I've assembled several recipes that provide the essential ingredients for a home-prepared cooked diet for your cats. It's best to alternate these meals to ensure your cat gets all the nutrients she needs over a period of time. You may want to start by offering a home-cooked meal once a week, as an alternate to your cat's normal commercial foods. Since cats are sometimes known to be fussy creatures, they may enjoy some of these recipes more than others.
Feel free to experiment with ingredients, but avoid those human foods that are toxic to cats.
- 1 Tbsp. nonfat dry milk
3 medium eggs
3 Tbsp. cottage cheese
2 Tbsp. grated veggies
Mix together the milk powder with a small amount of water; add the eggs and beat well. Pour into a small non-stick frying pan and cook on medium low until done. Flip over and spread the cottage cheese and veggies over half the top. Fold like an omlet. Cool and cut to bite-sized pieces to serve.
- 1 whole chicken, preferably "free range" or packaged with "no hormones or antibiotics" on the label
2 cups brown rice
6 stalks celery
8 carrots, scrubbed but not peeled
2 or 3 yellow squash
2 or 3 zucchini
1 small broccoli crown
handful of green beans²
Wash chicken, then cover with water in a large stew pot. Cut vegetables into pieces and add to pot. Add rice. Cook until chicken almost falls off the bone and vegetables are tender.
Completely debone the chicken. This is extremely important, as cooked chicken bones can splinter and cause serious intestinal damage. Pour the stew into a blender and blend or chop until mixture is coarse (about bite-sized). Freeze in meal-sized plastic bags.
¹Adapted from "Food Pets Die For," by Ann N.
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²Garlic for cats is in a "gray zone." Some experts believe it causes Heinz body anemia, as onions do; others consider it beneficial for some conditions. Since I have a policy of "better safe than sorry," I have omitted the garlic from this original recipe.
These recipes have been adapted from "Home Prepared Dog and Cat Diets," by Donald R. Strombeck, DVM, PhD. The book contains 200 recipes, but you have to search through it to find those for cats. It's still an excellent book for your library, if you are starting to feed your cat a The book contains 200 recipes, but you have to search through it to find those for cats. It's still an excellent book for your library, if you are starting to feed your cat a home-prepared diet.
This recipe provides 471 kilocalories, 53.1 grams protein, 27.4 grams fat, and is intended for a healthy cat or growing kitten.Ingredients:
- 1/2 pound boneless chicken breast (raw weight), cooked
1/2 large egg, hardboiled (split it lengthwise)
1/2 ounce clams, chopped in juice
4 tsp. canola oil
1/8 tsp. salt substitute (potassium chloride)
3 bonemeal tablets (10-grain or equivalent)
1 multiple vitamin-mineral tablet.
Chop the chicken breast and egg.
Crush the bonemeal and vitamin tablets finely, then combine all ingredients. Refrigerate, then warm slightly before serving.
Chicken and Rice Diet
- 1/3 pound boneless chicken breast (raw weight), cooked, then chopped
1 large egg, hardboiled and chopped
1/2 ounce clams, copped in juice
1/3 cup long-grain rice, cooked
4 tsp canola oil
1/8 tsp. salt substitute (potassium chloride)
4 bonemeal tablets, crushed fine (10-grain or equivalent)
1 multiple vitamin-mineral tablet, crushed fine
Combine all ingredients and serve immediately, or refrigerate and warm slightly before serving.
Provides 503 kilocalories, 43.4 grams protein, 28.6 grams fat.
- 4 ounces tuna, canned in water without added salt
1 large egg, hard-boiled and chopped
1 Tbsp. canola oil
2 bonemeal tablets, crushed (10-grain or equivalent)
1 multiple vitamin-mineral tablet
Mix all ingredients well, and serve immediately, or refrigerate. Warm slightly before serving to "take the chill off"
Cats are prone to most of the diseases and conditions that affect humans, and diet can play a large part in the management of those conditions. These recipes were created by veterinarians and/or nutrition experts, and are deemed safe. However, in all cases related to feline health, please check with your veterinarian for approval before trying these recipes, and your cat's condition should be closely monitored while using these diets.
We'll start with a common, and not-too-serious condition.
Stool Softener Treat¹
This recipe is to be given after one day of the cat's failure to pass a stool. Serve up to twice a day; you may sprinkle the mixture with brewer's yeast, if your cat likes the flavor.
- 1 Tbsp. baby food vegetables and meat (no onions!)
1/2 tsp. melted butter
1/8 tsp. ground psyllium husks (available at health food stores
1/8 tsp. powdered or fine bran
2 Tbsp. water - adjust for desired consistency.
Diabetes Diet I¹
- 1/2 cup raw ground organic chicken
1/2 cup raw chicken liver
1/2 cup cooked grain (brown rice or oatmeal)
1/4 cup finely grated raw zucchini, or carrots, or cooked green beans, or winter squash
vegetable broth to moisten.
Anitra Frazier states, "The goal of this diet is to strengthen the pancreas, reduce scarring, reduce insulin needs, stimulate insulin production, replace nutrients lost in urine or because of stress, and prevent the main complications associated with diabetes."
Note: I have omitted the garlic condiment in the original recipe, for reasons stated previously.
Diet for CRF Management²
This diet is low-protein, low-phosphorus, normal potassium, and normal sodium. It provides 55 grams of protein and 1000 kilocalories* as mixed.
Chicken and Rice Diet
- 1/4 cup cooked chicken breast
1/2 ounce clams, chopped in juice (canned)
1/2 cup rice, long-grain, cooked
1 Tbsp. chicken fat
1/8 teaspoon salt substitute (potassium chloride)
1/4 multiple vitamin-mineral tablet
1/10 B complex vitamin-trace mineral tablet (Give it your best shot.)
Chop chicken and combine all ingredients. As should be the case with all home-prepared recipes (and canned commercial food), take up and discard the uneaten portion after 30 minutes.
Allergy Diet #1³
This diet is a "test" diet. It omits commonly-known food allergens, including beef, wheat, milk, cheese, eggs, nuts, fruits, tomatoes, carrots, and yeasts. If your cat's allergy symptoms disappear while on this diet, but return when he goes back to his regular diet, it's a fairly safe assumption that one of more ingredients in his regular diet is causing the allergy.
- 2 cups brown rice
2 pounds lean lamb or mutton, ground
4 tsp. bonemeal OR 2,400 milligrams calcium OR 1 1/3 tsp. powdered eggshell
2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
Cook the rice in 4 cups of filtered or spring water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 40 minutes. When the rice is done, add the remaining ingredients and mix well. Freeze about 2/3 of the mixture. This recipe will feed an average cat for eight to ten days.
Supplements to be added fresh, to each day's meal::
- A complete vitamin-mineral supplement for cats, made without yeast
- Vitamin C (sodium ascorbate powder) 200-400 mg. daily.
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¹Adapted from "The New Natural Cat," by Anitra Frazier. Click here to read my review of this book. ²Adapted from "Home Prepared Dog and Cat Diets," by Donald R. Strombeck, DVM, PhD. Click here for my review of this book.
³Adapted from "Dr. Pitcairn's Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats, by Richard H. Pitcairn, D.V.M, Ph.D. and Susan Hubble Pitcairn.
*About three days' caloric requirements for a 9-10 pound cat.