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Homemade Cat Food Recipe for Cats with Heart Disease

Homemade Cat Food Recipe for Cats with Heart Disease

We have gotten a lot of email about what is a good homemade diet to feed cats with heart disease.

Before feeding this diet, discuss it with your veterinarian and get their approval to ensure it is right for your cat.

Pocket Companion to Small Animal Clinical Nutrition, 4th Edition
Editors: Michael S. Hand, DVM, PhD, Diplomate American College of Veterinary Nutrition and Bruce J. Novotny, DVM, Helios Communications, LLC
Copyright 2002 by Mark Morris Institute

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Balanced low-sodium/low-mineral homemade formulas for adult cats with heart disease*:

Daily food formulation for an 4.5-kg cat (as fed)

Beef, lean cooked67
Rice, white, cooked*67
Calcium carbonate0.7
Salt, iodized0.1
Salt, substitute (KCl0.1

Nutrient Content (%DMB)+

Dry matter37.9
Linoleic acid0.73
Energy (kcal/100g)500

*Also feed one-half tablet to cats to ensure all vitamins and trace minerals are included. Cats should be given one-half to one taurine tablet (500mg/tablet) daily.
Retain the fat.*May substitute rice baby cereal and flavor either selection with meat broth during cooking.
†Nutrients of concern are italicized.

Directions: Cook the meat component until well done. Cook the starch component separately. Grind or finely chop meat if necessary. Mix with all other components except the vitamin-mineral supplement and taurine. Mix well and serve immediately or cover and refrigerate. Feed the vitamin-mineral supplement and taurine with the meal; give as a pill or pulverize and thoroughly mix with food before feeding.

Looking for other cat food recipes? Also see cat food recipes for normal healthy cats, cats with kidney disease, and cats with obesity.