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Kitten M
September 23rd 03, 07:34 AM
Please help my research for cat food. Before lots of people started
feeding their cat commercial cat food, (crunchy type or canned food)
what were they feeding their cat?
Is there such a thing like a traditional "home made" cat food? If you
were living with a cat/cats back in those days, what did you usually end
up feeding them?

Thank you very much for your help!

Marie

Katra
September 23rd 03, 09:12 AM
Kitten M wrote:
>
> Please help my research for cat food. Before lots of people started
> feeding their cat commercial cat food, (crunchy type or canned food)
> what were they feeding their cat?
> Is there such a thing like a traditional "home made" cat food? If you
> were living with a cat/cats back in those days, what did you usually end
> up feeding them?
>
> Thank you very much for your help!
>
> Marie

I'm not quite that old, but I talked to dad...
He says that his gramma used to cook oatmeal and stewed meats.

But her cats were also expected to hunt and eat what they killed, so
they probably got more "proper" nutrition that way.

K.

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Katra
September 23rd 03, 09:12 AM
Kitten M wrote:
>
> Please help my research for cat food. Before lots of people started
> feeding their cat commercial cat food, (crunchy type or canned food)
> what were they feeding their cat?
> Is there such a thing like a traditional "home made" cat food? If you
> were living with a cat/cats back in those days, what did you usually end
> up feeding them?
>
> Thank you very much for your help!
>
> Marie

I'm not quite that old, but I talked to dad...
He says that his gramma used to cook oatmeal and stewed meats.

But her cats were also expected to hunt and eat what they killed, so
they probably got more "proper" nutrition that way.

K.

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"There are millions of intelligent species in the universe, and they are
all owned by cats" -- Asimov

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kaeli
September 23rd 03, 01:26 PM
In article >,
enlightened us with...
> Please help my research for cat food. Before lots of people started
> feeding their cat commercial cat food, (crunchy type or canned food)
> what were they feeding their cat?
> Is there such a thing like a traditional "home made" cat food? If you
> were living with a cat/cats back in those days, what did you usually end
> up feeding them?
>

The same things dogs ate - meat and table scraps.

Cats also hunted and killed their own food, such as birds and mice. They
still do in many places.

Some people still feed a raw, natural diet. See
rec.pets.cats.health+behav archives.

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kaeli
September 23rd 03, 01:26 PM
In article >,
enlightened us with...
> Please help my research for cat food. Before lots of people started
> feeding their cat commercial cat food, (crunchy type or canned food)
> what were they feeding their cat?
> Is there such a thing like a traditional "home made" cat food? If you
> were living with a cat/cats back in those days, what did you usually end
> up feeding them?
>

The same things dogs ate - meat and table scraps.

Cats also hunted and killed their own food, such as birds and mice. They
still do in many places.

Some people still feed a raw, natural diet. See
rec.pets.cats.health+behav archives.

-------------------------------------------------
~kaeli~
Hey, if you got it flaunt it! If you don't, stare
at someone who does. Just don't lick the TV screen,
it leaves streaks.
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L. Kelly
September 23rd 03, 05:20 PM
"Kitten M" > wrote in message
...
| Please help my research for cat food. Before lots of people started
| feeding their cat commercial cat food, (crunchy type or canned food)
| what were they feeding their cat?
| Is there such a thing like a traditional "home made" cat food? If you
| were living with a cat/cats back in those days, what did you usually end
| up feeding them?
|
| Thank you very much for your help!
|
| Marie
|

Our farm cats were fed a few table scraps, hunted mice and birds, and also received
scraps from the killing room. They loved the internal organs...especially from the foul.
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L. Kelly
September 23rd 03, 05:20 PM
"Kitten M" > wrote in message
...
| Please help my research for cat food. Before lots of people started
| feeding their cat commercial cat food, (crunchy type or canned food)
| what were they feeding their cat?
| Is there such a thing like a traditional "home made" cat food? If you
| were living with a cat/cats back in those days, what did you usually end
| up feeding them?
|
| Thank you very much for your help!
|
| Marie
|

Our farm cats were fed a few table scraps, hunted mice and birds, and also received
scraps from the killing room. They loved the internal organs...especially from the foul.
--
Hugs,
Lynn


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me and bobby mcgee
September 24th 03, 07:18 AM
I believe that cats have traditionally been "mousers", killing rodents and
other small animals that poeple considered pests. Even today, it's not at
all unusual to find "barn cats" out in the countryside, who primarily eat
mice and snakes. The farmer (or rancher, etc) continues to rely on these
animals to keep the barns and silos free from mice that could ruin stored
crops and spread disease, and to keep the barns free from snakes that spook
the cows, horses, etc.

