Please refer to Dr. King’s book linked above. If your cat does not like the diet, try omitting the eggs. That said, I find them much harder to clean than a meat grinder and would never use one for making cat food. Egg whites – Raw feeding sites often discuss the fact that raw egg whites contain avidin which binds to biotin in the intestinal tract and prevents it from being absorbed. Intestinal disease is also common in cats and constipation can be a sign of an unhealthy intestinal tract. We'll begin this review of Pure Balance Wild & Free High Protein Turkey Recipe For Cats with a detailed discussion of the ingredients. Information on this site is for general informational purposes only and is provided without warranty or guarantee of any kind. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~. Only professional scaling under general anesthesia can do this in an effective and safe manner. You may be wondering what the difference is between the ground meat at the supermarket and the ground rabbit that I buy from April 2017 update: I just consulted with a client who bought a Kitchner Heavy Duty grinder and said that it worked great with chicken thigh bones so that is another option but keep in mind that this is only one report from one person (other than the current 8 positive reviews on Amazon who did *not* mentions grinding bones). With regard to parasites, commercially raised meat (either from the grocery store or producer) is much less apt to be infected with parasites when compared to wild game. And, more importantly, all dry foods are dangerously low in water which wreaks havoc on your cat’s urinary tract and puts him at great risk for life-threatening and excruciatingly painful urethral obstructions and possibly cystitis. 2 – 2.25 lbs of whole carcass ground rabbit + 0.75 – 1 lbs of boneless chicken or turkey meat/skin/fat (see reasons above): For people who cannot source Morton Lite Salt with iodine, use 3/4 tsp of regular salt (sodium chloride) with iodine + 14 tablets of potassium gluconate (99mg each) OR 14 capsules of potassium citrate (99 mg each) when using all chicken. That said, when I started feeding them a better diet, they became much more active. The most obvious – and best – way to add calcium to the recipe is to grind the bones with the meat. When first starting to train your cat, only swipe a couple of times then feed him a treat and let him go. This means that if you buy turkey for your own dinner, you can prepare a small portion of plain cooked turkey for your cat, cut it into little pieces, and feed small amounts as a treat. The source was dry pet food made at Mars Petcare US. The mountain lion was dining on meat that was a week old in the ambient temperature (not refrigerated) and did just fine. Fish oil – This is a link to Nature Made 250 capsules for people who make a lot of food. Get all the tips you need to cook a turkey, from prepping and basting to roasting and carving. Place the turkey (on the sitter or stand) on the cooler side of the grill. The diet that I choose to feed is very basic. My mom’s cat, Tyke, has drawn his ‘line in the sand’ and will only eat his homemade diet when it is 2/3 homemade and 1/3 Sheba. Hopefully you will do better for your cat. Also note that I have seen cats go from dry food to a raw or semi-cooked diet – and still refuse to eat canned food. fungal mycotoxins, deadly chemicals, and storage mites. And….deboning meat is not much fun and I do not advocate the feeding of pre-ground supermarket meat fed in the raw form. So you've decided to be in charge of the turkey this year? Preheat oven to 350F Using a cheese grater, shred the squash. This is why I ask my clients/readers to use the word “homemade” as opposed to “raw” when discussing the diet described on this  page. Keep in mind that raw meat is more tenacious (and better for teeth) than cooked meat. Lisa A. Pierson, DVM. No cat will want to chew on any type of food or have his teeth brushed if he has a painful mouth! Dry food is simply not a very healthy or completely safe diet to be feeding to any cat. The picture of the ground thighs shown below was taken when I was just rinsing the thighs off in water – versus baking as mentioned above. I am a stickler for using fresh bone versus bone meal or calcium carbonate. The first ingredient is turkey. I just simply bought a chicken thigh, thoroughly rinsed the meat with water, and cut it up into small pieces (the size of a pea or a bit larger) to see if my cats would eat raw meat. This company makes many different brands of pet food. Also, please consider purchasing Feeding Miss Lilly by my colleague, Dr. Christine King. Pour the mixture into a small non-stick frying pan and cook on medium-low heat until done. Here is a video that my friend, Anne Jablonski of fame, put together. The grinding plates are not stainless steel but I have never had any problems with rust forming. Check these out! A consultation (via phone or Skype) can be scheduled but only after medical records – including lab work and your veterinarian’s physical exam/diagnosis/recommendations/treatment notes – are provided for my review. The cost of a homemade diet is extremely variable and takes into consideration: The cost of the supplements may seem high when first purchasing them but when averaged over time, the expense is minimal. Dogs differ from cats in that they are not true obligate carnivores. October, 2009: Diamond Pet Food company recalls Premium Edge dry food due to thiamine deficiency which causes severe neurological damage and death in cats. I buy 51 lbs at a time of the Extra Fine Double Ground (the most expensive choice) in the 3 lbs packages. Most cats do well on no more