Turkey recipe:

  • 1 lb i,e, 453.56 grams raw ground turkey muscle meat (the darker the meat the higher its taurine content) - has 59mg Ca and 708mg Phos
  • 1/2 piece i,e, 50grams of raw turkey liver - contains 2.5mg of Ca & 140mg of Phos; raw chicken liver can be substituted (its Ca & P are very close)
  • 1 raw turkey heart i.e. 27grams - 2mg Ca and 60mg Phos (chicken heart #s for same weight are close)
  • 3.5 oz or 100g chicken gizzards - contains 11mg Ca and 148mg Phos (turkey gizzards are hard to find)
  • 2 tbsp steamed pureed veggies* - preferably high-moisture low-GI index squash, zucchini (all lightly steamed), or home-grown oat/barley/rye/wheat grass from seeds. For cats with CRF, pumpkin can be beneficial b/c it functions as a nitrogen-trapper. IBD cats too can be helped by the moderately fermentable fiber in cooked/canned pumpkin. For some reason, my cats love a steamed broccoli and cauliflower mix; do not use in raw form unless you have a cat with an overactive thyroid gland.
  • 1 large raw chicken egg yolk and lightly cooked white of same egg i,e, 33g (being added to supply lutein, Vitamin D, iodine, fatty acids, lecithin and a host of other nutrients)
  • 1478 mg calcium carbonate powder OR 3/4 teaspoon of eggshell powder** OR a bit less than 1.5 teaspoons of bone meal powder to address the calcium portion (please check the bonemeal section below to see why this is going to cause a problem with the Ca:P) ***
  • 1/2 tablespoon unflavored Gelatin as a proxy for cartilage
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dulse (has lower iodine levels than Kelp) to provide trace minerals and support thyroid function
  • 1 teaspoon Salmon body oil (available in liquid or in capsules at health food stores)
  • 2,000mg taurine
  • 2-3 oz home-made meat broth or spring water to help with consistency
  • Vit A - 2,000 IU****
  • Vit D - 200 IU
  • OR
  • Cod Liver oil in lieu of Vits A and D; matching up can be tricky because there is a different ratio of Vits A and D in brands e.g. for Nordic Naturals brand softgel has only 1 IU of Vit D per 300IU of Vit A. With Carlson's, 1 softgel would match Vit A but would have too much Vit D.
  • Vit E - 2 400IU softgels of Carlson's d-alpha Gems OR GNC's Natural E 400 100% natural d-alpha dry capsules; these are the only two products forum members have been able to verify are soy-free (this caution includes similar products from even these brands).
  • Vit B-complex - 1/8 capsule of Thorne B-Complex Formula #12 (least stinky cat-safe one on the market)
  • Fish body oil e.g. wild salmon, sardine, anchovy, or krill oil: one 1,000mg softgel providing at least 300mg EPA & 200DHA - Carlson's or Nordic Naturals brand or NOW krill preferably added at meal times
  • Digestive enzymes
  • FOS
  • Probiotics
  • Trace minerals - key word here being "trace" so only teensy amounts please - Source Naturals and Futurebiotics brands are the least icky ones though the amounts of various minerals is not the same for both these.
  • Egg yolk lecithin (during hairball season) e.g. Nature's Plus brand - there was a study at UT Austin suggesting its use for hairball control

Preparation:

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