Do you want to make sure that you’re feeding the right food to your cats? We will be talking about homemade cat food recipes that you can make at home. Although canned and dry foods are more convenient, there might be some chemicals that can endanger the health of your pet cats.
According to Cat Nutrition, the best food for your cats should be balanced, raw, and free from grains. After learning this, I began searching for the best cat food recipes that I make at home. If you’re curious to know what they are, check the list below.
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Recipe 1- Ground Beef Cat Food
If you would like to feed your cat with simple foods as much as possible, then try this ground beef cat food recipe. All you need are ground beef and water. The meat will provide all the protein your cat needs.
Cats need a high protein diet because they metabolize amino acids at a higher rate. Unlike other animals which can regulate their protein breakdown, cats can’t. Cats need protein for their regular body processes and prevent them from serious health risks, such as heart illness and blindness.
Here are the ingredients that you’ll need:
- 1/4 Ground meat
Heat your pan over high heat, then add the ground meat and just a bit of water to cook it. You can tell that the meat is all cooked if you see no spots of pink color on it. Let it cool at room temperature.
Watch how this cat food recipe is done properly in this video here.
Once cooled, transfer the cooked meat to a blender. Blend it until the consistency looks like cat food. You can serve this cat food in a good automatic cat feeder so you can control the feeding schedule of your pet.
Recipe 2- Boiled Chicken Cat Food
Cats love all kinds of meat, especially chicken. The smell of boiled chicken can make your cats running towards it. As a rule, feed your cats chicken without the bones.
Just like any other meat, chicken is rich in protein which can keep your cats healthy. You can even feed your sick cat with a serving of cooked chicken. It’s delicious enough to motivate your cat to eat, but adequately bland to not result in an upset stomach.
Aside from chicken, this recipe also uses some healthy vegetables like broccoli and carrots. Like humans, cats get the same benefits from vegetables. Broccoli and carrots contain high levels of antioxidants and fiber, which can be beneficial for your felines with constipation.
Here is the list of ingredients that you need to prepare:
- 2 cups boiled chicken
- 1/2 cup steamed broccoli
- 1/2 cup steamed carrots
- Chicken broth
In a food processor, add all the ingredients. Pulverize the ingredients until it looks like the consistency of cat food. If you find the mixture a bit dry, add more broth.
Before you serve this dish to your cat, let it cool at room temperature. You can refrigerate the remaining food in an airtight container. This can stay good for as much as one week.
Recipe 3-Cat-Friendly Meatloaf
Who says that humans can only eat meatloaf? With this recipe, you can give your cats a special treat by cooking them a delicious dinner fit for special occasions. The meat that we’ll be using is a ground turkey.
Turkey meat contains selenium which is important in the protection of cells. Cats should take about 0.05 grams of selenium every day for each pound of food they consume. The lack of selenium in a cat’s body can result in problems in thyroid, skeletal muscles, and heart.
To get you started here is a list of ingredients that you need to have:
- 1/4 cup boiled carrots, chopped
- 1/4 cup boiled peas
- 1/4 cup oats
- 2 hard-boiled eggs
- 1 egg
The first thing that you need to do is preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In a large bowl, combine the ground turkey, carrots, and peas. After thoroughly mixed, add the egg and oats.
Mix until all the ingredients are incorporated well. In a lightly greased loaf pan, pour the first half of the ground turkey mixture. Lay the hard boiled eggs into the ground turkey mixture and cover with the rest of the mixture.
Bake in the oven for about 45 minutes. When it’s cooked, cut the meatloaf into slices. In serving a slice of meatloaf to your cat, it might be best if you chop it up before placing it on his/her feeding plate.
Recipe 4- Tuna Birthday Cake
Yes, you read it right. You can make a cake for your cat’s birthday. Most pet owners consider their cats as one of their family members, so celebrating their birthdays with a cake is not unusual.
Cats have different taste buds, so skipping the sweets and fruits is advisable. In this recipe, we’ll be using fish, like tuna or salmon. To make your cake creamy, we’ll add some shredded cheese. The safest cheese to use that is safe for your cat to eat is cottage cheese.
Here is the complete list of ingredients that you’ll need:
- 1 can tuna or salmon
- 3 tablespoons cottage cheese, shredded
- 3 tablespoons coconut flour
- 1 egg
As you tear the fish into pieces, preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In a bowl, combine the fish, shredded cheese, coconut flour, and beat one egg. Mix all the ingredients well. In a greased muffin pan, pour batter into two cups.
Bake the batter for about 20 minutes. If you want to add a great garnish to the cake, place a catnip on top or you can also add a candle to imbibe the real festivity of a birthday cake. You can serve it as a whole or you can chop it up to make the cake easier to eat.
Recipe 5- Raw Cat Food
Since cats are naturally carnivores, feeding them with raw meat is perfectly fine. The food enzymes found in raw meat can help maintain a good oral health for your feline friends. Unlike other commercial foods, raw meat can be digested easily, hence enhance bowel movements.
In a study conducted by Dr. Francis M. Pottenger, cats who were fed a raw diet had a stronger immune system and appeared to be healthier than cats fed with cooked foods. However, raw meat can be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria.
To prevent bacteria contamination, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) suggests freezing the raw meat, disinfecting all surfaces touched by the raw meat, and cleaning your hands after touching the cat food.
Here are the ingredients that you need to prepare:
- 1/2 cup premix (What I use is the Better in the Raw for Cats)
- 1 1/2 cup cold water
- 2 pounds of lean ground meat (turkey, beef, pork, poultry,lamb, or venison)
In a large bowl, put the premixed powder then add cold water. Stir to mix well. Next, add the ground meat.
Here is a video which you can watch for reference.
Mix to combine all ingredients together. You can feed your cat with 1/2 a cup of the mixture every day. Freeze the rest in an airtight container or ziplock bag and thaw in warm water if you need it.
Recipe 6- Fresh Salad
If your cats have no access to fresh grass in your home, you can feed them with a homemade salad. This recipe can satisfy your cat’s need to eat something green. Combine greens with some chicken stock, then you’ll have a complete meal for your pet cat to enjoy.
Alfalfa greens are used to provide protein, fiber, and vitamin K. Zucchini is a great addition to the mix because it contains essential nutrients, like potassium, magnesium, and folate. To give a balanced diet, some chicken will be added.
To begin making this wonderful salad, prepare all these ingredients:
- 2 tablespoons chicken stock
- 1/8 teaspoon minced catnip (optional)
- 1/2 cup alfalfa sprouts, chopped to pieces
- 1/4 cup zucchini, grated
In a bowl, toss the zucchini, alfalfa sprouts, and chicken stock. For variety, you can use fish stock instead of chicken stock for your next round of serving.
Garnish with minced catnip if you like, to serve. The rest can be refrigerated in an airtight container for not more than three days.
Try Feeding Your Cat With Some Homemade Cat Food Recipes Today!
Did you have fun reading this list of cat food recipes? Cooking homemade food for your cats becomes all worth it if you find them eating heartily with it. Unlike commercial cat foods which may contain chemicals, cooking a homemade cat food recipe is all natural and can improve your cats’ overall health.
If you’ve tried making your own homemade cat food recipes, post your thoughts in the comments section below. You can also share this article if you like it.