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Healthy Organic Recipes for Your Cat

Donna is a writer and lover of cats. She has been a cat parent for many years. She loves sharing her love for all cats big and small!

How to Make Healthy Organic Recipes

As cat parents, we strive to provide the best life possible for our cats. We ensure we give them healthy foods, plenty of water, exercise, and toys. But have you ever thought about making homemade food as an alternative to what's available in grocery stores?

Several alternatives are available, ranging from homemade Pâté to dehydrated "raw" foods to a full-blown raw diet.

All the ingredients are mostly found right in the comfort of your kitchen! They are simple to make and tasty for your cat!

Healthy Organic Recipes – Need for Greens

Salad time!

Salad time!

Scrumptious Organic Salad

Mix fresh Alfalfa Sprouts tossed with shredded Zucchini; it makes for a delicious treat for your cat. This delightful treat will tantalize their taste buds and give them the energy they need throughout the day!

—– Ingredients —–

  • 1/2 Cup Alfalfa Sprouts – chopped
  • 1/4 Cup Zucchini – grated
  • 2 tbsp. Chicken Stock

Wash all the vegetables before use, then mix the ingredients.

Paw it all together, toss it in the air, then catch it! Naw...just kidding!

Toss the mixture in a bowl and add the chicken stock before serving. Your cat will love this! Store leftovers in a sealed container in the fridge for three days.

Welcome to a tasty, healthy organic salad, and you can also make an enormous salad if you want; that way, the two of you can have some together!

Helpful Hint:

Add chicken breast chunks, tuna, or some ground turkey bites for a little variety!

Healthy Organic Recipes For Your Cat

Tossing salad for my cat is absolutely the best!

Tossing salad for my cat is absolutely the best!

Essential Nutrients a Cat Needs

Zucchini contains some antioxidants and provides essential nutrients such as potassium, magnesium, vitamins C, and K and is high in vitamins A, B6, and folate, a perfect combination of goodness for your cat.

*Make sure to remove the skin (which contains toxins) so your cat can enjoy this healthy treat.

Nutrients Found in Zucchini:

  • Protein: 2 grams.
  • Fiber 8 grams
  • Calories: 62.
  • Fat: Less than 1 gram
  • Carbohydrates: 14 grams

Add shredded chicken breast, tuna, or some ground turkey bites for a little variety! Cats love all kinds of meat, especially chicken which is rich in protein, and most cats love it and crave it!

Points to Ponder

If you have a sick kitty, feed them chicken soup for cats, and remember when we were little Mom would make us chicken noodle soup when we didn’t feel good? The same goes for our furry children. When they aren't feeling good, serve them chicken soup! (Without the noodles, of course)

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Healthy Chicken Soup for Your Feline

Chicken Soup Recipe for Your Cat!

—–Ingredients —–

  • 1/2 Cup of Boiled Chicken (reserve broth)
  • 2 tbsp carrots (washed and steamed) cut into small pieces
  • 2 tbsp broccoli (washed and steamed) cut into small pieces

Boil the chicken until tender, then drain the broth (reserve the broth). Cut the chicken into bite-size nibbles. Add all the ingredients together in a bowl. Let it cool for a little bit, then serve.

The leftovers may be stored in a sealed container or baggie in the fridge for up to three days.

For a change of pace, blend the prepared mixture in a blender until it looks like a pate mixture. Serve with your cats' salad on the side. They will love it!

Carrots and broccoli contain high antioxidants and fiber, which benefit your cat!

Broccoli: This is a safe vegetable for your cat to eat. It contains lots of antioxidants and vitamins. It wards off free radicals in their bodies and is also a reliable source of roughage, which will help your cat have better bowel movements and provides your cat with a healthy digestive system which in turn helps calm down upset stomachs.

Nutritional Facts

  • Calories: 31
  • Protein: 2.5 grams
  • Carbs: 6 grams
  • Sugar: 1.5 grams
  • Fiber: 2.4 grams
  • Fat: 0.4 grams

Carrots: Carrots are full of antioxidants, vitamins A, K1, B6, and C, calcium, potassium, dietary fiber, and minerals that are healthy for your cat. They are also rich in beta carotene. Beta carotene is a super antioxidant for slowing cognitive decline, maintaining skin health and eyes, and helps in fighting cancer.

Nutritional Facts:

  • 25 calories
  • 6 grams of carbohydrates
  • 2 grams of fiber
  • 3 grams of sugar
  • 0.5 grams of protein

Healthy Organic Recipes for Your Cat – Tuna & Chicken Delight

Tuna & Chicken Delight

—– Ingredients —–

  • 1/2 Cup Chicken (pre-cooked) reserve stock for the salad
  • 1 Can of tuna in oil (reserve the oil)
  • 2 tbsp. each – carrots and broccoli (cooked and mashed)
  • 2 tbsp. organic cooked rice (cook until slightly tender)

Blend all ingredients in a blender and add more or less chicken stock until you get a perfect consistency that your cat likes.

After blending all ingredients, let it cool before serving it to the kitty. Leftovers can be stored in a covered bowl in the fridge for three days.

Serving size: 1/2 a cup.

Time to Serve Up Some Beef!

Where's the Beef? I'm starving here!

Where's the Beef? I'm starving here!

Beef Dinner Delight!

—– Ingredients —–

1 Cup Lean Ground Beef (cooked & drained)

1/4 cup steamed brown rice (cook until tender)

6 tbsp Minced Alfalfa Sprouts

3/4 Cup Small Curd Cottage Cheese (safest cheese for cats)

Cook and drain the beef and cool completely. Mix all the ingredients in a medium-sized bowl. You can also blend to make it pate' and warm it up so your cat will smell the aroma. She will love it!

Serving size: 1/2 a cup. *Leftovers may be stored in a covered bowl in the fridge for three days.

Homemade Foods for Your Cat

Feeding your homemade cat food is an excellent alternative and should be included with their regular diet. Not everything we make will have enough of our cats' essential nutrients and nutrition.

Add the homemade foods to the commercial food you usually feed them, which should balance things out. Plus, it will help your cat to adjust to homemade foods.

And remember, Commercial foods are available in dry kibbles, semi-moist and canned. But what do I choose? What's best for my pet?

Time for Supper!

Time for Supper!

Healthy Organic Recipes for Your Cat! – Raw Feeding!

Raw feeding is another alternative: this is best for your cats and is full of natural nutrients found in raw meat, and unbelievably they do crave raw meat.

Yes, the need for raw meat is hereditary, from the big cats in the wild straight to your little ball of fur.

All cats are carnivores by nature; changing their regular diet to a raw meat diet is perfectly fine. Because the food enzymes found in raw meat help maintain good oral health, digest quickly and enhance bowel movements.

Cats fed a raw diet have more robust immune systems and are healthier than cats fed store-bought foods.

Now, this diet can be expensive and susceptible to Salmonella Bacteria contamination, but no worries because there are steps you can take to keep yourself safe and your kitty.

Time for a meaty snack mom!

Time for a meaty snack mom!

Healthy Organic Recipes for Your Cat! – Steps That You Can Take

There are steps that you can take to prevent bacterial contamination, and the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) suggests the following:

  • Freeze the raw meat before cooking it. (Thaw in the fridge before using)
  • Disinfecting all surfaces touched by the raw meat before and after preparations
  • Clean your hands and utensils after touching the cat food.
  • The key to any transition is patience; the change can be fast or slow.
  • Start by mixing the prepared raw meat with your cat's regular food until raw meat is the only food you're feeding them.
  • It's important to gradually increase the natural foods in your cat's diet to prevent diarrhea if transitioned too fast.
  • No worries, though; their bodies will adjust.
  • Your kittens can be fed this diet as soon as they're weaned from their Mama's teat, and they shouldn't have any trouble accepting this diet.

Benefits of Raw Feeding

Some breeds, such as the Serval or Bengal, must be on a raw feeding diet. They crave raw meat and will eat it with no problem.

Raw feeding helps your cat:

  • Stimulates her appetite and improves digestion
  • Relieves allergies and supports the immune system
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Revitalize their skin and coats

The heavy processing of commercial cat food can diminish the nutritional value of the foods they eat.

Raw feeding is the most “natural-in-the-wild” diet plan for your pet, and if the preparations and the time it takes to transition your feline into a raw diet is too much for you.

Various raw foods are available in your favorite pet store or grocery store.

In Conclusion

Whatever you choose for your cat, always feed them highly nutritious foods with vitamins and minerals. Whether homemade salads, soups, or pate' to buying pre-made dried foods or raw meats, always choose the highest quality and nutritious ingredients.

Maintaining your cat's healthy diet can be challenging, but it is well worth it. Providing the best care with the best foods will prolong your cat's life.

Make sure to have plenty of water, clean cat boxes, and comfortable bedding.

Not only will this be amazing for your cat, but you will also feel your best!

Dr. Becker Shares Her Updated List of Best and Worst Pet Foods

Sources:

Feline Nutrition Foundation

Cornell Feline Health Center

Love to Know Lifestyle

Feline Living

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.

© 2020 Donna Rayne

Comments

Donna Rayne (author) from Sparks, NV on February 24, 2020:

Thank you, go to an animal shelter and adopt a senior cat that no one wants and give him/her the best life that he has left!

God bless,

Donna Rayne

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on February 24, 2020:

After having indoor cats for many years, our last one had to be euthanized last year. I will keep this in mind should we get another cat. At our ages, we have to think about who would care for our pets if we were no longer here to do it ourselves.

Donna Rayne (author) from Sparks, NV on February 09, 2020:

Flourish, look on chewy, com because they have freeze-dried raw food that you add water to and then slowly introduce with their regular feeding.

Blessings to you too hun,

Donna Rayne

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on February 09, 2020:

It must be an old wives tale but I was always told that raw food (especially meat) was very bad for my cat or dog, but now that I think about it, they ate raw food in the wild. I need to rethink what I'm feeding my pet. Thanks for the info.

Blessings,

Denise

Donna Rayne (author) from Sparks, NV on February 03, 2020:

Thank you very much, Penny and Linda. I'm glad you liked my article!

Blessings,

Donna Rayne

Penny Leigh Sebring from Fort Collins on February 02, 2020:

This piece has a lot of great information!

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on February 01, 2020:

You've shared some very interesting facts and ideas in relation to a diet for cats. I'm sure my three cats want me to think carefully about the information that you've shared and to offer them some new food choices!

Donna Rayne (author) from Sparks, NV on January 31, 2020:

Thank you all so very much for your kind words, Flourish, that sounds wonderful and I hope your cats love your new treats.

JC tell your cats that I said thank you meow meow, Eric, thank you for feeding your neighborhood cats, bless your sweetness, Ms. Pamela, I am so sorry for your loss, bless you dear one, Ms. Ruby, thank you so much and yes, there are too many fat cats that need to eat better and it starts with us!

God bless everyone,

Donna Rayne

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on January 31, 2020:

Your list of food sounds healthy, So many cats get so fat they can barely get around. The last cat I had loved shrimp. A well put together hub.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on January 31, 2020:

My precious cat just passed away in November after 13 1/2 years of indoor living with us. Needless to way I miss him. I like all these recipes and will keep this in mind if we get another cat. Some health problems have stopped us from making that decision just yet. This is a very good article, Donna.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on January 31, 2020:

Don't have cats except our neighborhood has about 6 resident vagabonds /is that possible/? And most of us leave out food.

So this peaked my interest.

But I am a nutrition freak and read it through to compare to healthy human eating practices. Hmm. Incredible.

JC Scull on January 30, 2020:

My cats appreciate your article. Meow.

FlourishAnyway from USA on January 30, 2020:

I have 6 cats and some of them would we open to these recipes. Others eat one kind of cat food flavor. Period. I’m gonna give some of them an experimental treat.

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