to make healthy homemade catfood easy and cheap!
feed our cats home made cat food for their breakfast and dinner. This is much
better than feeding commercial cat foods. Commercial pet foods are made from the
carcasses of not only hoofed animals, but animals with paws as well. The carcasses
are taken to a rendering plant where they are cut up and cooked - complete with
intestines full of feces, flea collars, ear tags, Phenobarbital (which cannot
be cooked out), cancers, fur, etc. Take a good look at your dog's kibbles and
you will find fur stuck all through them. Read eye-opening articles on commercial
pet foods at preciouspets.org
week we prepare a week's worth of cat food for our 24 cats. They consume 160 lbs.
of meat, mostly
chicken, combined with about 50 lbs. Of vegetables
per month. The cost is about $200 per month (approximately $8.50 per cat per month).
We find that home made cat food is cheaper than commercial food and much better
for our cats. We have been feeding our cats home made food since 2000. We have
noticed a big difference in their behavior and energy levels. They are much happier
cats. We have had full blood tests done on several cats and found that all their
nutrient levels and organ functions were normal, showing that the home made cat
food is adequately providing the nutrients they need. Some
of our cats have also been x-rayed for bone evaluation, which proved to be normal
as well. See where our cats go for their checkups with Dr.
are frequently asked about the tourine levels in our homemade catfood. Tourine
occurs naturally in muscle tissue in sufficient levels for cats. Occasionally
we add a bit of organ meat, such as beef heart, to the mix.
give thanks Pet-Grub.com
for their wonderful website on how and why to make home made pet food.
The recipe for our home made cat food is as follows. For a complete list of recipe
ingredients, please refer to Pet-Grub.com.
made cat food recipe:
ratio of meat to vegetables, for cats, is 2/3 meat to 1/3 vegetables.**
Remove most of the fat and skin from meat.
2. Chop some of the meat into small
1 inch pieces so that there is something for the cats to chew which helps to keep
their teeth clean.
3. Grind the rest of the meat with an electric or hand
grinder. If using chicken, the bones may be ground as well. Bones provide vitamins,
calcium, and phosphorous. If using meats with large bones that can't be ground,
add powdered egg shells.
4. Grind vegetables and carrots.
5. Mix everything
together. Do not cook. Raw meat will not hurt your cats. Water may be added for
a wetter consistency. Transfer mixture into ziplock freezer bags (a one gallon.bag
will hold about 4 lbs.), then freeze. Tupperware containers (9x9x3) work really
well also. One of these containers will hold the amount of catfood that will fit
in a one gallon ziplock bag, approximately 4 lbs. of catfood. Go green and use
containers instead of plastic bags! One cat will consume approximately 1½
four pound bags of food per month.
serving, warm cat food by submerging bag or container in warm water. Do not microwave.
Microwaving kills essential digestive enzymes.
final product: one 4 lb. bag of homemade catfood - YUM!
you want to make your own catfood (or dogfood), but you don't have a grinder?
Well CHECK THIS OUT!:
you know, we grind 160 lbs. Of meat and 50 lbs. Of veggies every month! That requires
an industrial type grinder. Well, industrial type grinders are EXPENSIVE! And
they usually require 3-phase electrical wiring. Most households only have two
hot wires leading in from the grid. So, for under $150 and a little handiwork,
you can have a grinder that will suck down a whole chicken leg (thigh and drumstick)
with the bones, without hesitation! You need a #32 meat grinder with a V-blet
pulley. An iron grinder is good, stainless steel is better. Don't get aluminum
- you don't want that in your catfood and aluminum does not hold up as well. Here
is a photo of the meat grinder you will need and the specifications:
#32 meat grinder with pulley (note the wooden handle on the pulley)
* plate: 3/16" thick x 4" in diameter
* pulley: 13" in diameter, 3/4" x 15/16" with 11/16" diameter
* over all dimensions: 14" x 13" x 13" (with pulley)
comes with plastic push stick and sausage maker
We bought our meat grinder from this Ebay store: Proline
Parts. Just type in "meat grinder" in their store search to find
the #32 size meat grinder pictured above. We paid under $100 for this grinder
other piece of equipment you will need for your meat grinder is a motor. We bought
a 110/220 volt GE air compressor motor at a pawn shop for $35.00. You will need
a pulley on the shaft of the motor with a groove that will match the pulley groove
on your meat grinder. Most electric motors spin way to fast to run our meat grinder.
The motor we bought spins at 3450 RPM. Even with a 3" pulley on the motor
shaft the meat grinder would still spin at 940 RPM, so we had to reduce the speed
even more by installing a 2 stage pulley reduction system. Starting with a 3"
pulley on the motor, we ran a belt to an 11" pulley. The 11" pulley
is on a shaft that has a 3" pulley on the other side. From this 3" pulley
we ran a belt to the 13" meat grinder pulley.
This reduced the final speed of the meat grinder to 220 RPM. This speed is just
perfect. Keep in mind that whatever
the RPM of the motor you buy for your meat grinder, you must reduce it to approximately
220 RPM. Here is a simple formula to help you obtain your reduction:
of motor x diameter of motor pulley ÷ diameter of meat grinder pulley (13")
= RPM of meat grinder
for 2 stage reduction:
of motor x diameter of motor pulley ÷ diameter of first large reduction
pulley= first RPM
RPM x diameter of first small reduction pulley ÷ diameter of meat grinder
pulley (13") = final RPM reduction
that you have a grinder and a motor, you will need to mount them onto a table.
This is where the "handiwork" comes in. There are as many different
ways to mount your motor/grinder system as there are tables to mount them on.
Make sure to find or build a sturdy table that has a comfortable working height.
Our table happens to be an old fish tank stand. We wrapped 1/2" wire screen
around it to keep out stray tails and whiskers. We also put a board between the
grinder and the grinder pulley for safety.
is a photo of our setup:
meat grinder front view | |
meat grinder back view showing 2 stage pulley system.
the wooden push stick resting in the hopper of the grinder. We use this to push
the food down into the grinder. We never push the food down with our hands! We
clamped a thin teflon "cutting board" at the front of the grinder to
catch the ground food and slide it into a tub below. We use black plastic concrete
mixing tubs to mix the food in. They are heavy duty and work superbly! They can
be purchased at Harbor Freight or Home Depot for around $7.00.
motorized grinder setup works well for us since we make our catfood in such high
volumes. You may only have one or just a few pets that you would like to make
homemade food for. If this is the case, you don't really need to put a motor on
your grinder, you can simply grind your pet's food by hand using the #32 grinder
above which comes with a wooden handle that attaches to the grinder pulley.
Do not get your hands near the grinder hopper! It could easily suck your hand
Always use a push stick to feed your grinder.