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6 Homemade Cat Gravy Recipes (Vet Approved)

Naturally, cats are carnivores, so daily servings of the same old kibble may not exactly motivate your feline’s appetite, and in most cases do not provide appropriate nutrition to your cat. Enriching their food with cat gravy can be the difference in encouraging your cat to maintain interest in their otherwise bland food and will help you add hydration to your cat’s diet. In addition, homemade gravy toppers can add to the protein content in your cat’s food making it a better option for a little carnivore.
As you can see, toppers are a win-win, and surely these cat gravy recipes will have your cat meowing for more.

To start, here is a simple and healthy broth recipe that any feline would enjoy:

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Easy Homemade Cat Gravy

Cat gravy is easy to make and incredibly affordable. Throw your meat leftovers into a pot with water and a little salt for a nutritious and delicious gravy your cat will love. Here's our favorite simple cat gravy recipe!
4.62 from 21 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Boiling Time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 5 mins


  • Large pot with lid
  • Strainer
  • Storage container


  • Leftover chicken, pork, or beef including skin, fat, and bones
  • Water
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt


  • Throw all excess portions of chicken, pork, beef etc. into a large pot—this includes skin, fat, bones—everything!
  • Fill the pot with water to the top & add in 1/4 teaspoon of salt.
  • Bring to a boil and turn down to medium or a soft boil. Place the lid of the pot on and let simmer for 2–3 hours, stirring occasionally.
  • Let cool. Strain so there is nothing left but the liquid. Portion out and freeze for a great yet simple gravy to place on top of your dry cat food.


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Once you’ve mastered our base recipe, you can start experimenting! If you are looking for something a bit more delectable for your sweet kitty, learn how to make cat gravy with these 6 nutritional recipes!

Once you have prepared the base recipe, please resist the temptation of giving the cat any bone. Please never give your cat a cooked bone!

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The 6 Homemade Cat Gravy Recipes

1. Pork Rib Gravy

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Start this cat gravy with a simple stock as we noted above and gradually transform it into an irresistible sauce that will have your cat purring!

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2. Chicken Liver, Gizzard & Heart Gravy

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Some of the most nutritious aspects of animal meat come from the organs! Create a simple yet healthy gravy with the hearts, gizzards, and liver of chickens!

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3. Cat Jelly

Now, this one may not be a gravy, so to speak, but it does have the same effect when it comes to adding a bit of a punch to your cat’s meal. Leave as it is and top with dry food, or chop it up and mix it in, and voila!

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4. Chicken Broth Gravy

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What came first – the chicken or the egg? Well in this recipe you get the best of both worlds. An irresistible gravy that combines hearty chicken pieces with a hard-boiled egg and rice!

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5. Mackerel Gravy

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This gravy is soley based on a fish stock (see what we did there!). As mackerel is the fundamental ingredient, your cat will be naturally craving this at each meal!

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6. Chicken & Carrot Gravy

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Carrots may not the most exciting ingredient when it comes to your cat’s preferred food, however, they will be distracted by the flavor of the chicken that they won’t even take a second glance at the carrots in this simple chicken and carrot gravy.

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Wrapping Up

As you might have noticed, each of these recipes yields much more than one cat should have in a single serving. Thankfully each is freezer friendly—so remember to portion them appropriately before freezing. This trick will be a game-changer each time you want to surprise your cat with a saucy treat!

We hope you enjoyed these quick instructions on how to make cat gravy—so much so that you’ll share them with your fellow cat enthusiasts!

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

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