5 dangerous homemade cat food mistakes + how to avoid them

Avoid-these-homemade-catfood-mistakes 5 dangerous homemade cat food mistakes + how to avoid them

Making your own cat food can be cost-effective and very healthy for your cat, but – and this is a BIG BUT, friends – only if you do it right: otherwise, it could potentially be life-threatening to your cat. (Still, it’s do-able. We’ll talk about the easiest way to get it right in a moment.)

Dr. Karen Becker writes about a kitten fed only raw chicken muscle meat until he was 5 months old. He became critically deficient in several important nutrients, which caused metabolic bone disease, rear leg lameness, and central retinal degeneration! (The good news is, as kittens have a lot of healing power and this one had a good doctor, he did fully recover after a couple of months of cage rest and a balanced diet. However, not all nutrient-deprived cats and kittens can be so lucky.) Dr. Becker said that she’s seen “an increasing number of pets with skeletal problems, organ failure and endocrine abnormalities caused by dietary deficiencies of essential nutrients.”

I’ve made a lot of homemade cat food and researched it enough to know how easy it is to get certain things wrong. I’ve been wanting to write this post for a long time, as I see a lot of confusion and mixed messages out there.

Serious homemade cat food mistakes to avoid

Here’s what many of us get wrong if we aren’t fully informed before attempting to make cat food:

Mistake 1: Not supplementing with taurine – even with raw food

Serious heart and eye conditions have appeared in cats fed diets containing insufficient taurine. Cats cannot synthesize enough taurine to meet their needs, so taurine needs to be added even to foods that naturally contain some taurine because it degrades so easily (see mistake #3). Better to err on the side of caution with this one!

Mistake 2: Not making sure the food contains these other critical nutrients…

There are a few other nutrients that a cat must have, but that are not always in homemade cat food:

  • Niacin (B3) and thiamin (B1): These B’s are degraded by cooking, so any homemade food needs to have these added after any cooking or heating (attention anyone who warms raw food in the microwave!). Adult cats deprived of niacin, which their bodies cannot manufacture, will lose weight and could die as a result of this deficiency. Thiamin is also essential because a deficiency leads to blindness and neurological impairments such as seizures and heart-rate disorders.
  • Vitamin A (not beta carotene): Deficiencies in vitamin A lead to blindness. Cats can’t manufacture vitamin A and, unlike us, they can’t synthesize vitamin A from beta carotene. They must get it from their diet, but it’s not present in most foods. Vitamin A is found in liver and egg yolks, so if those are not part of your cat’s regular diet, they will need appropriate supplementation (not too much! see mistake #4).
  • Calcium: If you feed cats meat without a calcium supplement or bones (finely ground in), it can lead to a collapse or curvature of lumbar vertebrae and pelvic bones; bone pain and fractures, as well as hyperparathyroidism.

Mistake 3: Adding the supplements before cooking, grinding or pureeing the cat food 

Why is this bad? Because key nutrients won’t survive those processes. Add supplements AFTER cooking, grinding, or pureeing. You need to add taurine after any cooking has taken place. And, even if you serve raw food or food that contains taurine naturally, it is believed that is also degraded to some degree by grinding and pureeing. And, taurine leaches out in water, especially if cooking in hot water, so keep that in mind too. Finally, most B vitamins cannot survive heat and the B’s are essential to your cat’s health too (see mistake #2).

Mistake 4: Adding too much supplementation (overdosing)

If you get supplements for your cat food, but add too much, this can also cause significant health problems:

  • An excess of magnesium is associated with stones in the feline urinary tract.
  • Vitamin A, while critical, becomes very toxic when too much is consumed.
  • Too much calcium causes depressed food intake and decreased growth in cats.
  • Excessive vitamin D is also toxic.

