How to Make Homemade Cat Food March 07 2017

These days concerns have been raised about the quality of the ingredients that are going into store bought cat food. Most common cat food brands mass-produce their foods in facilities that can be located in countries that have very relaxed food safety standards. If you are like many other who are worried about what's going into your cat's food, why not make your own at home?

In this article we will outline ingredients to avoid, the essential ingredients that must be added, and also suggest a few recipes that cat's just love!

Even though cats stomach's are equipped to digest raw meat and fish, they are also very sensitive to other foods.

These ingredients should not be given to cats:

  • Raw egg-whites 
  • Corn or wheat gluten
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Tomatoes
  • Grapes/Raisins
  • Dairy (in access)
  • All artificial dyes, sweeteners, preservatives and chemicals 

It's important to remember that cats need a varied diet with whole ingredients for optimal health.

Here are the essentials that make a complete, balanced meal:

Animal Protein

Chicken, turkey, duck, beef, veal, lamb, rabbit, fish or liver. Cat's cannot survive without animal protein, so this should be the main ingredient. Variety is very important, so make sure to switch up the protein sources on a daily basis. 

Animal Fats

Animal fats not only make your cat's food more tasty but they are also essential for the overall health of your cat. Buying fattier meats and fish is a great way to add them naturally. Other sources which are also good are fish and krill oil, olive and sunflower oil, or flaxseed. Kittens need about 35 percent fat content, while adult cat's only need 30 percent.

Vitamins & Minerals

Buying a feline vitamin and mineral supplement is great way to insure their food is balanced and complete, and that your cat is getting everything it needs. Most supplements can be easily added to their food after all the ingredients have been cooked. 

Water

Wet food is always best for cat's digestion, so we recommend your cat's food be 10 to 30 percent water content. Weigh or measure your their food once all ingredients have been added, and add the correct water for how much you are making.

Carbohydrates

Unlike dogs, cat's need a much lower amount of carbs in their diet. The best recipes should have less than 10 percent carbohydrates. 

Simple Recipe Ideas

Chicken Dinner

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of cooked chicken (may be broiled or baked)
  • 1/4 cup of steamed broccoli, mashed
  • 1/4 cup of steamed carrots, mashed
  • Chicken broth
  • 1/4 Teaspoon of cat-friendly oil

Directions

  1. Place ingredients in a food processor with several tablespoons of chicken broth.
  2. Puree or crumble the ingredients until it begins to resemble pate cat food. Add broth, as needed, to make the mixture smooth, but not soupy. Add the oil and let the food cool to room temperature before serving.
  3. Add your feline supplement to each serving daily before consumption.

Easy Salmon Patties

Ingredients

  • 1 can wild salmon
  • 1/2 cup boiled rice
  • 1/4 cup pureed liver
  • 2-3 sprigs parsley finely chopped 

Directions

  1. Drain the salmon (if needed)
  2. Mix all ingredients together.
  3. Make six to seven balls and then form them into patties.
  4. After refrigerated for an hour, add your feline supplement and serve to your cat. 

Trout Dinner

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cooked trout
  • 1 cooked egg yolk (no egg whites!)
  • 1 tablespoon steamed broccoli, chopped small
  • 2 tablespoons sunflower oil (or other healthy oil)

Directions

    1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor.
    2. Pulse until blended and serve.
    3. Add your feline supplement and serve to your cat.

 

All recipes can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 days, or in the freezer for no more than 3 months.

Bon appetit little friends!