How to Make Cat Food

I admit I haven't posted much about making food for cats. There is one simple reason: Cats are finicky and they hate leftovers! Generally we make food in large batches so we don't have to cook every day. I like to use the slow cooker or bake large pans of loaf-type food. This doesn't always work out so well for kitties.

Our old kitty, Star, loved cooked chicken thighs or fresh baked fish. She didn't love leftover chicken thighs or fish. She had Hue pretty well trained to cook something for her every few days.

Making food for cats should be balanced with correct amounts of vitamins and minerals, just as making food for dogs. Cats are obligate carnivores and their diets should have higher meat content than their canine counterparts. I love raw-feeding for my kitties, but not all cats will eat raw food. They do like their food served warm (body temperature just like fresh-killed prey).

Most cats will eat about 4 to 6 ounces per day, depending on the fat content in the diet. 

Starter recipe to see if your cat will eat what you make:

1 pound chicken (I prefer a mix of white and dark meat, leave skin on half of it)

5 ounces chicken heart

2 ounces chicken liver

1 egg

1 ounce kale

1 ounce squash

1 ounce cranberries

1 teaspoon ground sunflower or pumpkin seeds

1500 mg salmon oil

This recipe will require supplementation. I like Rx Vitamins Feline Minerals and Rx Vitamins Feline Essentials, following dosing recommendation on the label.

Grind all ingredients together using food grinder or food processor. Cook on low in slow cooker 4 to 6 hours or bake as a meatloaf for about 30 minutes at 325 degrees. May be fed raw.

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