The reason for writing this article is there are some cats out there who dislike commercial cat food. Some of these cats like homemade food. Therefore, here is a cat cookbook.
Homemade food ideas given in this article may be modified according to your food availability and according to the part of the world, you live in. Homemade cat food or pet food are greatly influenced by our own food. Whatever ingredient you choose, it is better to check it whether the food is balanced or not. Balanceit is a good website for that.
Wet or Dry!
Dry food puts cats in a state of dehydration and wrecks havoc on their organs in the long run. Dry foods are very high in carbohydrates (the best will still be around 30%) because of binders and fillers in that food.
Wet food, on the other hand, has 10% or less carb with 70% or more moisture is far more natural and prevents many health problems. Feed your cat what you can afford, but the more wet food in the diet, the better off they will be.
Raw or Cooked!
Cats require raw meat in their diet. It doesn’t need to all be raw, but some of it does. Cooking denatures proteins that cats need and cannot synthesize themselves. The safest raw meat is probably sushi-grade fish, because unlike most other meat it is not expected to be cooked before consumption, and is thus handled more carefully. As a precaution feed this food on the day you go for groceries.
Other than the sushi grade fish no other raw meat is recommended for cats as these might cause salmonella infection.
Homemade cat food ideas-
Homemade meals for cats can be
- Cooked dark meat chicken, lamb, salmon, beef, pork, or tuna (83 grams or 3 wt-ounces)
- Cooked white rice, corn, oatmeal, barley, peas, or pasta (50 grams or 1/3 cup)
- Sweet potato cooked, without skin (30 grams or 1/5 cup)
- Fat (optional): vegetable, safflower, olive oil or fish oil (1/4 teaspoon)
- Balance IT Feline: 2.7 grams or half a red scoop (in the container). Add bone meal powder food grade,
- Raw salmon for cat food
There are many online recipes for cats. Some of those sites are
Finally, one word of advice never force transition in food to your cats. Exercise caution in elderly cats, with a sudden transition of food your cat may refuse eating and become a victim of fatal hepatic lipidosis.
Consider this post as a wiki. Therefore, please share homemade cat food ideas in the comments section below.
Small animal veterinarian for last 20 years. works in self-owned pet clinic in Ranchi, India called Pluto Pet Clinic. Published several articles on pets and social media in various national and international pet magazines, blogs. Part of many international organisations including Nabuur, Mission Rabies, Asian Society of small animal dermatology, WSAVA.