Best homemade cat foods

10 Homemade Cat Food Recipes Every Cat Will Love

When it comes to a healthy cat diet, it’s almost impossible to make it ideal. Whether you use wet or dry cat food, there are always some drawbacks in formulas – these can be ingredients, artificial components, flavors, or the texture. Each cat has individual needs, and covering them all with mass-market industrial products isn’t always the right decision.

Besides, cats are carnivores – they eat raw meat and don’t need grains. This is what many owners forget about when buying kibbles with wheat and corn. As a result, their beloved pets suffer from allergic reactions, stomach upset, sensitivities, poor digestion and metabolism, excessive weight, and so on. 

Ideally, a feline diet should consist of what these hunters ate originally – prey and fish. You can help your cat and create an ideal menu for it.

How?

Have you ever tried to make your cat food? This option would be perfect, and it’s not as complicated as it seems. Actually millions of people are already cooking homemade cat food, homemade kibbles and even homemade kitten formulas themselves!

Here are some recipes for healthy homemade cat food.


Benefits of homemade cat food

If you wonder why to bother making cat food, take into account the following advantages.

1) It’s all-natural

Have you ever thought about what makes dry and wet cat food store for so long? Why does it last for a year without changing flavor and properties? Even the best cat foods involve extra processing and adding artificial preservatives. It’s not good for a cat’s health since many pets are allergic to chemical preservatives and flavors, but the signs of allergy might be even unnoticeable. Besides, homemade food for cats has more natural nutrients, vitamins, and minerals. They are preserved in fresh products and digested quickly. 

2) It has pure protein

Dry food has 30-40% protein, while wet cat food has 8-10% protein. Not only meat and eggs serve as the source of this nutrient – but many manufacturers also add soy and bean products. Those components aren’t equally good for all cats. Some pets develop allergic reactions to peas, lentils, and soy.

3) There’s nothing extra

What else is included in cat food? Manufacturers add plant-based oils, various grains and seeds, and other questionable products that serve as the source of carbs and fats. They might cause various health problems and are not digested efficiently. There’s a huge list of other ingredients that are not present in natural cat food recipes. The latter ones allow avoiding potentially dangerous products.

So, if you’re not afraid that you won’t be able to store the food for a long time or that you will miss a chance to use an automatic feeder – homemade cat food is a great option for you!


Essential nutrients in a cat’s diet

What should be included in cat’s recipes? There are several nutrients that must be in any food you serve.

1) Protein

Before you start formulating the recipes when cooking for cats, you should find out how much protein your cat needs. It roughly depends on the life stage, but the average norm should be defined individually with a vet. As a rule, an adult cat needs about 12.5 grams of protein per day. The older a cat gets, the more protein it needs (say, cats aged 10-12 need 6-8 grams of protein per every meal). Vets say that high-protein food is not always the answer. If you serve natural food, include raw meat (chicken, turkey, beef, or rabbit) and eggs – those are the primary source of protein for cats. This is the basics of cat nutrition: by following them, you ensure a proper growth and development of muscles.

2) Fiber

Fiber is important for ensuring healthy digestion and metabolism. When you define how to make cat food, figure out what will serve as the source of fiber. Some cats love eating vegetables, while others chew berries and fruits. Consult with a vet and find out which sources of fiber will be fermentable for a cat – you need to find the products that won’t cause gas, diarrhea, constipation, and other adverse effects.

Also, you can consider serving animal-based fibers which are present in the form of ligaments, cartilage, tendons, bones, and fur of prey animals. If your cat is sensitive to both plant- and animal-based fibers, consider switching to wet cat food. 

3) Fats and carbs

Although fat leads to obesity, it’s essential for absorbing vitamins and minerals. Besides, it’s used to absorb fatty acids, which are important for reproduction, wound healing, and healthy skin and coat. Besides, fat and carbs both serve as the source of energy.

An adult cat needs about 5 grams of fat per day. When it comes to carbohydrates, there are no exact numbers given, but the science suggests that they should not exceed 2% in food. When you switch to homemade food, both fats and carbs will be contained in meat. If your cat is prone to obesity, choose lean meats like chicken or turkey breast. If your pet is undernourished, it can gravitate towards fatty pieces of meat. 

