Keeping Cats Well-Fed

Your kitty is what s/he eats. What Hippocrates said - "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food" - is just as true for cats as it was/is for humans. A properly-fed cat is also a healthy happy cat who should be able to stay out of the vet's office other than for wellness checks.

As we have told (reluctant to feed raw) folks on my forum for years - spend money now on real food i.e. highest quality meat, or spend it later on vet visits especially if feeding poor quality commercial food.

All of a cat's needs should come from an almost 100% meat (including bones and organs in prey ratios) diet with no supplements. With the exception of accounting for the freeze-rethaw nutrient loss, any supplementation is purely for insurance as we have no knowledge of your particular meat sources or choices. If you can get freshly butchered/caught grass-fed meat, you do not need to add any minerals, vitamins, etc.

Buon Appetito!

Pre-ground rabbit with bones, head, feet, and organs

Several vendors sell the above in 1, 2, and 5 pound (lb) chubs/vacuum-sealed bags. To save on shipping, you can order a large amount. It will arrive in a semi-frozen state, at which point you can open up all the bags, prepare the mix, and then portion out to be frozen in glass canning jars.

Read more: Ground rabbit with bones

Because of our IBD-cat Pigpen who is allergic to poultry, we grind rabbits and deer. The other 3 cats eat cut-up cornish game hen (CGH) but at times prefer ground so we also grind CGH, guinea fowl (from local farms), and heritage turkey (at Thanksgiving). However, I am going to discuss chicken here because it is more readily available for most people. There are recipes on the site for chunked pork meat & pre-ground rabbit from a farm.

Read more: Ground Raw Meat Mix

Make your own eggshell powder (ESP) and bone meal powder

I used ESP and bone meal powder for my cat Pigpen who was allergic to chicken, duck, turkey, and game hen but thankfully not to their shells or their membranes. Over the 16+ years I have been running my list/forum, I have met far too many cats who are allergic to poultry. If your cat is allergic to poultry and won't accept whole prey, using ESP (substitute emu, quail, or ostrich for chicken eggshells) or bone meal powder still beats commercial food.

Read more: Home-made eggshell powder (ESP) and bone meal powder

Diet is the foundation of good health. So many of the diseases that afflict our cats these days e.g. allergies, urinary problems, obesity, inflammatory bowel disease, etc. can be traced back to a poor diet. An appropriate i.e. fresh balanced raw diet, will keep your cat happy and healthy. Unfortunately, what cats should eat (meat, bones, and organs in the ratio contained in small cat prey), and what is contained in commercial dry and canned cat food are not the same.

Read more: Why a Raw Diet?

Why a raw diet, and how to prepare it..

How to feed kitty right. Watch for additional articles on fiber, calcium:phosphorous, pre-made raw diets, etc.

Usually we recommend cats eat smaller prey with lighter bones, but Lee's Jespah has other ideas

Although this is a pro-rawfeeding site (and a lot more), we recognize that there are lots of reasons why it is not feasible for everyone to feed a raw diet. To that end, there are 3 articles in this category - one on a cooked diet for those not quite ready to make the plunge into a raw diet yet, one on how to go about choosing one of the better canned commercial cat foods, and another on the pitfalls of kibble.

All the extras such as preparing eggshell powder, meat broth/stock, and meat treats at home.