We all want the best for our pets, but the cost of pet food these days can sometimes have us hunting in the bargain aisle for something less costly. However, many of these foods are filled with byproducts and artificial ingredients that are simply not healthy for your cat. Instead of giving up on quality, consider making your own cat food that will cost less and will surely be more nutritional for your cat.
Felines are natural hunters and absolutely love raw food. If your cat has been eating processed and packaged foods for some time, it may initially turn its nose up at the food, but overtime should come to love the raw food. If your cat regularly gets a “treat” of raw seafood or some other type of meat, they will more than likely dig right in!
Homemade Cat Food Ingredients
1 Chicken Heart (14 ounces)
1 Chicken Liver (7 ounces)
4.5 Pounds of Chicken Muscle Meat (necks, thigh, and legs)
4 Egg Yolks
800 IU Vitamin E
200mg Vitamin B Complex
4000mg Salmon Oil
4 Capsules Raw Multiple Glandular
2 Cups Water
1. If any meat is still on the bone, debone the meat and remove any skin.
2. Separate the muscle meat from the organ meat. Cut muscle meat into small chunks and then store meats in fridge. (Make sure you weigh the meat to have the proper portions)
3. Mix remaining ingredients (everything but the meats) together in a large mixing bowl. Continue to mix until all ingredients are well blended.
4. Remove meats from fridge and use meat (sausage) grinder for the organ meats. When organ meats are done, add chunked muscle meat and combine.
5. Fold in your wet ingredients mixture and blend until everything is well integrated.
6. Portion the food into single serve portions. Portions should be frozen until needed.
7. Each portion can be thawed out the night before in the refrigerator.
8. Before serving your cat the food, make sure you have warmed the food in oven or in a baggie in warm water. Food should be brought to room temperature or warmer before serving (cold food can give the cat digestive problems). Microwaves should not be used to warm food for any reason.
This food is good for about one week (frozen). Please discard any portions remaining after that time and make up a fresh batch.
*Photo Courtesy of Jan-Erik Finnberg via Creative Commons License