Your pet cat needs protein, fats, vitamins and minerals from whole food sources rather than synthetic supplements to live a long and happy life.
Pet parents may opt to make homemade cat food recipes that prioritize nutritional balance, yet creating a diet to meet all your feline’s specific dietary needs can be challenging.
1. Salmon and Chicken Casserole
Comforting cuisine. This comforting dish combines flaked salmon with eggs and cream of mushroom soup, broccoli, peas and cheese as well as wild rice to add its unique nutty taste and texture.
Make a fast and easy weeknight dinner using canned salmon as it provides omega 3 fatty acids as well as calcium. Tuna may also be substituted in its place; just be careful to select low mercury fish species.
Preheat the oven to 350degF, buttering a baking pan before whisking the eggs. Whisk them with the cream of mushroom soup, dill and ground black pepper before mixing in salmon, peas and half the cheese; blend to incorporate. Spread into prepared baking dish before topping with remaining cheese and breadcrumbs before baking uncovered 30 to 40 minutes.
2. Chicken and Vegetable Pate
Combine chicken and vegetables using a food processor. Stir in some water or broth until it resembles pate cat food texture, and blend further for optimal results.
Make this dish part of a vegan charcuterie plate or potluck party spread, or enjoy as a quick lunch or fancy snack! Additionally, it makes an ideal addition to a vegan cheese board!
This recipe includes real chicken liver and ocean fish, along with fruits and vegetables like peas, asparagus and cranberries – providing your cat with plenty of protein to build muscle mass and dietary iron sources like egg whites.
3. Turkey Giblets Feast
Make mealtime an indulgent turkey-tastic experience with this classic pate cat food recipe. Packed full of juicy turkey giblets and delicious gravy, your cat will love this gourmet feast!
Giblets are edible organs found in poultry (like turkey, chicken and duck) that include liver, gizzards and neck meat. These organs can be chopped up and used in stuffing applications or braised and braised before being braised to form broths and soups.
This delicious recipe boasts whisker-licking turkey as its primary ingredient and offers 100 percent complete and balanced nutrition, complete with vitamins and minerals to support nose-to-tail well-being. Plus, its irresistibly flavorful taste combination and smooth pate texture will have your cat licking their bowl clean in no time!
4. Tuna and Pumpkin Drops
Cats are obligate carnivores, making it crucial that they eat high-quality meat products such as chicken. Chicken protein helps prevent obesity while providing essential vitamins such as selenium, vitamin A, and niacin. Incorporating organ meats like liver as an alternative source of nutrition like beef may provide more dental health benefits such as calcium and phosphorous intake.
Make this tasty recipe an addition to their favorite food or serve as an entire meal – always consult your vet first to ensure you’re meeting their unique dietary requirements, which may depend on age, gender and lifestyle factors as well as any special dietary considerations.
5. Cheese Squares
These delectable squares are an indulgent treat made from refrigerated crescent dinner rolls and Philadelphia Neufchatel cheese. You can prepare these squares a day ahead and keep them refrigerated until it is time to bake them, and also freeze well baked or unbaked for three or four weeks – adding vanilla extract and 1/4 teaspoon of coconut extract can boost their flavor further.
Unroll crescent dough onto the bottom of a 13×9-inch pan coated with cooking spray; press into an even surface while also pressing perforations and seams together tightly to seal. Beat cream cheese, vanilla extract and 1/2 cup sugar until well-mixed before spreading over dough; garnish with cinnamon as desired.
6. Holy Mackerel Treats
Mackerel are an annual summer staple in Atlantic Canada, appearing both on fishing lines and dinner plates in plentiful numbers. Additionally, their presence makes an annual Seafest competition in St John’s a highlight, where competitors attempt to toss them into buckets held outstretched in both hands.
CDKitchen offers delicious fishy treats made from canned mackerel, breadcrumbs, eggs and oil – baked until golden-brown then cut into bite-size pieces!
Broomstick Pet Treats’ training treats for cats are the ideal treat for cat parents looking for easy solutions for controlling hairballs and providing healthier alternatives to store-bought treats. Their ingredients are all-natural, providing a nutritious alternative.
7. Chicken and Rice
Cats are obligate carnivores, making it important to feed them meat-based diets. These DIY recipes help achieve this by mimicking the nutritional profiles of prey animals.
Chicken is an excellent source of high-quality protein that pairs easily with organ meats for extra vitamins and minerals such as selenium, vitamin B-6 and phosphorus. Plus it’s simple for cats to digest!
Once the rice has been prepared, combine it with butter and parmesan cheese before allowing it to cool before garnishing it with fresh parsley for a decorative flourish. This dish is especially suitable for older cats with sensitive digestive systems.
8. Fish and Asparagus
Fish and asparagus make for a classic pairing, and this easy recipe makes the pairing even better. Citrusy lemon and salty capers enhance this dish, while crunchy roasted asparagus brings additional texture.
Cook the fish skin-side down for 3-4 minutes per side in a large pan until golden and flaking easily when tested with a fork. Be sure to select an ocean-friendly option such as those certified as sustainable by Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program.
Make an Herb Sauce by mixing chopped parsley, chives, and dill with lemon zest, capers, olive oil, and seasoning as needed with salt. On each plate arrange one piece of fish followed by dousing each with herb sauce before serving.
9. Tuna and Chicken Casserole
Tuna Noodle Casserol RecipeThis classic tuna noodle casserole comes together quickly and effortlessly using ingredients readily available in the pantry and refrigerator. Mushrooms, tuna, peas, cheese and egg noodles combine in a creamy mushroom sauce before being finished off with a crunchy bread crumb topping for maximum flavour!
Make this dish ahead and freeze it; when reheated it’s even more flavorful! It makes the ideal dinner solution for busy families.
Skim milk makes this dessert lighter, though you could also opt for 2% or fat-free half and half. If you want an added crunchiness, add potato chips, crushed Ritz crackers or French Fried onions instead of panko.