Healthy Organic Recipes for Your Cat Including Raw Feeding!
Recipes for Nutritious Meals
Today we are going to talk about how to make Healthy Organic Recipes for Your Cat! There are several recipes available which range from homemade pate to dehydrated “raw” feeds to a full-blown raw diet and then more simple recipes like salads and soups that you both can enjoy.
As cat parents, we strive to provide the best life possible for our cats and we can do this by maintaining our feline on a healthy diet, plenty of water, exercise, and toys.
Cats are curious creatures as you well know, we need to keep their lives full of entertainment, maybe go to a movie and dinner.. you know.. cat date night?… haha just kidding... just seeing if you were paying attention!
Anyhow, let’s get to cookin', shall we!
Healthy Organic Recipes For Your Cat
Homemade Salad for Your Cat
Healthy organic recipes for your cat to enjoy! Felines! Today we are serving a delish entre’ that will make you purr all the way up to the top of your cat tree! With fresh Alfalfa Sprouts tossed with shredded Zucchini, a wonderful treat that you can share with your cat parents!
Homemade Cat Salad that you and your cat can enjoy together for lunch! With all the playing and having fun aside. This is a delightful treat that will tantalize taste buds and leave you both wanting more...
Soon your cat wakes up from her catnap and she’s going to be starving. Especially If your feline doesn’t have access to the grass outside. Then this is the recipe for you! The following are healthy organic recipes for your cat to enjoy!
Healthy Organic Recipes – Need for Greens
Scrumptious Feline Salad
—– Ingredients —–
- 1/2 Cup Alfalfa Sprouts – chopped
- 1/4 Cup Zucchini – grated
- 2 tbsp. Chicken Stock
Wash all the vegetables before use then mix the ingredients together except for the stock. Paw it all together, throw it up in the air then catch it! Naw… just kidding!
Toss the mixture together in a bowl and then add the chicken stock before serving. Your cat will love this and so will you! You may store in a sealed container in the fridge for 3 days.
Welcome to a tasty, healthy natural feline salad and you can also make a bigger salad if you want, that way the two of you can have some together!
For a little variety, add chicken breast chunks or tuna or some ground turkey bites!
Essential Nutrients a Cat Needs
Nutrients found in Zucchini:
- Vit. K
Helpful hint: For a little variety, add shredded chicken breast or tuna or some ground turkey bites! Cats love all kinds of meat, especially chicken and whenever I make chicken the cats come runnin’ because they want some. Chicken is rich in protein and most cats love it and crave it!
If you have a sick kitty, feed them chicken soup for cats and remember when we were little Mom would make us chicken noodle soup when we didn’t feel good? The same goes for our furry children. When they aren't feeling good… serve them chicken soup! (without the noodles of course)
Healthy Chicken Soup for Your Feline
Did You Know
You can blend the prepared mixture in a blender until it looks like a pate mixture. Serve with a cat salad on the side! So yummy!!
Chicken Soup Recipe
- 1/2 Cup of Boiled Chicken (reserve broth)
- 2 tbsp carrots (washed and steamed) cut into small pieces
- 2 tbsp broccoli (washed and steamed) cut into small pieces
Boil the chicken until tender and then drain the broth (be sure to save the broth) and cut the chicken into bite-size nibbles. Add all the ingredients together in a bowl. Serve warm. The carrots and broccoli contain high levels of antioxidants and fiber which are beneficial to your cat! And leftovers may be stored in a sealed container or ziplock baggie for 3 days in the fridge.
For a change of pace, blend the prepared mixture in a blender until it looks like a pate mixture. Serve with a cat salad on the side! So yummy!!
Healthy Organic Recipes For Your Cat – Tuna & Chicken Delight
Tuna & Chicken Delight
—– Ingredients —–
- 1/2 Cup Chicken (pre-cooked) reserve stock for the salad
- 1 Can of tuna in oil ( reserve the oil)
- 2 tbsp. each – carrots and broccoli (cooked and mashed)
- 2 tbsp. organic cooked rice (cook until slightly tender)
Mix all the ingredients in a blender. I used the NutriBullet Blender! It works really well and you can blend all ingredients until you get the consistency that your cat likes, now you can add more chicken stock until you get the perfect pate' consistency or you can make all kinds of different textures in this great blender- when you finish blending everything together, let it cool before serving it to the kitty. With this blender, it is easy to clean up for use for the next day.
Serving size: 1/2 a cup.
It can be stored in a covered bowl in the fridge for 3 days.
This blender is purfect to make all kinds of healthy food for your cat!
Time to Serve Up Some Beef!
Beef Dinner Delight!
—– Ingredients —–
1 Cup Lean Ground Beef (cooked & drained)
1/4 cup steamed brown rice (cook until tender)
6 tbsp Minced Alfalfa Sprouts
3/4 Cup Small Cured Cottage Cheese (safest cheese for cats)
Sprinkle Missing Link Powder or catnip for extra nutrition.
Cook and drain the beef, cool completely. Mix all the ingredients together in a medium-size bowl. You can also blend to make it pate' and warm it up just a bit so your cat will smell the aroma. She will absolutely love it!
Serving size: 1/2 a cup. *Leftovers may be stored in a covered bowl in the fridge for 3 days.
Homemade Foods for Your Cat
Helpful tip: after browning the ground beef, put the meat in a strainer/colander then rinse with water to get the fat off the meat. Freeze the rest in a ziplock bag (thaw in the fridge overnight for the next meal.)
Feeding your cat’s homemade food is an awesome alternative, and should be included with their regular diet. Not everything we make will have enough of the essential nutrients and nutrition our cats need.
