Home Made Cat Food
Since not everyone feels comfortable handling raw meat, and my main purpose is to give pet guardians options, I thought I would post some home made cat food recipes! These are collected from different books I own and the internet. Anything you give your cat (with certain exceptions, of course) will be better than anything you can buy in a store, not only because you have complete control over the ingredients used, but also because of the process involved. Cats, much like humans, appreciate a homemade meal made with love and affection especially for them.
Whatever you decide to go with, here is a list of things to avoid feeding your feline. NEVER feed the following to your cat:
Candy containing Xylitol
From Food Pets Die For by Ann N. Martin
Chicken, Rice and Vegetables
2 cups of ground or chopped chicken
1 cup of cooked brown rice
1/4 cup grated carrots
Cut the chicken into small pieces. Run carrots through food processor. Mix chicken and carrots with rice and if there is any fat from the chicken, pour about two teaspoons over the mix. Serve at room temperature.
1/2 lb. fillet of sole ($3.99/bag frozen sole fillets at METRO)
2 tbsp. parsley, chopped
Enough water to cover bottom of dish
1 tbsp. butter
1 tbsp. flour
1/2 cup milk
1/4 tbsp. cheddar cheese, grated
2 tbsp. liver
1/4 tsp. iodized salt
2/3 cup cooked noodles, cut into kitty-bite size pieces (or cooked rice)
Put sole in a small, greased baking dish. Sprinkle with parsley. Add enough water to cover the bottom of dish. Cook in preheated 450°F for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and cool. Cut into kitty-size pieces. Melt butter in small saucepan. Stir in flour and heat until bubbling. Gradually stir in milk and cook, stirring constantly until mixture thickens. Add cheese, liver, and salt. Stir until cheese has melted. Do not boil. Add chopped fish and noodles to cheese sauce and stir. Cool and Serve. (Source: Tony Lawson The Cat-Lover’s Cookbook)
Bland Diet for Finicky Felines
1 cup boiled chicken
1/4 cup broccoli, steamed
1/4 shredded carrots, steamed
Chicken broth, approximately half a cup
Mix ingredients with enough chicken broth to hold it together. recipes can also be used with fish instead of chicken.
1 tbsp. non fat dry milk
3 medium eggs
3 tbsp. cottage cheese
2 tbsp. grated veggies or sprouts
Mix the milk powder with a little water and beat it with the eggs. Cook in a hot pan. When mixture is cooked, turn it over, ad put the cottage cheese and veggies or sprouts on top. When this is firm, fold it over like an omelet. Cut it into bite-size pieces for your kitties.
Salmon and Rice Diet
5 oz. salmon, canned with bones
1/2 large egg, hard boiled
1/3 cup rice, long grained, cooked
1 calcium carbonate tablet (400 mg. calcium)
1 multiple vitamin-mineral tablet
Mix together and serve. (Source: Donald R. Strombeck, DVM, PhD Home Prepared Dog and Cat Diets)
2 cups chopped beef or chicken liver
2 tbsp. vegetable oil
1 cup cooked oatmeal
1/4 cup frozen peas, steamed
Cook liver in vegetable oil and chop finely. Add cooked oatmeal and peas. Cool and serve at room temperature.
1 1/2 cup leftover meat, beef, chicken, turkey, lamb, finely chopped
1/2 leftover veggies, carrots, zucchini, sweet potato, squash or sprouts
3/4 mashed potatoes, rice or oatmeal
1 tbsp. vegetable oil
Run veggies through food processor. Chop meat finely. Add meat to veggies and potatoes, rice or oatmeal. Stir in vegetable oil and serve.
1 6½ oz. can of tuna packed in oil
1/2 cup cooked brown rice
1/4 cup grated carrots
2 tbsp. of wheat germ (vitamin E)
Blend and serve at room temperature. Do not serve more than oce a week since tuna can deplete vitamin E.
Liver and Kidney Dinner
1 cup cooked or ground liver or kidney
3/4 cup cooked oatmeal
3 tbsp. Grated carrots or zucchini
1/3 cup plain yogurt
3 tbsp. butter
Mix ground meat, oatmeal and vegetables together. Melt butter and pour over mixture. Stir in yogurt and serve at room temperature.
Get Well Feast
1 cup leftover beef
1/4 cup alfalfa or parsley
1/2 cooked cream of wheat
1/4 cup creamed cottage cheese
Blend and process ingredients into a thin consistency. Serve warm.
