WHAT IS A RECIPE FOR HOMEMADE CAT FOOD?
There is not just one recipe for homemade cat food. A cat's diet should consist of multiple recipes and include wide ranging variety to provide all the essential vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that a cat needs.
Most experts have different opinions on what the best recipe for homemade cat food is, but they generally agree on the basic components. Pat Lazarus in her book titled "Keep Your Cat Healthy the Natural Way (49-50)" believes that there is a certain ratio that should be followed in preparing meals. In her opinion, a good recipe should include:
60-75% of the daily food: some kind of animal products, primarily meat. She estimates about 1/6 of the weekly ration might include organ meats. Fish a couple of times a week and poultry more often.
While not all cats tolerate milk, yogurt is generally well accepted and is a good item on occasion. Eggs are also a good source of protein. Yolks can be raw, but whites need to be cooked.
The remaining percentage: vegetables, fruits, and grains. Either puree or finely chop fruits and vegetables. Cooked brown rice is a good grain choice.
Fats: High quality polyunsaturated fat oil added in moderation to meals.
A general purpose cat multivitamin is a good addition.
Frank Temple-Brown, author of the e-book Momma's Gourmet Cat Meals, says that preparing meals for your cat is super simple, especially once you know the things your cat likes best. He spends only two hours for the whole month preparing his cat's meals ahead of time, less time than driving to the pet store for commercial foods.
He suggests sourcing out your own food from local places, like restaurants and his local fish and chip shop that gives away free human grade white fish trimmings that might otherwise get throw away but make valuable additions to your cat's diet. Try several recipes to get a feel for what your cat likes, and then make batches ahead of time and freeze to save time.
Here are a couple of recipes from Momma's Gourmet Cat Meals:
- 1/2 cup raw trimmed beef
- 1 tablespoon beef broth
- 2 tablespoons cooked oatmeal
- 1 tablespoon dried barley grass powder
- 1 cooked minced veggie
- Cook raw trimmed beef in just enough broth to cover, over medium to low heat. When beef is cooked thru shred with fork and mix with the broth in which it was cooked. Add the minced veggie (carrots are good with this one) and the barley grass powder. Stir well. Last add the oatmeal to achieve the consistency that your cat likes.
CHICKEN AND SARDINES
- 1 can sardines in olive oil
- 1/4 cup whole grain bread crumbs
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1/2 tsp brewer's yeast
- 2 cooked chicken drumsticks, bones removed
- Drain the sardines, reserving the olive oil, and mash. Mix in the bread crumbs, egg and yeast to an even, gooey consistency. Coat the chicken drumsticks evenly in the mixture. Heat the reserved olive oil in a frying pan then add the coated drumsticks and fry, turning frequently, until brown. Remove from the heat, and cool before serving.
The best recipes for homemade cat food are really fully based on variety and freshness. Cook for your cat as you would for for yourself with fresh foods and a healthy mix.
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Lazarus, Pat 1999. Keep Your Cat Healthy the Natural Way. New York: Ballantine Publishing Group.