Mistake 5: Including ingredients cats shouldn’t eat

Again, lots of misinformation out there! Here are human foods that should NOT be added to cat food:

  • onions and garlic – cause hemolytic anemia in cats
  • tomatoes, chocolate, grapes and raisins – toxic to cats
  • raw egg whites – contain a protein called avidin that can bind to certain B vitamins and prevent their absorption
  • pasteurized milk – very difficult to digest because the lactase enzyme has been neutralized by pasteurization
  • grains or soy of any sort (wheat, rice, corn, oats, etc) – while several years ago it was common to recommend putting grains like rice in homemade cat food, and a lot of commercial cat food still includes them, we are now learning that grains are very hard for most cats to digest and may lead to digestive diseases in some cats (See this article by Fern Crist, DVM and Your Cat: Simple New Secrets to a Longer, Stronger Life by Dr. Hodgkins, and this article by Dr. Becker.)

How to easily avoid those homemade cat food mistakes!

IMG_0153-300x225 5 dangerous homemade cat food mistakes + how to avoid them As you may imagine, after I did a little research and discovered all this, I was daunted.

I looked at the amount of time in my day and quickly deduced that I’d much rather buy a reliable supplement mix for homemade cat food (and follow the instructions carefully) than risk winging it.

Once I made that decision, I just needed to find some feline food supplement mixes that looked good…

Supplement mixes for making homemade cat food

The sources below include ones I have bought or would buy for my cats. Of course, I cannot make any guarantees about them, but I can say that at this point I trust them and would use them. (I don’t make them, sell them, or have an affiliate connection with them.)

Each source provides recipes and instructions so making homemade cat is not a mysterious process! You just follow the recipe. (See the video at the end of this post for an example!)

(Note: If you are making a homemade meal for your cat just once in a while and feeding them food that meets or exceeds the AAFCO standards the rest of the time, you need not worry about adding supplements for occasional homemade meals. But this is the only exception!)

CAUTION: Do not use these premixes (containing calcium) on formulated pet foods! You will over calcify your cat if you do. For same reason, use meats with NO BONES.


alnutrin-150x150 5 dangerous homemade cat food mistakes + how to avoid them All ingredients are pure food grade products without silica, magnesium stearate or other processing additives. They do not use any raw materials from China or India. All raw materials are manufactured in the USA, Europe or Japan. Free of controversial chemical additives like BHT, BHA, ethoxyquin and menadione. Alnutrin’s site has a wealth of practical, easy-to-understand information on making food for your cat and they offer free formulation advice to customers.
They also offer free trial samples!

Feline Instincts

feline-instincts-150x150 5 dangerous homemade cat food mistakes + how to avoid them Feline Instincts premixes are human grade, organic and USDA approved with no preservatives, colors, or other artificial additives. You add raw meat, raw liver (or a raw liver powder, which they sell), and water. Their mixes also incorporate ImmnoPlex Natural Glandulars by Nutricology, sourced from New Zealand. Dr. Gardner, a holistic vet they consulted with in creating their mixes, is quotes on their site about the use of kelp in the mix. He said, “Kelp is to supply a source of minerals and helps to support the thyroid. While there is controversy over the use of kelp in felines, in the right amount it is beneficial. We have not had any issues with thyroid problems and a lot of felines with hyperthyroidism use the diet and have done very well along with appropriate veterinary care, both holistic and allopathic.”

TC Feline

tcfeline-150x150 5 dangerous homemade cat food mistakes + how to avoid them If you’re in Canada or Europe TC Feline may be a good option.
I haven’t tried this one, but I’ve heard some folks love it. It uses 100% human grade and pharmaceutical grade ingredients. GMO-free, and no artificial additives, flavors, etc. The premixes are “made in small batches, precision measured, blended, sifted, and packaged by hand in a spotless facility.” The sources of ingredients are carefully selected. For example, it includes grass-fed whey protein from New Zealand (GMO free, rBGH free, BSE free). However, I have question marks around their use of the Arctic Pacific krill oil in the product. I cannot confirm it, but there is concern about eco-system damage from this kind of krill fishing and some are also concerned with a risk of Fukushima radiation contamination in Pacific krill oil.
Get TC Feline in the US here.


