Cats are actually obligate carnivores, which means that the nutrition they require must come from the meat, organs and bones of the bodies of other animals. And because of the cat’s particular anatomical and physiological design, the most ideal and natural way for them to consume that flesh and bone is in its raw state. Eating cooked food is not natural for cats, but eating raw food is. All carnivores are made to eat and digest the raw meat, bones and organs that make up the whole carcasses of their prey.
In addition cats are desert animals, so they get most of their water from eating. If a cat is only fed dry kibble, the cat may become dehydrated.
We never feed our cats any wet food that contains rice, or grains. Commercial cat food often contains these cheap indigestible fillers and other things I would rather not speak of.
We grind the food so that we do not have our cats dragging chicken bones around the room.
Our formula – served close to room temperature
Chicken with bones and liver - We grind this in a large meat grinder bones and all. We tend to use thighs because they have the right amount of meat and bone.
Here is the home made cat food formula which we use:
1. Six pounds of chicken thighs with the bones and skin
2. 1/2 pound of chicken livers/sometimes gizzards and hearts also
3. Five heaping tablespoons of unsweetened canned 100% pumpkin
5. 1 3/4 cup of water
6. Kitty Bloom VM900 +3. Add two tablespoons of this to the six Pounds of chicken.
7. Mix thoroughly and freeze
We usually grind up 40-60 pounds of this mixture and then put it in small plastic containers and freeze. If you do not want to grind up chickens you may find it easier to feed your cats a pre-ground raw like Instinct brand, but realize that it is expensive. Chicken thighs can be found for 79-99 cents a pound. Contrast that with a pre-ground raw cat food which has a cost of more than $6.00 per pound.
Adults cats eat two times a day. Kittens three to four times per day.
Have fun with it! Other people have their own recipe. Here are some other Recipes:
1. Raw for cats
2. Raw for cats
When you take your kitten home
Do not introduce your new kitten to other pets as soon as he/she arrives - it may be tempting but the kitten will be overwhelmed, and the other pets may attack. We also do not want to expose our kitten to illnesses. Give the kitten a small room where he/she does not have any places to hide. As soon as you new kitten arrives in the small room, place him/her in the litter box. Provide water and allow your kitten time to get to know you and bond with you. every time you visit, bring toys, food, and petting.
Imagine if you were a small kitten who had never been away from your mother and litter mates. Giving the kitten the whole house would be a mistake. Also the kitten may run under a bed or a couch, and the kitten may hide going forward. Consider giving your kitten a three day period in a small room while he/she learns to trust you.
Parasites and Health
We have initiated a worming protocol based on advice from Bengal breeders. All of our kittens and cats are parasite free. We treat all kittens and cats at Painted Bengals for Coccidia, Giardia and other internal parasites. In addition all of our breeding cats are tested for TTF TRITRICHOMONAS FOETUS with a PCR test and home pouch tests. Cats are also treated with Revolution for external parasite protection. You can see our parasite information page on this site.
We strive for:
A picture of my homemade raw chicken in the freezer