My homemade cat food recipes are formulated to meet the nutritional guidelines set by the NRC, AAFCO, and FEDIAF for adult cats.

I focus on whole food sources of nutrients, protein variety, PMR ratios, and no synthetic supplements.

I’ve listed quick bullet points for my homemade cat food recipes below. Plus answers to FAQ.

✅ Homemade cat food recipe overview:

  • 6 raw boneless options
  • 3 raw meaty bones options
  • Complete for healthy adult cats
  • No substitutions
  • For US + CA residents only

Bundle and save:

  • All 9 recipes (2 recipes are free in the bundle)
  • Switch to Raw eBook + workbook (ebook + workbook are free in the bundle)
  • Cat Care Binder (all 3 binder colors are free in the bundle)

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Homemade Recipe FAQ:

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Why buy a recipe when I can use a free recipe online?

You’re more than welcome to use a free recipe instead! This might be a better option for complete beginners.

However, I’ve found that many free recipes online are different variations of the same recipe. And/or they include inappropriate ingredients for cats.

Additionally, most of these recipes do not provide a nutritional analysis.

I’d suggest reaching out to the recipe creator to confirm the recipe is formulated to meet the nutritional guidelines set by the NRC, AAFCO, and/or FEDIAF.

All of my recipes are formulated to meet the nutritional guidelines of all three organizations. And I provide a nutritional analysis of the recipe along with NRC, AAFCO, and FEDIAF minimum and maximum nutrient levels.

My cats are picky. What if my cats don’t like it?

Most cats are picky about food changes regardless of the new food’s quality. So we need to transition to new foods slowly.

Please use my Switch to Raw eBook + Workbook: printable version, digital version. Watch the video below to see how my transition plan works.

Buy the ebook + workbook: printable version, digital version.

Or buy the bundle to get all 9 recipes (2 recipes free), free ebook + workbook, and free cat care binders: printable version. Digital version.

Fresh or freeze-dried meats?

You can use freeze-dried hearts, green tripe, gizzards, liver, etc. if you cannot buy fresh ingredients locally. However, this is not ideal in the long run.

Please rehydrate with water before making the recipe.

A good rule of thumb is to take the total wet weight that you need and divide it by 3.5. This is the amount of dry weight that you would use to rehydrate.

For example, if you need 7.5 ounces of total wet weight…

7.5 / 3.5 = ~2

You would weigh out 2 ounces of the freeze-dried ingredient. Then rehydrate with water. Keep it in a sealed container in the refrigerator for a few hours until it is fully rehydrated.

Weigh the rehydrated amount to make sure you use the correct amount in the recipe.

You can save leftover water to mix in with the supplements.

Can I substitute the ingredients/amounts?

No. The recipes are complete as is.

What if I can’t find bone-in salmon/sardines?

You can use boneless and skinless if that’s all you can find that is canned in water with no salt added. Calcium comes from raw meaty bones and Better Bones.

Are the supplements necessary?

Yes. The recipes are complete as is.

Why do you use Better Bones for dogs?

I use Better Bones as a natural source of calcium to bring the recipe to the proper Ca:P ratio.

It is formulated for dogs. However, the only ingredient is freeze-dried beef bone powder. This is safe for cats!

But the supplement itself is sold for dog consumption and includes instructions on the label intended for dogs. Do not follow those instructions. Cats are not dogs. Instead, follow the amount in the recipe that you purchase.

Think about it like this…

A human-food supplement company would say, “Our supplements are formulated for humans”. That’s the intended use according to the label. And dosage instructions are intended for humans.

But most cat food recipes use human-food supplements because the ingredient itself is safe for cats. We just dose down according to what’s appropriate for our cats.

I also like Better Bones because they clarify where the bone comes from. Most bone meal supplements do not. Or it’s a synthetic source of calcium.

What about too much iodine in kelp?

The kelp product that I use in my recipes provides a nutritional analysis including iodine content. It is true that this amount may vary from batch to batch since this is a whole food.

However, the iodine amount in all of my recipes is right at the minimum recommended level, and it is under the maximum safe upper limit.

