In the Star Trek Cookbook, there's a cat food recipe under the Data character entry. My question is, how effective is it as a homemade cat food? Would it work as dog food?

The recipe (Catfood #219, subroutine |DataSpot\Nancy|):

1 pound liver, kidneys, hearts, haggis or other organs

water to boil meat in

2 cups bran

2 cups old fashioned oatmeal or rolled oats

1/4 cup canola or other cooking oil

Boil meat in saucepan with water until cooked, cool, then mince/grind up.

Mix in water used for boiling and other ingredients until you have a dough like mixture.

Preheat oven to 250 degrees

Form kibble or bite sized biscuits from the dough.

Arrange biscuits on oiled baking sheet and bake for 3 hours

Turn off oven but leave sheet inside, then air-dry biscuits for another 24 hours.

  • Any more thoughts on this question? Jun 25, 2017 at 1:34
  • Hi, I wanted to add whether the degrees are Celsius or Fahrenheit in case someone wanted trying out the recipe. I had the feeling that it should be Celsius, but it was bugging me and then I noticed "bake for 3 hours" and I guess after 3 hours in 250 Celsius they would be burnt to crisp, so my feeling makes no sense and I undone my modifications. Apologies for this, I shouldn't have touched it. Could you please add explicit temperature units if you know the details? Thanks.
    – lila
    Jul 13, 2020 at 20:10
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    Sorry, I was going by what’s in the book that the recipe came from. Your probably right about Fahrenheit though. Jul 14, 2020 at 1:32
  • Oh okay, thanks for your response. And the more I think about it, the more I'm assured it's indeed in Fahrenheit, but I am even more assured that I shouldn't have touched it without solid source at the first place, so I will leave it as it was. ^.^
    – lila
    Jul 14, 2020 at 11:21

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Addressing the recipe part only:

Cats in the future must have undergone significant changes in their digestion and hungriness. ;)

  • Cats can't really use the bran or oats, so they're essentially just filler.
  • 1 pound of organs is quite a lot for a cat (and there's also the filler stuff).

Overall I'd say this is clearly meant as some kind of treat and definitely no full food replacement and definitely not a single meal (poor Spot!)

Considering the ingredients I'd say it's better fit for dogs than cats (they'll be able to utilize all the nutrients).

  • This recipe is clearly for dry catfood. You can't make a dry biscuit or pellet type catfood without some sort of "filler" source of fiber, though with commercial dry catfood, usually it's grain or corn.
    – Kai
    Jul 23, 2018 at 22:55

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