Easy DIY Bone Broth Recipe for Cats

By August 1, 2023 September 5th, 2023 Recipes
Many of the problems that your pet may experience are the direct result of the food they are eating. At Hopewell Animal Hospital we regularly see pets with respiratory problems, GI disturbances (diarrhea, constipation, inflammatory bowel), anxiety, lack of stamina, inflammatory or skin conditions, chronic conditions or pets who do not easily medicate or do “bodywork” (acupuncture or massage). For those pets, we have found they respond remarkably well to TCVM (Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine) food therapy. By utilizing our knowledge of food ingredients and their impact on health, Dr. Buchanan works closely with you create a personalized diet specific to the needs of your individual pet that will encourage their maximum health.
With those healing principles in mind, for #recipetuesday once a month we present to you a recipe to provide your dog or cat some easy, delicious food and treats!

Here’s an easy recipe from Janelle Leeson at Rover to have some fun and serve this recipe to your cats! This bone broth can be adding the broth to kibble as an aromatic topper, wet food like a gravy, or simply in a small dish for your cat to lap up any time of the year. Alternatively freezing this broth in molds makes easy, fun and nutritious summer treats that can be stored in a freezer all summer long!

Easy Bone Broth For Cats

  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 8 hours
  • Total Time: 8 hours 5 minutes
  • Yield: 6 cups


  • 12 lbs unseasoned bones (such as marrow, oxtail, and hooves)
  • 68 cups water
  • Optional: Cat-safe veggies (1-2 stalks of celery & 1-2 carrots)


  1. Add unseasoned bones and optional roughly chopped cat-friendly veggies like carrots and celery to a large stockpot.
  2. Add enough water to cover.
  3. Let simmer for at least 8 hours, periodically skimming the white foam that forms at the surface.
  4. Let cool to room temperature then strain the broth from the solids, making sure to strain and discard any bones, bone fragments, or vegetables.
  5. Serve to your cat with their favorite meal, add to silicone molds and freeze for a summer treat, or store in small freezer-safe containers to defrost and serve later.


It’s easy to toss together homemade bone broth for cats with ingredients you might already have—like leftover unseasoned bones, carrots, and celery. Just remember to check the ASPCA list of cat-safe veggies and steer clear of anything in the Allium family like onions, garlic, and chive—these are toxic to pets.

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