Feeding your cat homemade wet food can help improve its health and energy levels. Cats with digestive and gastrointestinal problems may find symptom relief from a homemade, raw diet. In the wild, cats consume a raw diet that consists of meat, bone and organs. You can prepare your own raw wet cat food at home to help your cats eat a more species-appropriate diet.
Things You'll Need
- Meat grinder
- Raw chicken or rabbit meat
- Raw heart
- Raw liver
- Raw glandular supplement
- Salmon oil
- Vitamin E capsules
- Vitamin B capsules
- Psyllium Husk Powder
- Plastic containers
- Plastic sandwich bags
Remove half the skin from 4-1/2 pounds of raw chicken or rabbit meat. Choose legs and thighs over white meat if you use chicken. Cut the meat into bite-sized pieces and set it aside.
Grind the skin, 14 ounces of raw heart, 7 ounces of raw liver and bones from the meat in a meat grinder. Use hearts and livers from the same type of animal as the meat you use. Place the ground mixture in a container and refrigerate it.
Fill a bowl with two cups of water and add four raw egg yolks, four capsules of a raw glandular supplement purchased from a vitamin store or pet supply store, 4000 mg salmon oil, 800 IU of powder from Vitamin E capsules, 200 mg of Vitamin B capsules and 1-1/2 tsp. salt with iodine. Whisk the mixture together until it's blended well. Add 4 tsp. psyllium husk powder for additional fiber if you wish.
Mix the chopped chunks of meat with the ground skin, heart, liver and bones. Add the supplement mixture and stir all the ingredients together until the meat and ground items are equally distributed throughout the mixture.
Portion the mixture into individual plastic containers and freeze what you do not plan to use in the next 48 hours. Most average-sized cats will eat 4 to 6 ounces of the mixture per day.
Thaw frozen containers in the refrigerator as you need them. Scoop out each daily portion into a plastic sandwich bag and run it under hot water to warm it just before serving your cat.
Add two to three drops of salmon oil to your cat’s food every two or three days. The freezing process can destroy some of the essential fatty acids in the oil, so it is a good idea to refresh it.
Tips & Warnings
- Some cats will not eat the new food right away. Feed your cat a combination of the homemade wet food along with its regular food and slowly wean it off commercial food.
- Use psyllium husk powder in your wet food for additional fiber when you start your cat on a raw diet. Cats that have eaten commercial food, especially dry food, may need the additional fiber for several months until they regain bowel elasticity.
- Use 4000 mg of taurine if you cannot find raw heart. Add taurine in the supplement mixture, not in the grinder.
- Use 40,000 IU of Vitamin A and 1600 IU of Vitamin D if you cannot find raw liver. Add Vitamins A and D in the supplement mixture, not in the grinder.
- If you use supplements in place of the heart or liver, add that much extra meat. If you do not use raw heart, add 14 extra ounces of meat. If you do not use liver, add 7 additional ounces of meat.
- Do not feed your cat a raw diet if it has chronic kidney disease or other chronic health problems without checking with your veterinarian first.
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