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Make Your Own Easy, Healthy, Natural Raw Cat Food

Updated on June 14, 2013
Cats are meant to eat raw meat.
Cats are meant to eat raw meat.

Why Feed Cats Raw Natural Foods?

Cats are obligate carnivores.  This means they need to eat meat to survive and thrive.  Their teeth are made for ripping meat and catching prey.

According to the Merck Veterinary Manual, cats have no discernible need for carbohydrates.

And yet, most cat foods are 30% protein, and 70% everything that's not protein.  They are made with corn, rice, wheat, and potatoes, things that no cat would eat in large quantities in the wild.

The high amounts of carbohydrates can cause diabetes and high stress levels.  Think of humans eating too many sugars (carbs).  We get stressed and can get diabetes as well.  The high carbs in cat food also collect on the teeth and gumline and create dental problems.

Cats are desert creatures meant to get their water intake from the flesh of their prey.  They are not supposed to drink water from a bowl (my cats drink water maybe once a week).  Water issues lead to crystals, kidney problems, and urinary problems, as well as constipation and hairballs.

It's very easy to make a balanced diet for your cat.  Why not try today?

You Will Need:

  • Bone meal or seaweed calcium for pets (both available on Amazon)
  • Chicken Livers
  • Ground turkey (frozen 1 lb. bullet packs are about buck at Aldi)
  • Solid Gold Seameal
  • 100% Pure canned pumpkin (not pie filling); not absolutely necessary, but good if you want to give your cat a little bit of fiber

"Plastic Bullet" packs of ground turkey are cheap at Aldi.
"Plastic Bullet" packs of ground turkey are cheap at Aldi.

Step One:

  • Thaw the ground turkey.
  • Remove it from the wrapping.
  • Put it in a container (preferably one that has a lid).

Step Two:

  • Take two chicken livers (4 lobes).
  • Cut them into very small pieces. I use meat shears for this.
  • Add them into the container with the turkey.

Step Three

  • Measure out 1 teaspoon each of pumpkin and calcium and 1/2 a teaspoon of seameal.
  • Add these to the container as well.
  • Mix everything together well with a fork.

The cat stole my heart...
The cat stole my heart...

Step Four

See if your cat will eat this.

Many cats are addicted to kibble (nicknamed "kitty crack" by raw feeders), and they may need an extra push to make the switch. Some cats take months to completely make the switch.  With cats, patience is key.

Tips for switching your cat to raw:

  • Stop the all-day-buffet.  Feed your cats twice a day and leave food down for half an hour.
  • If your cat like wet food, it may be easier to transition him.  Mix a tiny, tiny bit of the raw into the wet food.  Add a bit more each day.
  • Try leaving a plate of raw on your table or counter, as if it were yours.  Some cats like to steal food they normally wouldn't eat from their own plates.
  • Put a tiny dollop of raw food in the cat's dish, but a bit apart from the dry food.  It gets the cat used to the presence of the food.
  • Mix tuna fish juice into the raw,
  • Make a well out of the raw mix.  Fill that with kibbles and use it as a bowl.  The cat may well sample the raw while trying to get to the kibbles. 

Add Variety

  • Skip the seameal some weeks.
  • Feed chunks of different raw meats occasionally. I give pork, chicken, and beef, and their organs (liver, heart). Chewing large chunks of meat helps keep teeth clean.
  • Once a week, feed sardines, tuna, or other canned fish.

Variety adds different nutrients and keeps the diet balanced.

What do you feed your cat(s)?

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    • MoRita profile image

      MoRita 4 years ago from IL

      Glad it helped, Sharicey!

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      Sharice 4 years ago from Rhode Island

      Great hub! Just the info I needed. Thanks.

    • Dolores Monet profile image

      Dolores Monet 7 years ago from East Coast, United States

      This looks like a great idea. While reading the label on my cat food, I was shocked at the low percentage of protein (40%). I sometimes feed our cat cooked, chopped chicken and he loves it.

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      MoRita 7 years ago from IL

      Thanks, Lee. Glad it helped. :0)

    • leeberttea profile image

      leeberttea 7 years ago

      That's good to know and a quick read!