If you search online you will find dozens of recipes for homemade cat food as well as tips and warnings. The most thorough discussion that I found was at CatInfo.org, run by Lisa A Pierson, DMV, where she does warn that if you decide to provide homemade cat food to your cat as its primary diet, you must do it right or not do it at all. It is not difficult, she says, to make catfood, but you must do your homework and you should not add or omit ingredients from a balanced vet-recommended recipe.
Of course, if you are providing a supplemental treat or just an occasional meal along side a commercial food diet, there is less concern for not getting the recipe or balance of nutrients exactly right. Personally, I am in the latter category as I have enough trouble trying to get my kids fed a balanced, healthy diet!
Some great books to reference as you explore the options for homemade cat food include:
- Dr. Pitcairn’s Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats. Richard Pitcairn, DVM, and Susan Pitcairn. Rodale Press. ISBN 0875962432.
- Natural Cat Care. Celeste Yarnall. Available from www.CelestialPets.com
- Home-Prepared Dog and Cat Diets: the Healthful Alternative. Donald R. Strombeck, DVM. Iowa State University Press. ISBN 0813821495.
For a discussion on the cost (and savings!) of making your own cat food visit the well-research website CatInfo.org.
For a discussion on the benefits and risks of raw versus cooked also visit CatInfo.org
If you try any of the above recipes, have experience already with homemade cat food or have another recipe, please share your perspective in the comment area below.