Here’s a great recipe using the “raw food” approach, which is based on getting your pet’s food as close to what they would eat in the wild, which is what their bodies were designed for. When our pets are happy and healthy, they make us feel wonderful. Let’s feed them well!
Raw Cat Food Diet Recipe Made WITH Real Bones
- 2 kg [4.4 pounds] raw muscle meat with bones (chicken thighs and drumsticks or, better, a whole carcass of rabbit or chicken amounting to 2 kg; if you don’t use a whole carcass, opt for dark meat like thighs and drumsticks from chicken or turkey)
- 400 grams [14 oz] raw heart, ideally from the same animal (if no heart is available, substitute with 4000 mg Taurine)
- 200 grams [7 oz] raw liver, ideally from the same animal (if you can’t find appropriate liver, you can substitute 40,000 IU of Vitamin A and 1600 IU of Vitamin D–but try to use real liver instead of substitutes.)
- NOTE: If you cannot find the heart or liver and decide to substitute with the Taurine/Vitamin A and D, then remember to REPLACE the missing amount of organ meat with the equivalent amount of muscle meat. In other words, if you cannot find heart, you add another 400 grams of the meat/bones. If you canÃt find the liver, add another 200 grams of meat/bones.
- 16 oz [2 cups] water
- 4 raw egg yolks (use eggs from free-range, antibiotic-free chickens if you can)
- 4 capsules raw glandular supplement (such as, for example, “Raw Multiple Glandular” from Premier Labs)
- 4000 mg salmon oil (see note at bottom of recipe*)
- 200 mg Vitamin B complex
- 800 IU Vitamin E (“dry E” works well)
- OPTIONAL: 1/4 teaspoon of kelp and 1/4 teaspoon of dulse (1/2 teaspoon total)
- OPTIONAL: 4 teaspoons psyllium husk powder (8 teaspoons if using whole psyllium husks; see note at bottom of recipe**)
NOTE: If you will not be using the food immediately and freezing for more than a week or two, toss in 4000 mg of additional Taurine to make up for what may get lost during storage. It is also not a bad idea to sprinkle extra Taurine from a capsule on the food as you’re serving it two or three times a week, just to be certain your cat is getting plenty of this critical amino acid.
- Remove the skin from the muscle meat. Chunk up (i.e., cut) as much of the muscle meat (minus most of the skin if using
chicken or turkey, but leave skin on if using rabbit) as you can stand into bite-sized (nickel-sized, approximately) pieces. Save the
chunked meat for later. Do not grind it.
- Grind up the raw liver, any skin, raw meaty bones, and raw heart. Once ground, stir this meat/bone mixture well and return to
- Fill a bowl with 2 cups of water and whisk everything (non-meat) except the psyllium. If you had to replace liver with Vitamin A/D
or replace heart with Taurine, add the substitutes now. Add psyllium at the end–if you’re using it– and mix well. Finally, put the three mixtures together–the “supplement slurry” that you have just mixed, the ground up meat/bone/organs, and the chunks of meat that you cut up by hand. Portion into containers and freeze.
Don’t overfill the containers. The food expands when frozen and you don’t want lids popping off. Thaw as you go. The food shouldn’t be left thawed in the refrigerator more than 48 hours before serving. To serve, portion into a ‘zipper baggie’ and warm under hot water in the sink. NEVER microwave the food. Cats like their food at something approximating “mouse body temperature.”
*Every two or three days, I suggest sprinkling a few drops of fresh salmon oil from a newly-opened capsule on to the cats’ food. The Essential Fatty Acids in salmon oil are extremely fragile, and since we donÃt know exactly how much gets lost during freezing, I think it’s wise to use a bit of fresh salmon oil directly on the food a few times a week. Most cats love the flavor.
**Not all cats require additional fiber (psyllium) in their diet. If your cat has been eating low-quality commercial food for several years, especially dry food, she may have lost bowel elasticity and may benefit from the extra fiber. As a general rule, I recommend using psyllium when an adult cat first gets raw food. I rarely add much psyllium to my adult cats’ diet. Bear in mind that some cats seem to get constipated without additional fiber, whereas other cats seem to get constipated if they get too much fiber. Each cat is unique, and you’ll have to judge what works best for your cat.
I found this recipe on the catnutrition.org site. The recipe was created based on research, but please consult your vetrinarian.
There are more and more holistic vets around, and they are very open to creating and supporting pet health through nutrition.