Your Own Cat Food
If you’re not a cat lover, this might seem a foolish errand, but
many people are making their own pet food these days. It will be hard
to argue that making your own is an economical step, unless you’ve
received a windfall of fish or shrimp, but for those who care tenderly
for their beloved pet, a little something special every once in a while
might be fun.
If you’ve read the ingredients on a can of cat or dog
food lately, making your own might seem like a healthy thing
to do; all sorts of animal
by-products, artificial flavors and color, calcium phosphate, copper
sulfate and a host of other chemicals are crammed in.
It is important to remember you are not cooking for yourself, so salt,
pepper or herbs are not needed. Do not add onion to cat food, and butter
or cream is not necessary.
It is relatively simple to make your own cat food and not
all that expensive. Catfish runs about $4 a pound, and that’s
One filet, with a little rice, an egg yolk and a touch of
carrot added will make about four servings, so it runs roughly
40 cents each. That’s
not bad, and you have the added benefit of knowing exactly what you are
feeding your pet. For variety you can make pretty much the same recipe
with the addition of shrimp, but it will cost you a little more. Here’s
the basic recipe.
• 1 filet of catfish
• 1/4 cup of rice
• 1/2 cup water
• 1 tablespoon finely grated carrot
• 1 egg yolk
Roughly chop the catfish and simmer it in 3/4 cup water for 4 or 5 minutes.
Drain it but reserve the liquid.
Steam the rice with 1/2 cup of the cooking liquid until tender. Add the
egg yolk to the hot rice and stir. The heat of the rice will cook the
yolk. Chop the fish a little finer and mix all ingredients.
Let cool before serving.