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Old May 16th, 2008, 08:10 PM
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Originally Posted by dodecaphonie View Post
Here are the supplements that I must give her :

Do you know what form the calcium is in (eg. calcium carbonate/gluconate/lactate etc). Each type of calcium contains different amounts of elemental calcium and therefore you would require different measurements to balance the phosphorus depending on which calcium salt you're using (the calcium-phosphorus ratio should be 1.2-1.4:1). Calcium carbonate has the most elemental calcium (40%) so you would be able to use the least amount, if that makes sense. Here's a table showing the differences:
And if I didn't explain it very well, perhaps this will help:

Originally Posted by dodecaphonie View Post
taurine ( I am not sure how much ? can I just srpinkle it on her food ? )
Since you're cooking the meat, I would add about 200mg per day (split between the number of meals). And yes, you can mix the powder in her food.

Originally Posted by dodecaphonie View Post
mineral powder ( torula yeast, kelp, lecithine, calcium, vit. C, taurine ( but not much in the powder)
Hmmm, this sounds like it's based on Anitra Frazer's recipes from her book "The New Natural Cat". While she is a wonderful advocate for natural cat care, her diets are rather outdated. For starters, yeast has a high allergy potential and considering your kitty has IBD, you want to eliminate as many sources of inflammation as possible. I'd really advise against using any form of yeast. The reason it's in the recipe is for a palatable form of B vitamins, but you might be better off finding a low-odor B supplement instead. There is also injectable Vit B, which is actually the best option for IBD cats because they have trouble absorbing oral Vit B through their thickened and inflamed intestines. I gave you a link to more info on this in your other thread, but here it is again if you missed it:

You also want to be cautious with the amount of kelp, which is high in iodine and could be a factor in the development of hyperthyroidism. And unless the extra calcium in the mineral mix has been accounted for in the total calcium content of this recipe, it could throw off the calcium-phosphorus ratio. Lecithin, usually derived from soy, really isn't necessary for cats. So all in all, I'd skip the mineral mix and instead find a good cat multi-vitamin like Nu-Cat (not the soft-chews though, which contain brewer's yeast) or Only Natural Pet Super Daily Vitamin.

Originally Posted by dodecaphonie View Post
canola and sunflower oil
I'd be more inclined to add salmon oil instead, because of the anti-inflammatory potential of Omega 3 fatty acid. Not all cats accept it though, as it can have quite a strong fishy smell.

Hope some of this helps and doesn't make you more confused. I just think it's really important to minimize any ingredients that could exacerbate the intestinal inflammation.
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