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|Chicken and Pumpkin Treats
Ingredients: Fresh, free-range or organic boneless chicken pieces, minced.
Fresh steamed pumpkin (can also include other suitable veggies, ie carrots or sweet potato), mashed. For CKD
cats (where you need to limit phosphorus intake), can also include some well-cooked white rice.
Method: Combine the minced raw chicken with a small quantity of the steamed pumpkin (to start with, I use about
an 80% chicken to 20% vegetable ratio, increasing the pumpkin quantity a little more in subsequent batches).
Mix thoroughly. Line a couple of baking trays with baking paper. Form balls of the mixture (mine are a bit smaller
than a Ping-Pong ball), and place on the trays.
|Easy Home Cooked Cat Food
By Cheryl Craig, Laurie Goldstein and Lisa Provost
This is slightly adapted from a recipe by Dr. Jean Hofve in her book “What Cats Should Eat”. You can use a
slow cooker, do it in a pot on the stove or in the oven as well. I use the Alnutrin supplement with eggshell calcium
to balance it. When using this supplement you need to add liver. I don’t use Tyson liver, I prefer organic if you
can find it or even Perdue is better as Tyson has had a lot of violations.
2 lbs. meat or poultry and 3 oz. of liver (boneless skinless chicken or turkey thighs, lamb, veal, rabbit, any
kind of boneless meat you think they might like. You can even mix them together at some point, like chicken &
turkey, etc). You can also add some hearts). This is a very flexible recipe that can be used with any protein. It's
actually best to have at least three proteins in rotation. You can use some skin to add a little more fat and
calories, or remove it for a leaner product. NEVER feed your cat cooked bones, even in small amounts. You can
cook it with the bones, but make sure you remove them before you chop or puree it! Make sure to buy meat that
is not "enhanced" with salt solution. You can tell if it is enhanced by checking the sodium content. It should not
be more than 100mg per 4 oz serving.
If you have limited freezer space, it makes more sense to prepare smaller batches. You can start with just a
pound batch. Use 16 ounces (1lb.) of raw weight boneless/skinless chicken thighs and 1.5 ounces of liver. Add
around 1/4 cup or slightly more of water per pound (try to stick o around ¼ cup of water. Too much will make it
baby food mushy).
If your kitties become constipated it can be the eggshell calcium. Instead of using 1.5 ounces of liver, try 2.5
ounces per pound (5 ounces per 2 lbs. instead of 3 ounces). It will lower the Calcium: Phosphorus ratio. Adding
the extra phosphorus in the liver should help. The main issue with liver is vitamin A toxicity, but adding this small
amount is not even beginning to approach a problematic amount. So this is amount is fine.
If you decide to add heart, make sure to count that as your main meat measurements. All the meat must measure
to 1 or 2 lbs. depending on how much you’re making (or at least close, it does not have to be exact, just as close
as you can get it).
Cook 6-8 hours or until meat is very tender (sometimes it’s less time, depending on if you cook on high or low).
Remove meat and let cool until you can cut/tear it into chunks. Put in food processor with all the cooking liquid
and rice (if using). Pulse until desired texture; from chunky to smooth pate. You will need to do this in batches,
do not put all the meat and broth in at once. Do it a little at a time, especially if you’re doing larger batches. Only
pulse for several seconds (I use the small chopping blade and pulse for around 3-5 seconds per time). Transfer
to large mixing bowl. Add 4 teaspoons of Alnutrin per 2 lbs. of meat. So if you’re only making only a 1 lb. batch,
use 2 teaspoons. (Make sure mixture is cooled to room temperature before adding).
Optional add in’s:
2 capsules (1000 mg) krill oil or Alaskan salmon oil
2 capsules plant based digestive enzymes
1 jar baby food pumpkin or squash (Beechnut only as Gerber has cornstarch)
Mix well and divide into portions in small containers. These will last you longer in the beginning because yu're
only mixing it in and not feeding the whole thing. Defrost in refrigerator as needed. I started mine out by only
adding a teaspoon at each meal and now I'm at 50% canned food and 50% homemade. I mix half and half at
each meal. Eventually I plan to get them at 100% homemade. If they won't eat it right away you can add freeze
dried treats crumbled on top of it to entice. Just make sure there is no ground bone in it as that can constipate
many kitties. Always switch their diet slowly!! Please see link at the top on how to switch foods slowly.
To the right are the items I use for cooking my cat food.
Link for Alnutrin supplements: http://knowwhatyoufeed.com/shop_online.html
|More links for homecooked foods (these don't need grinders):
Cat food making pictorial and instructions:
Dehydrating Dog Treats (can be done for cats as well, excellent instructions)
Catsicles: Homemade Cat Treats for Summer
Three Major Reasons to Feed Your Pet a Homemade Diet…
Recipes from people on thecatsite.com
By Cheryl Craig
You make little patties (any kind of ground meat should work fine) like you would for regular burgers, about 1 ½
inch in diameter and a little thick, maybe ½ inch. Brown them on both sides in a skillet. Non-stick works best as
long as it's not Teflon (which is toxic to pets). About a minute or two on each side, so they are medium rare. Let
them cool and pop them in a freezer bag or container. Then take out what you need, and heat them in the
microwave for about 30 seconds (from frozen) to defrost and slightly warm them. If they are too hot put a
spoonful of cold water over them and break them up in smaller pieces. Makes a nice little snack or treat.