Friday, March 9, 2012

Healthful Powder Cat Food Sprinkles

CAVEAT: We is regular people and dis our personal recipe. Please consult your vet before feeding your pet ANYTHING you read on da innerwebs.

Purrrrr Dis recipe for cat food sprinkles to add a bit of nutrition to my cat food, especially when da lady giving me sashimi or steak tartar. Da lady adapted it from a recipe from Dr. Pitcairn's New Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats by Dr. Richard Pitcairn, DVM. Is an excellent book with some great recipes for raw or minimally processed pet foods. There are chapters on acupuncture, homeopathy, and other types of holistic veterinary medicine.

Dis adapted from Dr. Pitcairn's Healthy Powder on page 53.
Healthful Cat Sprinkles
1 cup nutritional yeast (brewer's yeast is ok.)
1/2 cup lecithin granules
2 TBS kelp powder (alfalfa powder is ok.)
2 TBS bone meal powder - nutritional, NOT garden!
2 TBS ground flaxseed - my own ingredient
2 tsp Taurine powder - my own ingredient
1/8 tsp vitamin C powder (ascorbic acid) (optional)
Serving size: 1 tsp per day per adult cat sprinkled on wet food.
Makes about 90 servings

Notes:
  • IMPORTANT: This recipe is amateur. Check with your vet.
  • DO NOT use garden bone meal. Use bone meal intended for human consumption.
  • kCal is what we usually call "calories."
  • Recipe assumes a 15lb. cat
  • The label of a cat food in my cabinet recommends feeding about 400kCal per day.
  • Cats can't synthesize taurine, an amino acid necessary for eye and heart health. Please read abstracts from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
  • How I calculated taurine: According to Max's House, AAFCO recommends that cat food be supplemented with Taurine 0.50g/1000kCal.
  • Unlike humans, cats can synthesize Vitamin C, however a wild diet provides quite a bit. The small amount in this powder provides a bit of a boost to sick or nutritionally compromised cats.
  • How I calculated flaxseed: The innerwebs contain dozens of recommendations for flaxseed supplementation ranging from 1/2 tsp to 3 TBS for a human. I went with the low recommendation based on information in Health and Healing With Bee Products by Dr. C. Leigh Broadhurst, PhD. and scaled it down for cats. This amount is far less than what is recommended on sites that sell ground flaxseed, some of which recommend a tsp per day for a cat. Flaxseed can cause constipation in large amounts.

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