than 1/4 tsp twice-daily but it is safe to go higher. I dilute the bone even further by removing ~30% of the thigh bones. The surviving animals will have permanent liver damage. Plus both my cats and I are impatient so all of my cat food-warming is done in the microwave. Always remember that calcium is not an optional ‘supplement’ but a very critical component of the diet. If using tablets, dissolve them in the water after crushing in a baggie with a hammer or using a mortar and pestle to expedite the dissolution. I then quickly graduated to pint canning jars with reusable lids and rings. This is hard on the motor and probably contributed to my Tasin’s final demise. I also cut some of the meat into chunks for dental health – when I am not being lazy. For the first 10 years of making cat food, I used a Tasin TS-108 meat grinder (a #12 grinder, ~$160) but it finally died in July of 2012 after years of faithful service grinding approximately 45 lbs of meat and bones each month. →, Male vs Female Cats: Is There a Difference in Personality? For instance, diabetes can be a time-consuming and expensive nightmare to deal with. Another option for people with only 1 or 2 cats is to, Generally speaking, all constipated cats will benefit from an increase in fecal water content but the main question is:  Do we want to, If a large percentage of the meat in the diet is chunked….and the cat eats, Feeding Your Cat:  Know the Basics of Feline Nutrition, Kitchner #12 Electric Meat Grinder – 1/2 HP. I would also like to mention that the recipe on this page is adapted from earlier work done by Natascha Wille of Feline Future Raw Meat Cat Food Company. Do not get caught up in looking at just the wattage rating since more wattage does not always mean a better or faster grinder. April 2017 update:  I have been using the Weston #12 for 5 years and am still extremely pleased with the it. Add the eggs and beat well. There have been many instances of mold toxin-related deaths of pets after eating contaminated commercial dry food. That said, many people feed coarse ground food without any problems. Please note that the Tasin and Weston grinder parts (as well as the Turbo Force brand mentioned below) are NOT meant to go into the dishwasher. De-boning and cutting up meat by hand is time-consuming. You can also use crushed Temptations treats, etc. Please see this video that explains how to do this. You will also have to debone whole cuts of meat such as chicken or turkey thighs. Ingredients. However, many people are either unwilling or unable to purchase a grinder so I am finally ‘giving in’ and will state that if you are going to use 3 pounds of boneless meat and skin, then the amount of bone meal (NOW brand linked below) to use is 2 1/3 tablespoons. will not. Heat, oxygen and light are all factors involved in fats becoming rancid. Exception to the above:  I found that one of my cats, Toby, is very stubborn about eating meat if it is completely raw but I noticed that he would eat the accidentally-cooked pieces if I left it in the microwave too long. Salmon Cat Food Recipe. If you want to try pumpkin, use 1/2 – 1 teaspoon 2-3 times per day mixed into their food. You can either poke the fish oil capsules with a pin or cut the tip off with scissors and squirt the oil into the water….or you can do what I do and just dissolve the fish oil capsules in the water for ~15 minutes and then, once they are somewhat dissolved, make sure that all of the oil is liberated from the capsule by squeezing the capsules with your fingers within the water. I feed my cats raw meat and they do great. Most cats eat approximately 4-6 ounces/day but it depends on how much water you add to the recipe and how fatty the end result is. You will not find a substitute source of calcium (bone meal, egg shells, etc.) I have a 4 minute video of my Robbie violently pawing at his mouth because of a bone fragment that had gotten stuck. The bigger, the better. It took one of my cats (Toby) many months before he would start eating this diet with any consistency and when he finally did start eating it, I noticed that he was picking out the pieces that got a bit cooked when I was warming the food. It lasts forever (it is not perishable) and most cats readily eat it when mixed into their food. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~. Combine salt, oil, and water and bring to a boil. The supplements are added to the water and, once they are all dissolved, this supplement slurry is added to the meat/bones/skin/liver/eggs. You will note on Anne’s site that she prefers not to warm the food in the microwave. In fact, my cats have gotten bones the size shown below stuck in their mouths causing them great distress. (A short note regarding dogs can be found at the bottom of this webpage. You actually want the cat to keep their mouth closed and still. Cut the meat into chunks for dental health…. Looking for more great recipes for your feline? I love using turkey thighs but if you are using a Tasin grinder versus a Weston (discussed above in the Cost section) there is a good chance that a these large bones will kill your Tasin. It may take a month or more to get your cat used to this process. All of the above said about the Weston #12…. Making cat food is not difficult. I don’t ever want to go through what those people went through when they lost their beloved pets due to human greed and deception. In these cases, look for a stringy tapered end to the fecal ‘log.’