homemade cat food recipe –stretch your dollars with healthy, inexpensive wet food supplements
“You can pay now or you can pay later.” That is a good adage for anyone who is feeding their kitty a diet of only dry kibble.
Don’t get me wrong, dry kibble has its place. Unless your kitty is unable to eat dry food, every cat should have a bit of dry kibble on hand daily in order to keep their teeth and gums in good shape (it scrapes the tartar off the teeth and keeps the bones that the teeth are embedded in strong). That said, a diet of only dry kibble will cause a host of problems when your kitty gets older in years –Translation: Sick kitty and high vet bills.
Cat food is expensive. With 31 cats to feed twice daily (and dry food munchies in between), I’m an expert on how expensive it is to feed cats a really healthy diet. So, I did a lot of research. I didn’t just go online (there is a lot of really bad advice out there, even from some veterinarians) before coming up with this recipe.
Recipe for 16 substantial servings:
1 cup of cooked rice
1/2 cup of cooked broccoli AND/OR cooked peas AND/OR cooked carrots –using just one will give you the 16 servings
1/2 can of tuna (cheapest brand you can find is okay)
1/2 can of wet cat food (we use Friskies Tasty Treasures)
Water as needed (we use the water from the cooked veggies)
In a food processor, blend the veggies and veggie broth (you can also blend the rice to make the mixture more like a pate)
Mix the tuna, cat food, and veggies into the rice
We top each serving with a tiny sliver of canned cat food (we use a Friskies pate version for the topping). A lot of our cats are not fans of the cooked carrots, many of them really like the peas and all of them are nuts over the broccoli. Try out the different veggie or veggie combos to see which one your cat will prefer. We were initially blending up the rice, thinking it would be easier to eat for our many kitties with teeth (and lack of teeth) issues but, quite by accident, we discovered that they have an easier time and like it better when we don’t blend up the cooked grains.
You can store the prepared mixture in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Because we have so many cats to feed, we double the recipe and use all of it per mealtime (and we cook it twice a day!). If you have only one cat, half the recipe above to get 3 days of human-grade tasty food for your kitty, loaded with vitamins and nutrients, and importantly, an aid to keeping your kitty hydrated.