  • Premixes are not meant to be used as a “sprinkle” on top of meat or added just to water or other foods; Feline Instincts says you can harm your cat by using the supplements that way. Follow the instructions for mixing the right amount into the food at the right time.
  • For cats with constipationFeline Instincts No Bones About It or Alnturin with Calcium mixes are an ideal option. TC Feline also provides a bone-free special mix for cats with kidney problems.
  • Some (but not all) experts say you shouldn’t use store-bought meat (unless you cook it before adding supplements) because there are concerns about bacteria. Instead, they say you should grind your own or order from source that freezes immediately after cutting or grinding, like Hare-Today, which carries many types of meats.
  • Alnutrin provides an excellent homemade cat food nutrient calculator to create your own new recipes or to customize one of theirs. You can also use it if you already have a recipe and would like to know what the nutritional composition of the diet is.
  • The homemade cat food supplement companies listed above will provide you with what you need to know for making your cat food. But if you’re really wanting to geek out and learn more about doing it all from scratch, see Dr. Lisa Pierson’s HUGE page on the topic of making cat food here.

Wanna see how to make, prepare, and store a batch of cat food?

This video from Feline Instincts shows you exactly how to prepare and package a batch of homemade cat food that’s supplemented with a premix. Demystifies it!

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  1. I have 4 kitties myself and want to start making their food. My problem is that they don’t like chicken or beef. But I’ve never tried them with the homemade. They may like it. But with them being seafood fanatics, I’d like to see some fish recipes for them. I also want to try cooked the food as well as raw. Going homemade is cheaper as well as better for them because I know exactly whats in it. Thanks for any advice you could pass my way.

    1. Tammy, I would talk to Alnutrin, if I were you—take them up on their free formulation advice: https://www.knowwhatyoufeed.com/contact_us.html Also VERY important, in case you didn’t know: Fish has to COOKED, not raw, for cats, as raw fish contains an enzyme that causes thiamine deficiency for them, which can cause neurological problems, and even lead to convulsions.

  2. I have read a few recipes for homemade cat food & many of them request rice. Is brown rice easier for them to digest? Will a small amount be ok?

  3. Can cats overdose on taurine? How much taurine should be in raw food if I did the 80% meat 10 bone 10 organs with say 0.5 pounds of meat, like one chicken breast.

  4. I’m searching everywhere for information on using a vitamin A supplement instead of using liver. I’ve got several cats who dislike liver. The capsule is 10000ul, so would I use one capsule per 3lb batch? Are there any other food sources of vitamin A I could use instead of capsules?

  5. such important information! Thank you! My friend is now dealing with a poor kitten, that she mistakenly was feeding raw meats only, eventually, was wrongly diagnosed with a neurological issue, now, finding it is ALL diet related. This poor cat is bow legged on the front and walks very slowly, doesn’t jump at all…now we know why!! The poor thing is in agony [ soft bones ]….we are both praying she can recover, she is now on vet recommended food, and having more blood work done to see if her thyroid etc is effected……so sad, she would never intentionally harm her cat, she was simply ignorant of the nutrients she needed.

  6. Hi I loved reading this article! I am very new to making cat food homemade and i’m just researching now, but planning soon to take the plunge to start. Just wondering, should I meet with their vet with my cats to discuss what I should be adding into their food? I’m worried the vet we have now won’t take me seriously or take the time to help out. Thank you!

    1. Hi Carolyn, it’s always a good idea to keep one’s vet in the loop, but my understanding is vets don’t get much training in feline nutrition, so it’s hard to know how any vet will respond. I haven’t had time to update this article, but the homemade food guidance and supplement I’m most impressed with right now is EZ Complete from Food Fur Life. Check them out — a wealth of info! http://www.foodfurlife.com/cats.html

  7. Hi Liz- I really need your advice!
    I have been using Lisa Pierson’s cat food recipe, from catinfo.org, for my 5 year old male cat for about a year (he had bladder crystals/stone before, and since feeding him homemade food, the problem has gone away!). But now his cholesterol is CRAZY HIGH– somewhere in the 400’s. The vet thinks it’s because of the liver in his food and wants me to put him back on Hill’s prescription diet (there is no way I am doing that!). Do you have any advice, or maybe an altered recipe I can start making? We don’t know for sure whether the problem is genetic or not.. but I am really scared now that I’ve maybe done something wrong to make him sick. Please help!
    Thanks so much!

