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The Slow-Food Movement Hits Cat Food? Special Food for Your Special Pet

The Slow-Food Movement Hits Cat Food? Special Food for Your Special Pet

Cats are not meant to be vegetarians. If you own a cat, you must have come to terms with that fact. But if you spend much time contemplating the ingredients and processes involved in making standard cat chow or canned food, you might be rather horrified. So you can spend a great deal on ‘premium’ cat foods, and you probably should to ensure a balanced diet for your cat. But every now and then, why not connect the cat’s food supply to your own and let the cat help you consume what might otherwise go to waste?


Let your cat eat local


Many cats who spend any time outdoors eat local with some frequency, of course. But if your cat is an indoor cat or you’re just not fond of cleaning up the cat’s leavings on the sidewalk, you can find another way. If you buy whole chickens from a local farmer and then cut them up or roast them for your family’s food, save the giblets for the cat. There’s a variety of ways to prepare or present this treat. Some people cook the giblets and cut them into small pieces for the cat. Some boil, some use the microwave. If you use the microwave, make sure to pierce the heart first as you would a potato as it might tend to explode.


Let your cat eat raw


While you’re going for slow food by starting with a whole local chicken, you can let your cat participate in the raw food movement that’s gaining ground for pets. You cat would really prefer to eat the giblets raw. Cutting up the pieces is not a bad idea as a chicken is larger than most things a cat would catch outside, but cooking them is smelly and not something your cat would do in the wild. If you trust the source of your chicken, there is no need to force your cat away from the raw food that is natural to the species.


It’s best to discard the neck. Some give it to a cat as a chew toy, but most cats won’t do much with the neck and if they did, the bones might prove a hazard. But if you cut up the soft pieces, freeze some for another occasion, and set the rest out for the cat, your cat will be so happy and the food will disappear quickly! When you thaw the rest of the giblets for the cat, just be sure to let them thaw completely before offering them. Most cats aren’t big fans of cold food.


There may be a certain disgust factor among those reading this. But the whole point of many of the current food movements is to understand more about food – where did it come from, how did it get processed or packaged before I bought it, and what is in it? What better way to understand your cat’s food than to provide some of it from your own trusted food supply, especially when you can give the cat such a treat from a portion of the whole bird that you’re unlikely to use yourself? Not too many make giblet gravy regularly, and it’s certainly quicker and easier to offer some chopped raw giblets to the cat. The purring and satisfied washing you’ll see from the cat will make it clear that you’re doing the right thing.

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