|Purred: Wed Feb 13, '13 11:22am PST |
|Thanks for the response!
I am currently using chicken leg quarters, not the thighs recommended on catinfo.org, so my bone percentage would be 30% if I didn't add more meat. I actually finally figured out my recipe and posted it over on Dogster but haven't received any replies yet. I will post it here for review:
Assuming every chicken leg quarter (30% bone)is 1lb I will add:
1lb of boneless meat (beef, chicken, lamb, turkey, etc)
2oz of liver (beef or chicken)
That would put my ratios at about 15% bone, 6% organ, and 79% meat. Not the ideal 10/10/80, however, not every chicken leg quarter will be that 1lb either. Most will probably be a little less, but I will assume they are that 1lb and still add an additional 1lb of boneless meat. Also, my dogs tend to get loose stool with less than a little extra bone.
I will also be adding some sardine and eggs (no shells), but not in a large quantity. For every 20lbs of the above mixture I will add probably 6 eggs and one or two tins of sardines (no salt added).
Additionally I will try to source another organ so I can boost that 6% number further while hopefully not causing squirts. Does green tripe count as an organ?
For every three pounds of meat (bone/skin/etc) I will also add (mostly for the sake of the cat):
3000 mg fish oil
400 IU (268 mg) Vitamin E
50 mg Vitamin B-complex
2,000 mg taurine (the dogs will not have a problem excreting extra safely)
3/4 tsp Morton Lite salt with iodine
It is very convenient for me to feed it ground. Easy to store, and I just scoop out and weigh each meal from the mason jars. They go through one jar a day between the three of them. It also helps me balance bone better and keeps their stool more consistent. Before, when doing prey model with just one of my dogs, I was feeding enough bone in one day for a week, but then her stool would go to squirts by the end of the week. I couldn't really break out the bone between multiple days though because smaller broken bones are a choking hazard. The problem with having really tiny dogs... While I could still figure it out, this is a much better fit for my busy college lifestyle at the moment.
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