Recipes

Raw Food Recipes for IBD Cats

These recipes are adapted from the recipes at catnutrition.orgcatinfo.org, and holisticat.com. Visit those sites for additional tested, trusted recipes. I have eliminated the egg yolks, to which my Tristan was allergic, but you may add them in if your cat can tolerate them. Egg yolk is a good source of vitamins and complete protein, and contains lecithin which helps prevent hairballs. If you feed quality whole ground prey most of the time, the eggs are not essential. I also use psyllium husks for fiber because my cats do not do well with even tiny amounts of vegetables, but you may try plain canned pumpkin as a fiber source and see what works best for your cat.

Please note: if there are bone pieces in the ground meat you purchase larger than a few millimeters, re-grind the meat. I buy the “extra fine double ground”. Sharp bone pieces could irritate or injure your cat’s mouth, throat and stomach. Cats can chew and eat raw bones safely, but grinding produces small sharp pieces and cats tend to gulp ground meat without chewing as they would whole bones. I do not recommend using the whole carcass with fur left on available from some suppliers.

I am not affiliated with any of the suppliers or manufacturers linked on this website. The links are provided solely for your convenience and to illustrate the brands and products I use for my own cats. When choosing a supplement, look for the ones with the least fillers (inactive ingredients such as vegetable oils – though don’t worry about the capsule components since you will pull them open to use the powder inside) and always avoid flavorings which can be toxic to cats and alcohol ingredients (eg alcohol or xylitol).

Recipe for Ground Whole Carcass(es) of Rabbit

IMPORTANT: You must use the whole carcass with this recipe – ALL the bones, meat and organs. 
Amount Unit Ingredient
1814 g (4lbs) Whole ground rabbit carcass(es) – includes bones, head and organs but no fur.
Whole Foods 4 Pets (West Coast) or Hare-Today (East Coast) recommended.
1 to 1.5 cups Filtered or Spring Water – add more to reach consistency your cat prefers
3 g Salmon Oil (I use Carlson brand, make sure there is no flavor added)
2 servings Vitamin B complex (2 of these Thorne Basic B capsules)
1200 IU Vitamin E (three 400 UI capsules)
4 g Taurine (eg 1 scoop Carlson powder)
1.5 tsp Psyllium husk powder you may substitute 4-6 tbsp plain canned pumpkin 

*Kelp and Dulse are sources of iodine and trace minerals. If you are using whole ground carcasses including the head, the prey’s thyroid gland will also be included as it is in the neck – providing plenty of iodine. If you use ground meat/bones and liver without the head you should add 1/8 tsp each of kelp and dulse per 8lbs meat to supplement the iodine levels. 

Put the water in a bowl, prick salmon oil capsules and squeeze into water, pull apart powder-containing capsules and add to the water. Whisk thoroughly. Put the thawed meat mixture in a large bowl and pour the supplements over top. Mix with a large spoon or spatula until uniform. Spoon into freezable containers such as can-or-freeze jars, zip freezer bags, or tupperware type containers and place in freezer.

Thawing the food usually takes about 12-24 hours depending on container size, fridge temperature etc so make sure you take out the next day’s food to thaw in fridge well in advance. Do not microwave or cook food with bones. Thaw or warm in a baggie under lukewarm running water if necessary before serving.


Recipe for Boneless Venison

It is best to feed at least some whole carcass since bones contain other minerals and nutrients besides calcium, but boneless is an easy way to get started and a good way to introduce variety if your cat is allergic to chicken.
Amount Unit Ingredient
907 g (2lbs) Raw boneless meat (chunked or ground)
100 g (3.5 ounces) Raw liver or 1 tbsp powdered liver. You may use beef, bison or chicken liver.  Beef liver may make some cats vomit.
1 and 3/4 tsp NOW Brand Calcium Carbonate powder (amount calculated for this brand of Ca supplement)
OR use 1 and 1/4 tsp Egg Shell Powder (approx. 2000mg elemental calcium). Make your own egg shell powder or buy Eggshellent.
1/2 to 1 cup Water
2 g Salmon Oil or other fish oil
1 serving Vitamin B complex (1 of these Thorne Basic B capsules)
800 IU Vitamin E (two 400 UI capsules)
2 g Taurine (eg 1/2 scoop Carlson powder)
2 tbsp Unflavored Gelatin (Pork gelatin tends to be less allergenic)
1 tsp Psyllium husk powder you may substitute 2-4 tbsp plain canned pumpkin 

If you wish to use boneless meat but you feel overwhelmed by the recipe above, please use a pre-mix product to balance the calcium. DO NOT feed boneless muscle meat for extended periods with no calcium source and no liver. I recommend the following pre-mix products with calcium: