Taking Your Kitten Home:

You'll need:


3-4 meals per day:  1-2 meat, 1 tinned, 1 dry.

  • Leave dry food out all the time, for ad-lib feeding

  • Breakfast/dinner, it doesn't matter in which order you give the tinned or meat meal.  1 for breakfast, the other for dinner.



  • Raw Beef:  Cheapest quality (ie 3-star/highest fat content) mince beef, human grade.  Kittens need more fat in their diet than adults do.  For adults, change to a low-fat mince.  Add a Pet Vitamin/Mineral Supplement according to brand dosage.  I recommend Raw Meow Mix.

  • Big Dog or Proudi brands:  rabbit, kangaroo, turkey etc.  Don't add supplement to this, it's already complete.

  • Cooked chicken & rice:

    Chicken Maryland (skin on); Chicken thigh fillets (skin off), Chicken hearts (for the Taurine), Rice, Pet Vitamin/Mineral Supplement (Raw Meow Mix recommended).

    - Boil, then simmer, Chicken Maryland and skinless thigh/drumstick fillets, until meat falls off the bone. 
    - Remove bone, but leave in cartilage from knuckles.  Top up water & continue cooking til meat shreds easily and the cartilage has dissolved (the cartilage will form jellymeat). 
    - Add rice & chicken hearts, and cook at least another 30m, till all the stock is absorbed/reduced.  Make sure meat is 
    covered with water at all times, til you add the rice and begin reducing stock.


      Kittens - For kittens, you want a higher fat content.

      - Per 1 kilo of skinless fillets, use 1 Maryland, 100g chopped chicken hearts, and 1/4 cup or less of raw rice.

      - So if you're cooking 2kg of skinless fillets, use 2 Marylands, 200g chicken hearts, and 1/2 cup or less of

        raw rice.

      Adults - For adults, you want a lower fat content.

      - Per 3 kilos, use 1 chicken Maryland (skin on), plus 300g chicken hearts (chopped), and 3/4 cup or less of

        raw rice.
      - So if you're cooking 6kg of skinless thigh fillets, use 2 Marylands, 600g chicken hearts, and 1-1/2 cups or

        less of raw rice.

      Notes:  - If you want to cook less than 1kg, substite skin-on Drumsticks for skin-on Marylands

             - Rice has little to no nutritional value for cats, so why do I add it?  There's a few reasons...
Moisture:  The rice is there primarily as a vehicle for absorbing liquid.  Because cats don't drink a lot,

               they should have food with a high moisture content.  When cooking rice for ourselves 1 cup rice

               absorbs about 2 cups of water.  Here however we're cooking it til it's quite gluggy, and it'll absorb up                   to 4 cups/1 litre of liquid per cup of rice.  That liquid is the stock from cooking the chicken, so it

               has nutritional value.
Weight gain:  In spite of having little to no nutritional value, the starch does seem to help with weight

               gain, particularly in kittens.  If I want to increase weight gain, I up the rice content.
Cost:  It's also there as a filler, same as with commercial foods.  As a pensioner with 8 adult cats to

               feed, plus however many kittens are on the ground, it makes it more affordable for me to use high-

               quality human-grade meat, instead of cheap pet grade meat (which is often full of harmful

               preservatives etc, as well as the meat itself being of poor quality).

             - If you prefer to give your cat a completely
grain-free diet, you can add gelatine to the stock instead of

               rice, to form thick jelly-meat.


  • Coles brand Seafood Cocktail.  (Not Tuna, Seafood Cocktail only).

  • Ziwipeak tinned food

  • Human-grade Sardines, Mackeral, or Salmon in Springwater.  NO TUNA - it's far too high in mercury content.

Dry food:


Option 1:  Royal Canin Babycat until ~4 months old.  At ~4 months, change to Royal Canin Kitten.  

                 Feed Kitten food until 12 mths old, then change to Adult.
Option 2: 
Ziwipeak Air-dried meat

Adult:       Royal Canin Indoor for Tonkinese, or Royal Canin Maine Coon for Coons, or Ziwipeak Air-dried meat.


  • Water ad-lib

  • A saucer a day of Liddells or Zymil Lactose Free milk to boost calcium intake.  Available in long-life section of supermarket.




  • Crystals.  I use The Catessentials Crystal Litter from Pet Circle, but CatSan from Coles is also very good.


They're using & love the Jute Dome Scratcher, the Melody Chaser Bird, and the Bliss Tweet Mice from Pet Circle.

I buy most of my products online from Pet Circle.  


Tonkinese:  A slicker brush and a bristle brush.  Brush once a week; daily during moulting.

Maine Coon:  A slicker brush, a bristle brush, a wide-tooth comb and a narrow-tooth comb. 

                            Give a light brush/comb daily, and a thorough brush/comb weekly.  Pay special attention to front

                      armpits, groin & behind back legs, and tail, since these are the areas that tend to mat. 

                      It's a good idea to also give a bath once per week or fortnight, so your MC is used to bathing when

                      it NEEDS a bath.  Your kitten will already have been bathed once or twice before leaving home,

                      and MCs do love water! 

Links to stockists for products I use & recommend:

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