How to Make Cat Dry Food or Kibble

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When it comes to palettes, none is more difficult to please than that of a cat. A well-honed sense of taste means felines can easily detect food that is less than fresh. Faced with the fussiest of kitties, it seemed I was spending more on their food each week than my own. By learning how to make cat dry food, or kibble, I could rest assured that my cats' bellies were filled with wholesome, tasty food while keeping my food bill low. Read on to find out how you can make cat dry food or kibble... and make your favorite feline purr with delight.

Things You'll Need

  • 3 c. wholewheat organic flour
  • 2 c. soy flour
  • 1 c. wheatgerm
  • 1 c. cornmeal
  • 1 c. non-fat powdered milk
  • 1/2 c. brewers' yeast
  • 15 oz canned mackerel
  • 2 c. water
  • 5 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp. cod liver oil

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Grease a cookie sheet.

In a large bowl combine all dry ingredients (wholewheat and soy flours, wheatgerm, cornmeal, powdered milk and brewers' yeast).

In a medium bowl mash together mackerel with oils and water.

Turn wet ingredients into your dry mixture.

Using your hands, mix well until a tough dough is formed.

Turn dough out on a floured surface and roll until approximately 1/4" thick.

Using a pizza cutter cut dough into 1/4" or smaller squares.

Place squares onto cookie sheets and bake for 20-25 minutes until brown, remembering to turn every 5 - 10 minutes to ensure even cooking.

Remove from oven and place on tea towel to cool.

Tips & Warnings

  • Once cooled, store homemade cat dry food can be stored in an airtight container. It should keep fresh in the refrigerator for 3 days.
  • For consistently fresh homemade cat dry food, freeze on day of baking in individual portions. These can be thawed in the microwave on day of use.
  • After you make cat dry food or kibble, make sure it's completely cooled before giving it to your cats.

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