Want to truly win over your cat? Treat her to a Sunday feast of homemade kitty cuisine. It’s easier than you might imagine and truly shows your love and affection.
As mega meat eaters, cats are true carnivores. However, diets enriched with veggies can offer added nutrition. Here are some recipes that have won over the hearts—and tummies—of some of my cat pals.
Always let food cool before serving, and refrigerate or freeze leftovers in airtight containers for up to one week.
Heavenly Kitty Hash
To vary this recipe, substitute barley for rice, flounder for ground turkey, or wheat-germ oil for corn oil. Three servings.
1 cup water
1/3 cup uncooked brown rice
2 teaspoons corn oil
2/3 cup lean ground turkey
2 tablespoons chopped liver
1 tablespoon bone meal
1. In a medium saucepan, bring the water to a boil. Stir in the rice, corn oil, and salt and reduce the heat to low. Allow the mixture to simmer for 20 minutes, covered.
2. Add the ground turkey, chopped liver, and bone meal. Stir frequently and simmer for 20 more minutes.
Colossal Cat Chowder
Your cats will meow for more of this mouthwatering dish. Five servings.
1/2 pound white fish, deboned and diced into small cubes
1 cup creamed corn
1 cup skim or low-fat milk
1/4 cup red potato, finely chopped
1 tablespoon liver, finely chopped
1/4 cup low-fat grated cheese
1. In a medium saucepan, combine all the ingredients except for the cheese. Cover and simmer over low heat for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
2. Remove from the heat and sprinkle with cheese.
Purr-fect Tuna Patties
For a simple variation on this feline-favorite recipe, substitute salmon, mackerel or whitefish for the tuna. Five servings.
1 6 1/2 ounce can of water-packed tuna, drained and flaked
1 cup bread crumbs
1 teaspoon brewer’s yeast
1 teaspoon bone meal
2 tablespoons margarine
1. In a medium-sized bowl, whip the eggs.
2. Add the tuna, bread crumbs, brewer’s yeast, bone meal, and salt. Thoroughly blend with a wooden spoon until moistened.
3. In a skillet, melt the margarine over medium heat. Take small handfuls of the mixture and form 5 patties. Place the patties in the skillet. Cook each side for 3 to 5 minutes, or until golden brown.
4. Place the patties on a plate. Once they are cooled, crumble them into small pieces.
Excerpted from 50 Simple Ways to Pamper Your Cat,
By Arden Moore. Copyright (c) 2000 by Storey Books. Reprinted by permission of Storey Books.
Excerpted from 50 Simple Ways to Pamper Your Cat, By Arden Moore.
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