Why make homemade cat food?
When you make your own raw cat food, you have complete control over what your cat eats. Each cat is unique so even if there is a recipe, you may need to modify it or add other ingredients to keep your cat healthy. You have the option to choose which cat food and supplements you want for your cat.
While commercially-purchased cat food can be good, there are some brands that have toxic chemicals and preservatives added to it. You can also make your own raw cat food for health benefits. The following cat types will benefit from homemade cat foods: Cats with allergies, diabetes, other illnesses, and overweight cats.
Homemade and raw cat food
A cat parent’s most important quality is deciding what food your pet should eat. Domestic cats are unable to eat for themselves. They rely on you to decide what is best for them.
Simple Recipe for Raw Chicken
1. Chicken thighs and bones – 4.5 lbs
2. 7 oz chicken liver
3. 14 oz chicken heart
4. 1 cup water
5. 4 egg yolks
6. Taurine 2,000 mg
7. 8000 mg of fish oil
8. 800 IU Vitamin E (d-alpha-Tocopherol)
9. Complex 1/2 Cap B
10. 1/2 tsp Lite salt
If you want to reduce the fat in your cat’s diet, then remove at least half of the skin from the raw, unfrozen chicken thighs. You will need a grinder to remove the bones. However, you can also remove some bones from this recipe. Rinse the meat well and then feed it through the grinder with the liver and hearts.
Recipe with Real Bone
2 kg [4.4 lb] raw muscle meat with bone (chicken legs and drumsticks or a whole chicken carcass; if you don’t have a whole chicken carcass, use dark meat such as thighs or drumsticks. If you use whole rabbit, which has higher bone-tomeat ratios than chicken, add 20 to 25% plain muscle meat, skin, and fat from turkey, rabbit, or chicken).
UPDATE: As of 2016, I have decreased the bone content of the food by feeding 50 percent of the whole carcass with bones and 50 percent of the boneless meat.
400g [14 oz] of raw heart (chicken or beef heart, if not available)
Original Raw Cat Food Recipe
Private use only
1. 900g (2 lbs. 900 g (2 lbs.) raw, lean muscle meat, WITHOUT bones, ground
2. 200g can wild salmon, wild and un-salted
3. 100 g (1/2 cup) raw liver, ground
4. 236 ml (1 Cup) water
5. 2 raw egg yolks
6. 2 Tbsp. edible bone meal
7. 1 Tbsp. gelatin
8. 400 IU alpha tocopherol Vitamin E
For an average adult cat, it will provide 11x130g (1/4 cup) or 11 days worth of food. You can feed 1/4 cup each morning and evening.
Cut Raw Meat and Organs
The raw boneless meat and organs (heart and liver) should be cut into small pieces so that they can fit through the meat grinder’s feeder. Mix everything together in a large bowl of stainless steel.
Use Vitamin and Eggshell Powders
Combine the powders (ground eggshell or freeze dried bone) and the vitamin supplement in a glass container. Mix well and then add the raw meat and organs to the jar. To ensure that the supplements are evenly distributed throughout the raw food, you can add water if necessary.
Vitamins for Raw Cat Food Recipe
You must add 1/2 teaspoon of the vitamin supplements mix to each batch of homemade raw catfood.
The vitamin supplement mixture includes:
1. 1000mg Taurine 50 Caps
2. 150mcg Standardised Kelp 20 Tablets
3. 10mg Chelated Manganese – 10 capsules
4. 400iu Dry Vitamin E – 5 capsules
5. 50mg B Complex 2 capsules
Add all the supplements, including gel caps, to a coffee grinder or NutriBullet and pulse until well combined. Wait for the dust to settle again before opening the grinder. Then transfer the coffee to an airtight glass container.
Make Ground Eggshell Powder (Adult Cats only)
A finely ground eggshell powder is a good substitute for calcium. It’s easy to make. We buy organic eggs from the supermarket, which are date stamped. We remove any ink from the eggshells to be safe.
Salmon oil and egg yolk can be added
Use a push-pin to puncture the salmon capsules. Then, use the oil to coat the organs and raw meat. Finally, add the egg yolk.
TIP: You can also melt the salmon oil capsules in boiling water. The water/melted salmon oil can then be added to the food.
You can also include heart meat in the muscle meat portion. Heart meat is a dense and affordable source of lean meat. Canned salmon is used to replace the need of Salmon oil (Omega3 fatty acids) or Taurine supplement. Canned salmon is a great source of potassium and selenium as well as iodine.
Vitamin A, B and D are all naturally found in raw liver. Raw liver should be included. The enzyme Avidin in egg white will render your cat’s essential B Vitamin Biotin unobtainable.
Eggs and Meat
You should always get the highest quality meat and the freshest possible. If the meat is not fresh, cats may reject it. This recipe requires chicken hearts. It can be difficult to find them. Hare Today offers them at a great price. You can often find heart organs in Asian supermarkets. Ask your butcher or check your local ethnic food store if they are available. If possible, try to use real organs. Hearts are a great source of taurine, an essential amino acid.
Supplements cannot be considered optional. These supplements must be taken. Your cat’s health can be affected if you skip supplements or let your recipe drift. Although there are many different recipes, they all require the same basic nutrition for your cat. These supplements compensate for the fact that cats are not being fed the same prey diet as wild animals. For years, people have used the same recipes without any problems. You should always vary the meats that you feed your cat. This is not only to provide variety but also to fill in any gaps in the nutritional profile of the particular meat. You may find an essential micronutrient that is not yet identified in one type of meat.
Salmon and Chicken Recipe
1. 25 ounces Chicken wings with Bones
2. 4 oz salmon with bone
3. 2 ounces chicken liver
4. 2 ounces beef kidney
5. 5 ounces chicken heart
6. 2 cups water
7. 2 whole eggs (with shell)
8. Taurine 1,000 mg
9. 1/2 cap B-complex
10. 1 teaspoon of Lite Salt
This recipe will again require a meat grinder, or a powerful blender such as a Vitamix. Mix all organ meats first with water, then add the chicken, salmon, eggs and taurine. Divide the mixture into small portions and freeze the rest for up to 2 days.
Recipe for Boneless Raw Food
1. 1 lb boneless protein (chickens, beef, turkey)
2. 3 oz chicken hearts
3. 1.5 oz chicken livers
4. 6 oz chicken kidneys
5. 1 teaspoon finely ground eggshells
6. Salmon oil – 4,000 mg
7. 1 large egg yolk
8. Taurine 1,000 mg
9. 0.5 tsp. Eggshell powder
10. Complex 1/2 Cap B
11. 50 UI, 33 mg Vitamin E as dalpha Tocopherol
12. 1/3 teaspoon Lite Salt
The recipe is quick and easy because there are no bones. However, a grinder makes the process much easier. The raw meat should be cut into bite-sized pieces (larger is better if you’re grinding), and then the mixture should be combined in a bowl. Add the egg yolk and salmon oil to the bowl. If necessary, add a little water. Add the eggshell powder, and 1000 mg of taurine.