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Chapter 3: Food

Purpose of this chapter

The reason why I added a chapter on food, is that people constantly as questions about it.  I also want to share the experience that I gained over the years. 

A couple of years ago I was recommended by one of my breeder friends to try out some chicken mince that they used. It is supplied by a small company that does home deliveries. The price was incredibly low compared to state-of-the art pet food.

Cat breeding is always faced by financial constraints.  In South Africa, the ZAR is constantly going down in value, resulting in cat food prices going up and up and up.  I think most catteries battle to balance cattery expenses with cattery income, so I tried it out. 

But first, I wanted how the pet mince was produced. Here is their process:

  1. They  get chicken heads from a poultry farm butchery - closed in plastic containers.
  2. They then take it to their own mincing equipment to be minced and packaged in 1 kg packets.
  3. They immediately freeze it.
  4. The quality is fairly constant.
There is a similar process for red meat mince. Here they get "left-over" beef and lamb cuttings from butcheries. They then strip bones clear. Bones go for calcium production,  meat gets minced.  But the ratio of beef to lamb varies, so the quality of the red beef mine definitely varies from batch to batch. 


Chicken-head mince


  • The ingredients need not be 100% exact. Use what you have at hand.


  • 1 kilogram (2.2 lbs) chicken-head mince
  • about a cup of grated yellow vegetables (carrot, beetroot, pumpkin, gem squash)
  • about half a cup of some green vegetables, chopped (green beans, broccoli, spinach, cauliflower)
  • Tomato for flavour, chopped (2-5 cherry tomatoes or about half a normal tomato)
  • binding starch:
    • 2 table spoons maize flour, or 
    • half a grated potato or sweet potato, or
    • a slice of bread.


  1. Defrost meat,
  2. Cover meat fully with water and bring to boil,
  3. Add all ingredients and mix well. 
  4. Bring to re-boil, then switch off plate.
  5. Leave until cooled down.
  6. Dish up.

Last update: Aug 30, 2015.