Store the food cubes in a ziplock bag. It actually smelled worse than his feces. I have no idea how finely this company grinds their food but it is not as fine as the product mentioned above. Hearts – Hearts are a good source of taurine but chicken hearts are not as high in taurine as mouse hearts. January, 2010:  Merrick Beef Filet Squares for dogs – FDA warning issued due to salmonella contamination of these treats. If you are not using whole carcasses of chickens or rabbits but are using chicken parts instead, use all or mostly dark meat (thighs) since dark meat has a more appropriate amount of fat than white meat. I grind them so finely that this is not even a remote concern for me. I am still brushing his teeth every night. defecating outside of the litter box can also be a sign of constipation but it can also be due to other (behavioral and/or medical) issues. Add the eggs and beat well. Any questions about your animal's health should be directed to your veterinarian. They can always be added in later as a single change to the diet. Brushing your cat’s teeth is the best way to keep his teeth clean if he will not chew on chunks of meat but, honestly, even if they do chew on meat? Kelp varies in its iodine content but usually contains very high levels of this mineral. To repeat:  We are not looking to create a large, soft, stinky poop by using too much fiber! The dried bacon makes nice bacon bits for non-vegetarians. For a list of current recalls, please see truthaboutpetfood.com. strip the meat off of the bones leaving much of the skeletal structure of their prey behind. My CKD consultations take up approximately 2 hours of phone time since there is a lot to discuss if optimal CKD medical and nutritional management is desired. I purchased this pressure canner and now have homemade canned chicken, turkey, and rabbit cat food available for periodic feedings and for emergencies. Dry food (aka “kibble”), in addition to containing potentially deadly fungal toxins, contains a great deal of bacteria. Turkey seems to have a stronger smell than chicken which entices some cats. There is a name for cats who simply cannot get enough tuna – Tunaholics! You may be wondering what the difference is between the ground meat at the supermarket and the ground rabbit that I buy from wholefoods4pets.com. As much as we love our pets, sometimes we are so busy trying to make end meet and therefore have to buy packed food for the cats, it, therefore, won’t hurt to surprise your beloved cat with a nutritional feast once in a while when your schedule allows it.It doesn’t matter the type or age, of your cat, it is crucial to feed it very well with much emphasis on the nutritional content of the food. The bigger, the better. Gastrointestinal distress isn't the only thing to worry about with turkey skin, though. Ideally, the food should only be in the refrigerator (in a completely thawed state) for 48 – 72 hours so keep that in mind when choosing your container size. September, 2011 update:  For people who are unwilling or unable to purchase a grinder, I have finally ‘given in’ and added to the recipe section below the amount of bone meal needed to balance a boneless diet. No cat will want to chew on any type of food if he has a painful mouth! This site is not intended to replace professional advice from your own veterinarian and nothing on this site is intended as a medical diagnosis or treatment. As discussed above, I use chicken, turkey, and rabbit. See this link for an abstract that discusses the issue of storage mites that were found in 9 out of 10 bags of tested dry food. This subject is one of considerable debate among two – usually strongly divided – mindsets. I think that all cat owners should have it in their cupboard in the event that you want your cat to try something new or they are ill and not wanting to eat anything. Another good dietary option to promote dental health for your cat is to feed them gizzards. Therefore, if you decide that you don’t want to make your cat’s food, please feed canned food and keep the dry food out of your cat’s food bowl. Horses and cows, on the other hand, are designed to eat very high fiber diets. This is because garlic and onions destroy red blood cells in dogs (and cats). Unfortunately, most cats are not used to doing what nature intended for them and they may take some time to get used to gnawing on chunks of meat. There is no reason to be that extreme. The last thing you want your cat to do is bite into a highly concentrated area of bad tasting vitamins. So, what did I decide to replace it with? But, that said, in light of the possible contamination of eggs with salmonella, I would lightly cook the egg whites anyway. I cannot keep up with the task of posting all recalls/warnings/dry pet food-related animal deaths and human illnesses/deaths on this page. :>). Note that the first part of the stool (the dark part) is fiber-free and is firm and dry – just like what would be found coming out of a wild cat eating a natural diet. Multi-glandular supplement – I initially added this item but when Mad Cow disease surfaced, I discontinued using it. A couple of cats went for it right away and a couple of them just walked away. I am a stickler for using fresh bone versus bone meal or calcium carbonate. There is a very helpful page on the Raw Meat Cat Food Company website. If you cannot source potassium gluconate or citrate, the meat and liver have enough potassium in it for healthy cats. I would rather spend time making cat food than giving my cat insulin or cleaning up vomit or diarrhea from intestinal woes or dealing with any number of other diet-related problems that keep veterinarians’ waiting rooms full of sick pets. It is easier to get the uppers brushed than the lowers. Whether you are using pre-ground rabbit with additional ground boneless poultry