Today I’m going to blog about an awesome supplement called Alnutrin. Yes, I have my eye on some supplements for raw-fed dogs, but that will come later :) Hold your horses!
Alnutrin is a cat raw diet supplement that is recommended by Dr. Lisa Pierson and as well as many leading cat-only vets who use this on their own cats–vets who are also at the forefront of cat nutrition. So please, Straits Times, don’t imply that these supplements themselves are inadequate. How do you know? Based on a pet food company quotation? Gee! And also please don’t imply that all raw-feeders do things haphazardly! Yes…there may be folks out there who feed their pets nothing but chicken meat, but most of us raw feeders do not become raw feeders without doing extensive research.
Stay tuned for our reply to The Straits Times! /end rant.
Now on to something proper.
Yes, Wysong, I love you to bits, because you are so convenient.
But I have cheated on you with Alnutrin for the moment. Don’t worry, Wysong, you’ll see why you’ll still be first in my heart, but you’ll also see why also I love Alnutrin.
It comes in a little silver bag. I chose the pre-packed Alnutrin powder because I want to be careful with the amount I supplement. Pre-packed Alnutrin means that I don’t have to measure them–they are already pre-proportioned.
In little bags like these! It looks like milk powder and smells somewhat like it too.
Also, I chose the product that is meant for raw-feeding WITHOUT BONES, because I know that many Singaporeans don’t want to feed bones, and because many new raw-feeders balk at feeding bones. So, this is ALNUTRIN WITH CALCIUM.
If you feed bones, you don’t need the added calcium.
[Edit: Here are the ingredients found in Alnutrin:
Calcium, Copper, Iron and Manganese, Sodium, Potassium and Chloride, Zinc, Vitamin E, Vitamin D, Vitamin B1, B12 and Folic Acid, Taurine, Iodine, Egg Yolk Powder ]
Recipe at the back. Very simple.
Now notice that Alnutrin says to add chicken, but based on extensive reading, I have chosen to add lamb instead, because my cats do not really like chicken. Yes I can add the legendary fortiflora, but I don’t want to add that every meal because they may then get addicted to it.
As I said before, there are two schools of thought:
1.) The purists who believe that cats should not eat anything but what they physically are able to catch. This usually means chicken, birds and rabbits.
2.) Those who believe that cats can be fed other meats besides chicken, birds, and rabbits.
I happen to be from the latter camp because 1.) I believe in rotation of protein types, and 2.) cats are anatomically no different from big cats and the big cats can eat just about any prey they can land their paws on. Giraffe? You bet. Grasshopper? Sure! Buffalo? Yum! Elephant? Yes! Rabbit? Of courseeeeee! Feral cats have also been thriving fine on any prey they can catch, even prey such as moles and frogs.
(Can’t stop harping on rabbits, some people have emailed me to say it’s terrible to feed rabbit meat. Hey. Get over it. Lots of people eat rabbit all over the world. Did you just eat steak for dinner? Lots of people don’t eat beef around the world! And don’t say it’s because we have rabbits as pets. Some people have cows and bantam chickens as pets!)
The final point is, there are good vets and good research on both sides. You need to read up, and decide for yourself…Oh alright, I’ll blog about it. But another time, kay? Today’s about Alnutrin.
The recipe calls for 2 and 3/4 cups of water. So I whip out my baking stuff…
Also, you’ll notice that I’ve chopped up the meat rather than mince it. This is because I like the cleaning effect meat chunks have on teeth. It’s not as much as meaty bones, but still good.
My arms ached as I mixed and chopped and I longed for my Wysong once more. As you can see, Wysong is far, far more convenient. But Alnutrin works if you want to prepare 3kg of food at one go, put in baggies and just warm them by putting the baggie in warm water when you need to feed. For example, if you need to go on leave and your parents have to take care of your pets for you…and they may not want to chop, portion, feed and mix, then Alnutrin is fabulous.
Results! I have over-portioned, actually. Each of these baggies contain enough for 3 cats for 2 meals…actually it contains more than enough, so if you have 1 cat only, this will last you for a long time. Put them in the freezer! Only place in the meat storage component in the fridge in the morning/the night before you want to feed.
It’s easier to gauge how much kitty needs if you have been feeding them raw, but as a general rule–and the simplest to follow–is that if you can’t feel your pet’s ribs, it’s too fat. Since I have been feeding raw for a long time, I can tell by just looking if there is too much food for the cat.
See the liquid? Please don’t throw it away! That’s precious nutrients, even though it may look gross to you! That goes without saying that you shouldn’t be taking the meat out of the bag to warm. Just put the whole thing in warm–not hot!–water. Go take a bath. When you come out, the baggie should be ready for feeding.
Each tiny bag of powder can make about 3 kg of food that can last a cat about 3 weeks. Mine, even with over portioning, lasted my voracious 3 cats 10 days. 1 bag a day and I had 10 bags from 3 kg of food!
We have Alnutrin for sale! Email us if you are interested! :)