I feed my dogs Pat’s Recipe.
Previously when I prepared my own food for my dogs I prepared the following meats: beef chuck, chicken thighs with skin, lamb leg roasts, and pork butt/shoulder.
For vegetables: zucchini, celery, broccoli, green beans, and cauliflower.
To prepare one cup (8 ounces) of 90/10: 7 ounces of raw meat to 1 ounce of vegetables.
Whether you prepare large amounts of food for several cats/dogs or for one small dog or cat, the meat and vegetables are the same.
You may prepare sufficient amounts for your family of dogs/cats on a daily basis or you may prepare large amounts and freeze it in packages containing enough for their daily food.
I steamed the vegetables in salted butter and covered with water on very low heat in my cast iron skillet until they were soft enough to mash to the consistency of baby food.
Whether you use my method of steaming, or you boil the vegetables; whatever, I’m sure there aren’t two people preparing their cat or dog’s food in the same way…and that’s fine. Whatever works for you. What is important is that you start with whole meats, cut the meat up in chunks, that the meat is raw, and the vegetables are cooked and mashed.
Buy chicken thighs with skin. Cut off as much of the meat as you can do easily. Then boil the bones with meat still on them for about an hour until all the meat falls off easily. Take the meat off of the bones, add the cooked meat to your raw meat, and put the bones back in the water and simmer for another 3 hours until the end-grizzle falls off. Let cool just enough so you can clean the bones thoroughly, keep the grizzle ends, because now they are soft and pliable…excellent cartilage for your dogs and cats to eat. Throw the bones away. You now have healthy chicken broth to pour over your animals’ meals. Or you may want to give the bone broth as a treat.
Add the vegetables and the broth; add BIO-8-Powder, and your cat/dog has the best of all meals.
Usually with turkey you have to buy the leg and thigh together. If so, then be sure you take out the long, thin bone that runs along the leg of the turkey. Otherwise you prepare the turkey legs/thighs in the same manner as the chicken.
With beef use the cheapest cuts of beef. Chuck roasts and steaks with the bone are usually the best buys. Cut the beef off of the bone; put the bone in a pot with purified water and boil until all the meat is off of the bone. Throw away the bone. Add the vegetables and the broth; add the BIO-8-Powder, and stand aside while your cat/dog eats with gusto.
Lamb and Pork Butt; Shoulder are prepared the same as Beef.
Egg yolks should be fed raw. The whites need to be poached, because the avidin in the whites interferes with the absorption of biotin.
The main concern with eggs is their quality and freshness. Organic is best. If not, make sure they come from healthy, free-range-fed chickens that have not been fed antibiotics, hormones, or other drugs.
Approximately one or two eggs for every ten pounds of body weight is about right for one meal.
One suggestion is to boil the vegetables until they are soft enough to mash into the consistency of baby food, then mix in the egg whites and cook for a minute or two until the egg whites turn white. Let cool before mixing with the egg yolks.