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Feline Cuisine

Tidbits from The 2001 Old Farmer's Almanac

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Dateline: December 20, 2000

When I first saw that The Old Farmer's Almanac 2001has an article titled, "Cooking for Your Cat," I must admit that I shook my head violently in disbelief. I don't know about you, but my cat, Spike, thinks just about anything I'm cooking is for him! And I can't even fathom the notion of cooking up something special just for the little varmint.

But the more I read, the more I became convinced that cooking for your cat may not be such an odd thing to do after all. In fact, I've promised Spike that as soon as he stops screaming in the night, I'll start cooking for him.

Here's a quick look at some of the interesting facts about cats' eating habits that I discovered in the Almanac article by Paige Griglun, plus a sample of one of the Almanac's cat recipes in case you're inspired to cater to your critter.

  • Cats are carnivores, and their digestive systems need plant fiber, too, yet most commercial cat foods contain minimal amounts of meats and veggies.

  • The average cat eats 10 to 20 small meals a day. That could keep you quite busy in the kitchen!

  • Cats' noses are four times more sensitive than humans' and they know when food has been left out too long. Hmm... that also explains how Spike can sniff out cookies and baked goods through numerous layers of plastic and foil and devour them under cover of the night.

  • Homemade "cat food" is meant to supplement your kitty's diet, not to replace it, and you should check with your veterinarian about your pet's specific dietary needs.

  • If you don't have your own copy of The Old Farmer's Almanac 2001, never fear. You can still be a hero to your favorite feline. Here's a source for cat recipes including Kitty Tacos.

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