Worried about the ingredients in cat food? You aren’t the only one! More and more, people are saying “NO!” to traditional cat food produced by large corporations. Your cat is part of your family and deserves a home cooked meal! Even if you aren’t ready to do a full food transition, just preparing cat food at home a few times a week is a great idea.
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Here are our top 3 home-prepared food recipes for you.
Wait, isn’t home-prepared food too expensive for a cat?
You might hear stories about an animal lover who orders rabbit and fowl to feed his or her feline, and that probably isn’t cheap (it sure is cool though!). The rest of us can just stick to basic ingredients and potentially save money compared to store bought cat food. It depends on food prices in your area, if you buy organic, and things like that. However, the real savings come when you don’t have to pay big veterinarian bills.
Why should I make my own cat food?
Buying premade food is convenient, but very similar to human food, you pay the price on other ways. Despite being made for cats, the foods often have poor nutrition. Even more expensive labels often use plant protein. Cats are obligate carnivores, which means they can only process animal protein. Their short stomachs struggle to process many plant materials.
Making your own cat food can be fun too! What better way to show your furry companion you love them? Cats can be really picky eaters, and making their food from scratch can help to discover food that they really like. Cats are creatures of habit but they can enjoy occasional variety too!
Generally cooking for cats is quite easy, and you don’t need to (and should not) use seasonings. If you aren’t a tasty chef that’s okay, the goal is bland. These convenient and healthy dishes can improve your cats general well-being, happiness, coat, join health, and more.
Now, onto the recipes. For these you need a food processor, but no other fancy gear for your kitchen.
Raw Chicken Dinner
A top choice for an especially carnivorous feline. This will bring out the inner tiger within the ordinary house cat, the thrill of eating raw meat awakens those powerful instincts of being an apex predator. It also is healthy, easy to make, and great for your cat’s health. This has all essential ingredients a cat needs.
4.5 lbs chicken. I recommend thighs.
14 oz chicken hearts*
7 oz chicken livers*
2 cups of water
200 mg Vitamin E supplement
200 mg Vitamin B supplement
Some recipes recommend salt, but I find it unnecessary, and too much salt is bad for cats.
* You would be surprised how easy chicken hearts and livers are to get in normal grocery stores. Cats love organs, even if they disgust you. The hearts provide Taurine, and livers provide vitamin A. You can replace those with supplements if you don’t want to use or cannot find fresh organs.
- Dice the thigh meat into tiny pieces, enough for a cat to eat in just one bite. Keep the skin and bone.
- You only want about half of the skin and ¾ of the bone. Remove and discard the extra.
- Grind the skin, hearts, and livers in a food processor. The bone as well, if you have the equipment. If you don’t, just finish the recipe without it.
- In a separate bowl, mix any vitamin supplements, the eggs, and 2 cups of water. Whisk the eggs well until the mixture is a single color.
- Combine the chicken meat, the ground mixture, and the egg mixture into a bowl and beat it until it is mixed thoroughly.
- Serve to your cat.
- Put two day’s worth in the fridge. Use an airtight container with extra room in it.
- Put the remainder in the freezer, and remember to leave room for the food to expand as water freezes. Later recipes don’t freeze as well as this one!
Cats do eat greens sometimes, and cats that spend most of their time indoors sometimes struggle to get grassy foods they enjoy. This salad for cats can help them get a part of their diet they may otherwise lack. Nutrition is important!
1 cup chopped sprouts
½ cup zucchini (grated into thin strips)
½ cup chicken stock. Fish stock is also acceptable.
Optional: a pinch of minced cat nip as a garnish.
- Make sure the ingredients are finely grated or chopped as needed.
- Mix the first three in a bowl. The chicken stock is used to add moisture.
- Sprinkle the cat nip on top.
- Serve to the cat.
- Store leftovers in the fridge for up to 3 days. Make sure to use a covered container. Just get out the food and serve at your convenience. These portions can be scaled down if you have only a single cat, I use this to feed several.
Chicken and Tuna Dinner
Cats dream of birds and fish, well now they don’t have to choose just one. This delicious home-cooked meal brings combines two of cats’ favorite into a dish sure to make him or her say “Me – ow!”
½ cup boiled chicken without seasoning.
1 can of tuna. Oil packed tuna is best for moisture.
1 tablespoon of mashed cooked carrots. Other vegetables can work too, just make sure they are safe for cats. Remember than onions and related vegetables are poisonous to cats.
- Boil the chicken ahead of time. It’s okay if it seems bland to you, kitty will love it!
- Put the chicken and tuna into the food processor. There should be no chicken bones, only meat. Add the vegetable too.
- Puree until the mixture is a single color
- Serve one portion to your cat. I personally enjoy Instagramming this dinner on a professional quality looking plate.
- Leftovers can be refrigerated for up to 3 days.
These are my top 3 quality home prepared cooked diet foods for my cat, Mr. Bigglesworth. I hope your little fur babies enjoy it as much as he does! There is room to mix up and try your own recipes, but please pay attention to what cats can and should eat. Many common human foods are poisonous to them. Unlike dogs, cats usually won’t eat these foods, but they will if you present them as food. Onions and choclate are two big ones to watch out for. Milk generally isn’t good either, most cats are lactose intolerant. They become gaseous and have surprisingly loud farts.
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