4) Vitamins 

Here comes the most challenging part since it’s hard to estimate the amount of vitamins in homemade food. Yet, you should be aware which vitamins are essential for felines:

  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin K
  • Vitamin B1, B6, B12
  • Riboflavin
  • Folic acid
  • Niacin
  • Pantothenic acid
  • Taurine 

How to make sure all of them are present in your cat’s diet? Consult with a veterinarian and make up a plan. If some elements lack, you’ll need to give vitamin supplements to your pet.

5) Minerals

Here is the list of minerals that should be present in cat’s diet:

  • Calcium
  • Phosphorous
  • Magnesium
  • Sodium
  • Iron
  • Manganese
  • Selenium
  • Iodine
  • Chlorine
  • Potassium
  • Zinc
  • Copper

In the same manner, you should discuss the cat’s diet with a veterinarian and find out how to include all of these elements in the food served.


Ingredients to avoid

Now when you decide how to make your cat food, you should consider one more thing: what should be avoided. We know that some manufacturers add products that might be potentially dangerous and allergic to cats.

These include:

  • Soy and wheat. Both of them are serious allergens for cats. Some owners don’t even notice the signs of allergy caused by wheat-originated gluten, but those can be bothersome for pets (skin irritation, itching, etc.). Do not add wheat fiber to the cat’s food – it has the same properties.
  • Peas and pea fiber. Although many manufacturers add it as the source of protein, peas have no proven positive effect on the cat’s health and might be allergic to some of them.
  • Corn. Although corn is rich in protein, many crops are genetically modified. There has been no study on the long-term effect of GMO products on cats’ bodies, so it’s better to avoid such products.
  • Some fruits, veggies, and berries: avocadoes, cranberries, tomatoes, zucchini, red apples. Those might be allergic (the reaction is individual, you should watch your pet’s reaction). 
  • Non-specific meat and meat by-products. Any form of animal matter (organs, skin, fur) is not a good source of protein and fats – there might be an imbalance of these nutrients when a cat eats by-products only. 

1. Homemade cat food recipe with chicken and rice

*In this and next recipes we’ll be using Pure All – one of the best vitamin/probiotics/joint complexes on the market.

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Easy Homemade Cat Food with Chicken and Rice

Jimmie O’Chutt
Easy-to-cook recipe of homemade cat food with chicken and rice
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Servings 1

Ingredients
  

  • 85 g baked dark chicken meat
  • 50 g boiled white rice
  • 30 g boiled potato
  • 4 g olive oil
  • teaspoon Pure All

Instructions
 

  • Mix all these ingredients together and the meal is ready.
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2. Homemade cat food recipe with beef and rice

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Homemade Cat Food With Beef and White Rice

Jimmie O’Chutt
Fast and easy recipe of well-balanced cat meal with beef and rice.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Servings 1

Ingredients
  

  • 83 g boiled beef avoid seasoning and salt
  • 50 g steam cooked white rice
  • 30 g mashed potato no butter and salt needed
  • 4 g sesame oil
  • teaspoon Pure All

Instructions
 

  • Just blend all the ingredients.
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3. Homemade cat food recipe with pork and rice

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Homemade cat food with pork and wild rice

Jimmie O’Chutt
Fast recipe of homemade cat food for cats who love pork
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Servings 1

Ingredients
  

  • 83 g oven cooked pork avoid fat pork such as jowl, neck or ribs
  • 50 g cooked wild rice
  • 30 g cooked sweet potato
  • 4 g safflower oil
  • teaspoon Pure All

Instructions
 

  • All you have to do is to blend all these ingredients.
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4. Homemade cat food recipe with tuna and rice

Homemade cat food with tuna and rice

Jimmie O’Chutt
You should definitely try this recipe if your cat loves tuna and fish
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Servings 1

Ingredients
  

  • 83 g canned or boiled tuna
  • 50 g cooked white rice
  • 30 g mashed sweet potato
  • 4 g fish oil
  • teaspoon Pure All

Instructions
 

  • Blend all the ingredients and the meal is ready to be served.
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5. Homemade cat food recipe with salmon and rice

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Homemade cat food with salmon and brown rice

Jimmie O’Chutt
This one will fit the picky eaters who love salmon.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Servings 1

Ingredients
  

  • 83 g steam cooked salmon no seasoning or salt
  • 50 g steam cooked brown rice
  • 30 g mashed potato
  • 4 g olive oil extra virgin
  • teaspoon Pure All