meat and skin, or chicken/turkey thighs that you have ground yourself, it is now time to combine the. Adding in some poultry lowers the price of the food since poultry is cheaper than rabbit. For me, this is unacceptable – especially when feeding cats – since grains have no business in their diet to begin with. One of the most important issues to address when feeding a homemade diet is the calcium-to-phosphorus ratio. Since cats don’t generally chow down on much plant material, this is also a negligible source of fiber. This meat then sits in the refrigerated section of the meat department. Many people use pumpkin (canned – plain….not pumpkin pie filling with added sugar and spices) but some cats do not like it. If you would like to read more comments regarding pet food recalls and the issues with commercial pet food contamination – especially dry food – see below. The deviations in their processes and documentation could result in under-processed pet foods, which can allow the survival and growth of Clostridium botulinum (C. botulinum), a bacterium that causes botulism in some animals as well as in humans. September, 2011 update:  Since writing this page many years ago, I have pushed heavily for the use of fresh bone (versus bone meal) as a calcium source. 1 teaspoon of bacon fat is 38 calories. As much as I would love to buy organic, it is just too expensive when feeding multiple cats. Pour the mixture into a small non-stick frying pan and cook on medium-low heat until done. For instance, kidney disease can cause dehydration which, in turn, can lead to constipation. Front to back, front to back, front to back….trying for ~8-10 swipes. First of all, if you haven't already purchased your bird, be sure to read all about how to buy a turkey and how to safely thaw frozen turkey. (I hate chunking meat but since switching from using a knife to using a pair of sharp scissors, this task is not as annoying.) Here are some comments regarding the Weston #12, along with comparisons to the Tasin meat grinder: It is faster – maybe twice as fast as the Tasin TS-108. It would not take much time for the reader to do their individual cost analysis based on the meat they choose to use and their source. Dr. King is a fabulous writer and her book is a very enjoyable and easy-to-read essay discussing how she feeds her own beloved dog and why.). Keep in mind that it was a very sad day when humans deemed that protein is an enemy of the cat – including patients with chronic kidney disease. After I am sure that all of the supplements are thoroughly dissolved in the water, I mix the slurry into the ground up meat/skin/liver and then portion it into containers and put it in the freezer. Both of these fish oil products have 300 mg of EPA + DHA per capsule. It is not difficult to make cat food but do your homework first and do not get ‘creative’ and start adding/omitting ingredients to/from a balanced recipe. In the ‘old days,’ megacolon cats (cats with abnormally large colons with compromised motility) were routinely treated with high fiber diets. However, these arguments do not  take into account the fact that this vegetable matter is pre-digested by the prey’s own enzymes – enzymes that are lacking in the cat. (Some cats that have had pancreatitis do better on a low fat diet.) Set up your grill/smoker to cook at 175º-180ºF using a heat deflector. I prefer purchasing B-Complex tablets instead of capsules since the powder inside the capsules often gets ‘gummy’ and will not pour out. The diet that I choose to feed is very basic. I remember feeling a great sense of relief knowing that my cats were eating a diet that I had personally sourced and prepared for them – and that feeling continues. In a nutshell – before I go into more detail below – I grind up meat, bones, skin, and liver. Although we sneak a few grains into their diet from time to time, cats can benefit from a grain free diet as they are carnivores. However, I have since decided to increase the safety of the diet and I now partially baking whole thighs to kill the surface bacteria. (The regular double ground still yields the bone size as shown in the picture above.). Here is a perfect example of a protein rich recipe. I should have started doing this years ago! A cat with a blocked urethra – which blocks urination – is in a tremendous amount of pain and their bladder can rupture, resulting in death within 24 hours. Puree brocolli, berries, kale, sardines and shredded squash. I will point out where I deviate from her methods and then you can decide for yourself how you would like to proceed. An unlikely ingredient included in this recipe is eggshells! Instead, I am using it as I would if I wanted to season my own food with salt and pepper. Plus, it is so easy to just grind the meat and bones together. This is hard on the motor and probably contributed to my Tasin’s final demise. Mix very well then portion into containers and freeze. Rabbit has a high bone-to-meat ratio and I want to dilute out that bone with some poultry meat/skin. This canned food also comes in handy if I have to be gone for 12 hours on a hot day. It is important to determine the answers to the above questions because constipation is not a ‘one treatment fits all‘ situation. You may struggle with feeding a cat who has kidney problems, as you do not want its condition to get worse. Fiber only comes from plant material – not animals. Read on for 5 protien packed raw cat food recipes. Some cats like turkey better than chicken. Meat is high in phosphorus but does not contain much calcium. Raw Cat Food Recipe with Various Meats & Bones, 8. This is because  FortiFlora is formulated using animal digest which is the same substance that pet food manufacturers coat dry food with to make it very palatable for cats and dogs. Making cat food is definitely not my favorite pastime