  8. Hi Liz. I’m new here & desperate for advice. My beloved 7 year old Ben is a tabby/tux, sweetest boy you’d ever meet. Last week he was very ill and hospitalized with pkd given a very grim report. I’m doing home fluids, vitamin B minerals & supplements, antibiotics, cerenia. The variety of foods the vet sent home are not at all appealing to him and it is critical I get my boy to eat. I am turning to yours & other videos to educate myself. Can you recommend for a beginner a palatable dish for an ailing baby with kidney disease. I’d move the world for him if I could! Thank you for any advise you can offer. Ben says TY 😿

  9. Hi Liz,

    Fabulous article! I’m looking for kidney support recipes to feed my aging cat who’s in beginning stages of kidney disease. I came across a recipe, but brown rice is included, and after reading your article, I’m wondering if you have an alternative recipe?

    I made homemade dog food for our aging lab and her health improved drastically. Looking to do the same for our felines. Any info would be greatly appreciated!

    Thank you,

  10. Hi Liz, I was searching for homemade cat food recipes online and came across your article. I really like it and would love to introduce it to my 3000 followers on weblog. Do you mind if I translate it into Chinese? I’ll put reference and add your blog’s url.

  11. Great article, this is exactly what I was looking for!
    I don’t want to feed my kitty commercial crap anymore and would like to prepare a monthly batch and freeze it. I’m a vegetarian but I won’t feed my cat what I eat. I have no experience with meat, so I have some doubts:
    1) is the meat in the video ground up/minced? I am aware about the possible bacterial presence in store-brought minced meat, and I want my cat to bite into her food a little rather than just lap it up. Do meat shop people cut the meat into really tiny pieces or shred the meat if we ask them to? (Am sorry but I have never been to a meat shop before)
    2) how much time will it take to thaw and get to room temperature after taking out of the freezer? (I don’t want to heat it at all) should I immerse the zipper pouch/ container in warm water to bring it to room temperature? Will it spoil the enzymes in meat or the vitamins/taurine?
    3) is EZfood for cats a good product?
    4) is it ok to use rabbit+turkey meat combo when preparing a batch? If so what should be the ratio? And what should be the proportions of meat:supplement powder for a monthly batch?

    I don’t know who else to ask, my vet laughed at the idea of me preparing food for kitty at home 🙁

    Please reply, I could really use your advice.
    Thank you <3

  12. Hi, I am looking to feed my 2 cats Cooked homemade food. Can these supplements be used with a cooked recipe as well or are they specifically for homemade raw food? If they are not for cooked recipes could you direct me to some that are if you know of any? Thanks in advance.

  13. Hello Liz, I’m taking care of a wildcat. I usually cook stew for it, about 1 month it eats a lot, but gradually it does not eat as much as the first month anymore. Did I do something wrong?

  14. I have been feeding human grade canned and kibble. Two cats, I go through a large can in three meals. I have been re-heating in the microwave, and from what I read above I’m destroying the B vitamins by doing that. I eat out of the microwave myself and have also recently been contemplating that is not such a good idea either. My patter is cook huge batches, divide into portions, and at meal time (for myself) reach in the freezer, take out what looks good at the time, heat in microwave, and eat. But I take vitamins and minerals…. How can I quickly heat refrigerated canned food without getting a pan not only dirty but probably crusted with food? I looked at steam ovens but it appears they have a problem with mold. I’d love to cook for my cats but I want to improve their situation, not make it worse.