Instructions
 

  • Blend these ingredients and serve the meal to your cat.
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6. Homemade cat food recipe with chicken and oatmeal

homemade cat food

Homemade cat food with chicken and oatmeal

Jimmie O’Chutt
If your cat doesn't like rice too much, you can try this recipe.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Servings 1

Ingredients
  

  • 83 g steam cooked/boiled chicken dark meat
  • 50 g boiled oatmeal
  • 30 g mashed sweet potato
  • 4 g safflower oil
  • teaspoon Pure All

Instructions
 

  • Blend the ingredients and serve the meal to your cat.
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7. Homemade cat food recipe with beef and oatmeal

Homemade cat food recipe with beef and oatmeal

Jimmie O’Chutt
A perfect homemade recipe for cats that love beef
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Servings 1

Ingredients
  

  • 83 g boiled beer no salt or seasoning
  • 50 g boiled oatmeal
  • 30 g mashed potato
  • 4 g sesame oil
  • teaspoon Pure All

Instructions
 

  • All you have to do is mix all these ingredients and your cat's meal is ready.
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8. Homemade cat food recipe with pork and oatmeal

homemade cat food

Homemade cat food with pork and oatmeal

Jimmie O’Chutt
If your cat loves eating pork – you should definitely try cooking this easy recipe
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Servings 1

Ingredients
  

  • 83 g steam cooked / oven cooked pork avoid fat pork such as neck
  • 50 g steam cooked oatmeal no seasoning or salt
  • 30 g mashed potato no butter or salt
  • 4 g sesame oil
  • teaspoon Pure All

Instructions
 

  • Mix all these ingredients and serve them fresh to your cat.
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9. Homemade cat food recipe tuna and oatmeal

homemade cat food

Homemade cat food with tuna and oatmeal

Jimmie O’Chutt
Is your cat a tuna-lover? Try cooking this fast recipe for your feline!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Servings 1

Ingredients
  

  • 83 g steam cooked / canned tuna no salt/seasoning
  • 50 g cooked oatmeal
  • 30 g cooked sweet potato
  • 4 g olive oil extra virgin
  • teaspoon Pure All

Instructions
 

  • Mix all the ingredients right before serving the meal.
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10. Homemade cat food recipe with salmon and oatmeal

homemade cat food

Homemade cat food with salmon and oatmeal

Jimmie O’Chutt
Is your cat a real gastronome? He might like this recipe with salmon!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Servings 1

Ingredients
  

  • 83 g steam cooked salmon
  • 50 g cooked oatmeal
  • 30 g cooked sweet potato
  • 4 g safflower oil
  • teaspoon Pure All

Instructions
 

  • Mix all the ingredients
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FAQ’s

How to get my cat to eat homemade cat food?

It will be easier to switch a cat from canned (wet) food to raw or cooked. Typically, the transition takes about a week. You start serving food in 20/80 ratio, then 40/60, 50/50, and replace the old food gradually. However, the process of transition may take months – don’t give up. Some pet owners suggest starting with raw/cooked food treats, such as chicken wings.

What ingredients are in homemade cat food?

Typically, homemade cat food is made of raw meat (chicken, turkey, duck, rabbit, fish, pork, lamb), liver, salmon oil, eggs. Optionally, cat owners add vitamin complexes, salt, potatoes, brown rice, and vegetables/fruits. 

How to store homemade cat food?

Usually, it’s stored in a refrigerator. Cooked food lasts 24-72 hours since the moment of preparation. If you serve raw meat, you can store meals in the freezer and defrost them before the moment of serving. Frozen food is stored for months without losing its nutrients and properties. 

Can I make homemade dry cat food at home?

Yes, it’s possible to cook healthy dry cat food at home. Slow-baking technique is the best for this purpose because it allows preserving nutrients and maintaining crispy consistency. The recipes and techniques are described in our separate guide.


At the end of a day

Feline family members have their special nutritional needs – you should consider them when choosing the diet. Cats living on all-natural products are less prone to diseases of the intestinal system and kidneys, not mentioning that it allows carnivores to truly enjoy the meals. Now when you know how to make wet cat food, maintaining the proper balance of nutrients becomes simpler. But before you decide to switch your feline friend to raw or cooked meals, it’s important to consult a veterinarian – a specialist will help you figure out a perfect formula for your pet.

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