Well...yes. I was using softgels, but ended up switching to Ascenta Feline Omega 3. It's a liquid in an amber glass bottle. This type of fish oil was always at the bottom of my list for consideration; I always preferred a softgel with as few ingredients as possible. However, I just wasn't getting what I wanted in a softgel. I've tried a few human-grade softgels, but Sebastian either didn't like the taste/smell or it was just too much oil. Even when I tried to only use half, a lot went to waste (the other half didn't do well when left sitting out to oxidize) and trying to puncture it was a mess. I even bought a "triple strength" thinking I'd get more omegas out of it, but the softgel was just bigger. I also tried two types of salmon oil awhile back and that was a total flop. They all hated it. The Ascenta has very little smell and has a decent amount of DHA and EPA in only 1/4 tsp. HOWEVER, it does contain rosemary extract as a "natural preservative" and I know some people try to avoid this. Both Sebastian and Boo like it. Caesar doesn't count; he doesn't like anything. It is super easy to pour out. It's working out well, and I have no complaints.
Yup, any of the ingredients including the fish oil can be added at feeding time. Isn't it a pain to fool with fish oil capsules at every meal?
I have been researching it as I have been following Dr. Pierson's recipe. I have decided to include it in my recipe http://www.merckmanuals.com/vet/man...ts_and_related_diseases_of_small_animals.html it is on the AAFCO's list of daily requirements for cats.
Thanks for the detailed recipe. Dr. Pierson's recipe doesn't have manganese. Since the amount is so little, would it be alright to omit it? I am sure that you have a very good reason for including it, and would like to learn from you.
This is important for the proper function of many proteins and carbohydrates, fertility and growth. Good sources of manganese are eggs, nuts and green vegetables - none of which are a cat's first food of choice. However, many pet food manufacturers also add manganese supplement to their products. Cats require 7 mgs of manganese for each kg of food eaten. The mineral is stored predominantly in the liver and to a lesser extent in the kidneys, pancreas, and bone. Manganese deficiency is rare, and if present it mainly affects kittens. Manganese-deficient cats are likely to be infertile, and may also suffer from stunted growth and some bone changes.
Manganese This mineral is especially important to puppies and kittens, as well as older pets. Manganese helps ensure quality bone and cartilage. It also helps with the mitochondria function, or the cell’s energy source.
The AAFCO recommendation for manganese is 7.5 mg/kg *DM* (dry matter). If you click on the link under the recipe I posted you'll find a directory of recipe PDFs that include a nutrient analysis. The one for the rabbit recipe shows the manganese is actually almost 2x the AAFCO recommendation.How much do you add to the 3 lb chicken recipe? Going by the 7 mg/kilo figure, right around 10 mg seems to be the right number. mschauer's recipe seems to have a little less.
I added roughly about 1/2 a capsule per 3#
Many thanks for the detailed reply. I agree that it seems necessary. I will have to start with the next batch - I have no idea of how to measure out such a tiny amount into one serving of food.
How much do you add to the 3 lb chicken recipe? Going by the 7 mg/kilo figure, right around 10 mg seems to be the right number. mschauer's recipe seems to have a little less.
Thank-you. He was originally going to by my hubby's nephew's cat and his original name was from my handicapped nephew.......Butt Munchie Munchie fit him so well as he devoured everything he could, we kept just Munchie.
I just noticed that you have a cat called "Munchie Bunchie." That is brilliant! All of your cats are so pretty!
Thanks to both of you! This is 0.5 of a 10 mg capsule, right?