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How to Make Your Own Cat Food

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.

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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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11:55PM PDT on Aug 15, 2014

My cat use to eat what I eat - sometimes she eats even better :)

11:36PM PDT on Aug 15, 2014

My cat loves ground turkey and eggs mixed. She is old, was peeing on my bed and outside her liter box, puking more than the usually hair balls (food). Fed her that for a month... Now the incidents of problems has been reduced 90%. Recipe is 1 lb ground turkey with 6 eggs (both slowly pan fried cooked - more nutrients slowly cooked), a tiny pinch of salt in mixed in with both before pan frying. The salt might not be best but she seems to me doing so much better with this recipe. While writing this I fed her and she is sleeping on my lap atm. :)

8:40AM PDT on Jul 15, 2014

I made some homemade cat-food as well :) Mine went over well but I only feed it to him may three times a week. http://youtu.be/KdtAwEYqCGQ

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.

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