Cat Food Recipes You Can Make At Home

Gray cat eating home-made food in small white bowl

If you wish to try feeding your cat home-cooked meals, we advise doing so once a week as an alternative to the cat's regular commercial diet. To make sure your cat gets all the nutrients it needs throughout time, it's better to rotate these meals.

Cats may be finicky animals, so some of these recipes could appeal to them more than others. The components for a home-cooked food for your cats are provided in the recipes below.

Warning

Feel free to experiment with ingredients, but avoid those human foods that are toxic to cats.

Kitty Breakfast¹

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon nonfat dry milk
  • 3 medium eggs
  • 3 tablespoons cottage cheese
  • 2 tablespoons veggies (grated)
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Instructions

  1. Mix together the milk powder with a small amount of water.
  2. Add the eggs and beat well.
  3. Pour the mixture into a small non-stick frying pan and cook on medium-low heat until done.
  4. Flip over like a pancake and spread the cottage cheese and veggies over half of the cooked surface. Fold like an omelet. Cool and cut to bite-sized pieces to serve.
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Almost-Spot's Stew¹

Ingredients

  • 1 whole chicken (preferably "free-range" or packaged with "no hormones or antibiotics" on the label)
  • 2 cups brown rice
  • 6 stalks celery
  • 8 carrots (scrubbed but not peeled)
  • 2 or 3 yellow squash
  • 2 or 3 zucchini
  • 1 small broccoli crown
  • handful of green beans²

Instructions

  1. Wash chicken, then cover with water in a large stew pot.
  2. Cut vegetables into pieces and add to pot.
  3. Add rice.
  4. Cook until chicken almost falls off the bone and vegetables are tender.
  5. Completely debone the chicken. This is extremely important, as cooked chicken bones can splinter and cause serious intestinal damage.
  6. Pour the stew into a blender and blend or chop until mixture is coarse (about bite-sized).
  7. Freeze in meal-sized plastic bags.

¹Adapted from Food Pets Die For, by Ann N. Martin

2 There is some gray area with garlic for cats. Like onions, some specialists think it promotes Heinz body anemia, while others think it helps some illnesses. I've changed the original recipe to exclude the garlic because I operate under the motto "better safe than sorry."

Recipes Adapted from Home Prepared Dog and Cat Diets

The recipes below have been modified from Donald R. Strombeck's Home Prepared Dog and Cat Diets (DVM, PhD). There are 200 recipes in the book, but you have to look through them all to discover the ones for cats. If you are beginning to give your cat a diet that you create at home, it's still a great addition to your library.

Chicken Diet

This meal is made for a healthy cat or developing kitten and has 471 calories, 53.1 grams of protein, and 27.4 grams of fat.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound chicken breast (boneless, raw weight, cooked)
  • 1/2 large egg (hardboiled, split it lengthwise)
  • 1/2 ounce clams (chopped in juice)
  • 4 teaspoons canola oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt substitute (potassium chloride)
  • 3 bonemeal tablets (10-grain or equivalent)
  • 1 multiple vitamin-mineral tablet.

Instructions

  1. Chop the chicken breast and egg.
  2. Crush the bone meal and vitamin tablets finely, then combine all ingredients.
  3. Refrigerate, then warm slightly before serving.

Chicken and Rice Diet

Provides 503 kilocalories, 43.4 grams protein, 28.6 grams fat.

Ingredients

  • 1/3 pound chicken breast (boneless, raw weight, cooked, then chopped)
  • 1 egg (hardboiled and chopped)
  • 1/2 ounce clams (chopped in juice)
  • 1/3 cup long-grain rice (cooked)
  • 4 teaspoons canola oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt substitute (potassium chloride)
  • 4 bonemeal tablets (crushed fine; 10-grain or equivalent)
  • 1 multiple vitamin-mineral tablet (crushed fine)

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients and serve immediately or refrigerate and warm slightly before serving.

