This is easy. Almost any regular grocery store or health food store carries containers of plain whole psyllium husks or psyllium husk powder. Remember to get loose powder rather than capsules that you need to individually open. You can also order psyllium husks from plenty of places online. If you want to read more about “why psyllium,” please see Michelle Bernard’s wonderful online essay on the subject.
You’ll note on the recipe that I use that not all cats require or benefit from adding psyllium into their diet. If your cat has been eating low-quality commercial food for several ears, especially dry food, she may have lost bowel elasticity and may benefit from the extra fiber. As a general rule, I recommend using psyllium when an adult cat first gets raw food, particularly if the cat has been eating a lot of dry food. At least one study suggests that cats on processed, cooked diets lose bowel elasticity over time, so it can be a good idea to try psyllium and then judge whether or not to continue based on your cat’s stools.
I never add psyllium these days to the food I make. Some cats seem to get constipated without additional fiber, whereas other cats seem to get constipated if they get too much fiber. Each cat is unique, and you’ll have to judge which works best for your cat.
Click here to see where I order the psyllium I would use – and first-time orderers from this iHerb site get a sweet discount on the first order.
If you can procure wild salmon oil (versus farmed) that has high concentrations of EPA (Eicosapentaenoic Acid) and DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid), then do that. I’m also fond of the Carlson brand of salmon oil, which has nice high levels of EPA and DHA and is free of detectable levels of mercury, cadmium, lead, PCBs and 28 other contaminants. Remember that salmon oil degrades quickly, so serving it fresh from a newly opened capsule is best. In addition to adding it to the recipe itself, I also squeeze some drops of salmon oil from capsules on to prepared food a few times a week. Most cats adore the flavor and it’s nice to get the fresh oil into them regularly. Just clip the end of the capsule with a small scissors or pierce it with a sharp pin and squeeze a few drops on to the food.
I strongly suggest that you steer clear of salmon oil that comes as a liquid in a bottle. That oil can go rancid very fast once it is exposed to air, even if it comes in one of those lovely cobalt-blue bottles that’s supposed to protect the product. It’s really best to buy capsules instead.
Remember–your cat needs an animal-based source of Essential Fatty Acids. Don’t let anyone tell you that flaxseed oil or another kind of plant-based EFA source works as well. It doesn’t. Your cat is a carnivore and cannot derive all that she needs EFA-wise from plant based sources. There are many ways in which cats function differently biochemically from dogs. Cats, for example, cannot make their own Arachidonic Acid even when there is linoleic acid present. A cat’s “chemical factory” (liver), contains no delta-6 desaturase enzyme to make the conversion of linoleic acid to Arachidonic acid. And there is little or no Arachidonic acid in plant matter. A dog, on the other hand, if consuming the proper fats, can make Arachidonic acid.
Cats would normally get ample EFAs from eating the brains and eyes of her prey. So unless you’re feeding brains and eyes, don’t use flaxseed to get EFAs into your cat.
What do I buy? Click here to see where I now get my salmon oil capsules; if you use this link, by the way, you get a discount on your first order through iHeb.
Many folks have a hard time finding a good glandular supplement – don’t sweat it if you can’t find it. Just skip it. but what I use is Immoplex. What I like about it is that it comes in capsules (versus tablets) which means it’s simple to pull the capsules apart. This is much easier than crushing a tablet in a mortar and pestle. More importantly, I like this brand because unlike many other glandulars, it contains a good variety of raw tissue concentrates including spleen, brain, liver, heart, kidney, thymus, adrenal, pituitary, pancreas, and duodenum.
If the glandular supplement you purchase comes in tablets, you can crush them in a mortar and pestle or, if you don’t have those tools, put them in a plastic baggie, wrap it in a towel, and smash them up with a hammer. See why I like the capsules? So much easier.
Remember, do not simply buy anything labeled a “glandular supplement.” Many of these products are made from plants, herbs, or other food supplements. You’re not looking for something with various herbs to help glandular health in humans; you ARE looking for a something that CONTAINS actual glands and nothing else.
I buy my Immoplex from here; if you use that link, you get a sweet discount on your first order.
Vitamin E and Vitamin B-50 Complex
These are very easy to source at any health food store or online. Click here to see the Vitamin E I use.
Click here if you want to order from the same place I get B-50 complex.
And if you use those links? Yup, you get a discount on your first order, which is nice. It’s automatically applied as a coupon code at checkout. Suh-weet!
I use loose powdered taurine.