Homemade cat food recipes are a great way to feed your pets natural foods. You will find many raw meat recipes as well as those with cooked ingredients.
To ensure that your pet gets all the necessary nutrients, try
alternating between homemade and commercial cat food. Some cat lovers
even mix their commercial food with homemade food.
Ultimately, the main aim of homemade cat food recipes is to ensure that your pet’s diet is a nutritious one.
can be helpful in this regard. Look for supplements in vet’s offices,
some pharmacies and pet supply stores and you will help ensure the
health and long life of your cats.
like eating food at room temperature or slightly warmed through, if you
keep any food refrigerated, be sure to warm it through in your microwave
first and stir through to eliminate any hot-spots in the food.
What Should Cats Eat?
Since they are naturally carnivores, a cat’s diet should include the following:
Protein, ideally from fish or meat sources. Between 60 and 85 percent of homemade food should consist of animal proteins.
Vitamins and minerals.
Fatty acids such as arachidonic acid. Animal fats are especially
important to help promote healthy skin and hair in cats, as well as the
health of the urinary tract and circulatory system.
The amino acids taurine and arginine.
Fiber, which helps to make the pet feel full.
Some carbs. Less than 10 percent of your cat’s dietary intake should be
carbohydrates. This helps them maintain their energy, especially since
kittens are always getting into things and being frisky.
Water - the amount compared to the total weight of the food varies, but anywhere between 10 and 30 percent is acceptable.
Homemade Cat Food Recipes
Here are a few recipes on how to make cat food.
Kitty Omelet Recipe
One easy-to-prepare meal for your kitty is the following omelet-like dish. The ingredients are:
2 tablespoons non-fat dry milk
1/2 cup water
3 or 4 eggs
1/4 cup cottage cheese
1/8–1/4 cup grated vegetables
Mix dry milk with some of the water until the mixture becomes a watery paste. Add eggs and beat.
Pour into non-stick saucepan and cook.
When cooked through and no longer runny, turn omelet over.
Add cottage cheese and vegetables.
Fold omelet and remove from pan.
When cool, cut into bite-size pieces and serve to your cat.
Vet Approved Healthy Cat - Daily Diet
One of the best cat food meals, from the MSPCA (Massachusetts)-Angell Animal Medical Center, will provide one day’s nutrition for a fully grown healthy cat weighing about 12 pounds. The ingredients are:
3 ounces of cooked protein such as dark chicken, beef or lamb
1/3 cup cooked white rice
3 tablespoons of cooked sweet potato, skin removed
2.7-gram scoop of a commercial vitamin and mineral blend (the MSPCA recommends Balance IT Feline)
Blend the ingredients thoroughly, so that the cat is unable pick out single ingredients. This recipe is designed to be consumed no more than once per day. To save time you can prepare batches of this mix and freeze it in individual portions.
Simple Fish Dish
2 cans sardines
1 tsp butter
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup cooked carrots, chopped
1/2 cup cooked green beans, chopped
1 tsp fish sauce
Warm the butter in a pan, add the sardines and mash them up in the pan. Then add the rest of the ingredients. Mix together and bring up to the boil. Then remove the pan from the heat and allow the mixture to cool down.....and serve - simple!
Raw Cat Food Diet
If you plan to include raw
food in your cat’s diet, you need to be careful not to introduce
To keep your pet from becoming ill, obtain the raw
ingredients from a reliable source and treat them carefully to avoid
contamination. The risk that the cat will become sick is the main reason
some cat owners are afraid to use raw food.
Common ingredients in raw food diets are:
Chicken, lamb, rabbit
Animal organs such as liver
Additional nutrients, such as taurine, available in pet shops
What to Avoid
When it comes to homemade cat food recipes, it is important to know which ingredients to avoid. Chief among these is milk as many cats, despite what we may think, are lactose intolerant. Other ingredients to avoid when making your own cat food are:
Not everyone will agree on avoiding some ingredients; when in doubt, talk with your vet.
In fact, when switching to or including homemade food in your cat’s diet, it makes sense to discuss your plans with your veterinarian. The vet will be able to help you determine the right nutritional mix for any recipe you plan to try.
Being the fussy creatures they are, cats may prefer one recipe over another. Trying different recipes will help you find the ones your cat prefers.