Tuna Diet

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces (canned in water without added salt)
  • 1 egg (hard-boiled and chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 bonemeal tablets (crushed, 10-grain or equivalent)
  • 1 multiple vitamin-mineral tablet

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients well, and serve immediately, or refrigerate and warm slightly before serving to "take the chill off."

Recipes to Help Prevent Diseases or Medical Conditions

The majority of illnesses and ailments that afflict people may also affect cats, and managing such conditions can be greatly influenced by nutrition. These dishes are safe since they were developed by nutritionists and/or veterinarians. However, before attempting these recipes or monitoring your cat's condition while using these diets, please get your veterinarian's permission in all matters pertaining to feline health. Let's start with a somewhat frequent and minor ailment.

Stool Softener Treat¹

This recipe is to be given after one day of the cat's failure to pass a stool. Serve up to twice a day; you may sprinkle the mixture with brewer's yeast if your cat likes the flavor.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon baby food vegetables and meat (no onions!)
  • 1/2 teaspoon butter (melted)
  • 1/8 teaspoon psyllium husks (ground, available at health food stores)
  • 1/8 teaspoon powdered or fine bran
  • 2 tablespoons water (adjust for desired consistency)

Diabetes Diet¹

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup organic chicken (raw, ground)
  • 1/2 cup chicken liver (raw)
  • 1/2 cup grains (brown rice or oatmeal, cooked)
  • 1/4 cup zucchini (raw, or raw carrots or cooked green beans or winter squash, finely grated)
  • vegetable broth to moisten

The majority of human illnesses and ailments may affect cats, and managing such problems can be greatly aided by nutrition. These dishes are considered safe since they were developed by veterinarians and/or nutritionists. The status of your cat should be regularly watched while using these diets, and in all circumstances involving feline health, please consult with your veterinarian for clearance before attempting these recipes. We'll begin with a common, not very dangerous ailment.

Diet for CRF Management²

This diet is low-protein, low-phosphorus, normal potassium, and normal sodium. It provides 55 grams of protein and 1000 kilocalories* as mixed.

Chicken and Rice Diet

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup chicken breast (cooked)
  • 1/2 ounce clams (canned, chopped in juice)
  • 1/2 cup rice (long-grain, cooked)
  • 1 tablespoon chicken fat
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt substitute (potassium chloride)
  • 1/4 multiple vitamin-mineral tablet
  • 1/10 B complex vitamin-trace mineral tablet (Give it your best shot)

Instructions

  1. Chop chicken and combine all ingredients.
  2. As should be the case with all home-prepared recipes (and canned commercial food), take up and discard the uneaten portion .

Allergy Diet³

A "test" diet, this one. Beef, wheat, milk, cheese, eggs, nuts, fruits, tomatoes, carrots, and yeasts are among the well-known food allergies that are left out. When your cat returns to his usual food after being on this diet, his allergy symptoms have most likely been brought on by one or more of the substances in his regular diet.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups brown rice
  • 2 pounds lean lamb or mutton (ground)
  • 4 teaspoons bonemeal (or 2,400 milligrams calcium or 1 1/3 teaspoons powdered eggshell)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

Instructions

  1. Cook the rice in 4 cups of filtered or spring water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 40 minutes.
  2. When the rice is done, add the remaining ingredients and mix well.
  3. Freeze about 2/3 of the mixture. This recipe will feed an average cat for 8 to 10 days.

Add Fresh Supplements to Each Day's Meal

  • A for cats made without yeast
  • Vitamin C (sodium ascorbate powder) 200-400 mg. daily.

¹Adapted from The New Natural Cat by Anitra Frazier.

²Adapted from Home Prepared Dog and Cat Diets by Donald R. Strombeck, DVM, PhD.

³Adapted from Dr. Pitcairn's Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats by Richard H. Pitcairn, D.V.M, Ph.D. and Susan Hubble Pitcairn.

*About three days' caloric requirements for a 9-10 pound cat.

CITATION

"Questions and Answers Regarding Mandatory Food Recalls: Guidance for Industry and FDA Staff. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Food and Drug Administration. 2018; 3-7. https://www.fda.gov/media/117429/download Accessed June 14, 2022" ;

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