An adult Bengal will eat approximately 1-2 cups of this food per day and a kitten ¼ - ½ cup per day – it all depends on his size and activity level. A cat will never over eat raw, so feed your kitten as much as he cares to eat, 3 times per day until he is 6 months old and then cut back to twice a day, but increase the amount given at meals.
You'll need: Chicken, rabbit, or other meat (beef, quail, turkey, lamb, etc), dark taurine rich meat such as chicken heart and gizzards, and - very important - organs (chicken liver, kidney, spleen, etc - these organs should comprise 10-15% of the total weight of meat and organs together), Lysine, a vitamin supplement (we recommend Hilary’s Blend), wild salmon oil, eggs, canned pumpkin, water and/or chicken broth, meat grinder, blender, meat cleaver, large cutting board, plastic or large garbage bag to cover work space, large mixing spoons, measuring spoons. Note: we prefer to use mammals that the cat would typically catch in the wild as these are considered species-appropriate).
Ingredients: Meat with skin & bone
1 whole chicken or rabbit - or 2 kg of a combination of thighs and breast to mimic a full animal. Optionally you may include other sources of meat such as quail, beef (not pre-ground), turkey, etc. We use chicken and rabbit because these are easiest for us to source at this time. If using just thighs rather than the whole animal, you will need to remove approximately 1/4 of the thigh bones to maintain an acceptable calcium to phosphorous ratio.
200 - 400 g muscle meat such as heart and gizzard should be included in the "meat" portion of this recipe. These are often confused with the organ meat requirement, however they are very nutrient rich muscle meats and form an important part of this recipe as they require high quantities of taurine. Aim for at least 200 g of heart - this may be replaced with 2000 mg of taurine if you cannot find heart (this is in addition to the taurine listed below with the other supplements).
2000 mg taurine - this is in addition to the taurine used below to replace heart if you cannot source it.
200 mg Vitamin B Complex (granules)
200 IU Vitamin E (we use liquid)
2 - 1000mg capsules of wild salmon oil
Hilary's Blend (or another multi-vitamin supplement that does not use soy, or rice products as a base - check the label. Rice based products deplete taurine from the bloodand are dangerous to your cat's health) - optional, and only needed if you cannot source the other supplements listed above.
Organs (this should comprise 10% of the total weight of the meat you are using):
150 g of raw chicken liver. Liver can be substituted with 40,000 IU of Vitamin A and 1600 IU of Vitamin D, but only occasionally. The best option is real liver or the result can be a deficiency of copper and zinc in the diet.
50 g of other organ meat such as kidney, spleen, and pancreas if you can source it.
*Tip – don’t get too stressed about measuring out the right amount of organ. Source as many kinds as you can and then simply weigh the amount of meat you have and then add 10% of that weight with a variety of organ meat ensuring you are using adequate portion of liver. If you are unsure that you've sourced enough proper organ meat, we suggest sprinkling a powdered vitamin supplement (that does NOT contain soy, rice, rice flour or rice bran) over the food at serving time to ensure all nutritional requirements are met. The one we are using is Hilary’s Blend which is made in Canada and can be ordered through your vet.
4 raw egg yolks (eggwhites are dangerous for cats to consume unless cooked, so we separate and cook them before adding them back into the mixture - they are a great source of protein and we hate to waste them! Optionally they can be discarded)
2 cups of water and/or chicken broth (we boil whole chicken to make the broth ahead of time). Much of the blood and moisture the cat would consume had it eaten the whole prey is lost during the butchering and processing of the animal so we feel it's beneficial to add back in the liquid.
We have recently begun sprinkling powdered L-Lysine on top of the food just prior to feeding. * Lysine is useful for eye and respiratory health * The brand we use is Viralys Powder L-Lysine Supplement For Cats and can be bought on Amazon.ca or ordered from your veterinarian.
Directions: Chop the chicken or rabbit and organs into smaller pieces. Grind the chicken or rabbit , along with the organ meat, thoroughly through a meat grinder powerful enough to handle bones. We use the LEM Big Bite #32 grinder. We double grind our meat as we have small kittens and sometimes the pieces of bone are too large for them to break down with their new teeth. Place the ground meat in a large bowl and set aside. In a blender, mix together the water/broth, egg yolks (and cooked eggwhites - optional), canned pumpkin, and salmon oil.
Pour the blender contents over the ground meat and mix well. Scoop into freezer safe containers and store in the freezer for three days prior to serving. *Optional: sprinkle 1/4 tsp of vitamin supplement (we are currently using Hilary's Blend) over the mixture before serving.
**SERVING TIP: Take the frozen container out of the freezer before bed and place it in the refrigerator. By morning, the food will be thawed enough (but still icy, the way our cats seem to prefer it) to chip off small pieces and serve on a plate. We believe the cats prefer it slightly frozen because the texture mimics that of prey... the crunching seems to satisfy the need to crunch through the small bones of prey such as mice or rabbits.
*NOTE: due to the request of many of our kitten clients, we now offer our cat food at $10/kg (packaged in 1 kg reusable containers or 250 mg freezer bags). This price may fluctuate based on the cost of ingredients. We do not ship or deliver the food - it must be picked up directly from us. Please contact us if you’re interested.
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