Saturday, January 16, 2010

I made cat food!

The cat food project was a success!  All of the cats, except Zoom, loved their homemade cat food.  Here's my recipe for a 3-week supply:

6 cups finely chopped chicken (use the food processor!)
1 cup cottage cheese
about  a 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
1/2 cup cooked brown rice
1/2 cup cooked peas and carrots
3/4 cup chicken broth
1 Tbs nutritional yeast

Place one whole chicken (I used a 5 lb organic chicken) in a stock pot and cover with water.  Bring to a boil then reduce heat to a simmer.  Cook for about 2 hours or until done.
Remove skin and bones from chicken.  Chop chicken in a food processor.  

In a bowl mix cottage cheese, pumpkin, peas and carrots, about 3/4 of a cup of the chicken broth, and yeast.  Add mixture to food processor and puree.  Add cottage cheese/veggie mixture to chopped chicken and mix well.  Serve.  

I put a weeks worth of the cat food in the fridge and put the other 2 batches in the freezer.   I plan to feed this to the cats only two times this week because I want them to ease into their new diet.  I'll serve each kitty a little less than 1/4 cup twice week this week, then three times a week next week.  Yesterday, I just gave each one a heaping tablespoons to see how they liked it and to make sure it didn't make anyone ill.  It's much richer than their usual dry food diet.  

My friend Tom has had his cat on a home made diet of chicken livers, boiled eggs, and peas in the ratio 4:1:1.  He says his cat loves it and it's much cheaper than the prescription diet they were on, and much healthier.  If you opt for the chicken liver diet, make sure you buy organic chicken livers because commercial chicken livers are full of toxins and certainly won't improve your cat's health!  

1 comment:

  1. The estimated cost of yesterday's batch of food is $12. Not bad for a 3-week supply of healthy food for 5 cats!