small flat cans of
sardines in oil
2/3 cup cooked rice,
brown or white
1 tblspn parsley -
ingredients together in a mixing bowl
breaking up sardines into
cat bite sized pieces.
Beat eggs and milk
together. Stir in grated cheese.
Melt margarine in frying
pan until sizzling.
Add egg mixture, stirring
continuously until cooked.
Cool and serve.
In the following recipe I have removed all reference
to onions and garlic as these are known to be toxic to cats and dogs. Though this
recipe was only to be fed as the odd treat I don't want to take the
chance with any body else's cat.
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and Tuna Delight (2-3 serves)
enough cold water over the chicken and thyme to cover. Bring
to the boil and simmer slowly for 40 minutes.
cool. Remove chicken from stock and shred into strips. Return to soup mixture. Stir
in flaked tuna and serve when cool.
(Originally I used to
make the above recipe with fresh chicken carcasses. I would boil them for
a couple of hours, strip the flesh of the bones and continue with the
recipe. But I found that my female Oriental neuter developed cystitis each
time this meal was fed to her. I'm not certain but I believe the high
calcium content from the boiled bones bought this condition on each time.
She doesn't have the problem with the adapted recipe above. I have to be
careful feeding her too much cheese and yoghurt for the same reason.)
Note: Some cats are
allergic to wheat products, some are allergic to all grains and some are
allergic to vegetables. If you think your pet has an allergy, please
consult your vet.
Contaminated food killing our
Tonight investigation has revealed some pet food could be harming and
in some cases even killing our animals.
eight-year-old golden retriever, Annie, became seriously ill and very
close to being put down as a result of the preservatives present in the
"When I tell
people exactly what happened they're just in disbelief about how that
could happen," Adam said.
"It went from vomiting to rapid weight loss and the muscles in her back
legs deteriorated to almost being non-existent. She lost the ability to
walk, she was literally on death's door." A raft of blood tests, a
spinal tap and MRI scans sent the vet's bill soaring to $12,000, before
they realised the cause.
It was, without doubt, her diet.
Adam thought he had been doing the right thing - giving Annie fresh lean
meat, kangaroo and beef mince, from his local pet shop everyday. But
veterinarian Dr. Rita Singh, who treated Annie, found the meat was
loaded with dangerous preservatives - namely sulphur dioxide. "We were
able to prove in Annie absolutely, without a doubt, that her disease was
caused by thiamine deficiency due to the food that she was being fed
which had the sulphur dioxide in it," Dr Singh said.
Sulphur Dioxide is added to fresh pet meats and fish to preserve it,
mask the smell and prevent discolouration. It is not allowed in meat
meant for human consumption. But for pets, it can be a deadly diet,
because it destroys vitamins essential to survival. "If treatment is
not instituted right away the dog or cat could be dead in four days," Dr
Singh said. "Sulphur
dioxide destroys vitamin B very rapidly - the brain requires vitamin B
for energy production so without it the brain gets damaged."
Animals affected by sulphur dioxide appear to be disorientated, their
heads tilt to one side and they walk weakly around in circles. The
effects are more noticeable in cats, but hard to diagnose in dogs and
many vets do not treat the problem. "I think the disease is much more
widespread than we realise," Dr Singh said.
Dr Richard Malik, from
Sydney University's Post Graduate
Foundation in Veterinary Science, said pets affected by sulphur dioxide
were wobbly on their legs, they might have a head tilt and then it
progresses to being paralysed.
"They can't get up and they start to seizure, so they have fits as well
and when that's happening you've got a very short period of time until
they're going to be dead," Dr Malik said.
"It's not the tinned food or dried
food, it's the packaged food in fridges in supermarkets often called pet
meat or mince." Dr Malik said he was staggered no-one was doing
anything to stop more animals from becoming ill. "It's allowed in only
a certain types of human food that make up only a small fraction of the
diet," Dr Malik said. "The danger from a veterinary perspective is when
it's the whole diet of an animal, when the entire diet is deficient in
thiamine because the SO2 has destroyed all of it
that's when it becomes
Dr Malik's investigation revealed that:
* Just 400mg of sulphur dioxide per kilogram of meat destroys over half
the thiamine in the food.
* 1000mg destroys virtually all thiamine.
Tests on 13 supermarket varieties from six different brands, containing
beef, lamb, pilchards, or minced kangaroo showed around half have a high
content of sulphur dioxide, some so high that all the vitamin B in the
meat would be destroyed. "It's been established beyond doubt," Dr Malik
said. "The abnormalities in animals that die of thiamine deficiency are
very characteristic, so when a post mortem is done it can be ascertained
that this is the cause." Labels on food for humans must state if they
have sulphur dioxide, and it is usually in code as 220, 221 up to 228.
But the problem for pets is that labels on fresh packaged pet food do
not have to declare preservatives, although some of them do, so usually
you have no idea whether the product contains sulphur dioxide and, if
so, how much.
The experts said
* Fresh meat for
human consumption from supermarkets and butchers was guaranteed to be
owners should avoid feeding their animal any of the pet meats or minces
that were labeled as fresh in supermarkets or pet food stores,
When feeding a pet fresh meat, buy the kind that is fit for human
consumption, because that does not have the sulphur dioxide
preservatives in it,
Buy fresh meat for humans from the butchers shops or supermarkets.
Do not forget to feed pets raw meaty bones. The type of raw meaty bones
you can buy for pets from the butchers have a whole lot of health
benefits that make them an ideal source of food.
containing sulphur dioxide
Today Tonight found
that 400 miligrams of sulphur dioxide destroyed 55 per cent of the
thiamine in the food, while 1000 miligrams destroyed 95 per cent.
Brands of pet
food which were found to contain sulphur dioxide include:
of pet food
Level of sulphur dioxide (mg) per kg
Home Brand Chunky
Pilchards Cat Food
Less than 10
Pro-Peak 100 per cent
Petz Food Company First
VIP Petz Food Beef
and Lamb with Vegetables
Petz Food Company Puffy
Ark Seafood Platter
VIP Petz Food Catz
Paringa Pet Dinners
Paringa Pet Dinners Cats
VIP Pet Foods Bulk Pet
Ark Cat Mince Adult
VIP Pet Foods Gourmet
Paringa Pet Dinners