There is something about homecooked – homemade cat food that make them taste better than random restaurant meals. The effort, time and commitment all combine into one super ingredient. What you might not know is that your cat wants that kind of treat too as opposed to making them eat out of the can everytime.
How to Make Homemade Cat Food?
In fact, when you make homemade cat food yourself, you will be able to add the best ingredient of all – love. Obviously, the machines that mass-produce those canned recipes don’t have that to give.
So, if you would like to know how to make homemade cat food recipes, you are at the right place.
Why You Should Make Your Own Cat Food ?
A simple walk to the grocery store could save you minutes of having to cook something your cat will eat. Whey then do you need to go through all that trouble in getting your cat its next meal?
You don’t know where the companies that make your cat’s food source the ingredients from. They have made the promise of keeping to the best standards, but how sure are you that their margin for error is not what your cat is currently munching on?
When you are making the food yourself, you will have more peace of mind. You know your ingredients were well checked out and you’re sure you cooked it just the right way.
Not just for the cat but you too.
Your cat will look forward to its next meal with great anticipation now since it knows it won’t be getting the same boring food. On your own part, you get to experiment with a variety of new recipes everyday
There have been a lot of health concerns on the issue of what cat food packaging does to the food. Likewise, issues have been raised on some of the ingredients therein. Leaving that angle for a moment, it is an open secret that processed foods are usually more harmful than they are healthy.
If you want a better health for your cat, cooking its food at home is a very good place to start.
Cats are described as obligate carnivores in the sense that they have a natural tendency to crave meat. If that is true, then it is also true that processed food can only do so much to meet the feline’s nutritional needs.
Making your cat’s food yourself means you get to take into consideration their specific nutritional needs and work according to that, not some template established by the processed cat food company.
Ingredients to avoid for homemade cat food
As much as you want to make your cat feel special, you should be aware of some ingredients to avoid when making them a meal.
While a chocolate-laced organ meal might sound like a great idea, you should know that your cat’s tummies won’t find that chocolate flavor a welcome one. Some other ingredients you should never include in your cat’s meal are
- Grapes (Citrus generally)
- Egg whites (Raw)
Things to Remember
Before you light up the stove in preparation to whip something up, you should know something things about your cat’s preferred diet.
Remember when I said your cat is an obligate carnivore? That means they need a lot of protein to keep their nutritional levels up. Such proteins should be given to them in form of meat – beef, chicken, pork, rabbit or fish.
Liver is also a very important addition to your cat’s meal. It is, on its own, a very rich source of Vitamin A – something your cat’s body cannot produce on its own. When giving them proteins, make sure you spice things up by introducing various sources of meat into their meal.
The fat needs of your cat will be dependent on their age. Adults would generally need about 30% while the younger ones will need 5% more than that (35%). Fats in your cat’s meals adds taste and also ensures smoother skin/ fur. Furthermore, fats are important in your cat’s body for regulation of the circulatory and urinary systems.
Your cat needs energy from carbohydrates too. However, they do not require any more than 10% of carbs per meal to get their needed quota.
Since your cat gets most of its water from the food it eats, you have to make sure the homecooked recipe allows you have as much as 10 – 30% water content.
Recipes to Consider for homemade food
Now that you have every other information needed to get started, how about we look at some recipes to get your cat licking its whiskers like never before?
1. Tuna Patties
- 1 can of tuna
- ½ cup of boiled rice
- ¼ cup of pureed liver
- 2 – 3 sprigs of chopped parsley
Drain all of the tuna into a bowl and add the other ingredients to it in the stated quantities. Mix everything together and from the resulting solid paste, make some balls and form them into patties.
With this measurement, you should be able to get about six to seven balls in all. Store the resulting patties in your refrigerator and serve the to the cat.
PS Thaw the patties gently with warm water before serving.
2. Rabbit Stew
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- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- ½ lb. rabbit meat (wild or domestic will do)
- Springs of Parsley
- Unsalted vegetable stock
- Sweet potato
Clean, bone and cut the rabbit meat into small chunks. When you are done with that, sautee the chunks in a little olive oil while sprinkling some herbs on it. Add the vegetable stock to the sautéed rabbit meat and allow the new mixture to boil until it is properly cooked. Make sure your oven burner is set between low to medium too.
After cooking it through, add the chopped vegetables and let it simmer on the oven for about 45 more minutes. Take it off the fire and allow it to cool for a while before dishing.
The best thing about this meal is that it is healthy for human consumption too. Don’t let your cat have all the fun.
3. Raw Chicken Cat Food
- 5 lbs. chicken thighs
- 14 oz chicken hearts
- 7 oz chicken livers
- 2 cups of water
- 4 egg yolks
- Vit B supplement (200mg)
- Vit E supplement (200 IU)
- 5 teaspoon light iodized salt
- Taurine (2000 mg)
Start by removing about half the skin on the chicken thighs as well as a small percentage (about 20%) of the bones in it. Afterwards, slice up most of the thighs into small chunks that your cat can easily bite at once.
For the parts that you were not able to slice, place them in a blender and grind till you have a consistent liquid-particle mixture.
Get a large bowl and mix up all the vitamin supplements with the eggs and salt. Add 2 cups of water to the mixture and whisk thoroughly. After getting another consistent paste, pour in the diced meat and ground meat/ bone mixture. Mix everything thoroughly.
You should store the resulting mixture from above in an airtight container and refrigerate. You will be able to feed your cat on this diet for anywhere between 20 – 25 days. Before feeding it to the cat, thaw with warm water till it gets to room temperature.
Credit: Feline Nutrition
4. Chicken and Rice Diet
Credit: The Spruce
- Chicken breast (boneless)
- Large egg
- ½ ounce clams
- 1/3 cup long grain rice
- 4 teaspoonful canola oil
- 1/8 teaspoonful salt substitute
- 4 bone meal tablets
- 1 multivitamin tablet
Start by cooking the chicken and then chopping it into size. At the same time, boil the egg and cook the rice properly. Combine the three in the same bowl and mix the dry food together for a bit.
Go on to add ounce clams that have been copped in juice. Throw in some canola oil and the salt substitute of your choice. I will advise that you use potassium chloride here.
When you are halfway done mixing all these together, crush the bone meal and multivitamin tablets. Add them both to the mixture you had and stir properly. You can serve this to your cat immediately or refrigerate and warm whenever it is meal time.
5. Mackerel Recipe
Credit: Love to Know
- 1 cup of canned mackerel
- 1 tablespoon of sunflower seed oil
- 1 tablespoon of organic, brown rice
- 1 – 2 tablespoons of chicken/ beef broth or water
Before you start with any other thing, get the brown rice cooked properly. After cooking, combine all the ingredients (with the cooked rice) in a food processor and pulse it until everything is well-blended.
The product can be served to your cat immediately or refrigerated, warmed then served. The recipe can last up to three days in storage after which you will have to turn the leftovers way.
Even if you have never had any advanced cooking classes, you won’t find it hard to make a decent meal for your cat.
So that you cat can always enjoy a balanced diet, it is advisable to look for a high quality, commercial cat food that you can always combine with your homemade recipes from time to time. However, if you have extensive knowledge of food balancing yourself, there won’t be a need for that anymore.
Without further ado, it is time for you to get homemade cat food. Don’t forget to let us know which one of the recipes your cat loves the most.