Our own domestic cats and dogs must eat live food just as carnivores do in the wild to be at their optimum health.
The Raw Food Basic Recipe for preparing meals for your cats and dogs is 75% raw ground meat and 25% raw ground or steamed/mashed vegetables.
To prepare one cup (8 ounces) of food: 3/4 cup (6 ounces) of raw meat and 1/4 cup (2 ounces) of vegetables.
To prepare a larger amount: 6 cups (3 pounds) of raw meat to 2 cups (1 pound) of vegetables.
You may prepare sufficient amounts for your family of animals on a daily basis or you may prepare large amounts and freeze it in packages containing enough for their daily food.
You may have an animal that eats 1 tablespoon a day or you may have an animal that consumes 6 cups a day. No matter what the size of your animal the 75/25 proportions remain the same.
Proteins, the best to feed are: Raw egg yolks, beef, lamb, chicken, turkey, buffalo, venison, elk, emu, ostrich, all fit for human consumption.
Vegetables, the best to feed are: broccoli, zucchini and any other winter or summer squashes, kale, chard, dandelion, Romaine lettuce, Chinese cabbage, celery, asparagus, and pumpkin. (Even canned pumpkin is fine as long as the label says 100% pure pumpkin.) (If you have a healthy animal, you may include root vegetables including carrots, sweet potatoes, beets, etc.)
The only supplement a healthy dog/cat needs is one that has calcium and magnesium. The product should have 2-3 times the amount of calcium as compared to magnesium. For the necessary vitamin D to absorb the calcium/magnesium, my suggestion is to give Cod liver oil. Boron and other trace minerals necessary for the absorption and utilization of calcium and magnesium, your animal will get in their vegetables. The best source of D is for your animal to be out in the sunshine; however, that is not always available for many animals. If your animal can tolerate dairy, you can give plain organic yogurt or white cheese as treats to supplement their need for calcium. It you are willing to take the time and effort to pulverize organic egg shells to a fine powder, then you can use that calcium. If either the dairy products or the egg shells cause any bowel problems, then you will know you cannot use them, so please check the stools thoroughly. (See list of bowel problems in the BONE information below.) All supplements that you buy for your animals should be products for human consumption.
Other supplements may be needed for animals who are ill; however, they should be selected with great care, because often you could be feeding and/or giving energy to the very bacterium, virus, or fungus that your animal's body is fighting.
The only foods that should pass your cat or dog's lips are raw meat, raw egg yolks, raw poultry, raw or steamed vegetables and supplements. All food should be for human consumption. Any food labeled for animals cannot be trusted. Even the companies producing raw foods for cats and dogs have filler ingredients. Do not believe the marketing ploys of animal food companies.
If you live in the Los Angeles area, there is one company putting out food for human consumption according to my recipes. Harmony Farms in La Crescenta. 818-248-3068. For all animals with any illness of any kind, the recipe you should be giving your dogs/cats is called Pat McKay Candida-Free. Harmony Farms also produces my original recipe that has root vegetables; however, this is to be fed to healthy dogs and cats only. Root vegetables, because they contain high amounts of sugar and starch (albeit natural) will, for instance, feed unfriendly yeast and tumors.
BONE is a four-letter word: The reason you cannot feed the bones of farm animals is because they are not fresh kill. Prey that they catch in the wild is raw, fresh and alive. The bones are still soft, supple, hydrated and full of nutrients. Bones from farm animals have been dead for days, weeks, or months. Rigor mortis sets in right after death and the bones become hard, brittle, dehydrated; the nutrients are dead and gone. What is left is a gritty substance that causes severe pancreatitis, leaky-gut, irritable bowel, impacted bowel, chalky and bloody stools, diarrhea, constipation, all of which are devastating to the gastrointestinal system. Yes, you can occasionally give some dogs or cats bones for dessert; however, people often take things to the extreme, give them as a meal and give them too often. After what I have seen in the past several years, I am now opposed to feeding bone…ground or whole…except an occasional bone for dessert to chew on for pleasure. And even that needs to be evaluated depending on the individual dog/cat, how voraciously s/he goes after the bone, whether that particular dog/cat can digest it, and what it looks like when it comes out the other end. If there are any digestive problems, do not give bones. If there are any chalky or bloody stools, diarrhea or constipation, do not give bones.
NO bones of any kind, whole or ground, should be fed to cats and dogs as part of their main meal. The main meal should be 75% raw meat and 25% raw or steamed vegetables. As a part of the 75% meat, 20% of that should be organ meats: heart, liver, kidney, spleen, gizzards, and 20% should be fat and/or skin. So the breakdown is 35% muscle meat, 20% organ meat, 20% fat, and 25% vegetable (carbohydrates). These percentages are a guideline. Every meal will not contain exactly that amount unless you buy my ready-to-eat meals from Harmony Farms. (I receive no royalty or any remuneration from Harmony Farms. I gave them my recipes.) (I'm glad to give these recipes to any other company who wants to produce them.)
The only treats that should be given to your cats and dogs are tiny pieces of raw meat or fish. Sardines are very high in calcium. (Harmony Farms has fresh sardines. However, even canned sardines as a treat occasionally is fine.) For training purposes, you may give tiny pieces of roasted meat, because it certainly isn't convenient to carry raw meat in your pocket.
The following are a list of No-No's for dogs and cats:
NO grains, cereals, bread, rice, pasta, dairy, fruit, yeast, pork, rabbit, soy, ground bone, bone meal, egg shells, alfalfa, kelp (or any other herbs), canned/dry foods, dehydrated foods, commercial cat/dog treats, milk bones, rawhide, pigs' ears, nylabones, etc.
NO vegetables with hulls (peas, corn, beans, etc).
NO nightshade vegetables: white potatoes, raw tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, or iceberg lettuce or raw spinach. (Steamed spinach is fine.)
When dogs or cats have an illness of any kind,
NO root vegetables (carrots, potatoes, beets, etc). Later on when symptoms are gone, some cats or dogs may have some root vegetables depending on their body's response to them.
For all dogs and cats:
NO drugs, chemicals, or poisons, including vaccines, frontline, advantage, advantix, program, heartgard, antihistamines, antibiotics, rimadyl, benadryl, flagyl, steroids, etc. Natural solutions to all of these drugs, chemicals, and poisons are available.
There are always exceptions to the above No-No's, so if you have any specific questions, I am happy to answer them for you.