Good to know, thank you!Honestly, please DO NOT use the Only Natural Pet supplement. I argued against making it at all. It doesn't have enough of anything, because it is designed to go with a complete commercial diet. Just because I formulated it doesn't mean I like it, lol! (I did make a few good ones, my favorite is Complete Gut Health, it has prebiotics, probiotics AND digestive enzymes all at once.)
It sounds like we're all trying to figure it outI'm left trying to figure out a reasonable facsimile!
It's good to know you can't over-do calcium.But you still have to add almost as much calcium, as if there is no calcium at all in the food or supplement. As far as I have been able to figure out (and I have spent many sleepless nights fretting about it!), for healthy cats on a meaty diet, you really can't over-do calcium because of all the phosphorus in the meat.
- @Dr. Jean Hofve - When you say there is no calcium at all in the food, does this apply to raw food with bones included in the grind?
- Is there a form of calcium you recommend (calcium lactate, calcium gluconate, citrate, carbonate, etc.)?
Is this what you used for a multivitamin and calcium supplementStandard Process Catalyn and Calcifood
For a little cheaper option for many cats, you could make Dr. Pitcairn's Healthy Powder in big batches.
Thank you for naming this option. This is what I used the first years of making raw food. Instead of the kelp, I used Solid Gold Sea Meal (using the dosage on the Sea Meal bottle). With one of the cats having a diagnosis of hyperthyroidism, is the kelp/SeaMeal okay to use? This is the main reason I'm looking to understand and find a balanced and appropriate recipe. All five cats eat out of each other's bowls so the recipe needs to work for all of them. I don't want to throw anyone's body out of whack (at least do my best not to).
Sounds like Spencer liked his food! We feed them twice a day and each cat gets between 3-4 ounces of raw food per meal (plus a couple of tablespoons of homemade bone broth in the food dish).If you want to feed one dose to one cat per day, it depends on how much food that cat will eat -- 4 oz, 6 oz, 3 tons (my cat Spencer would have preferred this option!).
For BalanceIT, since they don't have raw meat or even cooked meat with bones as an option for a protein in their recipe creator, I don't feel confident about the dosing of their supplement (not sure if they can have too much of a vitamin/mineral).
- With your recipe, what protein option(s) do I choose for a raw food recipe? For example, they have cooked chicken (no option for bone-in) in several forms - stewed, roasted, fried, etc.
@Dr. Jean Hofve - could you clarify how to figure out dosage on the BalanceIT recipe maker, since they don't have a raw food with bones option? Would it be the same as say a baked chicken without bones?
Thank you! And thank you to @Dr. Jeff and @Dr. Christina for any other raw food recipes for cats!