I got the grain out of my cats’ diet as well as my own! My kitties, Catherine (1), Heathcliff (1), and Nebula (15) are very picky eaters, so the change-over from canned food was in baby steps. They still get a certain amount of grain-free canned food and grain-free kibble, but I often give them homemade grain-free food as well. When they get homemade food, it is mashed together with canned typically. They want what is familiar!
We are lucky to have a wonderful butcher shop where we can get hearts and livers (seen in the photo). We also can buy 5 lb boxes of pollock from the fishery in Digby.
This recipe is adapted from one that Dr. Marion E. Smart, DVM, generously shared with me when I interviewed her a few years ago. To get more recipes and information from Dr. Smart about how and why to make your own pet food, look for her book Not Fit for a Dog, which she co-authored with two other veterinarians.
We lost one of our senior kitties, Atticus (15), to a heart attack or stroke this past March. Both he and Nebula had been diagnosed with renal failure a year ago. I wish I could go back in time 15 years and give them grain-free lives. (I wish I could do the same for myself, for that matter!) Who knows whether they would still develop chronic illnesses, but they would certainly be better off. At least we are doing better with the kittens.
I will be posting more on this topic!