Understand muscle meat and carbohydrates alone, do not meet minimum nutritional requirements for long term feline care. Cats can utilize some carbs for energy, but for rebuilding and maintaining health they must have a diet based on meat proteins, fats and organ meats. They do not have the digestive tract for breaking down and utilizing many fresh fruits and vegetables. Nor is your cat a vegetarian or vegan. Yet, some cats do enjoy a vegetarian treat or two such as lightly cooked, fresh asparagus or a bite of ripe cantaloupe.
Making cat food requires an understanding that you are living with a little tiger in your home and it is your responsibility to honor his or her nutritional needs.
Here are a few selected references that may help guide you to better recipes and a more balanced, long term plan for your cats.
First are the recipes on our website. I’ve used all the recipes personally, and in our cooking classes. Dr. Fougere’s recipe continues to be one of my favorites. It’s easy, simple, quick and balanced. When testing the concept of making pet food, this is the recipe I would suggest you start with. It has the required supplements (all can be found in a local health food store or the vitamin section of a pharmacy) balanced for the food ingredients. As the instructions say, you can lightly cook initially and progressively move them to raw, as long as the cats accept and digests well. (Again, make sure you use a good meat source, otherwise cook any purchased ground meats or grind yourself. A food processor does a fine job of "grinding" chunks of boneless meat.)
For an intro to basic feline nutrition, this is a downloadable booklet I wrote for Bravo Pet Foods. Again it's the basics, but will open your eyes to cat nutrition.
This book is one of my favorites for feline nutrition. Easy to read and follow. You can purchase book through her site or many on-line book sources.
I have found I enjoy making my cats' food. No, I don't do it all the time, but I sure appreciate the control I have over the ingredients. And, I'm also learning even more about using diet as a therapy and that's always exciting!