how to cook turkey for cats

Step #4. Puree brocolli, berries, kale, sardines and shredded squash. The motor type and gear construction are significant factors in the performance of the grinder and its power rating. I will note that in 2016, the Weston #12 was upgraded with 30% more power and it now carries a 5 year warranty. Food is often the last thing to even be considered as a cause or contributing factor in the event of an illness or death. If using rabbit + chicken, use 1/2 tsp regular salt with iodine + 7 tablets of potassium gluconate (99mg each) OR 7 capsules of potassium citrate (99mg each). I have thrown out a lot of gummy B-Complex capsules which is wasteful. Also, cutting up carcasses is not only an unpleasant task but it is also very time-consuming. Rabbit has a high bone-to-meat ratio and I want to dilute out that bone with some poultry meat/skin. See below. I wanted the convenience of buying meat on my schedule – not my butcher’s. I consider the eggs to be an optional ingredient. That way, you will collect the most fat from the bacon. Also, the 2007 Menu pet food tragedy that resulted in the deaths and severely compromised health of many cats and dogs left me with an even deeper desire to have as much control as possible over what goes into my cats’ food bowls. This is because  FortiFlora is formulated using animal digest which is the same substance that pet food manufacturers coat dry food with to make it very palatable for cats and dogs. October, 2009: Diamond Pet Food company recalls Premium Edge dry food due to thiamine deficiency which causes severe neurological damage and death in cats. With bones or without bones; how much bone, Commercial pet food contamination – especially dry food. I then make a supplement slurry by adding vitamin B-complex, vitamin E, fish oil, taurine, and iodized lite salt (if using poultry thighs) to water. Nitrites in cured meats is a controversial subject so I opted to purchase nitrite-free bacon from Whole Foods Market. General CKD medical management to prolong the length and quality of life, in addition to appropriate dietary issues, is discussed during the consultation. I was tired of calling my butcher to see when the poultry thighs were going to be delivered so that I could source them as fresh as possible. Once your turkey carcass bone broth is fully cooked, strain, strain, strain. However, many people are either unwilling or unable to purchase a grinder so I am finally ‘giving in’ and will state that if you are going to use 3 pounds of boneless meat and skin, then the amount of bone meal (NOW brand linked below) to use is 2 1/3 tablespoons. Another option for people with only 1 or 2 cats is to, Generally speaking, all constipated cats will benefit from an increase in fecal water content but the main question is:  Do we want to, If a large percentage of the meat in the diet is chunked….and the cat eats, Feeding Your Cat:  Know the Basics of Feline Nutrition, Kitchner #12 Electric Meat Grinder – 1/2 HP. I thaw it and mix in the ground and chunked chicken/turkey thigh meat and skin as discussed above. Fat has more calories than protein so it is more calorically dense. If you’re cooking in the pot, turn the heat to medium-high for an hour. Remove some of the raw meat from the bone for chunking. Early Christmas Nov 21, 2020 At the request of several readers, here are links to specific products that I purchase from but please note that I cannot keep up with iherb’s website if they change links. That said, some cats do experience constipation when started on a species-appropriate diet (homemade, commercial raw, or canned) and it needs to be addressed. All Cat Recipes; Food Calculator; Store Locator; Shop Online; Contact Us; FAQ; Search for: Buy Now. I find that soft boiling them (~3-4 minutes) works very well but some people like to scramble them in a bit of butter. I tend to err on the side of caution and grind the bones very finely. Copyright 2016 - All Rights Reserved - Sitemap. I recently added a bit of guar gum (soluble fiber) to my cats’ food. Dogs also have a higher thirst drive to make up for the water deficit in dry kibble. Therefore, I don’t care if the ‘good’ bacteria in the product are dead or not. January 2006 – September 2007:  See this link for a CDC report on a multi-state (19 states) outbreak of salmonella in humans during 2006 and 2007. I then mixed in a few of these small pieces with their canned food to get them used to the taste and texture of just plain meat. I don’t ever want to go through what those people went through when they lost their beloved pets due to human greed and deception. If your cat is chubby or has had pancreatitis, remove ~80% of the skin. Robbie builds up tartar faster than any cat I have ever dealt with and he really could use dental cleanings 2 times per year. Mix very well then portion into containers and freeze. The longer the feces sit in the colon, the more water is pulled from it (since the colon’s job is to save water for the body) and the drier the feces become, leading to constipation in some cats. Learning which foods are the most beneficial for their carnivore diet as well as supplementing any vitamins they may need is the key to a happy, healthy, and long life for your feline. When I decided to start making cat food, I did not buy a grinder and all of the supplements right away. It is easier to get the uppers brushed than the lowers. I’ve tried to cook the veggies for them but they won’t touch them. This is not what we want for the average cat. I frequently see people jump into making cat food without doing their homework and without any thought as to using a balanced recipe. I am a stickler for using fresh bone versus bone meal or calcium carbonate. Please check back