. These ingredients are likely ones we always keep in our pantry which makes this a simple and easy go-to recipe! In Jauary 2019, the FDA found Salmonella and Listeria in ground chicken/bones/organs from Hare Today, Gone Tomorrow. Instructions Mix together the milk powder with a small amount of water. The Tasin TS-108 can handle whole pieces of chicken but sometimes a larger thigh needs to be cut down into smaller pieces to fit down the tube. If you are not using whole carcasses of chickens or rabbits but are using chicken parts instead, use all or mostly dark meat (thighs) since dark meat has a more appropriate amount of fat than white meat. As stated above, we all must work within our comfort zone. Garlic and onions, commonly used in savory cooking, can be toxic to dogs, and if your pup were to get into these, they could become anemic. Step #4. That said, some people do use a small amount of vegetables and I don’t have a problem with that as long as the amount is minimal (~5% by weight). Available in Sizes: 4lb & 13.5lb. I am only using the product because most cats really like the taste of it. I am a walking disaster in the kitchen and it is my least favorite room in the house. The supplements will add in a bit more but, again, when the cost is averaged over time, it is not that significant. I prefer purchasing B-Complex tablets instead of capsules since the powder inside the capsules often gets ‘gummy’ and will not pour out. “We are what we eat” is not just a useless cliché. Please note that Anne uses a plate that creates a very coarse grind whereas I prefer a more finely ground product. The main ingredient is beef, but is rounded out with rice, carrot, alfalfa, and cottage cheese! I would encourage you to have your cat’s teeth properly cleaned and examined (under general anesthesia – *not* anesthesia-free) if you have not already done so. Note: I do not recommend this recipe for CKD (Chronic Kidney Disease) cats. It is also a highly digestible protein source for dogs. Making cat food is definitely not my favorite pastime and the sooner I can get out of the kitchen, the happier I am. The commercial cat food for kidney disease can be prepared at home only. Run the meaty bones, non-chunked meat, skin, liver, and eggs through the grinder using this plate with 4 mm holes: The ground meat/bones/skin/liver/eggs plus the fat drippings from the baking pan and the chunks of meat are then placed in the refrigerator while the supplements are mixed up. The second type of meat that I feed is rabbit and it is shipped to me from Washington – The iodized Lite salt (or, for non-US residents, regular iodized salt) is not an optional ingredient. If you are firmly opposed to feeding any part of the diet in a raw form – even after reading the Safety section below – you can contact me to set up an appointment for a phone consultation to discuss formulating and preparing a diet that uses cooked ingredients. This company has recently implemented a pasteurization process to help ensure the safety of its future products. Make the most of your turkey dinner by using the giblets as a fancy feast base for your cat’s meal. Be be sure to run them through the grinder or food processor in order to break them up so that you can mix them into the food uniformly. However, having said this, one of the reasons why I started partially baking the poultry thighs is because I did not want to have to worry about shipment dates. If humans would stop feeding dry food to cats, cats like Opie would not have to suffer from excruciatingly painful – and life-threatening – urethral blockages. See the Recipe section below for links to specific ingredients that I order from I tend to be a bit lazier than Anne so the information here will differ from her way of doing things just a bit. Ask any cat: it doesn't matter how good a cat food is if it doesn't taste good, too. Blend turkey and turkey broth in a food processor until well mixed. If he is just right, remove ~50% of the skin. July, 2011 update:  Robbie’s teeth would have been a mess by now since his last dental was in December, 2009. A box of it may very well last you a lifetime. Mix very well then portion into containers and freeze. Ensuring your cat is receiving the proper nutrients is the number one priority when preparing your own cat food – this means adding supplements and occassionally leaving in the bones! If in doubt, please be sure to have your veterinarian examine your cat’s mouth. The extra savings is just not worth the hassle of having to cut them up and I like to use less bone for my cats’ diet as discussed under the bone section above. I find dry vitamin E capsules easier to work with. Note that there are different pre-mixes depending on if you want to add fresh liver along with the fresh meat (preferable) in which case you would use the TCfeline Original powder or, if you do not want to use fresh liver, you can use the TCfeline Plus with chicken liver. Depending on the level of thawing, I may heat it for 5-10 seconds then stir. Poor dental health is the most commonly overlooked health problem in our cats and dogs! If you are interested in the smaller Weston #8, understand that it has a smaller feed tube and it is going to be slower than either the Tasin TS-108 (which is a #12 size) or the Weston #12. At the beginning of my cat food-making days, I bought whole rabbit carcasses (because they were cheaper than the ground carcasses) but soon tired of the work involved. This subject is one of considerable debate among two – usually strongly divided – mindsets. 