Original Raw Cat Food Recipe

The following recipe is a very special one. It is a part of raw-feeding history. Developed by me, it was first distributed in printed form and then published online in 1997 from where it traveled around the globe via the internet in just a few years, and became a staple with cat owners world wide.

Since its conception and the last time it was published, the recipe has undergone some revisions based on new knowledge gathered during these past many years in the field of feline nutrition. Those familiar with it will recognize both what has remained the same and what has been omitted.

For private use only unless credit is given.

700g (1-1/2 lbs.) raw ground muscle meat WITHOUT bone
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200g (1 cup) raw ground heart*
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100g (1/2 cup) raw pureed liver*
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236ml (1/2 cup) water
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2 raw egg yolks
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2 Tbsp. edible bone meal
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1/2 tsp. iodized “Half Salt” or “Light Salt”
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2000 mg Salmon oil
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2000 mg Taurine
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400 IU Vitamin E
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(*ideally from the same species of animals as the muscle meat)
Yields ~10 days of food or 20 x 1/4 cup portions

You don’t need to add Vitamin A, B, or D, because these are naturally occurring in both the raw egg yolk and raw liver.

Do not add whole egg, but only the egg yolk. Egg white contains the enzyme Avidin which will make the essential B Vitamin Biotin unavailable to your cat.

Instead of Kelp, we add “Half Salt” or “Light Salt” to this recipe, which is readily available at your grocery store. It is a mixture of iodized sodium chloride and potassium chloride. It is easy to overdose iodine when using kelp on a small scale as in the do-it-yourself recipe.

Add 1 can of salmon, sardines, or mackerel packed in water as a source of Omega 3 fatty acids, instead of 4000mg Salmon Oil or an Omega 3 fish oil, if you wish.

It is your choice to add supplemental Taurine when using 200g heart meat in this recipe, because heart meat is a naturally rich source of this essential amino acid. However, when omitting heart meat and replacing it with “regular” meat (for lack of a better term), supplementation with Taurine is highly recommended.

Pictorial Preparation Instructions:

You will only need a few, basic kitchen utensils to measure, prepare and mix your ingredients.
The ingredients necessary for this recipe are readily available. Most can be obtained from your grocery store. Taurine is available as L-Taurine in capsules at Health Food Stores. Bone meal or MCHA Calcium is available at Health Food Stores. Addition of liver is essential. However, instead of adding heart you can add 900g muscle meat.
1. Separate the yolks from the egg white and drop the yolks into the bowl you intend to use for mixing this recipe.Egg white can not be fed raw, because it contains the enzyme Avidin which binds to the vitamin Biotin and thereby making it unavailable to your cat.
2. Puree the liver in a food processor.Many cats dislike eating little chunks of liver in the food. Pureeing also assures an even distribution of this highly nutritional ingredient throughout the food.
3. Add the water, cold.Give the egg yolk – liver – water mix a whisk.
4. Measure your dry ingredients precisely. Use a proper set of measuring spoons and measure level.
5. Pull apart the Taurine capsules to total 2000 mg.The Taurine bottle will indicate how much Taurine is in each capsule. A typical size would be 500 mg Taurine per capsule. You would need four capsules of Taurine in that case.
6. the iodized “Half Salt” or “Light Salt” is added as a source of Iodine and not Sodium.It is a blend of Salt with Potassium Chloride (Potassium) fortified with Potassium Iodide (source of Iodine). To avoid adding to much Sodium, I chose this product instead of iodized table salt.Do NOT use non-iodized salts, as this would defeat the purpose!
7. Cut into or poke each Salmon oil capsule and squeeze content into the bowl of the other ingredients.The Salmon oil bottle will indicate how much Salmon oil is in each capsule. A typical size would be 1000 mg per capsule. You would need two capsules of Salmon oil in that case. Do not use Cod Liver oil instead. If you can not find Salmon oil use a can of unsalted salmon or sardines in water instead.
8. Give the mixture another thorough whisk until smooth.
9. Add heart meat …
10. and combine with the previous ingredients until evenly mixed. I use the heart ground for the same reason why I recommend to puree the liver. However, you may choose to cut all the meat ingredients into small cubes.
11. Finally, add your muscle meat. I feel that ground meats create a nicely textured cat food which is easily digested by the cat and prevents the cat from possibly picking out only what s/he likes. If you wish to prepare this recipe using pieces of meat instead, please keep the pieces small for an even blend of all ingredients and to avoid your cat from throwing up hard to digest large meat chunks.
12. Without too much vigor, evenly stir the muscle meat into the blend of the other ingredients.
Done !
A 1/4 cup of finished raw meat cat food turned onto a serving dish. Doesn’t that look pretty?For storage, divide into daily portions or individual meals and freeze in small freezer containers, zipper-lock freezer bags, or ice cube trays.Thaw over night in the refrigerator or float in a sick of hot water for a quick thaw.