8 Easy And Delicious Homemade Dog And Cat Food Recipes For Your Furry Pals

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As pawrents, our pets’ health is a top priority — after all, we want our beloved pets to live a long and rewarding life with the family! And as the familiar adage goes, ‘nothing beats home-made food’. If you’re in doubt about the nutritional value of over-the-counter pet food, why not try whipping up some easy and healthy homemade dog and cat food for your pets? This gives you the ability to tweak the ingredients to suit your furry pals, especially if they have allergies, skin problems, weight concerns or gastrointestinal issues.

For dog owners, we have put together a variety of tasty recipes for homemade dog food and treats that will get your pup’s tail wagging. Proud cat owners will also find an assortment of homemade cat food and treat recipes that will satisfy even the pickiest eaters! 

Homemade dog food recipes

1. Turkey and veggies homemade dog food recipe

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While vegetables and fruits are staples in our diet, they are not necessarily so for our dogs. Why? Dogs are carnivores and receive nutrition from protein and fats to stay healthy. However, that does not mean that your pup won’t benefit from an occasional meal that’s chock-full of vegetables! Having some greens in the dog bowl can help increase their fibre intake which may promote better digestion. Vegetables such as spinach and carrots are also rich in antioxidants, minerals and vitamins to support healthy growth. Additionally, they are an excellent source of water to ensure your pup stays hydrated all day long!

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 45 minutes
Servings: 8 portions

You will need:

  • 1 ½ cups brown rice
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1.5kg ground turkey
  • 3 cups baby spinach, chopped
  • 2 carrots, shredded
  • 1 zucchini, shredded
  • ½ cup peas, frozen

How to make:

  1. Cook the brown rice and set aside
  2. Heat the Royal Miller extra virgin olive oil (available on Lim Siang Huat Official Store) in the SCANPAN classic 7.5L stockpot (available on Scanpan Singapore Official Store) over medium heat. Add the ground turkey and break it up into smaller pieces as it cooks.
  3. Cook the turkey for about 5 minutes until it turns brown, then stir in all the vegetables and the brown rice. Cook for another 5 minutes until the spinach has wilted. 
  4. Let the mixture cool completely before serving it to your pup! You can freeze the excess and heat it up in the microwave for about 30 seconds when ready to serve again.

2. Beefy homemade dog food recipe

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Lacking in the cooking department? Here’s a little secret — you don’t really need to be a MasterChef to whip up some yummy homemade dog food for the furry one! This Beefy homemade dog food recipe is unbelievably easy to recreate — all you need is a slow cooker! It’s also nutritious and includes kidney beans which are beneficial for your dog’s heart health, as well as help in regulating blood sugar levels. 

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 6 hours (3 hours if cooked on high heat)
Servings: 12 portions

You will need:

  • 1.2kg ground beef
  • 1 2/2 cups brown rice
  • 450g organic kidney beans
  • 1 ½ cups butternut squash, chopped
  • 1 ½ cups carrots, chopped
  • ½ cup peas, frozen

How to make:

  1. Stir in the ground beef, carrots, peas, butternut squash, SongHe jasmine brown rice and Origins organic red kidney beans (both available on S-Mart by Shopee Official Store) into the Cornell electric slow cooker (available on Cornell Singapore Official Store). Use organic kidney beans instead of canned beans to avoid adding any additional seasoning or ingredients which may be harmful to dogs. Add four cups of water to the mixture. 
  2. Cover the slow cooker and cook the mixture on low heat for six hours, stirring occasionally. This step is great for working pet owners as you can simply keep the slow cooker going while you head to work and come home to a delicious meal for your dog! Alternatively, you can choose to cook the mixture at high heat for three hours. 
  3. Let the food cool completely before storing it in the freezer. 

3. Barley chicken soup homemade dog food recipe

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It’s pouring outside and your dog has scampered off to hide under the bed again because of the roaring thunder. What can you do to make your pup feel better? Soothe his frazzled nerves with a hot bowl of barley chicken soup! Not only will this bowl of creamy soup warm your dog up and calm its nerves, it’s also a great source of protein! This recipe also contains barley which is low in cholesterol and high in fibre. This homemade dog food recipe is also good for days when your dog has a bad stomach and needs something easy to eat. 

Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 65 minutes
Servings: 12 bowls

You will need:

  • 4 slices? chicken breasts
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 tbsp extra light olive oil
  • ⅓ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ½ tsp basil
  • 2 tbsp parsley
  • ¼ tsp ground eggshells
  • 2 small green peppers, chopped
  • 1 cup celery, chopped
  • 2 cups carrots, chopped
  • 1 cup barley, soaked

How to make:

  1. Place the chicken breasts (available on GrocerKing Official Store) into the stockpot with water and olive oil. Cook the chicken over medium-high heat until it’s fully cooked. Remove from heat and let it cool. 
  2. Prepare the chicken by removing any bones or skin. Then, shred it into small pieces by pulling the meat apart using two forks and set aside.
  3. Skim the fat off the top of the broth in the stockpot. Add the ground eggshells, all the seasonings, chopped vegetables and barley into the pot. Cover the pot and let the broth simmer for about 45 minutes until the vegetables are soft and the barley is cooked thoroughly. 
  4. Add the shredded chicken back into the pot. Let the soup cool before serving. 

Pro Tip: You can freeze the excess soup in ice cube trays. Store the cubes in a reusable silicone sandwich bag (available on Trippy Travelers) and pop it in the freezer for future use! 

4. Homemade peanut butter dog treat recipe

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All pet owners know this — dog food and treats don’t come cheap. So if you’re looking to save some cash while keeping an eye on the stuff that’s going into your dog’s food, this homemade peanut butter dog treat recipe will be right up your alley! Pumpkin puree is used in this recipe to supply dietary fibre for your furry friend which can alleviate constipation and diarrhoea. The oils found in pumpkin flesh are also believed to support your pet’s urinary health!

Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 65 minutes
Servings: varies

You will need:

  • ⅓ cup pumpkin puree
  • ¼ cup peanut butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour

How to make:

  1. Preheat your oven to 175-degree Celsius. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set it aside. 
  2. Using the paddle attachment on your Aztech silvertone stand mixer (available on Kyla by Aztech Official Store), beat the pumpkin puree, Biona Organic unsalted peanut butter (available on S-Mart by Shopee Official Store) and eggs on medium-high speed for about 2 minutes until everything is well combined. Gradually pour in 2 ½ cups of flour at low speed and beat until it’s incorporated into the batter. Add an additional ¼ cup flour at a time until the dough is no longer sticky. 
  3. Lightly flour your kitchen counter before kneading the dough for about four times until everything comes together. Roll the dough to ¼ inches thickness with the BANFANG marble rolling pin (available on Banfang Home Official Store). 
  4. Using the cookie cutter of your choice, cut out the dough and lay them onto the baking sheet you prepared in the first step
  5. Pop the tray into the oven and bake for about 25 minutes until the edges of the treats appear golden brown. Let the treats cool completely before rewarding your furry pal for being such a patient pup!

Homemade cat food recipes

1. Raw chicken liver and salmon homemade cat food recipe

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Raw chicken liver and heart may not sound particularly appetising to you, but Mr Whiskers will definitely be drooling over this tasty homemade cat food recipe! Chicken liver and heart boast essential nutrients that your cat needs, including large amounts of vitamin A, vitamin B, minerals, iron and protein. With so many nutrients packed in a meal, this recipe is also suitable for kittens who’re on a growth spurt! However, moderation is key when it comes to raw chicken liver consumption as too much of it may cause your cat to have loose stools. 

