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    The Amazing Raw Egg
    Benefits of the Raw Egg
    where are your eggs from?
    Eggs are an excellent addition to the cat and dog diet.
    The egg is regarded as having the perfect protein. It is the one against which all other proteins are measured.” (Billinghurst 1993)
    A raw egg including the egg shell contains all necessary minerals, high levels of calcium (from yolk and shell), vitamins (except for Vitamin C), fatty acids, lecithin and live enzymes.

    When comparing different foods in regards to the highest number of amino acids, egg whites are the most complete protein followed by muscle meat, organ meat, milk, cheese and fish. Egg whites alone contain iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, A, B, and E vitamins. Diets that need to be high in protein (especially the cat’s diet) and low in fat should indeed contain regular sources of eggs, yoghurt and cottage cheese. (Olson 2010)
    When looking at the nutritional composition of whole eggs, the minerals include iodine, mananese, selenium, sodium and sulphur (Shultze 1999)

    Author of, ‘Whole Health for Happy Cats,’ recommends a simple recipe for cats which contains whole eggs (including the shells for calcium).

    Baked Salmon Cookies for Cats
    225g salmon or mackerel
    55g catnip or wheatgrass
    1 ground egg shell (or approx 2000mg calcium carbonate)

    3 whole beaten eggs
    55g ground pumpkin or sesame seeds
    562g rice flour or quinoa or amaranth
    After combining, the dough should be cut into 5mm thick cookies and baked at 190 C for 20 minutes.

    This recipe proves to be a success with cats. However, I do substitute calcium carbonate powder in place of the ground egg shell. If I put egg shell in their food, they won’t touch it.

    Another idea for a high protein cat or dog snack is a freshly beaten egg with a heaped tablespoon of plain yoghurt. This can also be combined with a capsule of fish oil, pupled vegetables and some brewers yeast powder, depending on how fussy your pet is.

    In regards to the eggshell, one average sized organic egg shell contains approximately 2000mg of calcium and 80mg of phosphorus. Author of ‘Whole Health for Happy Cats,’ does however advise against feeding raw eggs due to the ‘avidin’ the egg whites contain. Avidin binds to the B vitamin ‘biotin,’ contained in the egg yolk. Once bound together these B vitamins are rendered useless. If raw eggs are fed occasionally it is no problem. However, on a regular basis, raw egg yolk should be given with egg whites cooked separately. (Arora 2006) Biotin is found in foods such as carrots, milk, yoghurt, berries, bananas and sweet potato.

    According to Dr Billinghurst however, whole raw eggs are not a problem. Wild dogs have been raiding birds nests long before commercial dog food was invented, with no biotin deficiencies. Raw whole eggs fed in a mixed, varied diet are excellent nutrition. Like Arora, Billinghurst suggests the egg whites can be cooked separately if there is concern in regards to biotin deficiency. Additionally if a dog is sick, has an allergy to eggs, or is very old with pancreatic problems, they may have problems digesting the egg white due to an ‘enzyme inhibitor.’ (Billinghurst 1993)

    On a more ethical note, eggs should always be free range. One egg from a caged bird is produced from 30 hours of pain, stood on wired mesh and in less space than an A4 sized piece of paper.

    Whilst eggs remain high in priority when supplementing a high quality protein into the diet, author of ‘Natural Nutrition for Cats and Dogs,’ reminds us that there is one life nutrient, which assists every biochemical activity in the body. This essential ingredient is ‘love.’ (Shultze 1999)

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