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Tofu for Cats

Updated on January 29, 2012
A cat enjoying tofu
A cat enjoying tofu

Say goodbye to stinky wet cat food. Serve tofu!

Cats are protein-hungry little monsters. If you flavor tofu appropriately, your feline friend will gobble it up.

Here are three easy tofu recipes for cats. Each recipe is very nutritious and easy to prepare. No cooking required!

Tips about feline nutrition are provided after the recipes.

Recipe #1: Tofu & Egg

This recipe includes tofu for protein, oil for healthy skin and joints, and egg yolk for extra nutrients. Simply mash together the following ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of firm tofu
  • 1/4 yolk of a hard-boiled egg
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil or canola oil

This cat food recipe makes enough for one or two meals. You can double the recipe and save food for a day or so.

If you save some tofu for later, be sure to keep it tightly sealed and refrigerated. Tofu goes bad quickly.


Recipe #2: Tofu & Avocado

This recipe is almost as easy as opening a cat food can. It's nutritious too: the tofu provides protein while the avocado provides Vitamin E for healthy skin and a shiny coat.

You will need:

  • 1/2 cup of firm tofu
  • 1 small avocado

Mash the ingredients together and serve. Prepare for purrs!


Recipe #3: Tofu & Kelp

This recipe contains ingredients that most Americans don't normally use: kelp, dulse and nutritional yeast. You can get these ingredients at natural food stores.

Mash together:

  • 1 block of firm tofu (12 ounces)
  • 1 tbsp of nutritional yeast (it tastes cheesy)
  • 1 teaspoon of kelp
  • 1 teaspoon of dulse (that's a seaweed snack)
  • 1 tbsp of olive oil or canola oil

That's it! Serve the meal and watch your kitty go crazy.

Nutrition for Cats

Would you like to abandon processed cat food? Homemade meals can support a cat's long and healthy life. However, you need to educate yourself about cat nutrition. Omitting certain nutrients from a cat's diet can be fatal. Fortunately, there are now multivitamins for cats! These even make it possible to raise a healthy vegetarian cat.

What's in a cat vitamin? Most cat vitamins include taurine along with calcium and other familiar nutrients. Taurine is an amino acid that's essential to healthy vision. Unlike dogs and people, cats can't synthesize the compound themselves. That's why it's important to give taurine supplements if your cat isn't catching mice or eating other meat. Also, cat vitamins may contain ingredients to help regulate your kitty's PH. That's because meat and vegetable proteins have different acidities. Vegetable protein that isn't balanced with a supplement could cause a urinary tract infection.

If you decide to feed your cat exclusively homemade meals - vegetarian or not - be sure to consult with a veterinarian. Then you can provide an ideally balanced diet.

Got Cat Recipes? Share Them Here!

Got vegetarian cat food recipes? Please add them to the comments below.

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    • SantaCruz profile imageAUTHOR

      SantaCruz 

      4 years ago from Santa Cruz, CA

      Thank you, Lisa. Avocado is a main ingredient in several brands of cat food I've seen. One is called Avoderm. http://www.avodermnatural.com/Cat_Foods/index.htm

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      Lisa 

      4 years ago

      I've read many articles saying avocados are toxic to cats, so I would do some research before trying that.

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      Aaron 

      5 years ago

      Haha! Found this page and made the tofu, avo, and nootch recipe (minus the kelp - didn't have any). Cats totally dig it! Thank you!

    • Larry Fields profile image

      Larry Fields 

      6 years ago from Northern California

      SantaCruz, thanks anyway. I'm a picky eater. And I only eat dog biscuits as a side-dish with roadkill.

      By the way. I was serious about the dulse. When I'm in the mood, I can buy a small package of dried dulse leaves at my local health food store. They're a tasty, salty, high-fiber snack.

    • SantaCruz profile imageAUTHOR

      SantaCruz 

      6 years ago from Santa Cruz, CA

      Thanks for the link report, Larry. Maybe you'd like my dog biscuit recipes :-).

      Yes, the cat multivitamins include arachidonic acid (an Omega 6 fatty acid). Some cats also need supplementary arginine & niacin.

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      Larry Fields 

      6 years ago from Northern California

      Voted up and interesting. I'm more of a dog-person, partly because of my cat-hair allergy.

      At the moment, my computer is suffering from indigestion. The cat-multivitamin link is not going where it's supposed to.

      Anyway, cats are not able to manufacture arachidonic acid (AA), which is an essential nutrient for them. That's one reason why cats are considered to be obligate carnivores. Mice, birds, and spiders can make their own AA. Supposedly, there's an exotic herbal source for AA as well.

      By the way, I also enjoy eating dulse.

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      truthfornow 

      6 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      I'll give it a try to see if my baby will eat it. Thanks for the idea.

    • Nancy Owens profile image

      Nancy Owens 

      6 years ago from USA

      I didn't know cats like tofu! I'll have to try one of the recipes.

    • KathyH profile image

      KathyH 

      6 years ago from Waukesha, Wisconsin

      Hmmm. Interesting! I don't know if our cats would go for these, but some might! :) I have one cat that LOVES butter and the other one LOVES strawberry jam, maybe I could try mixing those with tofu! ;) Voted up and interesting.

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