On this page you'll find the raw diet recipe that I feed to all of my cats. I use it for my own cats for many reasons.
First and foremost because of health. I have found that cats are less likely to suffer from common cat illnesses like cociddia, worms, URI's, and IBD/IBS. Fat cats will quickly lose weight and underweight cats will gain weight. Your cats won't be fat though they will be lean and muscular like a cat should be! (note: This diet is NOT A CURE ALL.)
An unexpected side effect of this diet was that the bowl movements were less, harder, and small and they do not stink! That's right, NO SMELL AT ALL!!!
Also the fur became shinier,softer and more beautiful.
And lastly it is less expensive then feeding high quality commercial diets. You will not only save on the food but you will save on litter too because you will be buying litter much less often because it takes a long time to stink up the litter as long as you scoop on a regular basis. If you buy 4 lbs. of chicken thighs for $4.00 and then spend another couple of dollars on heart/liver and the few other little things, your only spending $6.00 for 4 cats for about 4 days worth of food. How long does it take for 4 adult cats to eat $4.00 worth of premium cat food (canned and dry)? Now add to that having to buy a heck of a lot less litter and you will see the savings. Now on top of that subtract all the money you spend taking your cat to the vet because of all those pesky illnesses that cats tend to get. Now I'm not saying you'll never have to take your cat to the vet but it has been in my personal experience that cats are so healthy on this diet that it is rare that they have to go to the vet for illnesses.
Your adult cats may not take to this diet willingly. In that case you will have to mix a little in with their canned food and slowly decrease the canned and increase the raw diet until they are only eating raw. After they get used to it they will never want to go back! They love it!!
At first your cats will most likely eat a whole lot more then normal because they are trying to make up for the nutrients that they have not been getting on a commercial diet. After about 2 weeks - 1 month they will start to even out in the amount they eat unless they are still growing or pregnant/lactating. In a matter of days to weeks you should see improvement in the consistency of their bowl movements, and in the texture of their fur.
Raw Diet Recipe
1.) 4 lbs. chicken thighs w/ bones and skin
(If you do not have meat grinder and cannot use bones replace bones with food grade bone meal. 12 tbs. for this Recipe, however real bone is superior and should be used if possible)
(4 lbs. of chicken with bones is equal to about one regular sized chicken.)
2.)1 chicken liver per 4 lbs. of chicken with bones.
(The idea is to feed the whole animal, therefore only one chicken liver per whole chicken is used. Too much liver can lead to vitamin A toxicity, however, cats do need some liver in their diet)
3.)1 or 2 chicken hearts per 4 lbs. of chicken. Or beef hearts if you can get them. You can use more heart if you'd like.
(there is a significant amount of taurine in dark chicken muscle meat, but to be safe you should add heart or taurine. The taurine you can buy at the health food store in capsules 2-3 capsules for this recipe or buy it in bulk from revivalanimal.com.)
4.)2 capsules salmon fish oil. NOT cod liver oil.
THE FOLLOWING INGREDIENTS ARE OPTIONAL:
5.)2 egg yolks (yolks only)
6.)supplement like Wild Trax or TC Instincts, or brewers yeast
Note: I do not add vegetables to my recipe. I provide fresh wheat grass (which can be bought at most grocery stores) in pots to my cats to eat if they feel like they need their veggies. In addition, you can add a few tablespoons of Missing Link Supplement.
Cut meat and skin off of bones and chunk cut the meat and skin, set aside bones. Place meat/skin in mixing bowl or grind meat into mixing bowl.
Grind bones in meat grinder. I've used the old crank style meat grinder which works just fine. More recently I bought a meat grinder from Northern Tool (there is a website that you can order one from), for under $100.00 and it makes my job much easier.
Add ground bones into mixing bowl.
Mince or grind the livers and heart and add them to mixture.
Prick the fish oil capsules and squeeze oil into mixture. Then throw whole capsule into mixture. (or throw whole capsules in grinder before you start and just grind them in with meat mixture.
(Fish oil will preserve the meat longer, give a flavor cats like to the mixture and provide vit. E.)
Add the egg yolks.
Add supplement according to directions on label.
Mix all together. Then put individual servings in little freezer baggies. Thaw with warm water or take out of freezer and place in fridge for next day.
You can also store the meat mixture in fridge for about 3-5 days.
Feed more often but smaller amounts. At each feeding throw any mixture away that is left from the previous feeding. It is not recommended leaving the mixture out at room temp. for more then about an hour.
This recipe will feed 4 adult cats for about 4 days (pregnant/lactating cats and growing cats will eat more so it might not last quite as long). You can double or triple the recipe if you'd like to make more for more cats or to last longer.
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