Pat McKay RAW FOOD Basic Recipe

Pat McKay

Raw Food Basic Recipe


Our own domestic cats and dogs must eat live food just as carnivores do in the wild to be at their optimum health.

My Raw Food Basic Recipe for preparing meals for your cats and dogs is 75% raw ground and/or chunk meat and 25% finely ground raw 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.

If your cats prefer, you may prepare a 90/10 ratio for them.  90% raw ground and/or chunk meat and 10% finely ground raw or steamed/mashed vegetables.

To prepare one cup (8 ounces) of 90/10: 7.5 ounces of raw meat to 1.5 ounces 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 or the 90/10 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, 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.)

H F Meats, Inc, in La Crescenta, CA, has my HARMONY FARMS ready-to-eat, fresh-frozen, raw-food meals available in Beef, Chicken, Lamb, and Turkey.  They also have plain meats in small chunks, nickel & dime size, and large chunks, stew meat size, and they have fresh-frozen whole sardines.  818-248-3068, ask for Juan Nicolas for additional information about my HARMONY FARMS meals, approved by USDA for human consumption.

For my supplements, email Jeri Sylvestri nhra4me@hotmail.com  or call 775-313-5884 and order: ESSENTIALS4ALL BIO-8-POWDER for your dogs and cats, and ESSENTIALS4ALL BIO-8-CAPSULES for yourself.  Both you and your animals need the ESSENTIALS4ALL CLO-3-PEARLS for a complete and balanced supplement program.

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.

You may mail email me for help in deciding whether your dog or cat needs additional supplements.  There is no charge for nutrition information or advice.  pat@patmckay.com

The only foods that should pass your cat or dog's lips are raw meat, raw egg yolks, raw poultry, finely ground raw or steamed/mashed vegetables and ESSENTIALS4ALL 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.

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.  It is not essential that each meal be to exact proportions. 


To repeat again, if your cat prefers more meat, then give him/her up to 90% meat and as little as 10% vegetable.  Most cats prefer steamed/mashed vegetables, and they digest them easier as well.  Vegetables do not lose their nutritive value when steamed.


The only treats that should be given to your cats and dogs are pieces of raw meat; the size of the chunks of meat depend on the size of the animal. 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 is 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.

All Dogs & 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.

Email pat@patmckay.com


The key to nutrition for healthy, happy dogs is:

75% raw ground and/or chunk meat

25% raw ground or steamed vegetables and





The key to nutrition for healthy, happy cats is:


Their main meal should be a ratio of

75/25 up to 90/10 raw ground and/or chunk meat,

finely ground raw or steamed/mashed vegetables






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