Munira Murrey of the famed Mission Hill Persians writes: "Since its conception and the last time it was published, the TC Feline Raw Cat Food Premix recipe has undergone some revisions based on new knowledge gathered during these past many years in the field of feline nutrition. Those familiar with this recipe will recognize both what has remained the same and what has been omitted." Please use the utmost caution and sanitation methodologies when working with raw meat and be aware that "Consuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry, seafood, shellfish or eggs may increase one's risk of foodborne illness." I have experienced amazing results in terms of growth, condition and overall weight gain when the diet is fed to my cats. However, with that being said, use this recipe at your own risk and make sure you employ stringent hygiene/sanitation practices when working with raw meat and eggs. Never touch raw meat or eggs if you have a compromised immune system. Please check with your veterinarian before use.
700g (1-1/2 lbs.) raw ground muscle meat (such as whole deboned chicken legs)
200g (1 cup) raw ground heart ♥
100g (1/2 cup) raw pureed liver ♥
236ml (1/2 cup) water
2 raw egg yolks
2 Tbsp. Bone Extract (or use human-grade bone meal) ♥ ♥
1/2 tsp. iodized "Half Salt" or "Light Salt"
2000 mg Salmon oil
2000 mg Taurine
400 IU Vitamin E
♥ ideally from the same species of animal as the muscle meat. So if using chicken meat, use chicken hearts and livers. You can also ask your butcher to debone the meat and add the specified quantities/ratio of heart meat and liver and grind it together for you and perhaps package it in one or two pound packages as Munira does.
Buy whole pieces of meat and wash well and perhaps pre-bake the exterior of the meat to ensure any contamination from bacteria or other nasty bugs is distroyed. Do not use pre-ground meat such as 'hamburger' because that renders many surfaces that could be contaminated.
This recipe yields 20 x 1/4 cup portions.
Debone chicken legs (two large legs are about one and one half pounds) and set aside. Place the liver, heart, egg yolks, powdered bone meal, salt, salmon oil, taurine and vitamin E (you can also add a couple capsules of lysine and a 1/2 tsp of gelatin.) into the bowl of your Cuisnart food processor and a chunk of chicken meat and blend until well pureed. Then add the balance of the meat and the water for easy processing. Once processed package into snack sized zip-lock bags, which will feed two cats breakfast and dinner) and once so packaged stack the filled bags into a quart sized freezer zip-lock and freeze. For serving one must take out a serving package the day before serving to thaw slowly in the refrigerator.
If you own a good meat grinder you can grind the chicken bones as well and omit the powdered bone meal. Be sure to run the meat first through a coarse grind and then grind again with a smaller or finer grinding attachment. Five whole raw leg bones is sufficient for a recipe batch. Lastly, process the meat and the other ingredients in your food processor to mix well. A Tasin TS-108 is an excellent grinder and is reasonable in terms of price.
Munira explains why one does not need to add Vitamin A, B, or D, because these are naturally occurring in both the raw egg yolk and raw liver.
Do not add whole egg, but only the egg yolk. Egg white contains the enzyme Avidin that will make the essential B Vitamin Biotin unavailable to your cat.
Instead of Kelp, Munira adds "Half Salt" or "Light Salt" to this recipe, which is readily available at your grocery store (Mortons). It is a mixture of iodized sodium chloride and potassium chloride. It is easy to overdose iodine when using kelp on a small scale as in the do-it-yourself recipe.
One can add one can of salmon, sardines, or mackerel packed in water as a source of Omega 3 fatty acids, instead of 4000mg Salmon Oil or an Omega 3 fish oil, if you wish.
Although heart meat contain Taurine, it is recommended to add Taurine to assure optimal levels of this essential amino acid in this recipe.
♥ ♥ (Instead of bone meal, Munira uses 2 1/2 teaspoons of ground egg shells, previously washed and baked for 12 minutes at 300 degrees).
Munira writes credit must be given to Natascha Wille Feline Nutrition for having given us this excellent recipe!
Munira Murrey of the famed Mission Hill Persians shared this recipe with me because this is what she exclusively feeds her pride of gorgeous Missionhill Persian cats and is all Missionhill Cosmic Rainstorm aka "Cosmos" was accustomed to eating when I bought him home as a wee one. Cosmos grew and developed at an astonishing rate on this diet; his coat full, flowing and fantastic and his body cobby and heavily boned.
When I brought Dreamheart's Hartbreker (aka Kiwi) home from France he was on the small side because I am sure his handsome litter brother Haute Couture hogged Hartbreker's share of food and Kiwi let him because he is so sweet and acquiescent. So I started Kiwi on this diet and made sure he could eat alone without worry another kitty could comandeer his plate of food and he too grew at an astonishing rate and his coat bloomed and became thick and lustrous. Everyone was amazed at how quickly he grew and developed; after about six weeks on this diet he was soon nearly as big as huge Cosmos! I have experienced amazing results with this diet and hope you do too.
Please use this recipe at your own risk as raw meat and eggs can easily become contaminated and you can contaminate other things if stringent hygiene and sanitation practices are not heeded and employed. If uncertain about raw food, you can saute the meat before serving.
Alternatively, lease check out my recipe for Cooked Chicken Cat Food Recipe.
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