to this webpage periodically for any updates to the recipe. I will point out where I deviate from her methods and then you can decide for yourself how you would like to proceed. In Jauary 2019, the FDA found Salmonella and Listeria in ground chicken/bones/organs from Hare Today, Gone Tomorrow. This product does not have to be re-ground. Making cat food:  Do it and do it right, or don’t do it at all. If I was not so lazy, I would use the eggs that are listed in the recipe below. Your cat may make it easy for you and show enthusiasm for the new food right away….but many (most?) However, it is not necessary to have such an ‘all or nothing’ viewpoint and our cats will benefit if people approach this issue with more critical thought and compromise. The bacterial load can put your cat at risk for severe illness. If you are not going to follow a balanced recipe, then please feed a balanced, commercial canned food diet. It is never in a refrigerated state. See the Recipe section below for links to specific ingredients that I order from Finding a recipe as inclusive as this might just be nearly impossible. I want to make it clear that the Tasin TS-108 will be just fine for the average household. After spending a great deal of time reading and learning about the way commercial pet foods are processed, and the ingredients that go into many of these foods, I decided to start making my own cat food. In the ‘old days,’ megacolon cats (cats with abnormally large colons with compromised motility) were routinely treated with high fiber diets. Hunger goes a long way when trying to get a cat to embrace any new food but, again, make sure that your cat has a healthy, non-painful mouth. The surviving animals will have permanent liver damage. I have a 4 minute video of my Robbie violently pawing at his mouth because of a bone fragment that had gotten stuck. However, the nutritional needs of these cats must be discussed on an individual patient basis. While the Menu Foods recall was the largest pet food recall in the history of commercial pet food, make no mistake in thinking that this was the first time that cats and dogs have died after consuming commercial pet foods that have been contaminated with chemicals, bacteria, and bacterial or mold toxins. In this easy cooking video, I BBQ a turkey on my Weber Kettle charcoal grill. Many people use pumpkin (canned – plain….not pumpkin pie filling with added sugar and spices) but some cats do not like it. In addition to this very important fact, the amount of vegetable matter in the average bird or mouse is extremely small and often the stomach and the intestines are not even consumed by the cat. The safest and healthiest method for feeding cats turkey is to buy fresh skinless, boneless turkey breast meat and cook it thoroughly without added seasonings. Then place the turkey on the grate and start cooking! The normal body is stimulated to defecate when the colon is distended/full. I don’t like to see people get discouraged so I strongly suggest that you just take it slowly. For the boneless poultry meat and skin that you are adding to the pre-ground rabbit carcass, you can either use a grinder or a food processor for the meat that you don’t chunk for dental health. Once the meat is ground, the surface area increases, which makes a great breeding ground for bacteria. January, 2011:  200 cows recently died after consuming feed contaminated with moldy sweet potatoes. Roland has been an animal lover all his life, with cats holding a special place in his heart. Unless you plan on doubling (or tripling) up on this cat food recipe as it only yields 3 portions, you might not even make it to the freezer! Food processors work well for meat but not bones, or skin. The last thing you want your cat to do is bite into a highly concentrated area of bad tasting vitamins. November 25, 2008:  Mars Petcare US extended its October 28, 2008 voluntary pet food recall of dry food that affected 15 states, adding more product carriers and brands affected by possible salmonella contamination. The thyroid gland is very sensitive to iodine levels that are either too low or too high. All of the above said about the Weston #12…. I leave this food out instead of the raw/semi-cooked diet. Therefore, a calcium source must be supplied and it must be done in the proper ratio considering the phosphorus in the meat. I don’t see myself ever going back to feeding commercial cat food after having fed a 100% homemade diet since 2003. Note that for this preparation, either a grinder or a food processor is needed to grind the boneless poultry meat and skin. With the critical thought that I put into my cats’ diet with regard to sourcing and preparation, I would confidently submit their diet to a ‘safety contest’ with any dry food on the market. The rabbit that I source directly from the producer is fed raw because it is frozen as soon as it is processed and arrives on my doorstep frozen. Cook it slowly until the bacon is dry and crispy. It provides information on canning cat food. For instance the Tasin TS-108 is listed as a 1,200 watt grinder and the Weston #12 is listed at ¾ HP (2016 now 1 HP) or 560 watts (2016 now 750watts). I found that I was getting more and more frustrated with the species-inappropriate and low quality ingredients found in most commercial foods so this was a very easy decision for me to make. If humans would stop feeding dry food to cats, cats like Opie would not have to suffer from excruciatingly painful – and life-threatening – urethral blockages. Guaranteed Analysis. Pour rice in boiling water, lower heat, cover and cook for 10 minutes. Cats eating a natural, species-appropriate diet do not produce soft, voluminous, stinky feces like so many people are used to seeing from their cats eating commercial diets. That said, some people do use a small amount of vegetables and I don’t have a problem with that as long as the amount is minimal (~5% by weight). ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~. This canned food is also safe for human consumption so it doubles as an emergency supply for both two-legged and four-legged members of the house. I do not use it as the label states since I am not using it for its probiotic properties. I will let a healthy cat go without food for about 18 hours and then offer them some of their regular food if they will not eat the new food that you are introducing. The reason(s) for the constipation may be different for each cat but one cause may be the addition of too much bone to the diet. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~. July, 2011 update:  Robbie’s teeth would have been a mess by now since his last dental was in December, 2009. Plus, his breath smelled awful! These ingredients are likely ones we always keep in our pantry which makes this a simple and easy go-to recipe! Therefore, I consider hearts to just be pretty much the same as muscle meat so I still add powdered taurine. Many of my colleagues are adamantly opposed to the feeding of raw meat yet they think nothing of supporting the common practice of leaving bowls of dry food sitting out for pets to free-feed from which can be contaminated with fungal mycotoxins, bacteria, chemicals, or storage mites. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~. Check these out! My cats did lose weight (a good thing) on the skinless chicken diet but then I worried about the fact that in the wild they would be consuming the skin of their prey so now I use ~20% of the skin on the chicken thighs. I suspect that these body parts make up a large percentage of some of the commercial raw diets since they are cheap and are part of the ‘discards’ from the human-targeted market. 1 teaspoon of bacon fat is 38 calories. Dimensions: 14 1/8″ long x 6 1/2″ wide x 11 7/8″ tall, Tasin TS-108 (body only): 8.75 lbs And to be fair, there have also been recalls of commercial raw meat diets. Here are two grinders that I would *not* recommend: 1) Kitchner #12 Electric Meat Grinder – 1/2 HP. Place ground meat into a large mixing bowl. Also, beef and fish have been shown to be hyperallergenic in some cats and if you used beef, you would have to use bone meal and I greatly prefer using fresh bone. You can also use crushed Temptations treats, etc. Salmon vs fish oil: I prefer to use fish oil from smaller fish such as anchovies and sardines. I dilute the bone even further by removing ~30% of the thigh bones. 3) I want to use fresh bone versus bone meal and it is very easy to grind the meat with the bones. If your cat is thin and needs the extra calories, leave all of the skin on the meat. The Tasin TS-108 can handle whole pieces of chicken but sometimes a larger thigh needs to be cut down into smaller pieces to fit down the tube. (See Urinary Tract Diseases – Opie’s Story.). I find dry vitamin E capsules easier to work with. Given the fact that hyperthyroidism is very common in the cat, I do not want to add too much, or too little, iodine to the diet and I don’t know how much iodine is in each supplement. Kitten Food vs Cat Food: What’s the Difference. Whether you are using pre-ground rabbit with additional ground boneless poultry meat and skin, or chicken/turkey thighs that you have ground yourself, it is now time to combine the. The feces from my cats also has very little odor. Note that dry kibble is very often contaminated with bacteria, fungal mycotoxins, insects and their feces, as well as being high in carbohydrates and plant-based (vs animal-based) proteins. The Carnivore Connection to Nutrition in Cats, Feeding Your Cat: Know the Basics of Feline Nutrition, Transitioning Dry Food Addicts to Canned Food, Protein/Fat/Carb/ Phosphorus Chart, Canine Nutrition: Feeding Miss Lilly – Dr. Christine King, Dr. Pierson’s Tall, Dark, and Handsome Men, Rabbit obtained directly from a rabbit producer (. Any questions about your animal's health should be directed to your veterinarian. Fish oil – This is a link to Nature Made 250 capsules for people who make a lot of food. If you start your cat off with clean teeth, you can then go forward and be proactive in keeping them clean. You can purchase guar gum from Whole Foods Market or online here. First, feed any turkey scraps in moderation, so your cat doesn’t have an upset stomach. If you must use your Tasin meat grinder for turkey thighs, I would recommend chopping or smashing the bones into smaller pieces to take some of the strain off the motor. Place a roasting pan under the grates, with 8 cups of water and chopped onion, celery, carrots, garlic, fresh herbs and the turkey’s neck. I always use a recipe that includes finely ground bones. It lasts forever (it is not perishable) and most cats readily eat it when mixed into their food. This fact illustrates that there is a wide variation in how much bone material wild cats consume. Brushing your cat’s teeth is the best way to keep his teeth clean if he will not chew on chunks of meat but, honestly, even if they do chew on meat? If you have been feeding your cat dry food, try crushing the dry food in a baggie and then rolling the meat pieces in it. Seek immediate veterinary attention if your cat is not able to pass urine. I would encourage you to have your cat’s teeth properly cleaned and examined (under general anesthesia – *not* anesthesia-free) if you have not already done so. The links are affiliate links which sends a bit of money my way when they are used. The tablets are more stable and last longer. That said, my Tasin eventually died in the middle