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Balancing a Recipe for a Cat with Food Allergies

Balancing a Recipe for a Cat with Food Allergies

The incidence of food allergy in cats remain unknown. Some studies indicate that, overall, food allergies are the third most common type of allergy in cats, eclipsed only by allergies to flea bites and inhalants (atopy). 

Novel Proteins and Limited Ingredients

Food allergies in cats place huge limits on the type of foods we can successfully use to create a balanced diet while suppressing immune reactivity related to the allergic processes that cause inflammation and physical damage. Special diets that limit the number of ingredients to those non-reactive for the animal are at least successful in aiding repair and starting the potential road back to health.

But therein lies a huge challenge, because by limiting the proteins to probable novel forms, and limiting additional foods because of reactivity, this process significantly reduces the pool of foods from which to choose from that can be optimally balanced nutritionally to create actual health. Essentially every recipe I have analyzed for these purposes are nutritionally imbalanced and lacking many nutrients required to support both recovery from illness and a return to full, optimal health.

Enter the brilliant software, Pet Diet Designer, providing the ability to work with limited ingredients, and adjust specific foods and amounts while observing instantly changes in nutrient profiles, with successful outcomes in creating a scientifically-balanced, optimized recipe that achieves both stopping the production of ongoing disease and begins the foundation for re-creating health.

Here I share the result of creating a balanced recipe for Silo the cat, with limited ingredients, easy to acquire foods, short preparation times, and a recipe that could be used both raw or with limited cooking. Without the ability of Pet Diet Designer, this recipe would simply be nearly impossible to create!

David's Bison Limited Ingredients for Cats 

The following recipe is set and balanced for an 11 pound (4.99 kg), 1 year-old, neutered, female, purebred Savannah cat with an underweight body condition score (BCS = 4). Your cat may require adjustments to this recipe. 

Ready In:
20 minutes
Prep Time:
10 minutes
Cook Time:
10 minutes
Meal Type:
Suitable for:
kilocalories: 207.293
Balanced: Yes
Special Diet: Allergy


  • 20 gram Game meat, bison, ground, cooked, pan-broiled
  • 1 small (2-2/3" x 1/2" x 1/4") Fish, sardine, Atlantic, canned in oil, drained solids with bone
  • 1 liver Chicken, liver, all classes, raw
  • 0.5 cup, chopped Kale, raw
  • 5 leaf Spinach, raw
  • 0.1 cup Pumpkin, canned, without salt
  • 0.3 tbsp Oil, vegetable, Natreon canola, high stability, non trans, high oleic (70%)
  • 2 gram Maine Coast Sea Vegetables Kelp Blend
  • 3 gram Calcifood Powder

Preparation Instructions

  1. Finely chop spinach.
  2. Quickly saute' Ground Bison, Sardine, Chicken Liver and Kale.
  3. Remove from heat, add Kelp Powder, Calcifood Powder, Canola Oil and Pumpkin.

Summary / Notes

Main ingredients are Ground Bison, Sardine, Chicken Liver, Kale and Spinach

This recipe could easily be utilized raw or cooked.

Supplements used in this recipe: Maine Coast Sea vegetables Kelp Powder and Standard Process Inc. Calcifood Powder/Bone Meal.

Nutritional Information

207.293 kcal
18.736 g
11.3 g
8.583 g
Dietary Fiber
2.41 g

As fed % of calories Dry Matter
Protein 9.70 % 34.21 % 42.01 %
Fats 5.85 % 46.42 % 25.34 %
Carbohydrate 4.87 % 17.17 % 21.09 %
Dietary Fiber 1.25 % 2.20 % 5.41 %
Moisture 76.91 %
0.00 %
Ash 1.42 %
6.15 %

Printable Reports

You can print out the following 3 report variations of this recipe.

The Basic Report shows ingredients, preparation instructions, and a basic nutritional panel for this recipe.

The Recipe Preparation Report shows information needed to prepare this recipe, including ingredients, preparation instructions, prep and cook time, meal suitability, complexity, kilo-calories, etc.

The Nutrient Report shows detailed nutrient values and energy analysis for this recipe. Macro-nutrient data are shown in tabular and pie graph format.

Click the "Pop out" button in the top right corner of the document container below to open a full page view of the report. Note that your browser must be able to view PDF files. If you do not see a document below then you can download a PDF browser plugin from

Basic Report
Recipe Preparation Report
Nutrient Report

Additional Information

Not included in this recipe, but highly recommended, is the addition of Ultra-Pure Pet Fish Oil with concentrated EPA and DHA to help lower inflammation and reduce immune reactivity, you can find this incomparable product at

I use outside vendor supplements because of third-party assay, purity and contaminant testing. The Bone Meal utilized is Calcifood Powder from Standard Process, Inc. in Palmyra, WI., The kelp powder is from Maine Coast Sea Vegetables,

Please contact me if you want additional information about acquiring these specific products. I can be reached directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

David Minzel, PhD, CNC, CNA

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