Reina simply loves cooking at home. To develop her cooking skills, she studies online courses on professional cookery.
My little sister bought a large bag of Purina Friskies for our little furry fam. They love it so much. I enjoy listening to the crunchy sound it makes as the pussies nibble on those colorful, tasty treats. I wonder how it tastes.
When I read the label, I was surprised to see the ingredients. It looks like a recipe for picadillo. That's the first dish I learned to cook. My dad taught me how to make it. The shocking discovery got me thinking. Is picadillo a healthy cat food?
Harmful Cat Food
Honestly, I have been feeding our cats with picadillo ever since I can remember. Most cats here in the Philippines feed on table scraps. I grew up serving our feline pets with our leftovers. I'm feeling guilty.
The dish is not exactly a healthy cat food recipe. It contains onion and garlic that could be toxic to your pet. It may get your poor little kitty sick. Take a look at this list of harmful foods to avoid feeding your cat.
7 Deadly Foods For Your Cat
Too much tuna is bad for cats. It contains high amounts of mercury. So, keep those empty cans away from your pussy cat to avoid poisoning them. It also doesn't have the nutrients they need to stay healthy.
ONION, GARLIC AND CHIVES
The incredible trio in the kitchen is a bane for your lovely furball. It could cause the pussy anemia. Never let your cats nibble on these flavorful spices.
MILK AND DAIRY
Do you think you're doing mama-pussy a favor when you give her young a nice little bowl of milk? Well, not really. Most cats are lactose-intolerant. Milk and cheese can upset their tummy.
There is a reason wine manufacturers tell you to drink moderately. Alcohol is dangerous to both humans and animals. But, little persnickety is more vulnerable than you are. Liquor is deadly to your furry friend.
GRAPES AND RAISINS
Be careful when you treat your cats with these fruits. They say grapes and raisins can cause them kidney failure. Even a tiny amount can make them ill. It would be better to keep these crops out of their reach.
COFFEE AND CHOCOLATE
It's tempting to treat your tabby with some chocolate chip but don't do it. Theobromine is a chemical element found in chocolate that is lethal for cats. You can't give them coffee either. Caffeine is also fatal for those moggies.
RAW EGGS AND MEAT
The reason you don't want to eat raw eggs and meat is the same for your cat. Uncooked meat and eggs may be contaminated with bacteria that are harmful to you and your feline companion.
No More Friskies
Unfortunately, Friskies has been out of stock on Amazon since early in the year. It seems that the makers of this yummy pet food have not yet recovered from the pandemic shortage. I hope the supply gets back soon. Meanwhile, how about whipping up your own best healthy cat food recipe?
Maybe you could make some special picadillo for your furry friends, but no onions and garlic, please. You can also get an alternative to Friskies. I'm pretty sure there are plenty of other healthy cat food brands available. You only have to find the right one for your kitty.
Picadillo Recipe For Cats
Try this picadillo recipe I found online to make your homemade cat food. I've adjusted the ingredients so that it doesn't include those harmful herbs and spices. I have yet to try it, too. Let me know how it works for your pet if you've already done it.
You Will Need:
- 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
- 3 to 4 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 medium piece potatoes, cubed
- 1 medium piece carrots, cubed
- 3/4 cup frozen green peas
- 1 cup beef broth
- salt and pepper
- Heat oil in a pot.
- Add ground beef and cook until it changes color.
- Add potatoes and carrots and stir.
- Add beef broth, cover, and bring to boil.
- Add green peas, stir, and cover. Cook until carrots and potatoes are tender.
- Season with salt and pepper. You may also put soy sauce if it's not harmful to your pet.
- Simmer for about 2 to 3 minutes. Turn off the heat and transfer to the serving plate.
This procedure is basically how my father taught me. He wasn't a professional chef and never followed recipes. He simply eyeballed his measurements and trusted his guts for the taste. All he had was pure talent.
I'm still learning the ropes of professional cooking. So, I couldn't guarantee you the taste of this dish. I would be glad to hear your comments and suggestions. You can check out the link in the references section for the original recipe.
- Picadillo Recipe - Panlasang Pinoy
Picadillo is a dish with ground meat, tomato, potato, and carrots as basic ingredients. This is usually cooked using ground beef and/or ground pork, depending on the country of origin of the recipe.
- Harmful Foods Your Cat Should Never Eat: Tuna, Milk, Raw Fish, and More
WebMD's slideshow explains the most dangerous and toxic foods to your cat.
- Cat Food Shortage Leaves Pet Owners in a Bind
Popular brands like Fancy Feast, Friskies are facing a nationwide cat-food shortage amid the pandemic due to trouble with manufacturing.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
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