2 cups ground lamb
1/2 cup grated carrots or zucchini
1 cup cooked brown rice
1/4 cup cottage cheese
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
Combine all ingredients and either mix in a blender or serve as is at room temperature.
V.J.’s Recipe – Mark Haverkos, DVM
The late V.J. Keating, DVM, a pioneer of holistic veterinary medicine who practiced in Oregon for many years, always recommended that you try to simulate what the animals naturally eat in the wild. This, he felt, boosts the life force of pets and increases their level of health. I have applied this concept to my patients, and it has worked well. His basic formula was simple: up to one-half protein (meat) and one-quarter each of carbohydrates and vegetables.
the protein should be from the normal game range if possible: turkey, chicken, rabbit and fish.
For the carbohydrates: brown rice.
For vegetables. any that your cat will eat.
The meat can be either raw or cooked. Mix with cooked vegetables and rice.
The “Time-Saver Recipe” – Karen Bentley, DVM
Time is the great dictator of how much effort you can put into a meal. I am often pressed for time, so years ago I developed a simple recipe that accommodates both time and nutrition. It is easy to put together and it is nutritionally sound. It has served well for me and my busy clients for fifteen years and allowed us to conveniently provide quality nutrition to our animals.
1 pound cooked chicken or raw beef
2 pounds frozen mixed vegetables
1 pound tofu
28 ounces pumpkin pie filling, a good source of fiber; cats like the taste! (Irina: I buy the canned organic pumpkin at health food store because it has nothing added!)
Batch-mix and free into small containers. Feed 1 to 2 heaping tablespoons twice daily, depending on the size of the cat. At the time of feeding, ad the following supplements:
Taurine, 250 milligrams daily. You can crunch tables and mix into foods (Irina: I buy capsules, easier to administer)
A multi-vitamin/mineral supplement such as Maximum Protection Formula, fro=98m Dr. Goodpet (800-222-9932), or Mega-C Plus, from Orthomolecular Specialties (408-227-9334). Follow label instructions.
The 1-2-3 Recipe – Carolyn Blakey, DVM
This recipe is as easy as 1-2-3. Just feed the following proportions of the three major food groups:
One half or more of the mix as high-quality proteins – namely, real meat, and some of it raw if your animal will eat it.
Up to one-fourth as vegetable or fruits (lightly steam or grate the veggies)
Up to one-fourth as cooked whole grains (such as brown rice and oatmeal).
Be sure to add a good vitamin/mineral supplement and a digestive enzyme to the food before feeding to ensure that all nutrients the animal needs are present and are well absorbed.
The only pet food I would add to this mixture is European-Style Cat Food Mix, made by Sojourner Farms (888-TO-SOJOS). This blend of human-quality grains, herbs, dried sea vegetables, and ground nuts is very easy to prepare and adds solid nutrition.
2 whole chickens boiled (de-skinned, de-boned, reserve broth)
2 containers vegetable baby food
3 jars chicken baby food
6-8 teaspoons canola oil
6-8 teaspoons flax oil
6-8 teaspoons fish oil
5-7 rounded tablespoons bone meal
1 6 ½ ounce can minced clams with juice
1-2 or more cups reserved broth
Mix all ingredients well, and freeze in ½ to 1 cup portions in snack or sandwich bags. Thaw bags in hot water or in microwave before serving.
4 ounces of cooked white chicken meat
1/4 cup of cooked mashed sweet potato
1-1/2 teaspoons of butter
Add a supplement
1 tbsp green beans (boiled and mashed)
1 tbsp finely chopped carrot
2 tbsp minced chicken breasts (no skin)
1/3 cup brown rice (coarse and cooked)
1 tbsp olive oil
Thoroughly mix all the ingredients and make a paste. You can also mash the mixture in a blender if required. Heat a non-stick frying pan and sauté the mixture in a low flame for 2-3 min. Let it stand and then refrigerate in air-tight containers or zip-lock bags. Serve the paste for a delectable kitty dinner within 36 hours.
1 whole chicken, preferably free range or packaged with “no hormones or antibiotics” on the label
2 cups brown rice
6 stalks celery
6 carrots, scrubbed but not peeled
2 yellow squash
1 cup of green peas
handful of green beans
Wash chicken, then cover with water in a large stew pot. Cut vegetables into pieces and add to pot. Add rice. Cook until chicken almost falls off the bone and vegetables are tender. Completely de-bone the chicken. This is very important because cooked chicken bones can splinter and cause serious intestinal damage. Pour the stew into a blender and blend or chop until mixture is coarse (about bite-sized). Freeze in singe serve proportions what won’t be eaten in the next 2-3 days.