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Protein older boy and few other questions

Posted: Wed May 11, 2016 10:36 pm
by Buzzwizz619
Im trying to make up a new mix now for my boys who now range from 4 months to 2+ years. The last batch of food i made up was made with 5% burns dog Kibble however i somehow ordered the kitten kibble instead this time. My Ronnie is getting old now, and its beginning to show, so i want to make sure its tailored for him but the youngest boys are rescues who were malnourished so i feel they will benefit from some extra protein.

Im thinking to make the base mix up with the minimum level of protein needed and feed the younger boys meal worms etc by hand. I also think i need to avoid adding too much wheat and oats to the mix to make it kidney friendly is that correct?

In regards to the protein content with the kitten kibble being both twice as high in protein and much smaller than the dog kibble, therefore there isnt the empty space between the pieces as there is with the dog kibble when measuring out. Should i got with 2.5% kibble to account for the twice as much protein or should i go for even less as there is also more actual kibble fitting into the jug as their isnt the void space between pieces? (sorry if that sounds confusing).

And finally the bananna brunch, flakes rye, spelt, dari, millet etc they all contribute towards the 70% base mix and its only the human cereals and the puffed corn, rice etc that make up the 20% cereal component is that correct?

Many Thanks

Amy

Re: Protein older boy and few other questions

Posted: Thu May 12, 2016 12:20 am
by acapae_wolf
Buzzwizz619 wrote:Im thinking to make the base mix up with the minimum level of protein needed and feed the younger boys meal worms etc by hand. I also think i need to avoid adding too much wheat and oats to the mix to make it kidney friendly is that correct?
Yeah, I'd do that. It's much easier to make the mix you feed to everyone suitable for everyone, and then top up as needed to anyone who should have slightly more of anything. It's also handy ti have kittens used to eating extras in a carrier or whatever anyway as it means that if they're ever ill, or when they're old and on oldie extras etc. that they're used to that set-up and can eat those sorts of extras without a fuss.
Buzzwizz619 wrote:In regards to the protein content with the kitten kibble being both twice as high in protein and much smaller than the dog kibble, therefore there isnt the empty space between the pieces as there is with the dog kibble when measuring out. Should i got with 2.5% kibble to account for the twice as much protein or should i go for even less as there is also more actual kibble fitting into the jug as their isnt the void space between pieces? (sorry if that sounds confusing).
It depends, you have two options here really
1) go for 2.5% or a little bit less (not an entirely flat scoop etc.)
2) if you ever noted down how much 1 scoop of your usual kibble weighed, weigh out half of that amount of the kitten kibble. The SD is done by volume rather than weight, but some people do note down approximate weights because it makes it easier to work out how much to buy (since foods are sold by weight).