Other recipes may use iodized salt. But iodized salt is bleached, stripped of natural minerals, extremely processed, and has added synthetic iodine. Some may also have anti-caking agents.

I prefer to use whole food sources of nutrients in my recipes. After all, isn’t that the reason we’re ditching processed food for homemade?

This study and this study both show prolonged use of iodized salt causes thyroid disorders in humans.

Where do I buy the supplements?

Supplements in my homemade cat food recipes are only available in the US and CA. You will have to buy most of them online.

You can get all supplements except Aquatic Greens on Amazon US

Amazon CA sells Girme’s wheatgrass, kelp Sea Seasonings, freeze-dried beef green tripe, and nutritional yeast.

iHerb ships to US and CA:

Shop directly with each company…
All ship to CA unless noted otherwise:

Girme’s is an Indian company that only ships locally from its direct website. Nava Fresh is an online store located in the US that sells Girme’s wheatgrass powder.

Yes, you can use the K9 Natural beef tripe for dogs for your cat.

What about vitamin A toxicity from too much liver?

None of my recipes exceed the vitamin A maximum safe upper limit set by the NRC, AAFCO, and FEDIAF.

The amount in the recipe and nutritional guidelines from each organization are listed in the recipe analysis vitamins page (included with every recipe).

Can I feed this one recipe long-term?

Ideally, you would feed multiple recipes to provide variety. Introduce one new recipe at a time.

Can I feed mixed proteins in one meal?

Yes. Wild cats consume 5-7 proteins to complete their diet.

This could include mice, rats, voles, other rodents, rabbits, insects, birds, reptiles, invertebrates, fish, and other mammals. This study proves it.

Do you have chicken-free recipes?

Yes. I have 2 recipes that do not include chicken and egg yolk.

And I have 1 recipe that does not include chicken meat, but it does include chicken egg yolk.

All 3 recipes are boneless. The bone replacement supplement comes from beef bones.

Chicken-free and egg-free recipes:

Free from chicken meat but includes chicken egg yolk:

What if I don’t have a grinder for bones?

You can buy any of the 6 boneless recipes.

Or you can buy any of the 3 raw meaty bones recipes and feed your cat whole, raw meaty bones.

Boneless recipes:

Bundle and save 44% ~ 6 boneless recipe bundle.

Raw meaty bones recipes:

Bundle and save 25% ~ 3 raw meaty bones recipe bundle.

What about bacteria and pathogens?

Practice the same food prep and cleaning methods as preparing human foods.

General advice:

  • Buy meat ingredients from clean, trustworthy sources
  • Practice proper food safety hygiene when prepping and serving food
  • Wash your hands after you clean the litter box

Veterinary advice from survey results:

  • Don’t mix dry food with raw (most cat parents do not clean dishes regularly when feeding dry food)
  • Feed a variety of proteins (most cat parents who do this are more experienced and educated on raw feeding)
  • Prepare raw cat food in the same area with the same utensils as human food prep areas

The veterinary conclusion from survey results: confirmed pathogen transmission from MP diets (raw) to humans appears to be rare

We conclude that potential or probable cases of pathogen transmission is likely dependent upon hygiene and food safety measures, and more education surrounding food safety should reduce risk.

Additionally, the FDA says that salmonellosis is uncommon in cats and dogs. The issue, again, is proper human hygiene.

Can I cook your recipes?

No. The recipes are complete as is and must be fed raw.

How do I make homemade cat food?

Please read how to make homemade cat food. Or watch the video below.

Also, watch the video below to see how I make one of my boneless recipes for my mom’s 4 cats.

Note: I’ve made changes to this recipe since I published the video.

I added egg yolk, nutritional yeast, aquatic greens, and kelp. And I removed vitamin E oil.

Buy the recipe here.

Where can I buy your recipes?

My Etsy shop.

Bundle and save:

  • All 9 recipes (2 recipes are free in the bundle)
  • Switch to Raw eBook + workbook (ebook + workbook are free in the bundle)
  • Cat Care Binder (all 3 binder colors are free in the bundle)

Buy the bundle: Printable version. Digital version.

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