The cost of cat food is one of the biggest factors to consider before adopting a new pet. With that being said, providing the best nutrition should be one of those factors as well. When done properly, making a cheap homemade cat food recipe for your cat is the best way to provide top quality nutrition without breaking your budget.
When you're thinking about the expense of homemade cat food, you have to first think about the quality of the food you'll be making. You will be using whole foods and no artificial fillers, preservatives, dyes or harmful ingredients.
Making your cat's meals also allows you to cater the food to his needs. If your feline friend has allergies or food sensitivities, you can make sure the food you create won't upset his stomach.
When doing a cost comparison, homemade cat food needs to be compared to a high-quality commercial diet made with natural, whole food ingredients. You can find more information on how to calculate the cost of homemade pet food in this detailed guide.
Cheap Homemade Cat Food Recipe
It's important to discuss any dietary changes with your veterinarian, especially a switch to homemade food. Your veterinarian will evaluate the recipe(s) that you're planning to make for your pet and offer recommendations for supplements that may need to be added to make the food 100% nutritionally balanced.Print
Cheap Homemade Cat Food Recipe
While this recipe is made with relatively inexpensive ingredients and is a healthy option for most felines, it may not be a good fit for your cat. The best thing that you can do is consult your veterinarian and/or a feline nutritionist. They can help you to better understand your cat's unique nutritional needs and find recipes that will meet those needs.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 15 minutes
- Total Time: 25 minutes
- Yield: 1.5 cups 1x
- Category: Cooked Food
- Method: Stovetop
- Cuisine: Cat Food
- 1/2 cup organic chicken (skinless and boneless)
- 1/2 cup chicken liver
- 1/2 cup cooked brown rice
- 1/4 cup shredded zucchini
- 1/4 tsp. coconut oil
Cut the chicken into small pieces that are appropriately sized for your cat. Melt the coconut oil in a frying pan. Brown the chicken and chicken liver over medium heat.
Remove from the heat and add the cooked brown rice and zucchini. Stir until thoroughly combined. Once this cheap homemade cat food recipe has cooled, you can serve it to your pet.
- Serving Size: 1/3 cup
- Calories: 116
- Sugar: .1 g
- Sodium: 21 mg
- Fat: 2.1 g
- Carbohydrates: 14.8 g
- Fiber: .7 g
- Protein: 9 g
- Cholesterol: 90 mg
How much to feed: I recommend feeding about 1/3-1/2 cup of food daily. This recommendation is for 2 servings per day. This is just a guideline. Typically cats do not overeat, but some cats do. Your cat may not overeat dry kibble, but the enticing whole food ingredients of homemade food may cause him to eat more than he should.
How to store: You can store the leftover cheap homemade cat food recipe in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-5 days or freeze it in an airtight container for storage of up to 3 months. Keep in mind that this recipe includes no preservatives, so it won't last nearly as long as commercial cat food.
For More Information
We publish many homemade dog food and treats recipes every month. For more recipes, pet food cooking tips and advice, see our “Recipes” section. If you're new to the home cooked pet food subject, I recommend you read more about “How Much To Feed” to understand serving sizes, “What Supplements To Use” to create well-balanced meals, and “How To Store” for tips on simple and easy homemade pet food storing in a fridge or a freezer.