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9 Homemade Cat Food Recipes (Vet Approved)

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Home-made cat food is the best way to make sure your beloved kitten is eating good quality food. Please keep in mind that it does need to be enriched with a good quality vitamin/mineral supplement to ensure a completely balanced diet so that meets all their health requirements.

To be sure you provide your cat’s daily supplements, the easiest way is to buy a ready premix and add it to each batch in the quantity recommended on the package.

Calcium can be obtained from a bone meal supplement. This can be either a nutritional-grade bone meal, finely crushed eggshells, or a calcium lactate supplement. If you are feeding growing kittens, bone meal is recommended—and remember, their calcium requirements are higher than in adult cats.

Cats need to consume 250 to 500 mg of taurine per day. Recipes that contain hearts and livers are rich in taurine, and that is why we love them. Cooked meats lose taurine content, so make sure to include those hearts. Additionally supplemented taurine is recommended to ensure the daily needs are covered. We do recommend moderation in the case of liver because too much liver over time can cause excess accumulation of vitamin A.

B complex is a collection of B vitamins that also need to be added into a homemade cat’s food recipe to ensure this is properly balanced. Using lite salt instead of regular salt is another supplemental ingredient that will aid your kitty in receiving adequate levels of iodine in its diet. Creating your own cat food is a sure way to know the exact ingredients of your cat’s food. Learning which foods are the most beneficial for their carnivore diet as well as supplementing any vitamins they may need is the key to a happy, healthy, and long life for your feline.

Whether you are new to preparing cat food or are a seasoned vet—these simple yet effective recipes cater to the various needs (and wants) of most cats! Among these 10 feline favorites, there are five raw cat food recipes as well as five cooked cat food recipes. Learning how to make cat food is simpler than ever! Be sure to look for any diet restrictions these recipes may have if your feline has sensitivities, kidney disease, or requires special senior food!


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Homemade Cooked Cat Food Recipes

Preparing cat food with the ingredients you find in your kitchen, both new and scraps, is a simple way of ensuring your cat is receiving a healthy and delicious diet. These five homemade food for cats recipes include various types of meat, veggies, grains, and supplements sure to keep your cat nourished and satisfied!

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1. Our Favorite Easy Salmon Cat Food

Can Cats Eat Salmon

Salmon Cat Food Recipe

This recipe is sure to be an excellent choice for most cat owners as it is free of gluten, dairy, sugar, nuts, and soy and is freezable. Plus, it's easy to double (or triple) to make enough to keep in your freezer!
4.60 from 5 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Blend Time 5 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Servings 6 cups


  • Blender or food processor
  • Storage container


  • 2 cups cooked salmon boneless
  • 2 tbsp steamed broccoli
  • 2 tbsp fish oil
  • 2 boiled eggs


  • Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl or food processor.
  • Blend until the mixture is even.
  • Divide your homemade cat food into individual portions.
  • Store leftovers in the refrigerator or freezer.
Keyword cat food, cat food recipes, homemade cat food, salmon
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2. Tuna Ball Cat Food Recipe

There is a name for cats who simply cannot get enough tuna—Tunaholics! This hearty cat food recipe is one to keep on hand as your cat is sure to hang around the kitchen and meow at your feet to request for more. These ingredients are likely ones we always keep in our pantry which makes this a simple and easy go-to recipe, however, we do recommend replacing the breadcrumbs with ground flaxseed for a healthier version. Keep in mind that this particular recipe is not a complete or balanced diet so it is only meant to be given on occasion.

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3. Chicken & Vegetables Cat Food Recipe

The cat food recipe includes the classic combination of chicken and vegetables that even your cat will enjoy. Use an adorable baking mold or ice cube tray to portion and freeze any excess pate!

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4. Beef & Cottage Cheese Cat Food Recipe

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Finding a recipe as inclusive as this might just be nearly impossible. The main ingredient is beef, but is rounded out with rice, carrot, alfalfa, and cottage cheese!

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5. Turkey & Rice Cat Food Recipe

a fresh cut pair of turkey thighs
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Make the most of your turkey dinner by using the giblets as a fancy feast base for your cat’s meal. These nutrient-rich organs are an excellent choice for your feline’s diet. Your cat will be more than happy to see the turkey giblets in their dish at dinner time!

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Raw Cat Food Recipes

Choosing a raw diet for your cat is not for everyone but for those willing to take the dive – these raw cat food recipes will not disappoint. Ensuring your cat is receiving the proper nutrients is the number one priority when preparing your own cat food—this means adding supplements and occasionally leaving in the bones! Read on for 5 protien packed raw cat food recipes.

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6. Raw Cat Food Recipe with Meat, Organs & Vitamins

You can use a variety of meats, and their organs with this next meal. An unlikely ingredient included in this recipe is eggshells!

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7.  Raw Cat Food Recipe made with Chicken, Salmon & Bones

This raw cat food recipe is all meat—just what your cat was hoping for! It is also the ultimate surf and turf dish sure to please all cats alike.

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8.  Grain Free Chicken Raw Cat Food Recipe

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. Here is a perfect example of a protein-rich recipe.

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9. Chicken & Supplements

Here is another great alternative to a dry and otherwise boring cat kibble. A raw cat food recipe such as this would closely resemble that of an obligate carnivore, which a cat is!

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Conclusion: How To Make Cat Food

Testing our recipes and finding what works with your pet might be a process when it comes to creating your own cat food, but we hope that you see how simple it can be with these 10 great recipes for homemade cat food—of the raw and cooked varieties! We also hope you enjoyed learning how to make cat food of your very own.

Looking for more great recipes for your feline? Check these out!

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