  15. Please give me your opinion of the company which produces “Smalls” cat food. It is freshly made and shipped frozen according to a subscription plan. Is the food completely balanced and healthy? There are 3 different protein offerings. https://www.smallsforsmalls.com/

    1. Their formulas look ok but I myself wouldn’t go with them. I try to feed paleo (only meat and necessary vitamins) and theirs is not. They include fillers (albeit “natural” ones) including carb-heavy peas and veggies, neither of which offer real nutritive benefit and only add weight to inflate cost/volume.

  16. Can I use taurine powder and whey powder in cooking and baking to make my own cooked cat food?

    they will eat can food everyday so my goal is not the nutrient of it.
    my goal is to have a bit of binding powders to make soft baked cat kibble once a week.
    most recipes I have seen are using grain and wheat powder, flour, ect to bake.
    I would like to use whey and taurine powder and make very soft moist kibble once a week.
    Just don’t know if cooking taurine and whey powder brings out toxins in it for cats?


    1. Susanne, I don’t know about whey powder, as I haven’t looked into it, but I do think you need to be sure to add taurine AFTER cooking, as cooking degrades it. I don’t think it would be toxic – just not fully available for the cat’s body to absorb effectively.

  17. Thanks for this info! I needed to switch my cat’s food as he was throwing up anything else I tried, but he has not taken to raw food, so I have been cooking the ground mixture with a bit of chicken broth (I use thigh meat, beef heart, chicken liver, egg yolk, salt, and chicken egg shell (because he did not do well with the bones either), and Platinum Performance cat supplement.).
    It seems I should add the supplement after cooking the food. Is there any other downside to cooking the food? What would you recommend?

  18. Can one include whey protein as a supplement in or on cat food? I see some say yes some no and have found it in a few cat snacks. Can you settle the debate of safe or not?

  19. the best way to avoid these problems? buy pet food for your pet! all these problems have been dealt with by the manufacturers over decades of experienced food production, supervised by nutritionists and vets

    1. I have yet to find a commercial human-grade grain-free cat food that does not have chemicals in it that I refuse to feed my cats. I myself eat “above” so-called human grade because I won’t eat those chemicals either. Why would I feed my cat meat that is from animals who ingested Roundup all the time? That is human grade….you eat Roundup all the time too, if you buy your meat at the grocery.

      1. Hey! I’m cooking the food for my cat (I cooking meat, liver, hearts, vegetables, gizzards etc) but I’m not finding a multivitamin and supplements who support all his need. I need just multivitamin and supplement like taurine, calcium, B complex, Omega 3 and etc. Can you recommend me any who support the minimum requirements, please?
        Thank you

  20. I also have a 7 yo male cat who’s had struvite crystals. My vet says I should only feed him a special diet for urinary issues – currently Royal Canin SO – but it bothers me so much when I think about what he’s actually consuming every day, that it may be harmful and shorten his life. I’m very confused and would appreciate any insight.

    1. In your shoes, I’d try to find out what the ingredient(s) is(are) that are for the urinary issues. see if it is possible to get those ingredients yourself, and cook for him. Western medicine is totally out of whack due to the focus on drugs, and you simply can’t get an Rx for yourself or your pet that is not loaded with unnecessary and harmful ingredients. Recently my doctor prescribed some vitamin D for me; I didn’t look at it before I paid for it. It was loaded with food coloring and I simply threw it out. Every OTC in the drug store is loaded with this stuff, and I don’t know of any way to get it changed. It’s like a religion, that we have to put poisons in our “medicines.”

  21. Hi, my cat has had struvite crystals in the past. Would you feed this to a cat of your own if it had crystals, or would your u change the recipe at all? Love your demo of making the food,really does look like I can manage this in my busy life! Thank you .

  22. What about U-Stew? This food additive is added to the cooked meat of your choice to make up a complete meal. Like the fact that it is all human grade and none of the additives are from China.

