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GREG'S DIET RECOMMENDATIONS
SURPRISING FACTS: Cats are true carnivores, and
have been designed by nature to eat fresh raw meat from
the prey that they kill. As a result, cats require high
amounts of protein in their diets. Another unique characteristic
about cats is that they get most water their bodies require
from the moisture in their prey. While cats will drink water
they do not drink enough to meet their needs, unlike people
or some other animals. Cats that primarily eat dry food
find themselves living in a constant state of dehydration.
Plus, most, (but not all), dry and wet commercial
foods add more grain and carbohydrates than cats need, and
lack sufficient amounts of protein to be optimal. In fact,
the grains and carbohydrates we force our cats to eat lead
to diabetes in later life, and their constant state of dehydration,
from eating primarily dry food, leads to kidney failure.
DO YOU FEED? We make our own diet using all human
grade ingredients that has been formulated to meet the needs
of a carnivore. The main ingredients in our diet is raw
chicken, beef hearts, chicken liver, salmon, chicken bones,
egg yokes and fat. While we feel this diet is optimal, we
recognize that people who purchase our pets may prefer to
feed commercial cat food, and at the request of a new owner
are happy to change their kitten to a commercial food shortly
before moving. We are also happy to share our diet for those
who may wish to continue to feed it.
NOW AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE: Due
to multiple requests, we have started making and selling
our home prepared diet to those who would like the convenience
of having it available to their cats without the work of
preparing the diet. Please contact us for further information.
CAT FOOD DIET
• 4.4 pounds raw
muscle meat with bones, which is about
one whole chicken. I buy whole chickens from Wal-Mart.
• 14 oz raw heart, I use
beef heart, since chicken heart is hard to source.
(If no heart is available, substitute with 4000
• 7 oz raw liver, I use
chicken liver. (If you can't find appropriate
liver, you can substitute 40,000 IU of Vitamin
A and 1600 IU of Vitamin D--but try to use real
liver instead of substitutes).
o NOTE: If you cannot find
the heart or liver and decide to substitute
with the Taurine/Vitamin A and D, then remember
to REPLACE the missing amount of organ meat
with the equivalent amount of muscle meat. In
other words, if you cannot find heart, you add
another 14 oz of the meat/bones. If you can’t
find the liver, add another 07 oz of meat/bones.
3 cups water
• 4 raw egg yolks
• 4000 mg salmon oil
• 200 mg Vitamin B complex
• 800 IU Vitamin E
• 7 oz canned cooked salmon
1. Wash well and cut up the
chickens, one at a time. I usually make 5 at a
time, which yields about 35 lbs of food. I grind
it all up into a 27 quart plastic tote purchased
2. Cut as much meat off the
bones as is easily possible and have two bowls,
one with meat only in it and the other with skin,
meat and bones.
Attach the biggest grinder attachment, (looks
like large inverted v) and grind up the meat and
heart. (It is important to use a good quality
grinder, one with metal gears inside, not plastic
gears, or they will break when grinding the bones.
I recommend the TASIN TS-108 Mincer, pictured
above. I purchased mine on e-bay.)
4. Add the egg yolks, salmon
oil, vitamin e, Vitamin B complex (and other supplements
if not using the heart and liver), the cooked
salmon and half the water and mix together well.
Also add 4 drops of grapefruit seed extract for
each pound of meat to the water, and 20,000 mg
of L-Lysine Powder.
5. Change the grinder attachment
and put the one with small holes on it. Grind
up the raw liver, any skin, raw meaty bones. Continue
to mix from time to time, and keep adding the
remaining water as you grind and mix.
6. I usually cover at this point
and put it all back in the refrigerator, clean
up my grinder, my work area and myself and take
7. Finally, I put 2 lbs into
quart size freezer bags and freeze. (Put wax paper
between each bag to keep it from sticking together).
I usually thaw two
bags at a time. The bags thaw quickly, and what
isn’t used in 3 full days after being thawed
should be thrown out. I feed this diet three or
four times a day to kittens and twice a day to adults.
I usually give adult cats a 4 to oz a serving, but
let them eat as much as they want, and kittens always
get as much as they want. My cats tend to clear
their plates within an hour of the food being put
down. Pictured is a single serving, freshly prepared
and ready to eat.
WHAT ARE YOUR RECOMMENDATONS FOR
FEEDING COMMERCIAL PREPARED DIETS? There are some
good commercial diets available for cats. For the most part
you are going to have to visit a specialty pet food store
to purchase them. I'm not aware of any high quality pet
foods that are available in most supermarkets or retail
stores that primarily sell non pet related items. Ideally,
what you need to look for are foods that:
and potato free;
a preference for moist over hard food as the main source
in mind, not all cats are interested in eating what we want,
and that includes an optimal diet. My suggestion is that
you make every attempt to feed your cat what's best for
them, but there will always be that cat who refuses to eat
anything but hard food, or who simply will not live without
their favorite variety of grocery store cat food. It is
never a good idea to withhold food from a cat -- a cat not
eating for even a couple days can become a very serious
matter. It is helpful to make diet changes slowly, adding
small amounts of the new food in with the old, gradually
increasing it. However, if your cat decides that it simply
will not eat an optimal diet my suggestion is that you set
it aside and try again at another time. Finally, if you
have a cat that insists on eating grocery store varieties
of commercial cat food, you can try and get a little extra
protein in them by offering them snacks of cooked and raw
meats, daily. Keep in mind, those foods should not become
the main diet because they are not balanced with all the
other things a cat needs.
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