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
200g (1 cup) raw ground heart*
100g (1/2 cup) raw pureed liver*
236ml (1/2 cup) water
2 raw egg yolks
2 Tbsp. edible bone meal
1/2 tsp. iodized “Half Salt” or “Light Salt”
2000 mg Salmon oil
2000 mg Taurine
400 IU Vitamin E
(*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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|12. Without too much vigor, evenly stir the muscle meat into the blend of the other ingredients.|