My Grandmother has an approximately 17 year old cat (Fat Cat) that turned up
as a stray 16 years ago when she lived out in the country, and it was always
a "barn cat", but it did get table scraps as a supplement, and fresh water.
Grandma moved to a small town to be closer to the doctor's office 4 years
ago, and she took the cat with her. Fat Cat now lives in the storage shed in
the back yard, with her own kitty door entrance, a straw bed, and heat lamp.
She eats moistened cat kibble (has a difficult time with hard food in her
old age) and comes onto the patio every afternoon to sunbathe and get her
tummy rubbed. She never leaves the back yard... All in all, sounds like
she's had a pretty good kitty life.

me and bobby mcgee
September 24th 03, 07:18 AM
I believe that cats have traditionally been "mousers", killing rodents and
other small animals that poeple considered pests. Even today, it's not at
all unusual to find "barn cats" out in the countryside, who primarily eat
mice and snakes. The farmer (or rancher, etc) continues to rely on these
animals to keep the barns and silos free from mice that could ruin stored
crops and spread disease, and to keep the barns free from snakes that spook
the cows, horses, etc.

My Grandmother has an approximately 17 year old cat (Fat Cat) that turned up
as a stray 16 years ago when she lived out in the country, and it was always
a "barn cat", but it did get table scraps as a supplement, and fresh water.
Grandma moved to a small town to be closer to the doctor's office 4 years
ago, and she took the cat with her. Fat Cat now lives in the storage shed in
the back yard, with her own kitty door entrance, a straw bed, and heat lamp.
She eats moistened cat kibble (has a difficult time with hard food in her
old age) and comes onto the patio every afternoon to sunbathe and get her
tummy rubbed. She never leaves the back yard... All in all, sounds like
she's had a pretty good kitty life.

MBREC
September 25th 03, 04:26 AM
>Before lots of people started
>feeding their cat commercial cat food, (crunchy type or canned food)
>what were they feeding their cat?

My childhood cat, in the late 1930s and the '40s, was a city boy (neutered) &
spent more time indoors than out, but he still managed to catch mice.
Kitty-Boy didn't eat them, though. He brought them in, sometimes still
kicking, and presented them to my father. Once he hid a dead one, probably
captured in the basement, under a corner of the Oriental rug in the living
room. I presume he meant to give it to my father when he got home from work.
But Kitty-Boy forgot about the mouse until the stench compelled us humans to
organize a search party!

We fed Kitty-Boy Rival dog food (canned) and table scraps. Commercial cat food
didn't exist back then.

Once a week I was sent to the butcher shop for his special treat -- lamb's
kidneys. We minced the kidneys, and the cat wolfed them down raw. We also gave
him milk or cream frequently. I don't remember that it gave him any problems
with diarrhea.

Kitty-Boy lived for 11 years, in good health until he developed urinary
blockage. There was no treatment back then, so he was euthanized. Thank God
for today's small-animal veterinary care and improved diets.


Margie aka Great Granny

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MBREC
September 25th 03, 04:26 AM
>Before lots of people started
>feeding their cat commercial cat food, (crunchy type or canned food)
>what were they feeding their cat?

My childhood cat, in the late 1930s and the '40s, was a city boy (neutered) &
spent more time indoors than out, but he still managed to catch mice.
Kitty-Boy didn't eat them, though. He brought them in, sometimes still
kicking, and presented them to my father. Once he hid a dead one, probably
captured in the basement, under a corner of the Oriental rug in the living
room. I presume he meant to give it to my father when he got home from work.
But Kitty-Boy forgot about the mouse until the stench compelled us humans to
organize a search party!

We fed Kitty-Boy Rival dog food (canned) and table scraps. Commercial cat food
didn't exist back then.

Once a week I was sent to the butcher shop for his special treat -- lamb's
kidneys. We minced the kidneys, and the cat wolfed them down raw. We also gave
him milk or cream frequently. I don't remember that it gave him any problems
with diarrhea.

Kitty-Boy lived for 11 years, in good health until he developed urinary
blockage. There was no treatment back then, so he was euthanized. Thank God
for today's small-animal veterinary care and improved diets.


Margie aka Great Granny

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Emily W
September 30th 03, 04:31 AM

Emily W
September 30th 03, 04:31 AM

me and bobby mcgee
September 30th 03, 05:19 AM
Science Diet is very poor quality pet food. The main ingredient is ground
corn, which has little nutritional value. Always avoid any pet food which
lists corn as the main ingredient. Nutro Max is one of several quality
brands which will provide more complete nutrition.

me and bobby mcgee
September 30th 03, 05:19 AM
Science Diet is very poor quality pet food. The main ingredient is ground
corn, which has little nutritional value. Always avoid any pet food which
lists corn as the main ingredient. Nutro Max is one of several quality
brands which will provide more complete nutrition.

Bob Brenchley.
September 30th 03, 05:19 PM
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Bob Brenchley.
September 30th 03, 05:19 PM
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