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Do you know what's in your Kitty's food?

Almost all commercially prepared pet foods are formulated with ingredients that are inappropriate for carnivores. Corn, wheat, and processed waste are not health-promoting ingredients for cat food. While many cats do occasionally eat some grasses, vegetable proteins are not a main staple for domesticated pets. Vegetables should only be added to their foods in limited amounts, and only if the vegetables are fresh.

If you have a cat who has perpetual stomach or skin problems that won't go away, you need to take a close look at what's in the food they're eating. Corn can cause 'hot spots" in both cats and dogs, which are bald, irritated spots that appear in places fur should be.

Vomiting and diarrhea is another problem that can seem incurable when you have a kitten who is very sensitive to unnatural ingredients.

If you can commit to making food for your cat for only one week, you'll be able to see whether or not it is the food causing the problem. If your feline's health problem is alleviated, they you've discovered a sensitivity, and you can then choose which path to take. You may want to try different commercially prepared natural/organic/holistic foods, or you may choose to stick to making home made foods.

Disclaimer: HowtoFamily makes no claim regarding the individual recipes or ingredients for the homemade cat food shown below. For specific nutritional regarding your individual pet, please contact your veterinarian.

Basic Daily Diet
Kitty Heaven
Sole Food
Vitamin-Rich Feline Fuel


Basic Daily Diet

Adapted from "Small Animal Clinical Nutrition" by Drs. Diane Wilkie, Danielle Rosser and Bonnie Beaver.

  • 2 ounces ground beef (80 percent lean)
  • 1/3 cup instant rice, cooked
  • 2 teaspoons fat (chicken or beef fat or vegetable or fish oil)
  • 1/4 teaspoon bone meal, ground
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Pinch taurine
  • 1/2 of a (9-gram) human adult vitamin-mineral tablet (see note)
Bake, fry or microwave the beef and fat (do not drain). Combine beef with remaining ingredients except for the tablet. Mix well. Serve with the tablet (either in pill form or pulverized and thoroughly mixed with the food).

Note: Feed your cat half the tablet each day.


Kitty Heaven - Cat Food

2 cans sardines packed in oil
2/3 cup cooked rice
2 chicken livers, cooked in water and drained
1/4 cup chopped parsley
  1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender and process just until mixture is blended. Store in refrigerator, tightly covered.

Sole Food - Cat Food

1/2 pound fillet of sole
2 tablespoons parsley, chopped
1 tablespoon margarine
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
2 tablespoons chopped liver
1/2 teaspoon iodized salt
2/3 cup cooked rice
  1. Place sole in a small, greased baking dish. Sprinkle with the parsley. Add enough water to just cover the bottom of the dish. Bake in a preheated 450*F (230*C) oven for 10 minutes. Cool then and shred with a fork.
  2. Melt margarine in a small saucepan. Stir in flour and heat until bubbly. Gradually stir in milk and cook, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens. Remove from heat and add cheese, liver, and salt, stirring until cheese has melted.
  3. Add the flaked fish and rice to cheese sauce and stir well. Cool. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.


Vitamin-Rich Feline Fuel

2/3 cup cottage cheese
1/4 cup biscuit mix
4 chicken livers, cooked in water, drained and chopped
2 tablespoons corn oil
Pinch iodized salt
  1. Mix all ingredients together well.
  2. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.



Here is a list of reviewed pet food and pet food recipes to help ensure the safety of your pet's food supply.

KMR 28oz animal milk replacement powder 

Home-Prepared Dog & Cat Diets: the Healthful Alternative

The Kitty Cafe: Healthy, Easy to Prepare, Homemade Food for Your Cat

The Good Food Cookbook for Dogs: 50 Home-Cooked Recipes for the Health and Happiness of Your Canine Companion


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