Note: This will see some revision soon, but these recipes are basically sound and are what I’ve fed my cats for the last seven years. I highly recommend that you rotate between animal species and vegetables. The recipe with bone is far superior to the recipe without bone. I’m not a purist when it comes to feeding only certain types of prey, or feeding only one kind of prey per meal, but you’re certainly free to be as anal-retentive about that sort of thing as you want to be. It’ll be good food for the cats either way.

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Variation 1: Ground prey with bone + 10% vegetables

4 lbs. ground whole prey with bone (rabbit, chicken, turkey, lamb, whatever; if you don’t want to grind your own, check Primal, WholeFoods4Pets or Hare Today)
NOTE: If you’re feeding mostly rabbit, the liver and the vitamin E are not optional, because it’s far too low in the fat-soluble vitamins for long-term feeding
0.5 lb. heart, kidney and/or gizzard (preferably left whole for chewing benefits, but you can grind it up, too, if your cats are fussy)
0.5 lb. liver (ditto)
0.5 lb. vegetables (the only vegetables I’m comfortable using are winter squash, zucchini, celery and baby romaine because they’re least problematic for cats)—I like to prepare the vegetables separately and add them to the food just prior to feeding, but it’s certainly possible to add all the vegetables with the meat. You can also omit the vegetables entirely, or halve the amount.

Just prior to feeding, you’ll need to add, per 10 lbs. cat per day:
1 teaspoon nutritional yeast
0.5 to 1 egg yolk
1-2 tablespoons hot water (to rehydrate the food, and also to take the chill off)
1 tablespoon vegetables
Optional, UNLESS you’re feeding something extremely lean like rabbit: 500 mg fish oil
Optional, UNLESS you’re feeding mostly rabbit or only ground meat: 500 mg taurine

200 IU vitamin E once a week

  1. Mix all the meats together and put them into container sizes that make sense for your needs. I tend to put in 8 ounces (1/2 lb.) in at a time into small plastic containers, or sometimes 1 lb. at a time into 16-oz. yogurt containers, and then freeze them.
  2. Steam or roast the winter squash, if you’re using it. Pulverize all the vegetables together, divvy them up into little containers and freeze them. (I like using the condiment containers and putting in about 4 tablespoons at a time.)
  3. 24 hours before feeding time, bring down those containers for slow defrosting in the refrigerator. At mealtime, mix together the meaty bits, the vegetabley bits and all the other extras.

Variation 2: Boneless Meat + Calcium Source + 10% Vegetables

2 lbs. raw ground meat, dark meat preferred—chicken thigh, turkey thigh, lamb and pork are good because they’re high in fat and taurine
0.25 lb.  liver, ground or left whole (if your calcium source is ground chicken backs/necks, then feel free to bump this up to 0.5 lb.)
0.75 lb. of heart, kidney and/or gizzard, ditto—if heart and kidney is unavailable, substitute with more dark meat or gizzards
Calcium: 1-1/2 teaspoons ground eggshell OR 6 tablespoons bone meal OR 3000 mg calcium from a calcium supplement (NOTE: the total amount of calcium supplement will vary depending on the type of calcium you’re using) OR 3 lbs. ground chicken necks/backs
Vegetables: It’ll vary from 5 to 10 ounces depending on what calcium source you’re using. See note above about vegetables.

Just prior to feeding, you’ll need to add, per 10 lbs. cat per day:
1 teaspoon nutritional yeast
1-2 tablespoons hot water
0.5 to 1 egg yolk
Optional, unless feeding extremely lean meat like rabbit or chicken breast: 500 mg salmon oil
Optional, unless feeding mostly rabbit or mostly white meat like chicken or turkey breast: 500 mg taurine

200 IU vitamin E per cat once a week

Instructions are substantially the same as above.