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How to Make Homemade Cat Food

Making homemade cat food can save money and give you control of what goes into their diet, but keep in mind that sudden diet changes could result in digestive distress for cats.

Make sure that taurine is included in the homemade diet for adult cats as unlike dogs, cats are unable to synthesize this amino acid independently. Without sufficient taurine in their diets, eye issues and dilated cardiomyopathy could result in adult cats.


Salmon makes an excellent homemade cat food choice as it provides both protein and easy digestion for cats. This recipe uses only nutritious and supportive ingredients that will nourish and support your cat, such as cottage cheese for calcium supplementation (though you can leave this out if your pet has dairy allergies).

As part of any homemade diet, it’s essential to know the appropriate proportions between meat and bone as well as proteins, fats, minerals, and vitamins. When selecting meat for homemade meals it should be grass-fed without hormones or preservatives; additionally any such meat must have been certified disease free by a veterinarian before use.

Your cat gets their essential daily water needs from their prey, making fresh water available at all times essential. In addition, taurine is an essential amino acid which cannot be produced naturally but instead needs to be provided through their food source.

Before making homemade cat food, it’s wise to have your pet visit their vet for a dental examination. This can ensure they have healthy teeth that can handle chewing up chunks of meat commonly found in homemade diets and give you an opportunity to discuss any medical concerns with your veterinarian.


Homemade cat food allows you to choose proteins tailored specifically to the needs of your cat, but it is essential that you consider its nutritional impact when adding or subtracting ingredients from a balanced recipe, which may cause excesses or deficiencies that could harm their wellbeing.

Homemade chicken diets should include organ meats and chicken bones for adequate calcium and phosphorus intake, which cats require in abundance. Bones should always be ground with meat to provide optimal balance of these two minerals. In the wild, animals consume both meat and bones of prey as part of a balanced diet.

Vitamin D is another essential nutrient for cats. It promotes normal functioning in muscles, nerves and bones while aiding potassium absorption. B vitamins are also vital in digestion and cell regulation processes.

Add fruits, veggies and coconuts to a raw diet for your cat to simulate hunting in the wild and reaping its rewards. They provide fiber that mimics what your feline would find when foraging for food in nature while providing essential vitamins and minerals, including Vitamin A (which promotes eye health), potassium and magnesium – with magnesium aiding with absorption of other minerals like copper and zinc as well as supporting bone health. Furthermore, adding small amounts of soluble fiber like Guar gum to food helps promote bulk in their feces which helps alleviate constipation issues.


Homemade diets may offer an ideal alternative to commercial cat food. But in order for them to be nutritiously sound, ingredients must be selected with care and be balanced out correctly. Some recipes require adding vitamins and minerals from stores or online; follow directions on how to add supplements when adding these.

Your ingredients include a large roasting pan or casserole dish and meat grinder. If using a turkey, place chopped veggies on the bottom of the pan as a wire rack – this will help even out its cooking while preventing it from overheating and burning in the oven.

When using rabbit or chicken parts, ensure to include dark meat (thighs) since this contains more beneficial fats than white meat. Furthermore, liver and kidneys may add additional nutrition and flavor.

If you feed raw, be wary about feeding cooked meat as this will destroy any healthy enzymes found on its surface. Rare meat that has been checked and bled by a veterinarian should be the preferred choice over processed sausage or commercially prepared food that may contain preservatives like sulfite. When transitioning to cooked diets it is important to gradually introduce new food in proportion of 10% new to 90% old, in order to minimize digestive upset while giving your cat time to adjust to it.

How to Make Homemade Cat Food


Lamb is an excellent protein source and source of Omega fatty acids, providing both proteins and other important nutrients such as Vitamin B12. In fact, lamb provides enough iron for cats too! For this recipe we used ground lamb with brown rice in a stew style dish featuring dog friendly vegetables cooked because dogs do not digest raw veggies well; additionally cooking helps render off some excess fat content present in lamb; however if raw feeding is preferred then skip this step altogether.

Beef liver should be eaten because it acts as nature’s multivitamin and may reduce the need for other supplements. Packed full of Vitamin A, D and E.

Sunflower oil can provide your dog with essential linoleic acid for healthy skin and coats, and Omega-6 fatty acids. Wheat germ, walnut or corn oil would all work just as effectively.

Once all ingredients have been combined and mixed, they can be frozen into small portions to stay fresh. This makes feeding your furry friend easier on a daily basis, creating an opportunity to connect while helping him live a long, happy and healthy life! Homemade pet food may even create opportunities to bond and connect with one another!


Cats are obligate carnivores, meaning they require meat for optimal health. Making your own homemade food for your cat can provide them with a diet rich in the proteins they crave while helping avoid ingredients like grains that don’t provide them with essential vitamins and minerals.

DIY cat food recipes that involve raw meat should always be overseen by your veterinarian, since this type of food could contain bacteria that could compromise its safety and cause illness in your cat.

Cooked bones offer an alternative to raw beef that will add more flavor and calcium and phosphorus for their diets. But keep in mind that cooking bones may produce tiny bone fragments which could irritate their throat or stomach, so be careful.

When making raw homemade cat food, be sure to have access to sharp kitchen knives and an excellent food processor for grinding meat thoroughly without surface contamination. Remember to wash your hands after handling any ingredients or making homemade food products! Additionally, having access to a deep freezer would be useful in keeping homemade food frozen until use.

Lisa A. Pierson offers this recipe as an option for those hesitant to transition their cat’s diet completely raw, featuring minimally processed meat that’s simple and straightforward to prepare.


Homemade diets present their own set of challenges. Just as with any change to a food routine, homemade cat food should be introduced slowly over time to avoid any digestive upset and ensure only top-grade ingredients such as fresh meat inspected by a veterinary specialist prior to being sold commercially are used; processed meats contain potentially toxic sulfite preservatives which should also be avoided.

As with the food available at pet stores, homemade meals for your feline should be comprehensive and balanced – much like those found at your local vet. While wild cats may obtain all their nutrients through hunting prey whole, modern felines require supplements such as vitamins and minerals for complete nourishment.

Noting the importance of cooking homemade food for your pet, particularly older cats or those with sensitive gastrointestinal systems. Cooking helps remove bacteria from animal proteins so they’re easier for their guts to absorb.

Be sure to clean your kitchen and all equipment used for meal preparation prior to starting a new recipe for your cat, including defrosting all raw meat in the refrigerator rather than leaving it out at room temperature, which increases its chances of spoiling. Also include some soluble fiber such as guar gum (or psyllium husk), as this can help them digest their food more easily by absorbing any extra moisture that might build up.

Angela Johnson

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