Raw food diets have become popular among pet parents, and cat owners around the world are switching to raw foods for their cats due to the better nutritional value and lack of unnecessary ingredients like grains and other fillers. There are some great raw cat food companies out there to choose from, but the meals can be pricey, and a lot of owners are now making raw meals for their pets themselves.
Luckily, making raw food meals for your cat is fairly easy; it contains only a few ingredients and requires very little or no cooking. Without further ado, here are five great raw cat food recipes for you to try!
The 5 Top Raw Cat Food Recipes
1. Simple Raw Chicken Recipe
Simple Raw Chicken Recipe
- 4.5 pounds chicken thighs with bones
- 7 oz chicken liver
- 14 oz chicken heart
- 1 cup of water
- 4 egg yolks
- 2,000 mg taurine
- 8,000 mg fish oil
- 800 IU Vitamin E (d-alpha-Tocopherol)
- 1/2 cap B complex
- 1/2 tsp Lite Salt
- At room temperature, remove at least half the skin of the unfrozen, raw chicken thighs, or all of it if you’re trying to reduce fats in your cat’s diet. This recipe includes the bones, so you’ll need a grinder, but you can also remove some of the bones if you prefer. Rinse the meat thoroughly and feed it through your grinder along with the hearts and livers.
- Place the taurine along with any other supplements you prefer into a mixing bowl along with the water and egg, and then add the ground meat and mix thoroughly. You can then portion the food accordingly and freeze it to use as you need.
2. Chicken and Salmon Recipe
- Servings: 14-18
You’ll again need a meat grinder or a very strong blender like a Vitamix for this recipe. Blend all the organ meats with water first, then gradually add the chicken and salmon, eggs, and taurine. Divide into portions for 1-2 days and freeze the remainder.
3. Raw Beef and Chicken Recipe (No Grinder Required)
- Servings: enough for 27 days/52 serving
We love the simplicity of this recipe as there is no grinder or additional supplements required. Simply cut all the meat into small, bite-sized pieces, and then add in the tuna and sardines and mix thoroughly. Portion out a couple of servings and store the rest in the freezer.
4. Boneless Raw Food Recipe
- Servings: 6 days/12 servings
This completely balanced recipe is again quick and simple as there are no bones and thus no need for a grinder or blender, although a grinder does make the processing far easier. You’ll need to cut the raw meat up into small, bite-sized portions (larger is fine if you are grinding) and mix it all into a bowl. Mix in the salmon oil and egg yolk, and possibly a touch of water if needed. Lastly, add the eggshell powder and 1,000 mg of taurine.
5. Balanced Raw Recipe
- Servings: 10 days/20 servings
Grind up the whole chicken along with the water and add in the egg yolks. Once mixed, gradually mix in the salmon oil followed by the supplements, portion, and freeze.
Tips For Feeding Raw Food to Your Cat
A raw food diet is a great option for cats, but, as with any diet, you’ll need to make sure your cat is getting all the required nutrients they need to thrive. In some cases, you may need to add supplements, especially taurine, and include bones or eggshells for calcium and other minerals.
With a raw diet, you’ll need to feed your cats what’s known as a “nose to tail” diet, which means including bones, organs, and muscles in their meals. As obligate carnivores, cats need protein from meat or fish, along with the associated amino acids like taurine and omega fatty acids to thrive. They also need essential vitamins like B12 and minerals like calcium and phosphorus. While nutrients can be obtained from organ meats, muscle meats, and bones, the amounts vary a lot and it is necessary to supplement according to the recipe you choose. Cats have little need for carbohydrates, so the raw diet is species-appropriate because it passes on proteins and has a high moisture content.
If you’re making raw food for your cat at home, it’s vital to obtain the meat from a trusted source, and make sure to prepare it on a clean, preferably metal surface, and clean thoroughly again afterward. This is due to the very real risk of salmonella, both for you and your cat.
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There is a lot of controversy surrounding raw diets for cats, largely due to the risk of disease transmission but also due to fear of inadequate nutrition. This is certainly a risk; therefore, you need to carefully select fresh ingredients from a reliable source and supplement the diet accordingly. A healthy, active adult cat without any special dietary requirements should thrive on any of the above recipes, however, if your cat is used to commercially processed food, the transition should be done gradually. Make sure you obtain your meat from a trusted source and clean your surface and utensils thoroughly to reduce the risk of disease.
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