of grinding a turkey thigh bone. For people on the east coast, a rabbit supplier is (814) 587-2178. Plus, it is skinned prior to grinding which reduces the fat content even further. It has a larger feeding tube (2.5″ vs 2.0″) which easily takes a whole chicken thigh but will also accommodate a whole turkey thigh so that means less prep time cutting up meat. As stated above, if you decide that you are not comfortable preparing your own cat food, please feed canned food and get the dry food out of your cat’s food bowl. The bones must be ground with the meat (preferable), or another source of calcium + additional supplements must be added to the recipe if only meat is used. None of us know exactly which nutrients and in what amounts are destroyed/damaged with the cooking process. There are other fish oils with a higher level (called “super,” etc.) Sign up for special offers, product updates, and news. Stir in turkey giblets, carrot, and spinach. It is very frustrating to witness this narrow-mindedness and lack of acknowledgement as it pertains to the contamination issues regarding dry food and treats – many of which have been recalled as noted below. We know that the FDA allows a baseline percentage of chicken to leave the producer contaminated with Salmonella but keep in mind that the FDA also warns the consumer of the meat (humans) to fully cook it before eating it. I buy only whole meats from the market for the following reasons: 1) The surface of whole meats is where the bacteria resides – not in the depths of the meat. Therefore, if you insist on cooking the meat you need to add taurine for the cat's health. February/March 2010:  Nature’s Variety raw chicken products – possible salmonella contamination. A reader of this webpage contacted me regarding a coupon program at (which is where I buy my supplements) that allows for $5 off your first purchase if you enter the following code:  LIS675 or just click on this link which will take you to the main webpage where the discount will be automatically applied. It may take a month or more to get your cat used to this process. The Weston is larger and heavier than the Tasin but I do not have a problem with lifting it onto my sink. See Anne’s pictorial here where she shows the size of the meat chunks that her cats are chewing on. We want to refrain from feeding cats as if they were horses or cows. Add the pureed veggie and fruit mixture to the meat mixture and mix well to incorporate. Not only is this frustrating because the meat is wasted, it can also lead to an unbalanced diet. These animals became very ill – and many died – secondary to liver failure from mold toxins (aflatoxin) that were contained in the grains of a commercial dry kibble. Ingredients. Cover and cook on … See this link for an abstract that discusses the issue of storage mites that were found in 9 out of 10 bags of tested dry food. Toby still is not terribly keen on strictly raw meat so he gets his semi-cooked. Keep in mind:  Bones = calcium (etc. I have replaced the plastic containers with Ball or Kerr canning/freezing jars with reusable lids and rings. Cats are obligate carnivoers which means they need animal protein for complete digestion. Note that you brushing back and forth like you would on your own teeth will annoy most cats. I do not recommend the use of their “Special” formulation. These jars hold 15 ounces of food. Cats should love the whole food of turkey in its natural (cooked) state, and not as an added ingredient in a compound method of food production. Your cat will be more than happy to see the turkey giblets in their dish at dinner time! Unfortunately, often neither group considers how the meat is sourced and prepared and they fail to see that one can strike a balance between the two issues. Yes it is more expensive than the Tasin but, for me, it has been worth every penny. I would rather spend time making cat food than giving my cat insulin or cleaning up vomit or diarrhea from intestinal woes or dealing with any number of other diet-related problems that keep veterinarians’ waiting rooms full of sick pets. Village food. We do our best to help you better understand your cats; however, the information on this blog is not a substitute for veterinary guidance. August, 2008:  The California Public Health department reported salmonella contamination of Pedigree dry dog food. I do not worry about cooking the ground bones. Understand that you will not be able to get to the inside of any teeth. This subject is one of considerable debate among two – usually strongly divided – mindsets. I rarely miss a day of brushing his teeth. Even the one with three large holes ground the meat too finely to allow for any dental health benefits. Many cats have very painful mouths but show no outward signs of this pain. If this aversion occurs, you may never get him to accept tooth brushing once you have addressed the painful mouth with your vet. Place turkey drumstick in a saucepan and add just enough water to cover. Just count the gizzards’ weight as part of the 3 lbs of meat/bone/skin in the recipe above. She had completely missed the boat on this very critical issue and was harming her cat. June 12, 2009: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced today it was suspending the temporary Emergency Permit issued to Evanger’s Dog & Cat Food Co., Inc. I prefer to formulate diets for my kidney disease-patients on an individual basis. Anne has never had any problems with her cats eating larger bone pieces but I have. I love using turkey thighs but if you are using a Tasin grinder versus a Weston (discussed above in the Cost section) there is a good chance that a these large bones will kill your Tasin. 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