Do you live alone with your furry friend? Maybe you are a student on a tight budget who still wants to ensure that your cute kitten gets all the necessary nutrition and care for optimal growth. Often, pet owners find that they are spending a lot of money on food, negatively impacting their monthly budget.
Many kitten owners believe they can only provide the best nutrition through store-bought pet food. Although store-bought food is fortified with the necessary vitamins and minerals to support your pet’s development, there are various cheap DIY recipes that also fulfil your kitten’s nutritional requirements.
In this post, we will share some of the best frugal recipes for your kitten.
Homemade milk for kittens is a good source of protein. It is very easy to make. All you need is to mix the following ingredients in a bowl and stir it thoroughly:
- 90 ml condensed milk
- 90 ml water
- 120 ml plain yoghurt
- 3 large egg yolks
Warm the milk by putting the bowl in a warm water bath. Warm this bath in the microwave and then soak the milk for a couple of minutes in the water bath. When the milk is made, feed it to your kitten by letting it suckle it at its own pace.
Quick, Meaty Recipe for Kittens
If you are not a cooking enthusiast but still want to serve a nutritious meal to your kitten, try this recipe. Gather the following ingredients:
- Half a pound of cooked or boiled chicken
- Half a cup of boiled sardines
- One-quarter of a cup of water
- One-eighth cup of coconut oil
- One boiled egg white
- A pinch of salt
Put all of them into a blender and puree them till they turn into the consistency of canned cat food.
Easy and Quick Tuna Recipe
This is one of the easiest homemade recipes for pets for those on a budget. All you need is tuna and corn oil. Here is how to make it.
Mix 8 1/8 ounces of light, drained canned tuna with ¼ tablespoons of corn oil. That’s it. If you want to increase the nutritional profile of this meal, add some protein and mineral supplements.
Raw Meat and Vegetable Homemade Kitten Food Recipe
This recipe is perfect for those on the go. It’s a combination of vegetables and raw meat that provides good nutrition to your kitten on a budget.
You require the following ingredients for this recipe.
- Your choice of raw ground meat. Just ensure that it is not the meat of rabbit or pork.
- A combination of different vegetables, such as green cabbage, leafy greens, beets, etc. Do not use tomato, onion, spinach, or eggplant in the recipe.
- A powdery paste of the eggshells to add calcium to the recipe.
Now, mix a fraction of the ground meat with one cup of water. Into this mix, add four tablespoons of eggshell powder. Chop the vegetables finely and mix them with meat in a 1:2 ratio. Create a stew-like consistency by adding hot water to the mix. If you feed vitamins to your kitten, add them into the mix, too. That’s it; now take it and put it in front of your kitten so they can enjoy it.
When it comes to pets, it is best to buy food from the best brands that provide the right mix of protein, fat, fibre, and moisture at affordable prices. There are various good brands out there that you can explore. Pet food from these brands supports the healthy growth and development of your kitten.
Kibbles are a great source of carbohydrates for kittens. So, if you want your pet to gain weight, this recipe is for you. To make kibbles at home, you need the following ingredients.
- Whole wheat flour (3 cups)
- Soy flour (2 cups)
- Wheat germ (1 cup)
- Cornmeal (1 cup)
- Nonfat dry milk (1 cup)
- Brewer’s yeast ( half cup)
- Mackerel (15 ounce)
- Vegetable oil (5 tablespoons)
- Cod liver oil (1 tablespoon)
- Water (2 cups)
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Now, combine all the ingredients above in one bowl. Take another bowl and mash mackerel into small bits. Mix them with water and oil. Take this mixture and put it into the dry ingredient mix in the first bowl. Roll the dough and cut it into 1/4-inch bits. Put the pieces into greased cookie sheets and let them bake for about 25 minutes. After this period, let them cool and remove them from the sheets. Store this DIY recipe in an airtight jar in your refrigerator.
DIY homemade kitten food can be very nutritious if you take the time to research and use quality ingredients. The recipes above will help you kickstart your journey toward creating homemade food for your furry companion. Ensure to speak to your veterinarian about any specific vitamin or mineral requirement for your pet. This way, you can feed them food that supports their health perfectly.