I have been making homemade cat food for my cat Tinkerbelle for the past few months. Before that I was buying premium cat foods like Weruva Paw Lickin Chicken and a variety of foods from Tikicat . I liked them both but Weruva seemed to be adding more of the potato starch to their food and the Tikicat food was so expensive so I did some research on how to make cat food. I then talked to my vet and decided to give it a try.
I knew that cats do not have a real need for carbohydrates and that all they need is proteins but since I was not going to feed him raw food with bones I needed to find a supplement that had especially taurine and calcium. I found one I was happy with in The Missing Link Ultimate Feline Formula.
I have to say that I am not exact about the amounts I put in the food and the only thing I measure is the supplement. I do add veggies to his food because Tink has IBS and he needs a little fiber to keep things moving in the right direction. This also helps him to not be throwing up hair balls.
Each cat has different caloric needs. With the help of my vet, I have determined that Tink needs 186 calories a day and that he does best on three meals a day. I calculate the calories for the meals and give him between 50-60 grams of food per meal. I also weigh him weekly to make sure he is not losing too much weight. He has lost quite a bit over the past two years but he was quite overweight. He is nearly to his ideal weight so I want to maintain that for the most part. I adjust food amounts as needed.
I primarily feed Tinkerbelle Chicken because he has a lot of health issues and does best on that. I do like to provide some variety though so I will make some beef, pork, and fish meals. Generally I make them the same way but I will talk about the chicken here.
I buy only chicken that does not have any salt injected. I use mostly white meat because Tink can not tolerate a lot of fat because of the IBS. I start by boiling chicken in water. I boil it for an hour. If I am adding veggies like green beans I will add them in and boil them too. Cats eat veggies from their prey so cooking them breaks them down to be similar to what the cat would eat in the wild.
After the meat is cooked I let it cool to nearly room temperature. I let it cool mainly because I do not want the heat to destroy the nutrients in the supplement that I add. When it is cooled I use a slotted spoon to transfer the cooked meat and veggies to containers that I will freeze for later use. I usually measure out enough food for 6 meals in each container. This will last 2 days. After I measure out the weight for 6 meals then I add some of the broth from cooking to keep enough water in his diet. I will sometimes add a spoonful of canned pumpkin for fiber. He does well with zucchini, green beans, spinach, carrots, and pumpkin.
If you decide to try to make your own food, I suggest you do research and check with your vet with any questions you have about your particular cats nutritional needs. In our case, Tinkerbelle is doing great and we have even been able to wean him off some of his medications. It is saving money on food, medicine and vet bills.
Disclaimer: I am not advocating that anyone make their cat’s food or how they make it. This is just my experience and what works for my cat. If you are interested in making your cat’s food please consult your vet for information on your particular cats nutritional needs.