    1. I am sorry I used U-Stew for my cat. She was eating a decent canned food. I used U-Stew added to raw cooked ground meat from a butcher. She adjusted to the food but got constipated. I took her to the vet four times. She needed an X-ray to see if there was a blockage, an enema to restart elimination and Cerenia to stimulate her appetite. She now needs Lactulose twice per day by syringe to keep her regular. It took 6 weeks to get her to eliminate every other day with soft stools. She hates the lactulose
      and hides so she does not have to take it. She rejects the descent canned food and I struggled to find another she would eat.

  23. Do your cats enjoy eating cold food from the fridge? How long can it sit safely out of the fridge so it gets to a more palatable temperature? I’m thinking of making small batches here and there as a treat. Thanks!

  24. I feed my cats Bravo canned food and alternate with a raw turkey preparation I mix with diluted in water Honest Kitchen Grace, the latter being a complete food in dehydrated form, to make sure the raw turkey meals are more balanced. I am wondering if this is enough in terms of getting the right nutrients for my kits. I rotate these foods daily, sometimes I sprinkle Brewers yeast and or dehydrated chicken or turkey treats on top to make the food more interesting. Liz or anyone else who is knowledgeable of proper kitty diet do you think I am covering pretty much their nutritional needs? Or shall I be aware of something that may be missing?

  25. Hi Liz. I just saw this page after writing. 🙂

    If I was to cook the meat (beef or turkey) before adding the supplements (my cat has been on raw much of his life but can’t be on it right now), does this change how long it can be frozen (vs. raw)?

    Also, any idea if the AAFCO nutritional value for Feline Instincts is based on raw meat with enzymes, or would it still be AAFCO certified with cooked meats?


  26. I have been feeding my cats Darwin’s Natural Pet Products and my male cat was recently diagnosed with hyperthyroidism. Is it because he is not getting enough nutrients and if so, what should I be giving him. He’s a 12 lb tuxedo and recently turned 17. He’s always been very active but lately, he looks bloated and not sure he is going #2. What to do?

  27. Hi Liz,
    I have came across your blog today and I want to congratulate you on a beautiful blog you have and it’s very easy to understand.
    As I was reading this article I realize that I made a very big mistake I’ve been feeding raw for five months now and I was putting my vitamin B in to boiling water to dissolve the pills, I see that I was destroying the vitamin B by doing this, I have two months worth of food in my freezer, is there anyway I can save all this food, is it possible for me to get the vitamin B in powder and to add it into each container every day as I feed the cats or is it dangerous that I overdose on vitamin B if I do that ? would you have any suggestions for me not to waste all this food ?
    thanks for your help,

    1. Thank you Mona! I totally understand not wanting to waste all that good food. What I personally would do is mix in a “pinch” (like 1/10th of a capsule) *per cat* of Jarrow B-Right for each meal. I just eyeball the amount — B vitamins are water-soluble so excess will pass out in the urine and overdosing is extremely uncommon. I use that particular vitamin because it’s so pure and doesn’t have other minerals, vitamins, herbs, or fillers added.

      1. Hi Liz, thank you for answering, I am very happy That I can turn this around easily. I was scared when i read this.
        Looking forward to visiting your whole blog. I will try and find this in Canada if I can’t the health store will guide me through the purest they have.

        1. You are welcome! One thing that helps in your case is that you are feeding raw, not cooked, so *some* level of B-vitamins inherent in the raw meat itself will still be viable – in other words you haven’t been feeding completely B-free.

  28. the amount of avidin in a raw egg white is easily overwhelmed by the b vitamins within the egg yolk. if you are using the entire egg, this is not really an issue.

  29. Another great article Liz 🙂

    A new supplement on the market that may be worth adding to this list is FoodFurLife designed by well-educated and experienced raw feeders.


    Thanks again for all the great work you do 🙂

    1. I have a concern about feeding only calcium instead of bones, Dr. Pierson and cat nutrition mentions ” Recipe WITHOUT Real Bones
      (really not recommended for long term use – using real bone is better) ” unless your cat has chronic kidney disease.

