DEBORA ROBERTSON reveals her purrfect portions for cats… Miaowsterchef for moggies!

When I met the man who would eventually become my husband, he seemed to be perfect in every respect except for one. He was smart, kind, generous and funny, a great cook and fellow Arsenal fan. But he was allergic to cats. Their presence made him sizzle and his eyes teary. Red spots appeared on his neck.

I’ve loved cats my whole life, their comfortable companionship, and the way they weave their silky energy into the home. Can this engagement be saved?

One morning, I read an article in a newspaper that stated that people who are allergic to cats sometimes do not have an allergy to Burmese cats. Within an hour, I had made a date with someone who had a number of kittens and was clenching my fingers, you wouldn’t think I’d rub them in my fiancé’s face and asked, ‘Can you breathe now?’ what about now?’ It should stop us from parenting.

Deborah Robertson revealed three adorable recipes perfect for your cat, and they're pictured here with her cat Dixie

Deborah Robertson revealed three adorable recipes perfect for your cat, and they’re pictured here with her cat Dixie

Reader, I married him and shortly thereafter, we welcomed our first two Burmese cats, Delphi and Liberty, into our lives.

Today, we turn to a Burmese fifth-overlord, or overlady, in the form of Dixie, a soft-velvet gray specimen (in breed standard they call the color ‘blue’, but that’s totally weird), who pleases me every day, even when you think sitting at the computer My mobile is her actual job and crying out loud to let her in from the garden, I run to open the door for her – even though there’s a cat flap right there.

Remember that old saying, dogs have owners, cats have a crew? I might have to embroider that on her pillow — and put her in the dog basket, which she routinely bullies her two older brothers.

But I love her, and if I love you, I will cook for you. These are just the rules. Last year, I wrote a cookbook for your dogs and for fear of the terrible punishment they might incur, I knew Dixie deserved her very own cookbook too. Cat servants among you may also find it useful.

Cooking for cats is a completely different proposition than cooking for dogs. While dogs can digest a wide variety of grains, fruits, and vegetables along with their meat, cats are observant omnivores, requiring a diet that consists almost exclusively of meat.

Deborah was photographed at home with her darling Burmese cat Dixie, which is her fifth

Deborah was photographed at home with her darling Burmese cat Dixie, which is her fifth

I try to keep Dixie’s diet as close as possible to the types of foods you might eat in the wild. I feed my bonsai tiger a mixture of fresh, homemade and commercial foods with the shortest ingredient list possible—something with at least 70 percent meat, like Lily’s Kitchen or Natures Menu.

I don’t cook all of her food, because developing a complete cat diet is already very complicated.

To get it properly involves grinding the bones and the animal nutritionist’s knowledge of the nutritional supplements that may be required. I am not that person. If you think you may be, buy a quality meat grinder and seek professional advice. I feed Dixie about 30 percent of the food homemade, and store-bought the highest quality the rest of the time.

I keep the meat content of her diet at nearly 90 percent as much as I can, and yes, I give her the reward every now and then, for training, for bonding, and as an expression of my boundless love for her dear, sweet, aristocratic self.

Since she continues to get along with us, I honestly feel that’s the least I can do.


chicken soup

The new cat cookbook includes a recipe for chicken soup

The new cat cookbook includes a recipe for chicken soup

This is a favorite in our house and I make it in bulk, then freeze it in batches.

Sometimes I strain the broth to make a more solid meal (saving liquid for pouring on drier dinners) or to entice Dixie when she stops her food.

If you think your cat is dehydrated, it is often easier to encourage her to drink a little warm soup instead of water.

In the summer heat, I freeze this in ice cubes and enjoy watching Dixie chase a cooling treat along the garden path.

  • 4 skinless chicken breasts*
  • 1 carrot, peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 1 celery stick, peeled and coarsely chopped
  • A selection of small, chopped veggies, such as sweet potatoes, zucchini, green beans, broccoli – a few handfuls will do.

*I always cook chicken and other meats on the bone if I can, as there are a lot of beneficial nutrients in them.

It’s very important when slicing meat that you don’t leave any bone behind – cooked bones are brittle and can cause choking.

Put the chicken in a saucepan with the carrots and celery. add the water. Bring to a boil over low heat and remove any foam that rises to the top.

Gently cook for 40 minutes, until chicken is cooked through.

Strain the broth into a clean saucepan.

