My neighbour would like to/needs to make her own catfood for her ageing cats. Details inside.
There are two cats, F & D.
They are both 17 and F is in excellent health. D is not; he is diabetic (and apparently largely insulin-resistant), half blind, overweight (7.8kg as of two days ago, down from a high of 10.22kg two years ago) and the vets have finally narrowed down his problems to pancreatitis due to either a tumour or cyst in/on the pancreas itself, or acromegaly.
Partly for financial reasons (cheaper per serving), and partly for health reasons (minimizing D's carb intake will help manage his diabetes), Neighbour would like to make her own catfood. Yes, we have looked online, but haven't found anything that meets all requirements. Specifically:
- relatively easy to obtain ingredients. (We know she will probably have to buy taurine, but that is available online I think?)
- suitable for a diabetic cat on strict calorie restriction; the ability to know there are X calories in Y amount would be hugely useful so both cats can be fed different quantities of the same food
- NON WOO. The problem we've been having in the search is a lack of actual scientific/researched data behind the various recipes posted online. On the rare occasions I've managed to find her recipes frpm an actual vet, there's nothing
presented as research for how the recipe was developed, and usually words like 'holistic' and various other woo nonsense tend to appear on their sites.
Both cats are mainly on kibble, but both go bananas for wet food (D is currently on 1 seving/day of a special-for-diabetic-cats food plus his kibble), so there should be few if any adjustment problems.
tl;dr looking to make homemade catfood from a recipe with actual science behind it.
(I have read this; the complicating factor is the diabetes, so unfortunately not super helpful for her specific situation; the MSPCA link given as an answer might provide a fruitful avenue, so we'll check that out too.)
I will post pictures of the little monsters if I can get some.