Pork chunks Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1lb of pork tender loin
  • 1 Tbsp (can go up to 2 if your cat is prone to constipation) steamed pureed veggies e.g. squash, zucchini, or home-grown oat/barley/rye/wheat grass from seeds or canned pumpkin
  • 1682 mg calcium carbonate or 3/4 heaping teaspoon of eggshell powder (ESP) assuming ~2000 mg elemental Ca per tsp ESP or or a bit less than 1.5 tsp of bone meal powder
  • 1-2 egg yolks (this will also take care of iodine and Vit D to some extent); if you have long-haired cats, I'd go with 2 because the lecithin in yolk helps with hairballs. Optional - can add in lightly cooked white of same eggs if your cats like the taste.
  • 1/8 capsule of Thorne B-Complex Formula #12 (least stinky cat-safe one on the market) OR 1/16 capsule of Jarrow B-Right "Low Odor" (be watchful for nausea)
  • Carlson/NOW/Source Naturals Taurine powder, or any capsule brand - at least 1,000mg, even 1,500mg if you want
  • Vitamin E - 2 400IU; GNC Natural E 400 100% natural D-alpha capsules (note: no other GNC E is soy-free, just this one) OR Dr. Ron's Unique E OR Carlson Laboratories d-alpha Gems OR Natural Factors Clear Base E. These are the only 4 products forum members have been able to verify are soy-free (this caution includes similar products from even these brands).
  • 1/2 tablespoon unflavored Gelatin or collagen powder as a proxy for cartilage
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dulse (has lower iodine levels than Kelp) to provide trace minerals and support thyroid function
  • Home-made meat broth or water as needed to make it easy to mix e.g. 2-3 oz, want to keep it a bit sticky to ground meat adheres to the chunks
  • Vit A - 2000 IU & Vit D - 200 IU OR Cod Liver oil in lieu of Vits A and D e.g. Nordic Naturals brand soft gel or liquid (doesn't quite match up to A & D but we have to work with the brands out there so..) Vit A is to adjust for liver not being a part of this recipe; if using pork liver and 2 egg yolks both A and D can be skipped
  • 1-2 Tablespoons of animal fat (since pork can be quite a bit lower in fat - anywhere from 8 to 17% fat - compared to a mouse e.g. from duck, beef, or pork trimmings or ghee made from cow/buffalo milk
  • *Omega-3 - at feeding time

Preparation:

  1. Run about 10 or so chunks through a regular food processor, or strong blender, no need for meat grinder. Leave rest of chunks as-is. If using a larger amount of meat than 1lb, grind about 5% of the meat (in ounces) e.g. for 5lbs of muscle meat, grind 4oz leaving 4lb 12oz in chunk form.
  2. Mix all ingredients together including ground meat & veg/grass as well as cut-up chunks
  3. Portion out into small glass jars.

Practical and General Notes: