Vladimir is a former champion ratter (retired). His hobbies are bushwalking, birdwatching and nature studies
How I taught my human to feed me properly
It's about time people realised something basic about feeding cats. Cats are carnivores. More to the point, cats are obligate carnivores.
Being an 'obligate carnivore' means that I'm designed to get my nutrition from animal-based proteins - that's meat.
Please, don't try to feed me, or any cat, on vegetables!
A little variety goes a long way
I don't get much from plant-based proteins like rice or flour but I like to have a little pasta or bread mixed in my meat. It adds variety.
Please Note - I don't have these seven days a week,
There's always a wee bit of kibble in a special bowl and I also have some raw food. On weekends I even have something from a tin! It took some time for me to train the woman-who-feeds-me to buy the tins that I prefer, but it was worth it in the end.
However, once the woman got into the habit of making these recipes for me, neither of us have ever looked back. In the interests of healthy and tasty eating for all cats, I share my five best cat food recipes with you.
Prep Time: 10
Total Time: 20
Serves: 2 - 3 medium cats
Chicken and Macaroni
- 2 cups of macaroni
- 2 chicken thigh fillets
- Bring a small pot of water to the boil. Simmer the thigh fillets for 5 minutes.Remove, cool and chop.
- Cook the macaroni until tender. Cool.
- Blend in the food processor, adding a few drops of vegetable oil to help the mix
Cats should not eat from refrigerators
Prep Time: 15
Total Time: 15
Serves: 2 - 3 medium cats
Cat Hash Brown Recipe
- 1 cup cooked minced beef (ground)
- 1/2 cup cooked brown rice
- 3/4 cup cream-style cottage cheese
- Mix together well, and serve
Lapping it up
Prep Time: 15
Total Time: 15
Serves: 1 medium meal
Luscious Liver Recipe
- 100 grams - 1/4 lb lamb liver
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 teaspoon corn oil
- Heat oil in a pan and add liver, fry gently on both sides until cooked but not dry inside.
- Add water to the pan and mix it up with all the brown bits.
- Grind the liver in a blender, using the pan juices.
- Make sure the meat has cooled before serving
Prep Time: 5
Total Time: 30
Serves: 1 -2 medium meals
Fish Balls Deluxe Recipe
- Small can of tuna in olive oil - don't drain it.
- 2 tbl whole grain bread crumbs or oatmeal
- 2 -3 tbl grated mild cheese
- 1 egg - beaten
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
- Mash up everything to an even paste
- Shape into small balls and put them on a greased baking tray
- Bake for 15-20 minutes, checking frequently: the fish balls should be golden brown and feel firm
- Cool thoroughly before serving
Prep Time: 5
Total Time: 5
Serves: 2 - 3 medium meals
Sardines and Rice Recipe
- 2 cups of sardines in oil
- 2/3 cup cooked white rice
- 1/4 cup chopped parsley
- Combine all ingredients.
- Stir with a wooden spoon to break up sardines into bite-sized pieces
- Store tightly covered in the refrigerator. Be sure to let the food reach room temperature before serving
A cat may dream
More Advice on Cat Food
My Training Tips for Hungry Cats
How to feed a cat properly is one of the hardest things to teach your human.
Why is that? It's a mystery to me.
Something as simple as cat food should be easy, but so many people have no idea. You have to train them.
I'm not the only cat who hates vegetables. What good are they to me?
They look bad, they taste worse and I don't get a shred of nutrition from the rotten things.
Grass is organic!
Do you have a recipe to share? Is your cat well-fed? If you've got an idea for a tasty meal please let me know. You don't have to be a cat to comment
© 2009 Vladimir
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Tonya Mickelson on August 10, 2014:
Thanks for the great recipes. I love the photo of kitty in the refrigerator!
Lionrhod from Orlando, FL on March 23, 2014:
My kitties Raz and Squeaky are going to love you!
Linda Hahn from California on December 03, 2013:
Hmm. I already cook for the dog; that's probably not fair to my cat. In my defense though, I piece the kitty off with some really nice treats.
Kate Fereday Eshete from United Kingdom on October 01, 2013:
I live in the remote Ethiopian Highlands and the only meat for cats around here is from rats or birds that they catch themselves. To discourage them from killing the birds in particular, we feed our cats twice a day. They get spaghetti mixed with mashed boiled egg, a little full-cream milk powder, and a dash of cod liver oil. The spaghetti is cooked in slightly salted water and the salt is iodized to protect against iodine deficiency (there's no iodine in the rocks, soil or vegetation in the Ethiopian Highlands). From time to time we can get meat from butchers in our nearest town for the cats. They love cheese but the nearest place where cheese is sold is over 70 miles away, so we can't buy it for them often. Eggs for cats should always be cooked. In the past I used to prepare basmati rice instead of pasta to vary their diet, but the rice seemed to upset their stomachs and I could tell that they didn't like it as much. Quite a few of our cats love white bread, which seems surprising. And one goes wild with excitement when she hears the sound of a biscuit packet being opened!
winter aconite on August 19, 2013:
Will give these recipes a go as my cats can be quite fussy when it comes to tinned food! Thanks!
anonymous on August 15, 2013:
Great Idea and i am going to start doing this...
anonymous on August 13, 2013:
Well first of all I have to say that I think this is a great idea. I am going to start doing this for all of our cats and we have a few. The problem with some canned cat food is that the cats don't eat it! They leave it behind and I buy the name brands that everyone knows! So something is in there that they do not like! So it is a waste of money. I end up picking it all up and throwing it away. I love this idea. I am going to get started. For the one comment who said she won't cook for her animals. I think that is a bit lazy. If you like your animals you will take a little extra time and give them good food. And as far as all the vitamins and minerals they require -- if they don't eat the canned food they aren't getting anything... So I am excited about this and I bet you anything that the cats and dogs will love all this food cuz it is fresh and homemade!
mathew31 on August 13, 2013:
I'll have to try a few of these for my cat. Thanks for sharing!
Susanna Duffy from Melbourne Australia on August 13, 2013:
@anonymous: He makes it clear that he has a varied diet, these recipes are just some of the food he eats
anonymous on August 13, 2013:
What about taurine and all the other supplements they tell you to put in homemade cat food?
anonymous on August 03, 2013:
Cats fry liver and make pasta in nature? my two Lazy bum cats don't do anything around the house. Great lens.
anonymous on July 31, 2013:
Question: I notice a little milk products in recipes. I read cats are lactose intolerant? Is this not true? Or are the amounts so small that it doesn't affect them?
anonymous on July 30, 2013:
My cat Domino loves lightly cooked beef with rice and for desert a teaspoon of all natural whipped cream when he is really good
anonymous on July 18, 2013:
My 18.5 year old cat loved shrimp. Up until the day she passed away she ate shrimp and tuna juice almost every day.
anonymous on July 12, 2013:
Meow sounds so yummy I drooling tuna ,sardines ,alascin pink samon you what more could a warrior cat want
anonymous on July 10, 2013:
Hey there, thanks for sharing these recipes. Just wanted to comment that these look healthy to me as taurine is found in all meat, eggs, cold water fish, shellfish, and dairy products. Also, calcium can be found in sardines, green veggies, and dairy products. Although using the veggies would not be a choice source. Another note, one of the best sources of taurine is dark poultry meat.
Vladimir (author) from Australia on June 28, 2013:
@anonymous: I've said that I eat other food too, Bonbon, and I make a point of saying that I like variety
anonymous on June 26, 2013:
These recipes are missing some important nutrition for cats and I hope that before anyone puts their cats solely on this kind of diet they do some research as to what is missing. (calcium and taurine are among the things missing)
anonymous on February 28, 2013:
These look like good tucker even my dog might like them. Joking.
Agapantha on February 13, 2013:
Printed these cat food recipes off - thanks!
AlleyCatLane on February 12, 2013:
Don't tell OC! I hate to cook, so I sure don't want to have to cook for my cat too. You are very fortunate to have a human to cook for you.
Lorelei Cohen from Canada on February 12, 2013:
Love it and I can definitely relate to a cat drinking out of the fish bowl. My old girl used to love doing that (took a few spills into the tank too but never did come out with a fish.) Cat food is definitely cat food.
Frischy from Kentucky, USA on February 12, 2013:
Some of these recipes sound delicious for humans! I am certain my kitty would love them. With all the pet food scares, it is worth considering preparing cat food at home.
anonymous on February 12, 2013:
Great recipes. Great lens. Thank you Susanna.
candy47 on May 13, 2012:
Wonderful lens! Suzanna will love your recipes. Thanks for sharing :)
Adrijan on March 01, 2012:
Susan300 on August 23, 2011:
Mmmmmm...my kitty is going to be glad I found this lens!! :)
SHorsburgh on December 12, 2010:
This is fantastic. Thank you Vladimir. I will most certainly try some for Chester and Cookies, although Cookies is on a diet, the poor girl has a weight problem.
anonymous on September 14, 2010:
My cats are eagerly anticipating trying your recipes, Vladi! Thanks for sharing...
Demaw on April 08, 2010:
I will try these recipes on my persnickety cats to see how it goes. 5 paw prints