2) Once whole cuts of meat are ground, it needs to be cooked all the way. Horses and cows, on the other hand, are designed to eat very high fiber diets. Miralax increases fecal water content without increasing bulk/diameter. I buy only whole meats from the market for the following reasons: 1) The surface of whole meats is where the bacteria resides – not in the depths of the meat. However, the nutritional needs of these cats must be discussed on an individual patient basis. Dimensions: 14 1/8″ long x 6 1/2″ wide x 11 7/8″ tall, Tasin TS-108 (body only): 8.75 lbs A couple of cats went for it right away and a couple of them just walked away. The time that I spend making cat food is much less time than is involved in caring for cats that become ill from poor nutrition. Some people feed a bit of canned mixed with the homemade for the rest of the cat’s life. I also purchase chicken livers at WFM or another local grocery store. However, you will still need a food processor to grind up the meat, skin, liver, and eggs since, again, I do not advocate using pre-ground supermarket meat. I’ve tried to cook the veggies for them but they won’t touch them. I do not use it as the label states since I am not using it for its probiotic properties. This canned food is also safe for human consumption so it doubles as an emergency supply for both two-legged and four-legged members of the house. With bones or without bones; how much bone, Commercial pet food contamination – especially dry food. First of all, if you haven't already purchased your bird, be sure to read all about how to buy a turkey and how to safely thaw frozen turkey. Baking is much better for nutrient retention. Therefore, if you decide that you don’t want to make your cat’s food, please feed canned food and keep the dry food out of your cat’s food bowl. With regard to the extremely dangerous and life-threatening fungal toxins found in commercial dry food, this issue will never be a worry when feeding a grain-free diet – either in the form of canned food or the diet discussed on this page. The safest and healthiest method for feeding cats turkey is to buy fresh skinless, boneless turkey breast meat and cook it thoroughly without added seasonings. For more details, please see my safety section below. Leave the lower molars until your cat has accepted the other areas. In addition to this very important fact, the amount of vegetable matter in the average bird or mouse is extremely small and often the stomach and the intestines are not even consumed by the cat. It is ok to add a little fiber to your cat’s food but we don’t want his poop looking like it came out of a St. Bernard! Both of these fish oil products have 300 mg of EPA + DHA per capsule. For instance, kidney disease can cause dehydration which, in turn, can lead to constipation. June 12, 2009: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced today it was suspending the temporary Emergency Permit issued to Evanger’s Dog & Cat Food Co., Inc. The Lite salt adds in some sodium and potassium. Hearts – Hearts are a good source of taurine but chicken hearts are not as high in taurine as mouse hearts. This partial baking makes the diet much safer than dry food. Bone meal is heavily processed and the nutrients in the marrow will not survive the processing intact. I find that soft boiling them (~3-4 minutes) works very well but some people like to scramble them in a bit of butter. They are very nutritious – especially the yolks. Note:  Some cats – especially long-haired cats – end up with ‘hang on’ poop meaning that the bulk of the feces was passed but a long thread of hair is mixed in with the feces with one end still in the rectum resulting in the feces hanging from the anus. I don’t think that a single cat or dog caregiver in the US is not aware of the thousands of cats and dogs that suffered tremendously and died – or have been left with failing kidneys and a shortened lifespan/diminished quality of life – due to the contamination of commercial foods processed by Menu Foods in the summer of 2007. Notice the larger diameter of the feces on the right. I purchase the Extra Fine Double Ground because my cats were having problems with the bones in the more coarsely ground product. The feces of a cat fed the recipe discussed on this webpage (without fiber) has very little odor but soluble fiber is fermented into some pretty stinky gases by the bacteria in the colon. Here is another great alternative to a dry and otherwise boring cat kibble. I should have started doing this years ago! Fiber only comes from plant material – not animals. At the request of several readers, here are links to specific products that I purchase from but please note that I cannot keep up with iherb’s website if they change links. I want to make it clear that the Tasin TS-108 will be just fine for the average household. To test if it’s done, make sure the juices run … I just focus the brushing on the outside surface of the upper and lower molars which is where the bulk of a cat’s teeth problems lie. I have thrown out a lot of gummy B-Complex capsules which is wasteful. 2) STX Turbo Force 3000   This grinder has received some good reviews on but I have heard from three people who are very upset with this grinder stating that it does not grind bones well and does not even grind meat efficiently unless it is frozen. However, this is not necessarily a sign of constipation. This poor cat was being fed a terribly UNbalanced diet because his owner was using her own ‘creation’ based very loosely on the recipe below. Instead, she heats it in hot tap water. None of us know exactly which nutrients and in what amounts are destroyed/damaged with the cooking process. I used a broiling pan to catch the drippings. The bacterial load can put your cat at risk for severe illness. I rarely miss a day of brushing his teeth. As the creator of ExcitedCats, his mission is to assist in the search for the best gear to help improve the health and wellbeing of cats everywhere. 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