Okay here it is. Everyone has been asking for the recipe we use for our precious fur babies. Let me back up for a moment. We were feeding our cats a combination of wet and dry food. Both were organic and they seemed to enjoy. We then discovered a couple of them were having urinary tract issues and after a few trips to the vet he said they needed to be on a low magnesium diet.
Here’s the thing, organic wet cat food including the low-magnesium food can be pricey and then we have to recycle the cans. We thought there must be a better choice. After searching we found recipes that included chicken, turkey and beef. Our cats are not big fans of fish, tuna now and then they like. We had a recipe for boiling chicken but when you are a vegetarian chicken boiling in the kitchen just doesn’t work. Aha, we then found a recipe created by a veterinarian that can be cooked in a crock pot. Dusted off the crockpot, and started making cat food. Over time we have customized the original recipe and our cats love love love it.
So here’s the ingredient list:
Whole Chicken Legs with thighs ~ I get fresh from Whole Foods, (no antibiotics)
Organic brown rice,
Fresh garlic, sea salt (important – non iodine), Organic frozen peas and corn, filtered water
For the vitamins: Taurine, Vitamin B, Vitamin E, Fish Oil.
Making Chicken Pate with either 5 or 10 legs.
In the crock pot place 5 whole chicken legs with thighs, fill with water.
Add 5 cloves of fresh chopped garlic. (Garlic is to help with fleas), then add 1 ½ teaspoons of salt.
Cook for 6 hours. On the stove cook 1 cup of organic brown rice at the same time.
Once chicken is cooked, let it cool off until it’s just warm first before adding the vitamins. For 5 chicken legs with thighs, put in;
400 IU’s of vitamin E.
5000 IU fish oil.
1 “vitamin B-50 complex”, and
2500 mg Taurin.
(I drop the E and fish oil in whole in capsules(they will melt if chicken is still warm), Taurin and Vit B I open up and put the powder in) stir in the vitamins.
You would double this recipe for 10 whole legs/thighs, including vitamins and rice. (10 may not fit in your crockpot).
The fun part, de-boning the chicken, but really simple and easy when it’s warm. There will be 3 bones per whole leg/thigh. The reason we use whole legs is that there is a good amount of meat and only 3 bones. Count the bones and make sure you get the very thin one. Chicken bones for cats-not good, they can splinter & cause big problems.
#1. Pate. Once chicken is de-boned, pour the broth into a separate container. Now comes the fun part. In a blender or Vitamix, pour in 2 cups of chicken broth, 1 cup of frozen peas, 1 cup of frozen corn, 2 cups of chicken and 1 cup of rice. Blend, leave it a bit chunky. I then put in individual containers and pop in the fridge. It’s going to be tinted light green when you’re done.
#2. Stew. If chicken is cold we put the rice in with the chicken after deboning, and then put the chicken and rice in the fridge. For feeding, we put the portion needed in a saucepan with the peas and corn and chicken broth or water and warm up. Their little faces light up when they see the chicken, rice and veggie stew coming their way.
Tip: We just discovered organic frozen veggies at Costco. Peas, Corn, Carrots and Green Beans in one 4 pound bag. Good buy and our cats like it.
When you are feeding many cats, this is the most economical way to go. And even though we are vegetarian, each time we make the chicken we do it with love because we know how nourishing it is for the cats. Okay, I also apologize and say thank you to the chicken as it is going in the pot.
This recipe may sound challenging, and the first couple of times we did this it seemed like a big deal,
but after you make it a few times it’s really, really simple and easy to make and takes no time at all. You can also freeze this for a couple of weeks in an airtight container.
So far no further problems with our cat’s health. Cats weren’t sure in the beginning because it was new, but now and they go crazy for it.
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