How's the cat food going? Calico LOVES IT. After she eats, she stretches out and licks her paws like she's just dined 5 star.
A few questions came up and here's what I think:
Kal - "Can you tell me if there is anything dangerous or special about BEETS? We put beets in Crash's dogfood and his coat was the softest it has ever been (and his bright pink poop was easy to find!)."
Beats me! (Sorry, had to). Beets are high in fibre and according to the whfoods.org, beets contain powerful nutrient compounds that help protect against heart disease, birth defects and certain cancers, especially colon cancer. Beets are perfectly safe for adding to Crash's food..but I'm not sure about the relation to improving Crash's coat. Did you change anything else in the food? More eggs?
Kristen - "My cat eats anything and will have no problem switching (although I will still introduce it slowly). How many days will that recipe be good for 1 cat? (He's 12-15 lbs. Yup. A fatty. But don't tell him that, he's got a complex.)"
That was about a 4.5lb recipe soooo if you feed 3oz of food a day, it should last around 24 days. Not bad huh?! However, how much you feed any animal is a pretty personal thing..these are just recommendations so you know the ballpark. You have to watch your cat's form to see if they need more or less food. Cats that...are more..."fluffy" than others can't have their diet reduced to quickly to reduce the "extra fluff". If you feel your cat could benefit from a little less, reduce the amount of food slowly over time. Quick weight loss in cats can result in fatty liver disease, which can be serious trouble. Reducing the food somewhat over time is still a good idea as being an overweight cat also has its health risks. Calico used to be on the fluffy side when we fed her kibble. In fact, she was really FAT. Switching her over to wet food has made a world of difference in her size, activity and attitude...all for the better.
Misti - "I was wondering how this would work if I switched from dry food to moist food? Are there any digestion problems to forsee? My cats are on Science Diet and this recipe looks interesting. They get a treat of salmon or tuna when we cook it but otherwise, it stays the same."
A possible issue would be the lack of fibre in this diet vs the dry Science Diet and that's where the psyllium husks/powder comes in. You could also add some grated vegetables for the fibre. Most people who have switched to a home made wet food add veggies or some other form of fibre for a while but eventually omit it unless the cat really enjoys it. I'm going to be honest with you Misti, I'm not a fan of Science Diet. Flip over the bag and see if you can find the ingredient "Meat by product" or "Meat meal" or "Meat broth" or "Meat ..." anything. If they don't list the protein source like chicken or beef or salmon or whatever, they often don't know what it is. How's that for quality control.
For the most part, keep your eyes on the poops. They'll be smaller but they should still be formed.
Michelle (Tiber River) - "THANK YOU for the recipe for kitty food!!"
Hi Michelle, you're welcome. Let us know how it goes!
Have a great day!