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Sunday, September 6, 2009

My buddy George has kidney disease. He was diagnosed about 4 1/2 years ago. My vet prescribed twice weekly infusions and a special diet. I bought the expensive kidney food and he turned his kitty nose up. So I did some research and came up with a recipe for homemade food. Every quarter, our kitchen turns into cat food central. George is now 14 years old and holding his own. He hates getting stuck but loves his own food. Here's the recipe

16 chicken thighs, skin on with bones
6-8 chicken breasts, skin on with bones
3 lbs ground beef (80% lean)
3 20 oz packages chicken liver
5 lbs carrots
3 cups uncooked rice
6 15 oz cans peas
24 cat vitamins
3 Tbs calcium carbonate (this has to be ordered at a pharmacy)

Cook the chicken and carrots in water to cover. (nota bene: Once I take the chicken and carrots out, I put in celery, some onions and a lot of peppercorns and herbs then cook this down and make wonderful chicken broth) Brown the ground beef and the liver. Do not drain it. Cook the rice until it's mushy. Skin and bone the chicken. Toss the skin and put the bones back it the stock. Combine everything and put it through the food processor. Freeze in pint containers.

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