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« on: November 05, 2009, 04:13:41 PM »

5Cat, do you thing you could post the step-by-step? It might help a lot of us who aren't sure if we did it correctly.

Will do.  Let me get caught up around here and I'll write something.  May be late tonight, or early morning.

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« Reply #1 on: November 06, 2009, 07:23:12 AM »

Thanks a lot 5Cat! Do you ever vary the percentage of ingredients in step one or are those just standard amounts?
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« Reply #2 on: November 06, 2009, 08:36:54 AM »

Bug,

That's my standard recipe, and yes, I do occasionally vary the %'s.

Sometimes hearts aren't available, so I adjust the water, meat, liver to compensate for no hearts.  I keep the liver within Marta's recommended range, so that the Vit A isn't too high.

I'm aware of issues like too much/too little VitA, the effect of veggies on the pH of the food (which affects urine pH, urine crystals), the effect of fiber on transit time/nutrient absorbtion, etc.

Not being an expert, these issues are a concern for me.  It's very tempting to worry about such things to the point where I don't want to try homemade food.  

When I get concerned, I review a few things:

1.  Lots of folks have been using homemade food for years with good results.
2.  PFC's have repeated formulation errors, and poor manufacturing processes, IMO.
3.  Some aspects of cat nutrition are poorly understood.

I'm not trying to advocate a particular recipe 'cause kitties have individual needs based on their health status.  Instead, my posts here are aimed toward helping folks use Marta's calculator.
  
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« Reply #3 on: November 06, 2009, 09:16:41 AM »

Thanks for sharing your methods, 5Cat. One day I might stumble upon a mixture my cats will eat consistently. Haven't found it yet, but I will keep trying.
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