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  • Oliver & Zucco's supplement mix (for cats & dogs)

    Oliver in his younger days
    This mix provides approximately 90-100 rounded teaspoons.

    I use 1 rounded teaspoon of this mix for every 150-170 grams of raw meat, which is for both cats for 1 day.

    If there is no bone with the meat then I also add 300mg calcium carbonate powder to balance phosphorus and calcium.

    The general rule, is that for every 150 grams of meat, add 300mg of calcium carbonate powder.

    Equipment required:

    - A coffee grinder to powder some of the ingredients
    - A large dark coloured glass jar that has an airtight seal.
    - A large mixing bowl for the ingredients.
    - Kitchen scales (grams)

    The ingredients:

    9 grams Vitamin B Complex

    9 grams Alfalfa powder

    90 grams crushed organic sunflower seeds (use a coffee grinder)

    9 grams Lecithin granules

    36 grams Vitamin C powder

    9 grams spirulina powder (or mixed phytogreens)

    4.5 grams Vitamin B6

    4.5 grams Vitamin B12

    10 grams L-lysine

    18 grams MSM powder

    70,000iu Vitamin A* (average for cats is 500iu daily)

    50 grams colostrum powder

    90 tablets Digestive enzymes (eg: bromelain)

    90 capsules Probiotics (can be added separately)

    18 grams Aloe Vera powder

    7000iu Vitamin D* (50-150iu daily for cats)

    18 grams Freeze-dried liver (ground up) to improve taste of supplement mix

    9 grams Taurine (naturally only found in raw meat, cats cannot synthesize this essential amino acid, therefore it has to be obtained from the diet)

    18 grams Calcium carbonate (to balance high phosphate in liver and lecithin)

    Mix the ingredients really well and place into a dark glass jar with an airtight seal. It should be kept refrigerated.

    As all cat owners know how incredibly fussy their feline friends can be, add this supplement mix slowly to the food, build up to ½ rounded teaspoon a day over 1-2 weeks.

    Other supplements, which are incredibly beneficial but have not been added to this mix (due to their being a liquid) are:

    - Fish oil (salmon oil, cod liver oil) 1 capsule or 1ml per day for the adult cat.
    - Vitamin E, dosage is 100iu daily for an adult cat
    - Borage seed oil or evening primrose oil or flaxseed oil. 1 capsule or 2ml daily.

    Most of the ingredients I use are purchased from a health food shop (human grade). However, the freeze-dried liver is sourced from Pet Barn (Australia). The colostrum powder is from ‘Green Pet’ (order online), Australia.

    Information about the ingredients I have included in my supplement mix:

    Alfalfa is 20% protein and 15% fiber; plus it contains 16 amino acids, 13 trace minerals and 13 vitamins. Alfalfa Powder is a whole food supplement highly valued for its nutrition. It is high in calcium and potassium. Alfalfa has antibacterial, antioxidant and antifungal properties.
    Most cats usually like sunflower seeds. They contain an array of nutrients including vitamins E, B1 and B5 and minerals such as manganese, magnesium, copper, phosphorous, folate and selenium. They are also packed with protein.

    Lecithin is used for inflammation of the kidneys, to increase energy levels and brain function. It is a phospholipid protecting cells from oxidation; it detoxifies, provides liver support, helps the body emulsify and absorb fats across the gut wall, improves condition of the coat and improves digestion. Dosage: Adult cat maximum ½ tsp daily.

    The probiotics, if they are of a good quality should be purchased already refrigerated from a health shop or pharmacy. In my opinion, probiotics and digestive enzymes are an essential addition to any diet including our own! Together they promote a healthy gut flora, better digestion and absorption of nutrients into the blood and as a result, a much improved overall healthy internal environment. Maintaining the health of the digestive tract cannot be emphasized enough, its truly essential for the prevention of disease. My advice is that when you add these supplements to your pets diet; add them to your own too.

    *Vitamins A, D, E and K are fat soluble vitamins, which means that excess amounts of these supplements will not be simply lost in the urine (like B vitamins) but held in the body. It’s important not to over dose on these vitamins. Excess Vitamin D for example can lead to hyperglycemia.
    I have added vitamin A as it improves vision, fur, skin, eyes, gums, intestines, bone metabolism, DNA transcription (part of cell division), immunity, embryo development, it mobilises iron (so reducing anemia), it assists in soft mucous tissue, cancer and arthritis.
    I add this mainly because most of the meat I use has been frozen and freezing meat destroys most of the vitamin A.

    Vitamin C is so incredibly important for bone synthesis, healthy joints, a strong immune system, the prevention of bladder stones and urinary tract infections, it is a powerful antioxidant, an antihistamine, an anti-inflammatory, can lower joint pain, eliminates cystitis (if taken in acidic form), it lowers pH, it is easily absorbed, it reverses cancer and improves the appetite, it also supports cortisol production.
    Vitamin C is actually synthesized in the cat and dog, however I strongly recommend that vitamin C is also included in the diet to boost health and vitality.

    Forms of Vitamin C:

    -Calcium ascorbate acidic (bitter tasting)
    -Ascorbic acid very acidic (sour tasting)
    -Sodium ascorbate non acidic (the most mild tasting)
    -Rosehips a natural source of vitamin C from the seed pods of roses
    -Ester C non acidic form of Vitamin C

    Phytogreens include barley grass, wheat grass, chorella, spirulina, alfalfa, kelp and aloe vera. These incredible photosynthesizing organisms are truly gifts from nature. They are rich in chlorophyll, amino acids, minerals, vitamins, proteins and enzymes. Being extremely beneficial to all aspects of health, they are an essential addition to our pets diet and to our own! Whilst there are many excellent sources of phytogreens that can be bought from a health shop in powdered form, the one I personally recommend is ‘Green Super Food’ by ‘Amazing Grass.’ Most of the ingredients are organic. It is a truly wonderful product for our health and by adding it to your pet’s food they will benefit immensely too. When the cost is an issue, remember how much you will be saving in Vet bills over the years!
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    For this particular supplement mix there is a large emphasis on the B vitamins, in particular B6 and B12. In times of sickness or stress B vitamins are used and depleted very quickly in the body. Extra vitamin B can stimulate appetite, act as a mild diuretic (to cleanse toxins from the body), aid in the absorption of L-lysine and Vitamin C whilst lifting energy levels.

    L-lysine has been added to assist in the prevention of upper respiratory infections and it certainly helps the immune system. Dosage for a cat that is showing symptoms of a respiratory infection is up to 500mg a day.

    MSM is a sulfur based supplement which assists in amino acid formation, required for connective tissue, skin, nails, treatment of allergies, inflammation, pH control, the manufacture of bile and insulin, it activates the use of Vitamin C, biotin, thiamine, helps with the production of bile and insulin, reduces heartburn, arthritis, muscle pain, and respiratory infections. I would say this is definitely a good addition to the mix. Cat dosage is 50-100g per 10lb body weight/day.

    Colostrum is not an essential addition however it is of great support to the immune system especially for kittens, the elderly cat and in times when the body’s defense mechanisms have been compromised.

    Aloe Vera when used internally is an antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal and is excellent for allergies, arthritis, colitis, constipation, diarrhea, irritable bowel disease, hairballs, indigestion, infections, liver and kidney ailments.

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