      I personal ground my bones and add the vitamins Dr. Pierson suggest.

    2. I placed an order with foodfurlife and the cost of the product is very high plus the fact that I paid over six dollars for “priority mail” thinking I would receive the order in a day or two.

      Three days later I called foodfurlife and explained that I had not received the order and was immediately told by the person who sounded offended by my call that I could get a refund.

      I had not been rude but simply trying to find out if something had happened to my order but the person on the phone behaved as though I had somehow insulted her.

      I asked what is meant by priority mail and she came back with a smart curt remark. I asked her if I could speak to someone else and she told me she was part owner.

      I’ll never do business with this company again. She also told me that my order had been mailed that day, three days after I had placed it. So much for the 6 dollars and the priority mail. It doesn’t seem to be a priority with them.

      1. Jasmine, I’m so sorry for your atypical experience with our company. Regarding the cost of shipping, most companies charge shipping & handling. We charge no “handling” fee, and as a small (but growing) company, our volume is not yet to the level that we get shipping rate discounts. In fact, we subsidize the cost of USPS Priority mail shipping. “Priority Mail” refers to the particular delivery service through the United States Postal Service. Our shipping FAQs state that we typically ship within 1 to 2 days of when the order is placed, and that is the case. On the rare occasion we don’t meet that. We are a small company with just the two of us. We get sick, our pets get sick – sometimes “life” happens. Of course there is no excuse for rudeness in customer service, and for that I can only apologize. That, too, is atypical, as it is our goal to provide customer service and care at the level we would like to receive.

        As to the cost of the product? Please bear in mind that all ingredients are human grade, non-gmo, and it is manufactured in a human neutraceutical facility that is a next generation cGMP and NSF certified manufacturing facility. Unlike any of the other premixes, ours is based on the prey model, contains two organs, and has the full daily recommended amount of omega 3 via NZ green lipped mussel powder, it is not a token amount. In the end, the cost depends on the purchaser’s cost of meat. If one can pay $3.99 or less for the meats used in the food, the cost of using EZComplete to make food costs about the same as using Fancy Feast to feed one’s cats.

  30. Just curious. Is there a reason you didn’t include wysong call of the wild? Since it’s one of the more popular raw food supplements out there.

    1. Good question. The Wysong Call of the Wild supplement says “For intermittent or supplemental feeding only” on the label. While the basic ingredients look reasonable, and it says that it’s designed mimic food a balanced “wild caught prey” diet, it doesn’t seem designed to guarantee a cat is getting the amounts of every nutrient they need to meet or exceed the AAFCO standards (which are supposed to be the minimum a cat needs for survival on a diet long-term).

      1. thanks for the reply!my cats are currently on call of the wild. and its good to know i should be thinking of something to alternate them with.

      2. I was told that means its not meant to be fed alone as a complete diet. It means only use it to supplement, or only use it by itself as a meal on occasion.

  31. Hi Liz, thanks for addressing these important nutritional issues with a raw diet. It is reassuring to those of who have chosen raw, that we are doing the right thing.
    After adopting my cat 3 years ago, I read up on feeding cats, and what I learned convinced me to switch. I transitioned my little one to a raw diet, made with Feline Instincts. My cat took to it easily and she loves it! I also feed her some of those cold pasteurized frozen pellets from Natures Variety and Stella&Chewy. What’s your position on these types of raw food?

    1. Thanks Hal. Yes, I do think those raw ones are good – I believe they use High Pressure Processing (HPP), which preserves the enzymes while eliminating bad bacteria. You are making me realize that i removed Nature’s Variety raw from from the Today’s Best Cat Food page when they changed their formulas and introduced the pellets – ONLY because I needed time to go back and analyze what the heck they did. I thought maybe they changed it to just snacks, not a balanced AAFCO-measured meal. And then I forgot to add them back! An oversight. They look fine to me and I like that Nature’s Variety is still an independent company; has not been bought out. I believe Stella still is as well.