Home Cooked Diet Recipe for Cats
Providing a fresh, home prepared diet for your pet is a natural way to reduce inflammation and help maintain proper health.
This recipe feeds a 10 lb cat for about 2-3 days; increase or decrease amount prepared according to your cat's size. Like humans, all cats will have different metabolic rates. Weigh your cat before using this recipe then every 2-3 weeks until they are stable at a good weight.
8 ounces meat
2 ounces organ meat
1 ounce of steamed, grated vegetables
1 tsp of NOW brand Calcium Citrate Powder (provides 600mg calcium)
1 capsule of NOW brand Kelp (provides 400mg kelp/dulse combination)
1/8 tsp of NOW brand Taurine Powder
1/2 teaspoon Beef Gelatin
1 gel cap Wild Alaskan Salmon Oil
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- Lightly cook the meat and vegetables together by boiling, steaming, sauteing with a little water, or slow-cooking (i.e. "Crockpot").
- Once cooled, chop meat, organ meat, and vegetables in a food processor. Do not pulverize. Add water as needed.
- Add chopped meat and vegetables to a bowl, add Calcium, Taurine, and Kelp powders, and mix. Add water as needed.
- Add Salmon Oil and Multivitamin to food daily. Pierce Salmon Oil gel cap and squeeze over food. Mix Multivitamin powder with food.
- Vary the type of meat and vegetables used to guard against food sensitivities or nutritional deficiencies arising from always using the same ingredients
- Be aware that raw meat poses a significant health risk to people; use caution when handling
- Use a variety of organs from the same or similar type of animal (i.e. okay to use chicken hearts, gizzard, or livers with turkey meat if turkey organs not readily available)
- Chopped meat is better to encourage chewing. If using ground meat, give at least some of the meat as chopped meat to improve dental health, if possible
- Lightly cooked meats have a higher nutrient content
- Vegetables are used to supply the right amount of carbohydrates and have a very high trace nutrient value. Any vegetable is okay: Carrots, broccoli, squash, yams, parsnips, spinach, kale, parsley, bok choy, lettuce, apples, and kelp. Grate, puree, and/or steam the vegetables to make them digestible
- Sweet potatoes, which have decent protein levels, are not too rich in starch and have several anti-cancer compounds. They make an excellent vegetable for home cooked diets
- Avoid carbohydrates, unless your pet has trouble gaining weight. Try to avoid wheat and grains, like corn and white rice
- Starch sources that may be marginally okay for some animals if they are not too inflamed include white potatoes and small amounts of oats or quinoa
- Avoid onions, grapes; minimize use of garlic
- Do not use an omega-3 supplement, except possibly at the lowest recommended dose, if your animal's coat is greasy or they are highly prone to severe inflammation.
- Pre-prepared frozen meat and vegetable diets, sold to be fed raw, can be instead lightly boiled or steamed and fed as a home-cooked diet. Do not dry cook raw food diets that contain bone fragments
- This diet can be fed using raw ingredients. It has been shown that cats eating a raw diet have higher amounts of potentially pathogenic bacteria (salmonella, clostridium, etc.) on their fur than cats eating a cooked diet. For this reason, raw meat diets are NOT recommended for cats that come in contact with immuno-compromised individuals, children, or other susceptible individuals. For most individuals, the strongest benefit comes from feeding a whole food diet (unprocessed). Cooking does not generally reduce the improvements seen with a home-prepared diet. Certain constitutions and elderly pets generally do better with a cooked diet and will tend to experience diarrhea on raw diets. For more guidance regarding cooked vs. raw diets, or for help with transitioning to a new diet, schedule a phone consultation with our doctor.
- Warm the food to make it more aromatic
- Form the food into a pyramid shape in the bowl
- Put the new food on the old food so the new food has to be eaten to get to the old food
- Sprinkle a small amount of nutritional yeast on top