I’ve been feeding a raw food diet for my cats for 22 years, which has helped allow my cats to have a longer than average life. Yesterday, my Oliver, who was just a couple weeks shy of his 19th birthday, died while I was administering subq fluids. It was horrible.
He was in very good health for an old man. Oliver and I traveled all over California to CFA shows and he became a Grand Premier! Today is my Chester’s 18th birthday. Chester, along with Junie Moon, has my heart. Chester has kidney failure now and he now gets daily fluids and special supplements. It’s bittersweet as I’m worried this might be his last year with me.
The mineral mix I make has all kinds of important vitamins and minerals and since the cats were getting older, I wanted to add high quality glucosamine and chondroitin to their diet, so I started making Chicken Feet Bone Broth in my Pressure Cooker and adding it to their raw food.
This recipe is also wonderful for use in Chinese cooking, like soup, for example. If you are a bit squeamish about seeing the feet, please check out my Pressure Cooker Bone Broth/Chicken Stock recipe.
Don’t add anything to the Pressure Cooker, but the Feet and fresh water. Most cats will develop kidney failure at some point in their life, usually at around 7-8 years old (especially if they are fed a dry diet) and I feel the raw food helps prolong the inevitable.
Two of my cats love to eat the toes, so I cut off the nails and give them some of the toes to nibble on, as a treat. I find the Kuhn Rikon Kitchen Shears do a great job of cutting through bones.
That’s Junie Moon and Pooie enjoying some raw toes.
There has been some controversy on the cook time for Bone Broth because of the glutamates, so because this is for animals, I prefer to only cook the Chicken Feet Bone Broth for 75 minutes in the Pressure Cooker. With the RSVP Stainless Steel Strainer Basket, it’s easy to just lift out the used Chicken Feet Bones. Throw them away, do not give them to your pets.
This rich broth will be very gelatinous. After the broth cools, package it up and freeze and then pull out a container to defrost in the refrigerator when you need.
Here is the handy printable recipe:
- 4 pounds chicken feet
- 3 liters fresh water
- Place the chicken feet and water into Pressure Cooker cooking pot.
- Lock on the lid and close the Pressure Valve.
- Cook on High Pressure for 75 minutes.
- When Beep sounds, allow a full natural release.
- Pour into containers and freeze to use as needed.