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 5 minutes
Servings: 21 bowls

You will need:

  • 50g raw chicken liver
  • 50g raw beef kidney
  • 2 cups water
  • 100g raw chicken heart
  • 700g raw chicken wings with bones and skin
  • 100g raw salmon with bones
  • 1 tsp taurine supplement powder

How to make:

  1. Puree all the organ meat into the water using the Tefal Multifunction Easyforce Food Processor (available on Tefal Official Store
  2. Pour the mixture into a BioloMix meat grinder (available on BioloMix Official Store) and add in the remaining ingredients. Grind all the ingredients together and it’s ready to serve!
  3. Freeze the excess in small portions for easy serving later on

2.  Grain-free meatloaf homemade cat food recipe

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Some pet owners believe that keeping your house cat’s meals similar to the diets of wild cats can help ensure your kitty gets all the nutrients it needs. This means that the food provided should contain fewer carbs and more protein. Moreover, going for a grain-free diet for your feline may help to prevent food allergies or sensitivities such as excessive itch and loose stools. However, what happens when you can’t seem to find grain-free pet food for your feline friend in stores? Fret not, you can make one yourself with this easy grain-free meatloaf homemade cat food recipe! This recipe uses mostly organic ingredients and does not include antibiotics or hormones.

Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 60 minutes
Servings: 17 portions

You will need:

  • 1kg organic ground beef, 90% lean
  • 1kg organic ground turkey thighs (skinless and boneless)
  • 115g organic squash meat
  • 60g organic mixed berries
  • 60g organic broccoli
  • 2 cans sardines in water
  • 60g organic kale
  • 1kg organic mixed chicken organs, ground

How to make:

  1. Preheat oven to 180-degree Celsius 
  2. Using the Peleg Design gratiator cheese grater (available on Mrphy Official Store), shred the squash.
  3. Puree the organic broccoli, organic kale (both available on Happy Farm Co.), berries, sardine and shredded squash with a food processor
  4. Place the ground meat into a large mixing bowl and add the pureed vegetable and fruit mixture. Mix everything together until it’s well incorporated. 
  5. Pour the mixture into a ceramic baking dish and bake in the oven for 60 minutes 
  6. Allow it to cool fully before dividing it into 17 portions. Freeze the excess in the baking dish covered with the Daiwa cling wrap film (available on S-Mart by Shopee Official Store). 

3. Chicken feet broth homemade cat food recipe

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Are your cats getting on in years? Older cats may require more vitamins and minerals to help keep them in the pink of health. This chicken feet broth homemade cat food recipe is a great addition to your feline’s diet as it provides high-quality glucosamine and chondroitin. Both glucosamine and chondroitin are beneficial to maintaining healthy joints for Mr Whiskers. 

Prep time: 2 minutes
Cook time: 45 minutes
Servings: 3 bowls

You will need:

  • 1.8kg chicken feet
  • 3L water

How to make:

  1. Place the chicken feet and pour the water into the Philips computerized electric pressure cooker (available on Philips Official Store) and cook on high pressure for 45 minutes 
  2. When the timer rings, allow a full natural release of heat
  3. Pour only the broth into a container and serve as needed. This broth can be added into your cat’s regular raw diet for a nutritional boost. The remaining broth can be frozen. 
  4. As a bonus treat for your cats, cut off the nails on the leftover chicken feet. Then, give a few toes to your feline. 

4. Tuna and catnip homemade cat treats recipe

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Every good kitty deserves a treat or two — especially if it contains catnips! Cats absolutely love catnips, a herb from the mint family labiatae. It contains an active ingredient known as nepetalactone, which may cause a ‘high’ in your cat to help your furry friend relax! However, be sure to moderate your cat’s intake of this treat as too much catnip may cause nauseousness. 

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Servings: 80 treats

You will need:

  • 1 large egg
  • A can of tuna in water, flaked
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp dried catnip

How to make:

  1. Preheat oven to 180-degree Celsius 
  2. Drain the tuna and add it into the food processor along with the rest of the ingredients. Process until you get a smooth and thick dough. 
  3. Roll the dough into 80 balls, roughly about ¼ teaspoon size each. Place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and slightly flatten each ball before placing into the oven.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven for about 15 minutes until the treats are golden and crisp. Let them cool completely before storing in an air-tight container for freezing  

Do more for your furry friends

Other than whipping up homemade dog and cat food recipes to satisfy your fussy furry eaters, you can also show your fluffy pals some tender loving care by bringing them to the groomers! Check out these best places for pet grooming in Singapore to give your pets a good trim and pamper them with a spa treatment at the pets parlour! Meanwhile, improve your pet’s indoor living conditions with these pet-friendly home decor ideas.