Homemade Cat Food

English: Female grey tabby and white cat resti...

English: Female grey tabby and white cat resting on a box of cat litter. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Just when you think that I might have gone too far, I do.  Homemade cat food has become one of my favorite finds and surprisingly enough it is so simple to make that nearly anyone can do this.  Of course, this begs the question: Why?  I’ll give you three reasons.

  1. We have five cats and we were going through about a large bag of food a week plus a large box of cat litter a week.  The cost was out of control.
  2. Not quite sure how this happened, perhaps it’s another indication of menopause, but my sense of smell has gotten less tolerant of pop and peep from the cats.  It was to the point that I would have easily considered getting rid of them if we didn’t do something soon.
  3. In order to keep the cost of food down, I was resorting to less than nutritious cat food which I’m sure had an effect on them.

The results:

  1. I now buy a large bad of cat food every two months just as an occassional meal.  The cat litter is now bought once every 2-3 weeks.  The homemade cat food actually reduces the amount of pop and peep from the cats so the need for litter is not as great.  The cost to make the homemade cat food is about the same as before but the other advantages far outweight this one.
  2. The homemade cat food causes the cats to smell less and therefore the smell of the litter is far less.  We try to clean the box out once or twice a day but now even if we go two days without cleaning it out, there is no smell.  In the past I had to use baking soda to tone down the intensity of the litter box but now we don’t even use it.
  3. Overall the cats seem to love the food and act more like puppies dying for their next meal.  Their coat is shinier and there is less loss of fur all over the house.

So now that you have seen the benefits, hopefully you will try this too.  I’ve done this recipe a couple of different ways but this seems to work out the best.  I know that you can use the meat raw with the cats but I’m not a big fan of this so I choose to cook it.

In a crock pot, combine:

  • 5 cups of water
  • 2 cups of uncooked white rice
  • 1 small bag of carrots
  • 5-6 filets of frozen fish or you can use chicken either with or without bones

Cook on high for 4-6 hours.  Remove the bones if needed, put everything into a mixer until mashed.  At the pet store, look for some cat vitamins in powder form and add to recipe.  Serve to your hungry cats and refrigerate remainder until needed.  This makes enough for about 5 days of food.