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Recipe: Homemade Cat Food for Picky Eaters


Are you getting frustrated with your picky kitty? Cats are known for being finicky eaters. Finding a food that is healthy and appetizing to your cat can be a daunting task. Whole food ingredients and the appetizing aroma of real protein sources are usually more tempting to picky pets than commercial pet food. There is a good chance that this homemade cat food for picky eaters will tempt your fussy feline.

One of the best things about making homemade cat food is that you can add lots of variety to your pet’s diet. Changing up the protein source and mixing in different fruits and vegetables is a great way to keep mealtime exciting for your pet.

If you’ve tried a lot of different options to get your cat to eat regular meals, it may be time to switch to a homemade diet. You need to discuss this change with your veterinarian and ask for their advice on making nutritious meals to meet your cat’s unique nutritional needs.

Homemade Cat Food for Picky Eaters Recipe

Homemade Cat Food for Picky EatersFinding an appetizing homemade cat food for picky eaters is a frustrating process. You can try to test different protein sources. Does your cat prefer beef or chicken? Neither? Then perhaps a less popular choice, like venison or duck, would be more enticing to him.

Homemade cat food gives you the option to experiment with different ingredients to find a flavor combination that will please your picky pet. If the chicken in this recipe doesn’t seem to tempt your cat, try a different protein source.


Recipe: Homemade Cat Food for Picky Eaters

This limited ingredient recipe only contains 4 ingredients. It should certainly tempt picky eaters, but may also be a good choice for cats with digestive sensitivities or food allergies. When switching your cat to a homemade diet, it's best to discuss the change with your veterinarian first.

Your vet will help you decide if this homemade cat food for picky eaters will meet your pet's nutritional needs. They may recommend adding a multivitamin or supplement to the diet in order to make it nutritionally balanced.

  • Author: Samantha Randall
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: about 1.5 cups of food 1x
  • Category: Cooked Food
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Cat Food


  • ¼ cup chicken breast (cooked)
  • ½ cup long-grain rice (steamed)
  • ½ ounce canned clams, chopped (in juice)
  • 1 tablespoon beef or chicken broth


You can cook the chicken in any manner that you choose. I boiled it, but you could bake it or prepare it in a slow cooker. Cook the rice according to the instructions on the packaging.

Combine all four ingredients in a mixing bowl and stir until evenly distributed. Once the ingredients have cooled completely, you can feed this meal to your cat.


  • Serving Size: 1/6 cup
  • Calories: 86
  • Sugar: .1 g
  • Sodium: 33 mg
  • Fat: 1.2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 7.6 g
  • Fiber: .1 g
  • Protein: 10.2 g
  • Cholesterol: 29 mg

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How much to feed: I recommend feeding about 1/3 cup of food daily. This recommendation is for 2 servings per day, so the average cat would need about 1/6 cup in the morning and 1/6 cup in the evening. 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 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.