and the sooner I can get out of the kitchen, the happier I am. (1 tablespoon = 3 teaspoons). Of course your cat has to have a healthy mouth to start off with when pushing the chewing issue. Unfortunately, humans just don’t recognize these illogical and unsafe diets as the cause of the pet’s illness. Even the one with three large holes ground the meat too finely to allow for any dental health benefits. Contrary to popular belief, the hair and feathers of their prey is not a source of fiber. If you must use your Tasin meat grinder for turkey thighs, I would recommend chopping or smashing the bones into smaller pieces to take some of the strain off the motor. This is not what we want for the average cat. I will say that if I had a dog, she would be fed the same diet that my cats are fed. Creating your own cat food is a sure way to know the exact ingredients of your cat’s food. Dogs differ from cats in that they are not true obligate carnivores. Many cats and dogs died as a result of this contaminated food. In other words, an average bowel movement from my cats is half this volume – or even less. While my grinder did process ~100 pounds of turkey thighs, I honestly think that this is expecting a lot from a grinder at this price point. Inception® Turkey & Herring Meal Recipe for cats is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) Cat Food Nutrient Profiles for all life stages. A consultation (via phone or Skype) can be scheduled but only after medical records – including lab work and your veterinarian’s physical exam/diagnosis/recommendations/treatment notes – are provided for my review. Go the cheat sheet route and save some of the canned pumpkin you might be using for a pumpkin pie and add it to your cat’s bowl. Please note that I prefer chicken liver over beef liver. hyperallergenic properties for some cats. Start by … Please see the Constipation section above for a more detailed discussion of fiber. Once your turkey carcass bone broth is fully cooked, strain, strain, strain. Check these out! Interestingly, Toby is one of my cats that does not like canned food. With regard to parasites, commercially raised meat (either from the grocery store or producer) is much less apt to be infected with parasites when compared to wild game. So you've decided to be in charge of the turkey this year? Kitten Food vs Cat Food: What’s the Difference. For people on the east coast, a rabbit supplier is  www.hare-today.com (814) 587-2178. Yes, your cat can absolutely share your turkey dinner — but with a few stipulations. In fact, I only use the CET toothpaste that I bought for Robbie as a treat after I brush his teeth. Hopefully you will do better for your cat. If you can follow a simple recipe, you can make cat food. I want to make it clear that the Tasin TS-108 will be just fine for the average household. Leave at least 3/4″ of head space to allow for expansion. One must also consider the cost of time involved when dealing with a sick pet. When I first started making cat food, I removed all of the skin – figuring that my cats are indoor-only and are not burning off as many calories as an outdoor cat would be. Please also see a very helpful pictorial section on Anne Jablonski’s website at catnutrition.org. Also, pumpkin is good! That way, any negative reaction can be monitored. I often get asked about acceptable bone size. I do not use it as the label states since I am not using it for its probiotic properties. Cover and bring to a boil over medium heat. Dry food is simply not a very healthy or completely safe diet to be feeding to any cat. I am not as smart as nature. Also, the 2007 Menu pet food tragedy that resulted in the deaths and severely compromised health of many cats and dogs left me with an even deeper desire to have as much control as possible over what goes into my cats’ food bowls. There is just only so much time I am willing to spend making cat food! Try mixing the new food with their existing diet of canned food at a ratio of 10% new to 90% old and then gradually increase the new diet from there. At my request, WF4P) offers an Extra Fine Double Ground product to appeal to my paranoia about bone size. Plus, his breath smelled awful! Note that the ground rabbit from wholefoods4pets.com comes with a lot of blood included (and the thyroid gland) which is why I use less Lite salt when making rabbit + chicken recipe. This meat comes to me in such a clean state so that it would probably be fine if left in the refrigerator for 4 days but I still package it in containers to be used up within 3 days of being completely thawed in the refrigerator. Start with 1/4 tsp once or twice daily and increase or decrease from there as needed. I am a walking disaster in the kitchen and it is my least favorite room in the house. do not take their cats in for dental cleanings/exams as often as they should. October 28, 2008:  Mars Petcare US is yet again recalling another salmonella-contaminated dry food manufactured at one of their facilities. The bones must be ground with the meat (preferable), or another source of calcium + additional supplements must be added to the recipe if only meat is used. Keeping dry food in the refrigerator will help with the issue of heat but that still leaves the oxidation issue unaddressed. I do not recommend the use of their “Special” formulation. It is a definite requirement when using only chicken or turkey parts – or any whole carcass that does not include a thyroid gland. The pro-raw feeders are afraid of nutrient loss from cooking/processing. When the typical prey of wild cats is analyzed, we see that there is a fairly wide range in the calcium-to-phosphorus ratio in these prey animals so we do have some leeway when dealing with this issue. Refrigeration slows bacterial growth but does not halt it. 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