9 vet-approved cat food recipes you can make at home

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Making homemade wet cat food is a great way to give your kitty the best possible nutrition. It’s also a great way to save money and reduce waste. If you are looking for a way to make your beloved cat healthy and happy, then homemade wet cat food is the solution.


If you want to start making homemade cat food, you’ve come to the right place. We’ll discuss the benefits of homemade cat food and how you can make it a part of your pet’s diet. Homemade cat food is a great way to ensure your kitty stays healthy and happy. You can control what ingredients are in the food and have peace of mind knowing that all the ingredients are safe for your cat to consume.

What Is Homemade Cat Food?

Homemade cat food is pet food made by a pet owner for their pet. It is not commercially available. The ingredients are known and controlled by the pet owner. It is made in a home kitchen, and no preservatives are needed because no processing is required.

How to Make Homemade Wet Cat Food

You can make homemade cat food by boiling raw ingredients, but be sure to cook them until the meat is no longer pink. This will help prevent bacteria from growing in your cat’s meal.

To feed your feline friend, put a small amount of food on a plate or other flat surface and allow her to eat at her leisure. Do not be surprised if she does not eat much at first as some cats may take time to get used to new foods. If she has any issues with the consistency or texture of the food, add some water and let it sit for 15 minutes before serving again.

If you want to give your cat something tasty that looks good too, try making meatballs or patties in advance so they’re ready when you need them! You could also freeze leftovers in single-serving portions so everyone gets their own personal bowl (and prevents fights over what looks like “more than enough” servings).

When purchasing ingredients for homemade wet cat food recipes: stay away from beef because it contains too much cholesterol. Avoid pork because it has more fat than beef does; chicken is best because it has less fat but still tastes good–but turkey would work just fine too!

Is Homemade Cat Food Healthy?

Homemade cat food is a great option for many reasons. The first and most obvious reason is that it’s cheaper than buying commercial wet cat food. You can save as much as $50 per month (or more) by making your own homemade cat food, depending on how much you spend on your pet already. Homemade cat food also provides an opportunity to make nutrient-rich foods tailored specifically to your pet’s needs, which may be different from the average feline diet. If your kitty has any allergies or other health issues, homemade cat food will allow you to adjust their diet accordingly and make sure they’re getting exactly what they need!

Finally, when it comes down to it – making homemade wet cat food is just plain fun! Who doesn’t love watching their pets gulp down some fresh-made treats?

Things to Know Before You Make Your Own Cat Food

Before you make your own cat food, you need to know your cat’s nutritional needs.

  • Allergies – Some cats have allergies and will have a reaction if they eat certain foods.
  • Eating habits – Does your cat like his food dry? Or does he prefer wet? Do you feed him at a certain time of day or night? Make sure you’re feeding him what he likes best!

Once you know these things, it should be easier for you to pick out an appropriate recipe.

What ingredients are in homemade cat food?

  • Meat – Chicken, beef, pork, liver, fish, and organ meats are all great options. If you’re worried about your cat developing food allergies, try switching between a variety of proteins.
  • Eggs – Organic eggs should be used if possible, as they are lower in cholesterol than non-organic eggs. Your cat will also benefit from the extra vitamins and minerals found in organic eggs compared to commercial cat food brands that use non-organic ingredients.
  • Vegetables – You can use any type of vegetable for this recipe; just be sure to remove any seeds or tough parts before cooking them up for your kitty’s next meal! The key is to choose vegetables high in fiber so that they help keep their digestive system running smoothly as well as provide a nutritional boost!
  • Fruits – Cats love sweet treats just like humans do (and sometimes even more)! When picking out fruits for this recipe make sure that there aren’t any pits or seeds inside since these parts could cause harm if consumed by an animal too small to handle them properly

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9 Homemade Wet Cat Food Recipes (Vet Approved)

I’ve put together a list of recipes for homemade cat food. These recipes are approved by veterinarians and my cats absolutely love them!

Salmon recipe

This recipe is good for cats who like fish. If your cat does not eat fish, try one of the other recipes in this article.

To make this food:

Use a high-quality canned salmon that contains no additives or preservatives (it should be marked “no salt added”). If you can’t find canned salmon without any additives or preservatives, you may use fresh salmon instead; just follow these steps:

  • Rinse off the skin and remove any bones.
  • Chop it up with a knife or food processor until it is less than 1 inch square in size. This makes sure that smaller pieces will pass through your cat’s digestive system and keep them healthy!

Turkey and chicken

Turkey and chicken are two of the easiest meats to find in any grocery store, so they’re great first choices. You can also use other meats such as beef or fish. Once you’ve chosen your ingredients, all you have to do is mix them together and let them sit for a few hours. Then, feed it to your cat!

Repeat this process until your cat is full (though be careful not to overfeed; that’s how cats get sick).

Fish and broccoli

  • 2 cups cooked broccoli, chopped into bite-size pieces (about half a head)
  • 1/2 cup fish, cooked and drained (you can use canned tuna or salmon for this recipe)
  • Mix together the broccoli and fish in a bowl. If you want to make sure your cat eats all the food, add a few drops of water to it and mix again until everything is evenly coated with water.
  • Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve; keep refrigerated for up to 3 days

Beef and tuna

The beef and tuna homemade recipe for cats is a favorite among our readers. It’s easy to make, and your cat will love the taste. You can also use this recipe as a baseline for other recipes, or as an inspiration to create something new entirely.

  • 1 pound ground beef (or turkey)
  • 3 tablespoons of tuna flakes

Mix the ground beef or turkey with three tablespoons of tuna flakes in a bowl. You can add any additional seasonings you like: salt, pepper, garlic powder—whatever you want!

