“Isn’t making cat food time-consuming?“
Once you get a groove going and your supplies organized, not really. You’ll also likely spend a whole lot less time (and money) in veterinary clinics. If you can get a helper, go for it.
Maybe hook up with a local friend and savor some special time together hacking up meat parts and grinding them while singing show tunes. It beats cleaning the garage, right?
Time spent making cat food is less than I used to spend fretting about my sick cat and trekking him to the vet when he had a digestive disorder.
So yes, while it is definitely some work, it’s very manageable. Think of it as a labor of love. That’s exactly what it is.