|Purred: Mon Jul 15, '13 1:03am PST |
|Beef stew pieces
bone-in, skinless chicken thighs
Boiled whole grain brown rice
Raw apple cider vinegar "with the mother"
The Missing Link Ultimate Feline Formula
While I commend your effort to do the best for your pet, I would not feed this for any extended period of time. Cats cannot derive adequate nutrition from plant material, so you need an animal based - fish oil - source of omegas. The missing link contains garlic, which is toxic to cats over time (it causes anemia) and I would not be comfortable feeding it. Spinach causes calcium oxalate crystals in cats and is not recommended. Grains, including rice, should be completely avoided for cats because they have NO dietary requirement for carbs, cause allergies, and contribute to diabetes and obesity. Personally, I would omit the vegetable matter entirely from this recipe. To provide any further analysis, I would need the exact amounts of each item in each batch, but I do also see a potential vitamin e deficiency as well.
That pet food company adds extremely small amounts of plant matter, around 5%, for two reasons. First the bone content is a bit high and they need something to help it pass easily, and second, consumers think fruits and veggies are healthy. They are healthy, for humans, but obligate carnivores don't need them. That said, with the exception of the spinach, rice, and missing link, if you want to keep adding the plant material in VERY small amounts, you won't hurt anything unless your pet has an intolerance to one of the ingredients.
Provided your proportions are correct, you may just need to add fish oil, vitamin e, a b-complex, and a source of iodine (I use lite salt). However, as I stated, I cant be sure of that unless I know exactly what you are feeding including the amounts.
I would like to direct you to catinfo.org, which has a lot of information and an excellent recipe. I feel I should let you know that a lot of people are re-examining the whole think feathers and long ears thing, though. While I do not feed fish other than the oil because of the risks it poses, I don't stick to poultry and rabbit exclusively. Amber quite enjoys beef, goat, llama, and venison as well, and Dr. Pierson's recipe works with ANY meat (except fish). I also don't recommend feeding pork, but the jury is out on the safety of pork so whether or not to feed it - or anything else for that matter - is entirely your decision.
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