Chicken recipe with veggies


  • 2 cups cooked chicken (shredded)
  • 1 cup carrots (diced)
  • 1 cup peas or sweet potato (diced)
  • 1 cup spinach or broccoli florets (chopped)
  • 1 cup cauliflower florets (chopped)

Instructions: In a large bowl, mix the ingredients together. Add water, broth, or milk until desired consistency is reached. Add salt and pepper to taste.

What Are the Risks of Homemade Cat Food?

There is some debate about whether homemade cat food is as dangerous as some veterinarians and pet owners believe it to be, but the risks are undeniably real. Cats can develop nutritional deficiencies from eating an imbalanced diet that does not contain the correct balance of carbohydrates, fats, proteins, and vitamins. They can also develop gastrointestinal issues if they are fed a diet that contains too many carbohydrates or highly processed ingredients like cooked meat or grains. The potential health problems associated with feeding your cat a homemade diet include urinary tract infections (UTIs), skin issues such as dermatitis, dental issues like periodontal disease, and even behavioral problems such as aggression.

Benefits of Homemade Cat Food Recipe

Preparing homemade cat food recipes is a great way to ensure that your pet’s diet is tailored to its needs and that your cat is receiving a balanced cat food diet. You will have more control over the ingredients of the food as well as their quality and quantity.

You can make sure that your cat receives all the nutrients it needs by adjusting recipes to fit different requirements. For instance, if you want to give your feline friend some extra calcium or Vitamin D, these can easily be added into the mix without affecting its taste or texture too much.

It’s also possible for pet owners who are concerned about calorie intake to cut back on how much kibble they feed their cats by making their own wet food at home. This means local stores won’t always be able to offer low-calorie options for those with cats who need them!

How to store homemade cat food?

Now that you’ve made your cat food, it’s time to store it. Just like with human food, it’s important to keep your homemade cat food in the fridge. If you don’t have room in the fridge or just prefer to keep it on the countertop, make sure that the container is covered so no bugs or other animals can get into it. You can use an airtight container for this purpose, or even a zip-top bag if you want a cheaper option.

When storing homemade wet cat food in your refrigerator, make sure that you put it at least 4 inches from any appliance (like a freezer) as well as anything else that gives off heat (like an open door).


Now that you’ve learned how to make homemade wet cat food and all about the benefits of this diet for cats, let’s recap everything you should know before switching your pet’s food. We highly recommend that you consult with your vet before changing your pet’s diet, especially if they have any health concerns. Remember: cats are carnivores, which means they need a balanced diet of protein and fat with minimal carbohydrates. That said, a homemade cat food recipe is easy to do and can be cheaper than store-bought wet cat food.

That said, it’s important to first consult with your vet who will be able to guide you on what type of ingredients are best for your particular feline friend based on their health needs and age. If they approve homemade wet cat food as an option to try out then we hope this article has given you some great ideas!

This article originally appeared on CatBandit.com and was syndicated by MediaFeed.org.

6 smart lessons your cat can teach you about sleep


One restless night, when sleep seemed to elude me with every stroke of the clock, I found myself staring at my cat Parker. I felt a slight pang of jealousy at how easily sleep came to him. Even in the most peculiar spots, he finds just the right conditions to drift off into sleep.


A house cat can average over 16 hours of sleep a day. There’s a reason why we call them “cat naps” and not “dog naps.” It dawned on me that I was living with a sleep expert. To learn some important lessons about sleep, I had to look no further than my cat.


Here are some things Parker, my personal sleep guru, has taught me over the years.




This one’s a no brainer. I thought I knew this until I realized that I wasn’t prioritizing my sleep enough. I was letting trivial things get in the way. My cat, on the other hand, will cuddle up into a nap whenever and wherever he sees fit, even if he blocks my view of the TV.


Making sleep a high priority means arranging your day around it. It means turning off the TV and putting the phone away at least an hour before bedtime.

That next episode or after-hours email can wait.


Sleeping with intention is a thing — and cats are very good at it.




Spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle once said, “I have lived with many Zen masters, all of them cats.”


Cats always seem to be in a perpetual state of meditation. Whether they’re peacefully perched on a windowsill or stalking an unsuspecting bird, every part of them is buzzing with the present moment. I can guarantee they’re not thinking about a clumsy move they made hours ago. They’re fully in the here and now. This is why Parker never has any trouble catching a quick cat nap whenever the opportunity arises.




It’s all too easy to get bogged down by to-do lists and the chaos of everyday life. Our pets remind us to give ourselves permission to press pause. Doing things purely for the sake of fun not only helps us unwind, but it also helps us get out of our head (see previous lesson) and release stagnant energy.


Playtime sets us up for better sleep — and a better life.


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Cats don’t require a lot to relax. We really should take cues from their constant state of contentment.  Keep things simple before bedtime. Don’t overindulge at dinner, skip the late-night snack, declutter your space. Say no to “just one more episode” of that docuseries.


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My cat may not take bubble baths before bed, but he always indulges in a relaxing grooming session after dinner. I, too, have learned how soothing a self-care routine can be to wind down the day. Whether it’s a nightly skincare routine or a short yin yoga session, carving out time for mindful self-care can make all the difference when it comes to getting better sleep.


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Cats are very in tune with their bodies. They stop eating when they’ve had enough, take a nap when it beckons them and take every opportunity for a good stretch.


Through the daily hustle and bustle of human life, it’s all too easy to lose this sacred connection with our bodies. We mindlessly scarf down too much food too fast, we push past the point of exhaustion, we ignore telltale signs our bodies are sending us to slow down.


So the next time you see your cat enjoy a leisurely stretch, let it be a reminder for you to take the time and do the same.


Spoil your kitty with the comfiest sleep surface possible. Here’s how to choose the best pet bed for your cat.

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