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Home made cat food

I have had the intention of making my cat’s food for years but my senior siamese was raised on the cat equivalent of McDonalds. She didn’t come into my life until she was 12yrs old so I wasn’t going to win that battle. Unfortunately she has passed due to cancer but I do have a little kitten to feed. This little guy was a craigslist find. Now I knew that I would likely be getting a kitten that was a bit sickly if I went through craigslist. He had the start of a flea problem that I fixed with neem oil mixed into tear free shampoo. Next I had to take care of the worm issue and put some weight on the tiny guy. All of this plus the fact that commercial food made his bowel movements absolutely rank,  finally led me down this path.

I went through a few different versions before settling on the seafood version. The little guy goes crazy for fish, he will even crawl onto my plate to steal it. My now deceased cat loved liver and beef which is how I figured out the other recipes (in her honour). Prep and making the recipe is easy and the ingredients are very cheap. I am aware that some people may wonder why a cat owner is willing to make cat food. Might even think we are crazy cat owners.

Obesity, allergies, rank ass bowel movements, reading about ingredients in commercial cat food that could cause cancer, are just a few of the potential reasons. Translation for the usage of rank: REALLY SMELLY.
The garlic, papaya seeds, and turmeric are all medicinal ingredients. Garlic and papaya is for the cat who hunts and/or goes outside regularly. They kill off any parasites kitty picks up from their other meals. Turmeric is added for more generic health reasons. Garlic and turmeric have known drug interactions so always check if kitty needs any pills, get the proper name not the brand name of the drug to look it up.
The 5lbs of carrots is not cooked so there is something to chew on and it slows fast eaters down.
The frozen veg is cooked to death because kitty can’t digest it otherwise. It’s added for fibre because pets are not as active as feral cats and it feeds their good gut bacteria.
The liver is in every recipe because it is an excellent source of several essential nutrients your cat needs.
No grains should be added at all. The cat does not have the digestive enzymes required to properly digest them and it can contribute to unhealthy weight gain. The only time I would deviate from this is if I had a severely underweight cat who needed any weight gain possible. Under those circumstances I would use overcooked white rice in teaspoon amounts added at each feeding. 
For the cat vitamins follow the instructions on the package as a guideline.
Ok I think I’ve covered the essentials, there is additional info after the recipes and technique. Read everything before starting.

Edit: It has come to my attention that garlic can be toxic for some cats. This was not a readily found piece of information at the original time of writing.

READ ALL THE INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE STARTING.
Fish Recipe: Yield 35 cups

4 – 2kg bags of frozen veggie mix (broccoli, cauliflower, carrot)

2 – beef/pork livers 

2 – heads of peeled garlic (optional)

5lbs – carrots

1 – papaya for the seeds (optional)

12 – cans of sardines in oil

6 – tablespoons or more of turmeric

Powdered cat vitamins (optional)

2 – teaspoons salt


Liver recipe: Yield 35 cups

4 – 2kg bags of frozen veggie mix (broccoli, cauliflower, carrot)

8 – beef/pork livers (retail size)

2 – heads of peeled garlic (optional)

5lbs – carrots

1 – papaya for the seeds (optional)

6 – tablespoons or more of turmeric

Powdered cat vitamins

2 – teaspoons salt


Beef/chicken recipe: Yield 35 cups

4 – 2kg bags of frozen veggie mix (broccoli, cauliflower, carrot)

8 – beef/pork livers (retail size)

2 – heads of peeled garlic (optional)

5lbs – carrots

1 – papaya for the seeds (optional)

6 – tablespoons or more of turmeric

Enough bouillon to make 3 litres

Powdered cat vitamins


Tools needed include a very large mixing bowl, a large cooking pot, food processor/blender, wood spoon, medium size containers for the freezer.


Universal instructions: The liver and frozen veg must be cooked thoroughly, especially the vegetables because cats are obligate carnivores. Throw them into a large pot with water. If you have a pressure cooker it will take about 30 minutes. In an open pot about an hour with the liver being added in halfway through.
Use the food processor to turn the garlic, papaya seeds, turmeric, salt, and cat vitamins into a puree, add a little water if needed, place into bowl.Once emptied use the food processor again to chop the 5lbs carrots into small bite size pieces and add them to the bowl.When the liver and veg are done cooking (veg should be very mushy) puree them in the food processor and add them to the bowl.Mix everything well and portion off for the freezer.


Recipe specific instructions: For the fish recipe drain the sardines and puree them in the first step.
For the beef/chicken recipe take the bouillon and mix it into a paste with as little water as possible and include it in the first step. No additional salt is needed in this recipe because of the bouillon. If your cat has sodium issues you can find sodium free bouillon and then use the smaller measure of salt used in the other recipes if desired.
For the optional ingredients, garlic and papaya seeds are present for medicinal purposes (so is the turmeric), specifically for cats who go outside and/or like to supplement their diet with things they hunt. These 2 ingredients keep the cat parasite free and with a good, strong immune system. The fish recipe does not, strictly speaking require the cat vitamins because the canned fish has all the bones and cartilage and such which provide all the nutrients the cat requires.
If your cat is reluctant to eat the new food even if you use proper food transitioning methods, add in more fat to their food. The liver in all the recipes does provide fat but it may not be enough to entice some cats. Good sources of additional fat include: Ghee, Coconut oil, Pasture raised lard or similar. Either mix 1 teaspoon into each serving OR 1/4 cup per 5 cups of the recipe. Extra fat is helpful if your cat suffers from hairball issues as well.
Cooking oil is not an option because it can make your cat very sick. Vet bills are more expensive than just choosing a proper fat.
Chicken livers are not a good choice because they are very high in arsenic due to how factory farms raise them.

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