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DIY cat food

Make 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 four fillets.

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.

Cat food
• 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.

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