I have become increasingly aware that I shop differently than most, or so it feels. While other shoppers grab items around me and go on, I am left standing there inspecting ingredients using my app to find the healthiest option. This is just another reason that we hit the local farmers markets and other local sources more than the chain stores. In the chain stores, there are many times that I just walk away all together left unsatisfied and repulsed by huge companies and dangerous chemicals. And if I’m being totally honest (again the only way I know to be), I am also sad to not be getting my favorite, pimiento cheese…
I not only take the time to read ingredients in our food, but in Kearney’s as well. We aren’t just health conscious about our own bodies. As much as the ingredients in our food scare me, pet food might be even worse.
I have heard too many horror stories of pet food gone wrong. On the other hand, I’ve heard about how eating right can change a pet’s health far beyond what most could imagine. Having been concerned long enough, we are finally cutting through the red tape and making Kearney’s cat food ourselves.
My body may not need animal product to be healthy and thrive, but my Kearney cat is a different tale. We sought out a great local farmer who specializes in organic, GMO-free, no antibiotics or hormones, just chickens raised with lots of room to roam and treated with love and care. I’m smiling just typing this out.
It has been at least year and a half since I last touched chicken, all I could think of was the health of our Kearney cat. For him, I would handle raw meat for his homemade cat food any day.
Homemade Cat FoodIngredients: 2 cups Chicken (from the farmers market) 16oz Chicken broth
1/2 cup Rice (uncooked)
2 Celery sticks
I began by putting the chicken in a slow cooker (optional) on high with the broth. I let the chicken cook for a couple of hours. Then, I chopped up the carrots and celery and added them to the slow cooker to soften.
After another hour, I removed the chicken while the veggies continued to cook and soften.
While the chicken cooled off, I started cooking the rice. To process the chicken, I tore the meat from the bone leaving all of the skin and making sure to discard any course pieces.
When the rice was almost done, I combined everything together and allowed it to cool before placing it in the fridge.
Kearney may be catching on by now- he’s going organic just like the rest of the family. You can just call him our first granola baby. Homemade shampoo, organic treats, and now homemade cat food. Yum.
Update: Kearney’s homemade cat food chow down was short lived. It wasn’t long before he was crying for his processed ‘cling’ when it hits the bowl, cat food. He didn’t take it well when we made the natural cat treat switch either. Though, he did eventually adjust. We have a picky eater on our hands. He has texture issues like Ryan and won’t touch his food if it’s almost to the bottom, one of my quirks. We’ll get it right and when we do you’ll be the first to know.