Thanksgiving for Cats

Cats Deserve a Thanksgiving Meal, Too


Jodi Ziskin Fort Lauderdale Cat Health Examiner

November 19, 2013

Thanksgiving is just around the corner. As you make preparations for your feast, please keep your kitty in mind.

It may be tempting to offer your cat pieces of turkey from your plate, however most turkeys are basted in all sorts of things that can be quite harmful to cats (and dogs, too). Onions are especially toxic to cats and can cause Heinz Body Anemia (destroys the red blood cells).

Instead, why not make a special turkey meal for your fabulous feline?

Please keep in mind that this recipe is not meant for everyday. In order to create a nutritionally sound homemade diet, food-based vitamins and minerals as well as organ meats or eggs, taurine and omega-3 oil are important to meet your cat’s needs. If you already make homemade food for your cat, go ahead and add those ingredients to the following recipe.

Yum Yum Turkey

  • 1 or 2 tsp coconut oil
  • 4 oz water
  • Small pinch of sea salt
  • 8 oz (1/2 lb) ground white or dark meat turkey (you can use boneless skinless pieces, too – it just takes a bit longer to cook)
  • 2 oz pureed pumpkin or sweet potatoes (canned is fine)
  • 1 oz kale (shredded) or zucchini (chopped)
  • 1/2 tsp ground pumpkin seeds *(optional)
  • 1/4 tsp finely ground eggshell* (this is a source of calcium)
  • And if you have on hand: .75 ml Nordic Naturals Omega-3 Pet

*To grind an eggshell – be sure it is completely dry first. You can use a seed grinder or a well-cleaned coffee grinder. Pumpkin seeds can also be ground this way.


  • Heat pan over medium heat
  • Add the coconut oil. When that warms a bit, add two ounces of water
  • Add the meat. If the meat is ground, add the veggies now. If the meat is in pieces, wait until you flip once before adding the veggies
  • Add a tiny pinch of sea salt

    As the meat/veggies cook, add the remainder of the water

  • Once the meat is cooked (ground takes just a few minutes; pieces can take an additional two or three minutes), transfer contents to a blender
  • Add he pureed pumpkin or sweet potato, the ground eggshell and ground pumpkin seeds (if using)
  • Blend on a low setting – like chop
  • Transfer mixture to a glass container. If you have the omega-3 oil on hand, add now
  • Cover and refrigerate

An average size cat will eat between four and five ounces of food per day, so this recipe will be enough for Thanksgiving dinner and two to three more meals. If you have two cats, this will supply them with Thanksgiving dinner and breakfast the next day.

To warm the food before serving, simply heat up some water and add a teaspoon or two to the food. Never microwave food for your cat.

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