It's hard to believe that I never calculated this until now, but let's just say that "metrics" are not my thing. A very nice site visitor recently asked me, "How much food fits into the pint-sized jars you use and how long will that last?" and I said, "Um, err . . . let me get back to you on that."
A single batch based on the recipe with bone that I use to make cat food makes a wee bit over 2 kg (4.4 pounds) of food. How long that lasts is entirely dependent on your cat.
In truth, I usually make about a triple-sized batch. At least.
If you're using the super-nifty pint-sized can-or-freeze jars to store the food you make (see Supplies page too), each jar holds about 400 grams of food. I know because I just weighed it out this morning and I am so wicked proud of myself for remembering to do that that I'm actually blogging it.
That means that if you make a single-sized batch (2 kg), you will need about five or six jars to store the food.
Those six-ish jars should feed one average healthy adult cat for about 12-14 days. Please understand that every cat's appetite, needs, activity level, body size, and moods are different so your mileage may vary. A petite 7 pound cat will require less food (most likely) than an 18-pound male Maine Coon cat. And even body size isn't the only indicator for judging how much a cat will need to eat each day. Hop on over to the the FAQ page for more on how much to feed your cat. (Spoiler alert: I really don't know, but I can give you a ballpark guesstimate.)
New "d'uh" discovery today while making 30 pounds of cat food (living with a growing kitten, you know): don't toss those egg whites! Sure, don't use them raw in the food, but cook 'em up to kill the biotin-blocking avidin, grind 'em up, and mix them in with the raw cat food.
It's less wasteful and a brutally cool source of phosphorus-free protein! Dr. Pierson suggested this idea long ago but I finally implemented today. Easy.
You can also make an angel food cake, of course.
Check out the new page on catnutrition.org about periodontal disease. No, really, it's not as boring as it sounds. I was inspired to finally tackle the issue after coming home last night exhausted and stressed after I had Wilson in for his first dental cleaning. A real wake-up call and one which I hope you will benefit from hearing about.
I sure hope I don't regret this, but catnutrition.org now has a Facebook presence. Help spread the word by linking to and liking us. Or loving us. Or whatever it is you're supposed to do with Facebook. Click on the thingamajammer below to go to the Facebook page and then please pretty please "Like" us.
In no particular order, below is a top ten list of stuff I wish that I had known about long ago. On taking care of, living with, and feeding cats, that is.
Kudos to Dr. Karen Becker for conducting, and posting videos of, her interview with one of the nation's leading veterinary immunologists, Dr. Ronald Shultz. It's worth the time to watch these to learn more about vaccines - their efficacy, their risks, and the wisdom of the paradigm of regular revaccination - before your next visit with your vet. There are four videos in this series.
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