Cats and dogs are the most common pets found in many modern homes. Not everyone loves cats, but those who do would do anything for their lovely furry friends and companions. Cat lovers understand very well that cats won’t spare you when they are hungry, not just that, they also happen to be quite choosy on what they eat.
As much as we love our pets, sometimes we are so busy trying to make end meet and therefore have to buy packed food for the cats, it, therefore, won’t hurt to surprise your beloved cat with a nutritional feast once in a while when your schedule allows it. It doesn’t matter the type or age, of your cat, it is crucial to feed it very well with much emphasis on the nutritional content of the food. Remember, the healthier the pet, the happier it will always be.
How to make DIY Bone Broth for Cats or Dog in 30 minutes?
Bone broth is used as an appetizer for those cats that have been having problems with food whether from sickness, being too aged or if they are only becoming fussy when it is time to eat. Bone broth doe help in such situations as it does not demand a lot of energy from the pet. The broth is the easiest food to eat accompanied by a great taste. There is a chance that it will be very tempting for the cat, so the owner will not have a hard time making it take a sip. Bone broth magically supplies the cat with the fully packed nutrients that work efficiently to give the cat body strength. If the cat is sick, it will gain some energy that will help it recover.
Another crucial benefit that cats will get from bone broth is detoxification and immune improvement. Detoxification is done to the liver; bone broth helps to purify the liver by providing the amino acids needed as engines in the liver. Detoxification is essential because cats also get toxins in their bodies in particular through the treatments they receive and other toxic foods. The immune system is also kept functional when collagen from the broth keeps the tracts strengthened.
The minerals absorbed from bone broth also help to maintain the cat’s bones and joints healthy. While calcium and phosphorous are responsible for healthy bones and teeth, other minerals like magnesium help the joints repair and recover in case of such a problem. This is a prevalent problem in aging cats who might develop arthritis.
We all know the uses of water in the body of any living organism, but sometimes it is hard to make cats drink water, so bone broth is the best way to keep them hydrated. You can increase their daily intake by mixing it in their daily food or if you can make the soup on a regular basis, well and good.
How to make DIY Bone Broth at home?
Avoid the habit of being dependable on ready-made food for your furry friend by making your DIY bone broth at home. Not only is it fun, you will feel very responsible for taking good care of your pet and you will also get a bonding time with it.
Follow these simple steps to making a tasty bone broth:
You need to have the bones, it can be left over from your previous meals or raw bones of either chicken, turkey or any other meat.
Put the bones in a cooking pot and add enough water. The water to be added will depend on the bones being used. The water needs to slightly rise above the bones in that all the bones are covered. Put the pot on a cooker, you need a slow cooker since the pot contents need to boil for some time to make a nutritious broth.
For the minerals in the bones to be fully extracted as naturally as possible, add apple cider vinegar or lemon juice. These should be about two tea spoons so that they don’t make the broth bitter.
Let the bones boil heat until all the meat residue drops from the bones, you can then get the meat and vegetables from the pot, or you can just let them boil together. After the meat has softened and fallen off the bones, reduce the cooker to low setting and let it cook for another eight hours if it is turkey or chicken bones or twenty hours for beef bones.
Turn off the heat, pour the broth into a bowl and discard the cooked bones. Ensure that all the vegetables and meat in the soup ate all removed. It is crucial to be keen at this stage because if your cat bumps into a piece of cooked bone, it can be very dangerous as sometimes the bones get lodged in their digestive tract which will result in complications. Once the broth cools, serve it to your cat. You can serve the soup alone or mix it with other cat foods. Since the cat will not drink all the broth, store the remaining careful in the fridge for another meal time.
What to avoid when making bone broth for cats
- Cats are a bit delicate as compared to dogs, so you need to be very careful when preparing this broth. First of all, you should strictly avoid adding a lot of seasoning in the broth without permission from the vet. Keep onions, garlic, chives and scallions away because they are toxic to cats.
- Secondly, just to emphasize on the already mentioned fact that you need to ensure there are no bone pieces in the broth lest they choke the cat, you also need to be considerate of when serving the cat. Do not mix the broth with other solid cat foods if the cat is sick and weak because the cat will find liquid broth easier to take than when solid food is mixed in.
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