When the chicken has cooled, cut it into small pieces. Return it to the skillet with the broth, along with the cooked carrots, celery, and any raw vegetables from the list.

Simmer on low heat for 15 minutes or until vegetables are tender.

This will keep covered in the refrigerator for a few days or frozen in individual portions for up to four months.


A second recipe includes two salmon fillets

A second recipe includes two salmon fillets

You can use any solid white fish instead of salmon if you prefer.

The grating and chopping of vegetables is easy for cats to eat, and also means that you can cook this dish in no time.

  • 1 carrot, peeled and grated
  • Some lettuce leaves, finely grated
  • 2 salmon fillets. You can add a few flaked and/or peeled mussels for this as well, if you want to be particularly fancy.

Bring water to a boil in a medium sized saucepan over high heat. Add vegetables and stir everything well.

Lay the salmon fillets on top of the vegetables. Cover the pan with a lid, reduce the heat to medium and boil the salmon for 10 minutes, until fully cooked and the vegetables are soft.

When it is cool enough to handle, break the salmon into pieces, making sure there are no stray bones.

If you used salmon fillet with the skin on, cut the skin into small pieces and return it to the pan with the fish. This will keep covered in the refrigerator for a few days or frozen in individual portions for up to four months.

Snack sardines

She has also written a recipe for sardine snacks for cats

She has also written a recipe for sardine snacks for cats

Do not use flour to bind biscuits, as wheat is not easily digestible for most cats. Alternatively, put more palatable rolled oats in a food processor until very smooth. They do the work as well.

  • 120g sardines, drained and brushed from excess oil
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped parsley

Preheat oven to 180°C/160°C fan/gas 4. Line two sheets of baking paper with baking paper.

In a food processor, blend the oats until smooth, like coarse flour. Add the sardines and the drained parsley and whisk into a stiff dough.

If the dough is stiff, add a little water, a teaspoon at a time, whisking after each addition, until you get the right consistency.

Roll the dough between two sheets of baking paper until it is about 6 mm thick.

Using a sharp knife or pizza wheel, cut the dough into 1 cm squares. Arrange on prepared papers.

Bake in a preheated oven for 20 minutes or until they turn light brown. Remove from the oven and leave to cool and dry on the sheets.

Once completely cooled, they will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week, or you can freeze them for up to four months.

You can make this using canned pilchard (in oil, not tomato sauce) or mackerel as well. But tuna should be avoided.

The problem with tuna is that most cats love its taste – its strong scent will surely bring all the kitties into your garden – which can lead them to want to eat it while excluding other foods.

It is not a complete food, and if your cat is addicted to tuna, she stands a real chance of suffering from malnutrition.

It lacks vitamin E, which can lead to steatitis, also known as yellow fat disease.

This, and a lack of other essential vitamins, can weaken your cat’s immunity – so keep that tuna for your sandwich.

Deborah Robertson’s Cat Cooking: The Healthy, Happy Way to Feed Your Cat (Pavilion, £9.99) now available.

What should you never feed him?

Alcohol and caffeine

Of course, I know you don’t sit with your cat for a cocktail or a cup of coffee, but they are curious creatures and can drink something you might leave lying around the house – so be vigilant.

unnatural sweeteners

Xylitol, the artificial sweetener used in some peanut butter, is highly toxic to cats.

She also said you shouldn't give your cat chocolate

She also said you shouldn’t give your cat chocolate


Their human servants may love it, but chocolate contains theobromine, which can be fatal to cats. In most cases, the darker the chocolate (that is, the higher the cocoa content), the more toxic it is.


While cats may enjoy milk, cream, and cheese, they have a hard time digesting lactose and can cause an upset stomach and diarrhea.

However, a small amount of unsweetened live yogurt is an acceptable treat once in a while.

(My Dixie loves to chase an empty bowl of yogurt around the kitchen, trying to get the last scrap out of the sink.)

eat the dog

Although dog food is not toxic to cats, your cat needs a very different set of nutrients.

Cats should not be fed garlic and onions

Cats should not be fed garlic and onions

Prolonged feeding with the wrong type of food will lead to malnutrition and associated health problems.

Grapes and raisins

Even in very small amounts it can cause kidney failure in cats.

Some cats may not have any symptoms before they are already very sick, so be very careful to make sure your cats can’t reach them.

Onion and garlic

Likewise, other members of the allium family such as leeks, leeks, and green onions can damage red blood cells and lead to anemia in cats.


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