West Coast Feline Life™
FOR OUR FELINE COMPANIONS
adapting our Canine Life recipe for your finicky
Cats can be finicky eaters, but some really seem to like eating their dog's Canine Life muffins!
However, cats require additional protein and calcium, so we have adapted the Canine Life muffin recipe accordingly to make it more suitable for your cat.
Please note that there is no nutritional
analysis for the Feline Blend recipe.
Cats - big, small, wild, and even
domestic - eat prey whole (e.g. muscle, organs,
bones, skin, and hair). Some folks believe this is the very best for our companion/domestic cats to
eat. This option is not always
readily available, and some just can't stomach
the whole process of feeding a raw diet.
done their research and do not want to feed dry
or canned cat food. The solution is to find the right choice
and balance that works for you and your cat.
Feline Life™ Muffins Recipe
Please read all instructions before preparing
your cat's home-made muffins.
Please note that a Taurine supplement must be added to this diet.
FELINE LIFE™ MUFFINS
- 2 1/2 cups WEST COAST CANINE LIFE Pre-Mix
- Protein (choose from the following):
- 1 lb. raw ground boneless fish OR
- 1 can of fish AND 1/2 lb. of raw ground boneless chicken OR
- 2 cans of salmon, sardines OR tuna*, including the liquid (packed in water or broth, preferably without added salt)
- 1/2 cup raw minced green and yellow vegetables (eg. beans and carrots)
- 1 egg, including the crushed shell
- 1/3 cup safflower oil
- 1/2 cup distilled or filtered water
- 2 tbsp. PURE cranberry juice
- Preheat oven to 325F (180C) degrees.
- Lightly grease 18 - 20 mini muffin tins.
- Combine all ingredients in a food processor and mix
- Place mixture into mini muffin tins.
- Bake for 15 minutes.
- Remove from oven and cool to room temperature,
before storing in an air tight container or ziplock
bags. Refrigerate 2 to 3 days worth of food, and
freeze the rest. DON'T OVERBAKE!
greased cookie sheet works well too. Just spoon the
mixture into 18 - 20 equal spoonfuls and lightly
push down with the back on the spoon. Baking time is
the same as the muffin tins.
* NOTE: Tuna is not recommended as the daily protein staple in a cat's diet, as they can become "tuna junkies."
If this occurs, cats will NOT eat anything else and it may cause a vitamin E deficiency. The scientific
term for this condition is "steatitis" which simply means "yellow fat disease."
Cats require more protein than dogs, therefore the amount
of Canine Life Pre-Mix used in the FELINE LIFE™ recipe is different
than in the CANINE one. The amounts of fish
and meat are different as well.
There is a calcium supplement
(dicalcium phosphate hydrate, a pharmaceutical
grade calcium) already added to the Pre-Mix, and when
you add one crushed egg shell to the recipe you are
supporting your cat's daily calcium requirement. Phosphorus is by nature attracted to calcium,
forming a chemical bond: calcium phosphate. If
meat were to be ingested without the correct amount
of bone, the phosphorus in meat would draw calcium
from the cat's bones - resulting in disease such as
bone deformities, limping, muscle failure, fractures.
The same happens in humans. A diet of hamburger
and pop is very high in phosphorus, and people start
to suffer from osteoporosis as a direct result. The
cat has a very high requirement for calcium due to
the high level of phosphorus in her high portion of
meat diet. As omnivores, people require less
calcium if eating a plant based diet. Herbivores
require even less calcium, and all the calcium they
need is contained within the plants they eat, which
also contain small amounts phosphorus - resulting in
a proper ratio. The calcium / phosphate partnership is
what gives bones and teeth their strength and
rigidity and is present in a 2:1 ratio in bone.
Isolated calcium in the body is used for proper
muscle function, and isolated phosphorus represents
a structural component of cells, including soft
tissue. This is why muscle tissue (meat) contains such high levels of phosphorus.
our Canine Life muffins shows a 1.41:1 ratio of calcium to phosphorus. This is the reason why the amount of Canine Life Pre-Mix used in our feline muffin recipe is less than in
the canine muffin recipe, and the recipe calls for more
fish/meat. This fine tuning of our feline diet keeps us well
within the guidelines of an ideal calcium:phosphorus
ratio in a cat's diet of 1.1:1. Research tells us
that a cat can readily tolerate up to 2:1. Any more
calcium in the diet would cause an over-saturation
in the body, and can result in calcium deposits in
soft tissue such as oxalate stones. Upon
recommendation from your vet of a restricted protein diet,
we have a recipe we use for dogs and cats who have/
or are prone to stones/crystals.
Contact us for more details.
There is no nutritional analysis available for Feline