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Here are a few recipes you can use for a healthier cat. You can mix various meats into these recipes, or fish if you prefer. These recipes will even work for senior cats. If your cat is overweight, it is recommended that you do not include butter or other foods likely to exacerbate the cat’s obesity problem.
1. Charlie’s Cool Carrot Creation
- ½ a cup of soft, boiled carrot.
- 1 cup of cooked, skinless chicken.
- 1 raw egg yolk.
- 1 capsule of cod liver oil.
- ½ a cup of cooked brown rice.
- 4000 mg Taurine.
- Mash carrot to a lumpy consistency.
- Cut chicken into small pieces.
- Add in egg yolk and rice.
- Add capsule of cod liver oil and rice and mix ingredients thoroughly.
- There are alternative ingredients, such a liver, fish beef and salmon. Note that if you use liver in the mix then you don’t need to add the capsule of cod liver oil.
2. Oreo’s Organic Chicken
- 6 lbs of chicken thighs.
- 3lbs of ground beef.
- 1 lb of chicken livers.
- 1 cup of mashed squash or.
- 1 cup of mashed sweet potato.
- 2 egg yolks.
- (Lightly cook the egg if your cat is a fussy eater).
- Lightly cook meats and chop finely.
- Add all juices and fats from the cooking process into the mixing bowl.
- Blend in the pureed squash (or sweet potato).
- Add in the 2 egg yolks.
- Add in 5 teaspoons of mineral supplements and 4000 mg Taurine.
- For older cats, add 4 teaspoons of psyllium husk powder.
Mix all the ingredients together and place in plastic Ziploc bags or small sealed containers. This is quite a large recipe mix and will make approximately 20 cups of food. Young adult kittens and senior cats can benefit from this type of recipe. The food should be thoroughly mashed to minimize the chance of the cat choking.
You’ll find kittens have a voracious appetite until they mature. Their food needs will slow down, but be prepared to feed them quite often, until they are about six months old.
3. Dexter’s Delicious Dark Meat Drool
4.5 lbs raw muscle meat with bones.
You can also use chicken drumsticks, rabbit, duck or turkey.
If you wish to use the bone it must be crushed into a fine powered form.
- 1lb of raw heart (Chicken is best, and if you can’t find hearts, substitute with 4000 mg Taurine)
- 7 oz of raw chicken livers.
- You can substitute with 40,000 IU of Vitamin A – 1600 IU of Vitamin D.
- 2 cups of distilled or boiled water.
- 4 raw egg yolks.
- 3 to 4 canned sardines with oil.
- 1 cup of cooked mashed pumpkin.
- 1.5 teaspoons of sea salt.
- 4 teaspoons of Nutramin (or another mineral supplement such as Taurine).
- Chop and lightly cook the meat. Add dark meats together in a mixing bowl along with the juices.
- Add in the pumpkin, sardines and water and mix well.
- Add egg yolks and mix in.
- Mix in the Nutramin and salt.
- Bag and freeze into portion sizes.
If you wish, add a further few teaspoons of Nutramin into the mix.
When food is frozen, some of the nutrient levels may be reduced.
Taurine or minerals may be added to reduce this risk.
4. Tina’s Tiny Kitten Mix
- 3 parts finely ground meat to 1 part vegetables.
- 1 egg yolk (cooked and chopped).
A few small chunks in the meat are acceptable, but not too many. All meats should be lightly cooked so as not to lose any of the nutrients from their fats and oils.
You can choose to use one meat variety or three.
- Vegetables should be pureed or mashed for kittens.
- You can use squash, pumpkin, broccoli or zucchini.
- Mix ingredients thoroughly.
- Add some warm to hot water into the mix, until it resembles a thick stew. If it is too runny, the kitten will not eat it. The water will take any chill off the food.
Add in the nutritional supplements: 4000 mg of Taurine and 4500 mg Calcium Carbonate. The kitten will need extra calcium for those growing bones.
If your kitten has eaten enough, it will usually walk away with some of the remnants left in the bowl. You’ll eventually get to know when and how much he or she eats. Just keep an eye on how much you spoon out and follow that guideline. If your kitten wants more, there’ll be nothing left in the bowl!
Recipes for Diabetic Cats
Diabetes mellitus will strike approximately 1 in 400 cats and recent studies show that this disease is becoming more prevalent. Sugars and high carbohydrates in manufactured cat foods can play a large role in promoting diabetes.
Most cats start to show diabetes symptoms after about seven years of age. Symptoms can be sudden weight loss, (or occasionally, weight gain) obsessive water drinking, and urination problems. Their appetites will increase by as much as three times their usual, and the back legs become wobbly or unstable.
Giving your cat too many dairy products can also affect the pancreas and possibly cause inflammation, so it’s important to be very aware of the cat’s needs, once a problem has been diagnosed.
Low carbohydrate diets can greatly improve the health of a diabetic cat and even bring on remission, if the cat is eating properly. The problem with manufactured cat foods is that they are high in cereals and sugar. The high carbohydrates keep the cat’s blood sugar unnaturally peaked and this can lead to diabetes.
Canned foods are generally lower in carbohydrates than dry food. Canned kitten food is even lower in carbohydrates, so if you absolutely have to feed your cat manufactured foods, give it canned kitten food.
Overall, cats cannot handle the long term effects of manufactured food because they are mostly animal protein consumers and this food source is not giving them the nutrients they need to stay healthy.
Daisy’s Delicious Diabetic Dinner
- 3 cups of lightly cooked ground meat (chicken, turkey, lamb or beef).
- 1 cup of lightly cooked chicken livers.
- ½ cup of well-cooked vegetables (zucchini, carrots, or squash).
- ½ a stick of unsalted butter.
- One or two egg yolks (some cats prefer these lightly cooked).
You can also add 4500 mg of Calcium Carbonate to this recipe.
If you have chosen to use Nutramin, you can add 7 to 10 teaspoons – follow the manufacturer’s directions – to this recipe as a nutrient supplement.
- Mix all the ingredients together and freeze in small, separate portions.
- You should be able to get 12 to 14 portions from this mix.
When defrosting the food, do not use a microwave, but let it defrost at room temperature, or in the refrigerator, overnight. This way, the oils are maintained in the food.
To warm the food, place the serving in hot water for about ten minutes before serving, ensuring it’s not too hot! Your little friend will appreciate the warmer food. For a normal-sized cat, this recipe can last for up to five days.
Becca The Crazy Cats Lady is an experienced and knoweldgeable cat owner with years of experience caring for a multi-cat household. She curates, writes and shares cat content at https://CrazyCatsLady.com.