Homemade Cat Food
Making homemade cat food is not difficult. In fact, if you can make meatloaf or follow a recipe, you can make homemade cat food. Commercial pet food scares and recalls continue to rise so making homemade cat food for your cat is a great alternative, not to mention all the benefits of feeding a human grade, “whole food” diet to your cat! So take a look at our easy homemade cat food recipe and be encouraged!
There are many ways to feed your cat. Every owner must make the best choices for their pet.
5 Simple Ingredients:
- 8 lbs of raw ground beef Or 16 cups (70/30 is a good choice for most cats, however you can use a more leaner variety.)
- 4 hard boiled eggs including the shells-cooled (The shells provide calcium for your cat. You can crush them by hand, or put the entire hard boiled egg through your food processor to pulverize the shells. Without the shells, your cat will develop a calcium deficiency. If you choose not to use egg shells, then use 7 tablespoons of FidOcal supplement below.)
- 8 cups of cooked rolled oats (This is made from 4 cups of uncooked rolled oats. This amount can be adjusted to anywhere between 3 cups to 8 cups. If your cat is active, use the higher amount. If your cat is showing signs of excessive yeast, use 1/2 this amount suggested.)
- 3 tablespoons of LickOchops
- 12 - 24 scoops of Dinovite for Cats (A scoop will be included with your purchase of Dinovite for Cats. If your cat shows many issues such as itching, excess shedding, poor coat and skin condition, chronic ear issues, paw licking, etc., then start with the higher amount of supplement.)
- Mix all of the above well and divide into appropriate serving sized patties for your cat as directed below. Patties can be stored in ziplock baggies to be frozen and then thawed as needed.
Most cats will consume about the same amount of this food as they would a commercial cat food, maybe a little less. So if your cat normally eats about 1 cup of cat food per day, that would be a good amount of homemade cat food to feed him. Then watch his weight over the first 15-30 days and adjust as needed.
Remember: Serve with a smile and a positive attitude. Your cat can read negative body language. Reassure him that this diet change is good for him with a positive attitude, happy voice and even a kind pet on the back.
Approximate Serving Sizes
- Small cat (4 to 6 pounds) – 1/3 to 1/2 cup daily
- Medium cat (7 to 9 pounds) – 1/2 to 2/3 cup daily
Large cat (10 to 15 pounds) – 3/4 to 1+ cups daily
Transitioning to Homemade Cat Food:
- Day 1: Fast your cat for 12-24 hours prior to starting him on this diet. Combining commercial food and the new diet may cause digestive issues. This 12-24 hour fast actually will help to stimulate appetite, help cleanse the body & even reconditions old taste habits all at the same time.
- Day 2: Feed your cat about 1/4 the serving he would normally eat.
- Day 3: Feed your cat about 1/2 the serving he would normally eat.
- Day 4: Feed your cat about 3/4 the serving he would normally eat.
- Day 5: Feed your cat his normal serving of food.
If your cat begins to get too thin, feed him more food. If your cat begins to put on unwanted extra weight, cut back on his portion.
Storing this Homemade Cat Food:
- Put 2-3 days worth of homemade cat food in ziploc bags and/or plastic freezer containers and freeze. You can also make individual patties or meatballs in single daily servings, freeze on cookie sheets. Remove when frozen and store in larger bags/containers once individually frozen. Thaw and serve as needed.
NOTE: Remember you are handling raw meat so use common sense when making, storing and serving this food. Use the same precautions you would use when handling raw meat for your family.