don't see why not, as long as it has no sugar or other additives...
I can't find Knox beef flavored Gelatin so I got some unflavored gelatin. Will this work?
supplements thru iherb.com if you use my code SED957 you will get a discount
1. Vitamin B
3. Vitamin E
and SORRY I FORGOT TO ADD THE MOST IMPORTANT supplement of all...TAURINE. this is a must!!! its for proper muscle growth...but if you are freezing you CAN'T add it in until you defrost a jar. the freezing will destroy it.
I use 1/4 teaspoon per 6 oz of meat...add it to the jar after defrosting....the Taurine and Calcium are the most important supplements...and the Vitamin E is necessary especially if you are freezing...so its a very important one also
any questions just holler...:))
Okay will try and type out some info for you, I used this Pork recipe for over 3 years until recently when he suddenly stopped eating EVERYTHING on me...even chicken and that has always been his 'go to' food...I had to syringe feed him for a week, than slowly he got interested in eating chicken so I am now making him a cooked chicken diet
the advantage of the Pork diet is NO bones to contend with...with the chicken I cook it than slowly pick through it all piece by piece to get every single tiny little bone out and there are millions it seems
I buy the supplements thru iherb.com they sell brands that are safe for use with cats and they ship very reasonably.
COOKED PORK.or CHICKEN....the following supplement measurements are for every 1 lb of cooked meat. and balance out the diet.
buy a lean pork loin, cook in a roaster or crock pot wtih enough water to COVER the meat you can do well cooked or less well done, depending how Oliver prefers:)
KEEP THE WATER....this all has to be mixed into the ground meat...the diet must be at least 50-70% water.
chop or grind again depending on Olivers preference...
for every lb of meat you will need to add this
1. CALCIUM...3/4 teaspoon per lb. I use egg shell powder (ESP) 1 teaspoon of ESP provides between 4500mg - 5000mg total calcium. this you can make yourself, save your raw egg shells from baking or morning breakfast, dry them for abt 3-5 min in a hot oven, let cool than put them in a small grinder...I use one of those small magic bullet machines...grind up to a fine powder...use 3/4 teasp of this per lb of meat
calcium is very important.
if you son't wish to make your own esp, you can buy bone meal.
2.1/2 capsule LECITHIN...for Vitamin A&D....also hairball control. I buy this in powder form from iherb. or you can use 1 egg YOLK only per lb of meat.
3.VITAMIN E.....very important!! I buy the DRY E capsules...they are hard to find, but thankfully iherb has them. need 2 capsules(800 I.U.) per lb of meat.
4.CARTLIDGE/COLLAGEN....this is b/c you are not using bones...
buy the KNOX beef flavored gelatin packages at your grocery store...they come in a red box and are packed in individual packettes...(do NOt use jello)...MIX 1/2 packette per lb of meat...mix in a little hot water to dissolve than mix into your chopped meat/water mixture.
5. VITAMIN B....1/4 capsule per lb of meat. I order this from iherb, the best brand for cats in made by Thorne Research I will add all those links at the end.
5. VEGETABLES- a smiggen for help with constipation also hairballs. PURE canned pumpkin is the best. make sure its the PURE and not pie filling...1-2 Tablespoons per lb of meat.
OR you can cook and mash up a zucchini instead or peas....this will depend on Olivers tastes..lol
I will post this now before losing it, I will look up the links thru iherb and add them later ok. this isn't hard. the supplements will set you back abit but they last a long time!!! you can try the recipe first without the supplements to make sure Oliver likes it...than add to your next batch.
I was closing the windows I had open and ran across this: http://tcfeline.com/2012/04/27/reduced-protein-cat-food/
It's perfect and really simple. AND the pumpkin might keep him from having constant diarrhea.
BUT I'd still like everyone's thoughts.
I knew someone would ground me a little. I was stuck on the raw and didn't think about the cooked. I hit the grinding of raw with bones and my gag factor kicked in.
Ollie is 15 with horrible teeth- what he still has. Taz and Lucy are 12.
Good plan!!! I've been making a homemade diet for my Nemo for a few years now...for same reasons as Oliver, he had health issues and wouldn't eat canned foods.
I make a large batch once or twice a month, than freeze it in pint size jars...I defrost one jar at a time, a jar will last him 2-3 days
This is not only much much healthier than dry food( an most canned foods) it is also cheaper
I will write up more indepth info later today or tomorrow, getting company today so kinda busy :)
This doesn't need to be hard, I use a cooked recipe not raw....and with NO bones, my preference. You can supplement for the bones