Add the homemade foods to the commercial food that you usually feed them and that should balance things out plus, it will help your cat to adjust to homemade foods and remember Commercial foods are available in dry kibbles, semi-moist and canned. But what do I choose what's best for my pet?
After browning the ground beef, put the meat in a strainer/colander then rinse with water to get the excess fat off the meat. Freeze the rest in an ziplock bag (thaw in the fridge overnight for the next meal.)
Be aware of Commercial Foods - Check those Lables!
These products differ in:
- Water content
- Protein levels
- Caloric density
How Its Made - 123 Dog and Cat Food- This video was made a few years ago, I just wanted to show you how it's made.
Dry Cat Food
It contains 10% water and depending on specific formulation, a mixture of combined ingredients in bite-size pieces.
Ingredients may include:
- Meat and/or meat-by-products
- Poultry and/or poultry-by-products
- Grain and/or grain by-products
- Fish meal
- Fiber sources
- Vitamins and minerals.
Flavor enhancers (animal fat) are sprayed on the dried kibbles to make the food more appetizing to your cat. Store the kibbles in an airtight container to keep it fresher for longer and avoid the flavor enhancer from becoming rancid.
Semi-Moist Cat Food
The primary ingredients are:
- Contains 35% of water
- Meat and meat-by-products
- Soybean meal
- Cereals (umm are you reading this… terrible isn’t it!)
- Grain by-products
Most cats like semi-moist foods better than dry food. Store it in an airtight container or baggie to maintain freshness and to prevent the food from becoming rancid!
The moisture content is at least 75%, making it a great dietary source of water and that canned cat foods generally feature meat, such as kidney or liver, and whole meat-by-products as their primary ingredients.
Canned food is the most expensive type of cat food, has a long shelf life when unopened and needs to be refrigerated after it’s been opened to maintain quality and prevent spoilage. Some brands may be nutritionally incomplete, and it’s important to read nutrition labels.
Commercial food is what we grew up feeding our pets and It’s what our mothers fed our childhood pets. I do, too, and so do my kids. Then there are some pet parents who enjoy making homemade cat food for their cats. It is expensive and time-consuming.
But although it is a bit costly, add homemade meals to their regular diet your cat's health depends on you to get the most beneficial foods for our pets. There are pet parents that prefer to feed their cats or (dogs) a raw meat diet!
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Healthy Organic Recipes for Your Cat! – Raw Feeding!
Raw feeding is another alternative: this is best for your cats and is full of natural nutrients found in raw meat and believe it or not they do crave raw meat Yes, the need for raw meat is hereditarily passed down from the big cats in the wild straight to your little ball of fur.
All cats are carnivores by nature, changing their regular diet over to a raw meat diet is perfectly fine. Because the food enzymes found in raw meat help maintain good oral health, digest easily and enhance bowel movements.
Cats who are fed a raw diet have stronger immune systems, are healthier than cats fed with store-bought foods.
Now, this diet can be very expensive and can be susceptible to Salmonella Bacteria contamination but no worries because there are steps that you can take to keep you safe and kitty as well.
Healthy Organic Recipes for Your Cat! – Steps That You Can Take
There are steps that you can take to prevent bacterial contamination, and the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) suggests the following:
- Freeze the raw meat before cooking it. (thaw in the fridge before using)
- Disinfecting all surfaces touched by the raw meat before and after preparations
- Clean your hands and utensils after touching the cat food.
- The key to any transition is patience… the transition can be fast or very slow.
- Start by mixing the prepared raw meat in with your cat’s regular food until raw meat is the only food that you’re giving them.
- It’s important to gradually increase the amount because cats can get diarrhea if they’re transitioned too fast.
- No worries though, their bodies will adjust.
- Kittens can be fed this diet as soon as they’re weaned from their Mama’s teat and they shouldn’t have any trouble accepting this diet.
Did You Know?
It’s important to gradually increase the amount of raw feeding because cats can get diarrhea if they’re transitioned too fast.
Benefits of Raw Feeding
There are some breeds such as the Serval or Bengal that need to be on a raw feeding diet. They crave raw meat and will eat it with no problem.
Raw feeding helps your cat:
- Stimulates her appetite and improves digestion
- Relieves allergies and supports the immune system
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Revitalize their skin and coats
The heavy processing of commercial cat food can diminish the nutritional value in the foods they eat.. Raw feeding is the most “natural-in-the-wild” diet plan for your pet and if the preparations and the time it takes to transition your feline into a raw diet is too much for you. Then have I got news for you!
I found an alternative that I am planning on trying and it takes less time than complete raw-diets plans and is nutritionally sound for your cat.
Stella & Chewy's Freeze-Dried Raw Dinner Morsels for Cats
Easy Healthy Organic Pre-Made Diet
It’s fast and easy and your cats will love it and It has excellent reviews and pet parents notice a difference right away! I will definitely get this one for Sammie! For cat parents who don’t have the time to prepare fresh, healthy meals they can turn to Stella & Chewy!
“Made from sustainably-sourced ingredients and raw protein, this recipe starts with 98% cage-free poultry, organs, and bone—offering the benefits of raw food nutrition with the convenience of freeze-dried preparation.
And to ensure the highest quality, each batch is made with care in the USA in Stella & Chewy’s own kitchen.” -Stella & Chewy
About Stella & Chewy’s
Maria wanted to bring the same prey model diet to other pets and she soon created innovative food safety measures to create her own version of raw pet food— Stella & Chewy’s frozen and freeze-dried dinners and mixers that you can give your cats. (available for dogs too)
Healthy Organic Recipes for Your Cat!
Remember it does take time but it is worth it, in the long run, to help your cat grow and flourish by giving them the best diet possible!
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.
© 2020 Donna Rayne