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How to Make Your Own Cat Food

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Basic Cat Food
from Ecolife: A guide to Green living

  • 1/4 teaspoon olive oil or salmon oil
  • 2.7 grams of feline vitamin/mineral supplement
  • 30 grams of potato, cooked without skin
  • 50 grams of carbs (choose one: cooked pasta, white rice, barley, oatmeal, peas)
  • 83 grams of cooked animal protein (whole meat chicken, lamb, rabbit, beef, pork, tuna, salmon)

Mix all of the ingredients together (a blender works really well for this purpose) and store the food in the fridge until needed.

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Tuna Patties
from Healthy Recipes for Pets

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

Drain the tuna and mix everything together. Make 6-7 balls and then pat them into patties. Store in the fridge and serve to your cat. This is one cat treat recipe that your feline friend won’t be finicky about.

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Rabbit Stew
from the book Natural Cat Care by Christopher Day:

This meal is also good enough for human consumption. So get out two plates, for kitty and you.

  • Rabbit meat (wild or domestic), boned and cut into small pieces
  • A little olive oil
  • A few springs of parsley, rosemary, marjoram and thyme
  • Vegetable stock (unsalted, so best home prepared)
  • Sweet potato, carrot, celery, leek, turnip, peas

Sautee the rabbit chunks in the olive oil. Sprinkle with herbs. Add the stock water and bring to a boil. Cover with lid and place in a medium-low oven until cooked through.  Add the chopped vegetable and peas and return to the oven for a another 45 minutes. Let cool, then give to kitty.

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Salmon Delight
from LovetoKnowCats

  • 1 can salmon (or fresh salmon)
  • 1 tablespoon cooked, mashed broccoli
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon brewer’s yeast

Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Stir together and serve. Keep any leftovers refrigerated, and discard after three days.

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Sardine Treat
also from LovetoKnowCats

  • 1 can sardines in oil
  • 2 tablespoons of grated carrot
  • 1/3 cup cooked oatmeal

Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Mash ingredients together and serve. Store leftovers in the refrigerator, and discard after three days.

Bon Appetite!

 

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Cherise Udell

Cherise Udell is a mom, clean air advocate, anthropologist and feline aficionado with the nomadic habit of taking spontaneous sojourns to unusual destinations. Before her adventures in motherhood, she was an intrepid Amazon jungle guide equipped with a pair of sturdy wellingtons and a 24-inch machete, as well as a volunteer at a rainforest animal rescue center.

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4:36AM PDT on Jun 14, 2014

thanks, I tried to make some for my cats, they wouldn't eat it.

4:58AM PDT on Jun 10, 2014

Dogs and cats need organ protein some flesh and small amounts of high protein low carbohydrate vegetables, unless the dog is extremely active. I see the use of rice and pasta being used as filler for the pet foods, this may added to a less expensive recipe but is not adding to the overall health of the pet.

3:48AM PDT on May 28, 2014

I do not agree with beef, pork or liver from these animals in catfood, because I never saw a cat catch a cow or pig, so I think it is better to give them chicken or rabbit. Only it will always be a problem that all the meat is full of chemical substances from the food those animals get. So it is no wonder that a lot of cats nowadays suffer from glanproblems, cancer and longproblems. Humans are killing their pets with the food we give them. I try very hard to keep my cats healthy, but since I do not own my own chickens and as a vegetarian I am not able to kill another animal, I have to give my cats the food I can find in a store. I always try to use the most pure food I can find, that is all I can do.
I also want to point out that in a lot of dog and cat food the industry has put sugar. That of course is very bad for animals and very addictive.

12:42AM PDT on May 28, 2014

thanks for sharing

9:27PM PDT on May 27, 2014

I think I will stay with the brand I have been feeding my cats for the last 25 years. They are all healthy, and live long lives.

8:26PM PDT on May 27, 2014

I don't know what to do for my sweetie as far as food is concerned

5:30PM PDT on May 27, 2014

Thanks for the article. I'm not so sure about the basic cat food recipe but the treats sound very doable.

6:07AM PDT on May 27, 2014

Thanks for sharing.

4:24AM PDT on May 27, 2014

Thanks

7:56PM PDT on May 13, 2014

These recipes are potentially dangerous. Respectfully, I am not a vet, and neither is the author. These formulae might be ok for an occasional treat, but based on what little I know they appear to be severely imbalanced if anyone tried to feed their cat on them full time.

At minimum cats need taurine and a balanced calcium to phosphorous ratio that in the wild comes from eating the bones of their prey. All fish diets are problematic for many reasons: http://www.littlebigcat.com/nutrition/why-fish-is-dangerous-for-cats/

Making pet food, especially for indoor pets who can't supplement their diets with prey, shouldn't be a random experiment. Please see the following article for details. http://www.catinfo.org/?link=makingcatfood

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