Taking Your Kitten Home:
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 a thick jelly-meat.
Coles brand Seafood Cocktail. (Not Tuna, Seafood Cocktail only).
Ziwipeak tinned food
Human-grade Sardines, Mackeral, Salmon or Tuna in Springwater.
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.
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, 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:
Ruff Grooming Glove
Paw Brothers Extra-Long Pin Brush