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21 Sep 2007


Making your own home made cat food may seem like a daunting endeavor at first. But with a relatively little amount of planning and effort you can create delicious and nutritious gourmet meals for your feline family members. This is a fairly loose recipe in which you can mix and match the ingredients as long as you stick to the basic proportions.

60% Protein
Raw ground chuck, raw organic chicken, raw organic egg yolk, cooked egg white, cooked chicken, turkey, lamb, or beef.

*Never use cooked poultry bones as they tend to splinter and can injure your cat internally. Pork products are not recommended for cats, as the fat globules are rather large and tend to clog the cat’s blood vessels. Canned tuna is no longer recommended for cats (or humans for that matter) due to the high levels of the toxic metal methylmercury.

20% Vegetable
Finely grated raw zucchini, carrot, finely chopped alfalfa sprouts, lightly steamed broccoli, carrot, or corn. Baked squash, yam or sweet potato.

20% Grain
Soaked oat bran. Cooked barley, millet, oat flakes, brown rice, teff, quinoa, amaranth, sweet corn, or mashed potato.

When you begin making your own food, prepare small amounts until you find the combination that your cat finds to their liking. When you begin making larger batches, you can freeze them in plastic baggies or small yogurt containers. Thaw as needed in a bowl of hot water. Raw food can be stored in the refrigerator for two days and should never be left available to your cat for more than 30–40 minutes. Cats can be fairly finicky eaters and any changes in their diet can be stressful. I recommend slowly mixing in small amounts of your home made food with their current diet, each day adding a little more of the new food and a little less of the old food. Eventually your cat will be dining solely on their new diet. Right away you will notice added energy, a velvety coat, and a sparkle in their eye. You can feel good knowing that you are providing the purest, most nutritious nourishment for your feline companions without worrying about any scary, unknown ingredients.

Here is a recipe for a feline supplement that you can add to your cat’s current diet or use along with your new homemade food.

Vita-Mineral Mix
1 1/2 cup yeast powder (Any food yeast: brewers, tarula, or nutritional)
1 cup kelp powder or 1/4 cup trace mineral powder
1 cup lecithin granules
2 cups wheat bran
2 cups bone meal, calcium lactate of calcium gluconate

Mix together and then refrigerate in a covered container. Add 1 teaspoon of Vita-Mineral Mix to each meal.

Vita-Mineral Mix and homemade cat food recipe thanks to The New Natural Cat by Anitra Frazier. Penguin Books, New York, NY 1990

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