Making bone broth for the cats

Desperate to find a solution for Indy’s loose stool problem, I joined an FB group of raw feeders for cats and was advised to give Indy some bone broth as it is supposed to be very healing for the gut. It is also good for the liver and for the joints.

And it’s also good for humans, of course.

This is the link:

I started giving it to Indy yesterday and he absolutely LOVES it. So do Cow, Bunny, Pole, Cleo, Ginger and Heidi. But Tabs would not touch it. I followed the recipe above and brewed it for 24 hours using a slow cooker. Initially I thought the apple cider vinegar would put the cats off, but after about 4 hours, there was no more vinegar smell. Apparently, the vinegar is needed to get the minerals and nutrients out into the broth.

Dr Karen Becker’s youtube on how she makes bone broth for her pets:

She says that bone broth is a tradition that has been used for “hundreds and hundreds of years”. It is very nourishing for the body, especially for pets who aren’t feeling too well. Humans, too.

Will it work for Indy? I really don’t know, but it’s definitely worth a try.

I stored the remaining broth in the freezer to be used over a few days.

I am not sure how much to give Indy, but I suppose moderation is wise.

Last night, instead of their usual supper snack, everyone had bone broth and everyone seemed happy and satiated. Well, everyone except for Tabs who wasn’t convinced that bone broth was food.

I did ask the raw feeding FB group if bone broth is okay since it’s cooked food, and they said it’s okay to be included into their diet. Dr Karen Becker is also a strong advocate of raw feeding for dogs and cats, and she uses bone broth for her pets too. I suppose if there is a need, it’s okay.

Meanwhile, life goes on for Indy.

P.S. Ginger sleeps in the patio every night, but a window was left open so he came up to our bedroom at 4am to wake me up. And why? He just wanted me to let him out to the patio again! So, I’ve been up since 4am and I’m going to be a zombie for the rest of the day. Since I was already up, I went to check at the sandpit and there was no stools (loose or otherwise) at Indy’s poop-spot. Cleo and Cow had stools (very well-formed) in their respective spots. Bunny had well-formed stools at his spot too. I haven’t quite identified where Pole’s poop-spot is. I know she does it in the middle of the garden.

It’s 6.40am now and Indy is sleeping on his chair. He has not been to the sandpit yet. The last stools I discovered at his spot was at 12.15pm yesterday but it was raining very heavily at that time. The stools looked pasty and there were hairballs in it too.

The vet advised that I should continue with the Alpteses for a few days and see if Indy still passes out liquid stools, but I just couldn’t bring myself to do it, so I stopped giving it to him.

The liquid stools just totally freaked me out. His stools were soft, even pasty, but liquid? That really frightened me. Of course it could be a healing crisis or a detoxification process, but I decided not to continue with the Alpteses. At least not for now.

Neutering aid for 1 cat in Shah Alam (Goh Kok Ho’s)

We have provided an aid of RM100 for the neutering of this cat.

I have completed stray male cat number 5 for Project 1 today. Surgery was successful. Attached is the before and after picture.
He has recovered swiftly and has been released back to his colony.

This cat have been living behind my house since his birth. I have been feeding him for many months now and I will continue to do so and take care of him in the foreseeable future.

The Princess and the Queen

The Princess and the Pea!

Pole really likes this pile of cushions.

Her Royal Majesty, the Queen.

It’s all about “the leg”!

The boycott and the demand

Either it was too early, but Ginger’s just being Ginger. I think it’s more of the latter. Ginger refused to eat his Chicken today. He did the usual whining and walking in and out of the kitchen demanding for whatever he wanted. 

Ginger: I’m boycotting Chicken and demanding for Duck or Quail of whatever exotic proteins you have. I’m not going to eat until I get what I want. 

Okay, Ginger. Till lunch time, then.

But to show his displeasure, he started spraying everywhere in the house. Now, THAT is a problem. Holding me to ransom, eh?

Oh no…..(Indy’s news)

I was full of hope that Alpteses would work for Indy. He had one sachet yesterday, spread over lunch (11am) and dinner (5pm), as per the instructions.

I watched Indy and the sandpit all night and was too happy that there were no stools for the day until….

At 10.52pm when Indy went to the sandpit and there it was…

He purged out liquid stools followed by one partially formed very soft stool.


This was followed by more totally liquid stools, spotted at 11.45pm and again, this morning, I found pasty stools at 4.40am.

I am not sure if this is a healing crisis (“it has to get worse before getting better”) or an obvious indication that Indy does not agree with Alpteses, but of course my gut feeling is to discontinue the Alpteses.

I’ve sought the vet’s advice but won’t be getting it until the clinic opens later on.

For this morning, I went back to giving Indy Fillet Plus spread out over two half meals, given half an hour apart, S.Boulardii, Vetri DMG and also Slippery Elm.

Eating his two half meals at the window sill. It’s as though Indy knows he has to go back to bland raw chicken again. I was also advised to lift the bowl up by 6 inches to reduce stomach acid, so I’m trying that too.

He was clearly not satiated with the half meal at 5am, but again, it’s as though he understands and he waited but did not demand for more. He didn’t even wait with the rest at the pantry when they were served. At 5.30am, I gave him his other half meal which he devoured happily. He also waited for more (clearly, he has a good appetite), but I didn’t want to overcompensate with more food again.

Indy is so, so good.

I feel so rotten that I still haven’t been able to find a solution to his problem. But I hope Indy understands that I am doing the best I can. He’s being very cooperative too.

You are such a good boy, Indy.

Meanwhile, I learnt about the benefits of bone broth, so I started making it yesterday in the slow cooker: It’s supposed to be very healing for the gut.

All it needs are bones, apple cider vinegar and water, but it takes 24-48 hours of slow-cooking to make it. I started yesterday evening. By late night, I tested some of it by offering to Indy. He LOVED it, and so did Cow, Bunny, Pole, Cleo and Ginger. Tabs said it wasn’t food and Heidi was asleep.

If indeed it can promote a healthy gut and provide “super” nutrients, I’d certainly like to give it a try for Indy.

Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food. 

With Indy, conventional methods often don’t work. But I’d just have to keep trying and trying, and not give up.

Alpteses and NaturVet’s

Here’s a comparison between Alpteses (taken from PetDiatrics’ website) and NaturVet’s Digestive Enzymes.

Alpha Amilase 2320 SKBU
Lipase 210 LU
Cellulose 75 CMCU
Protease 22100 PU
Bacillus Coagulant 100 million CFU

As you can see, the units are different and I am not at all familiar with them, so I guess I cannot find any basis to compare. If anyone can help with the comparison, I would greatly appreciate it.

Coincidentally, I had already restarted Indy on NaturVet’s this morning, but later when we took Heidi to the vet’s for her wound, the vet recommended Alpteses for Indy, for 10 days.

So I decided to try Alpteses for 10 days.  Indy was willing eat his meal laced with Alpteses for lunch, but by dinner, he clearly did not like the smell and did not finish his meal (thus, not finishing the full dosage of the Alpteses).

Now, I’ve decided to put the Alpteses powder into capsules and pill Indy instead as I want him to get the full dosage of the Alpteses (one sachet per day, divided into 2 or 3 times with meals). One sachet can be nicely divided into 3 capsules, so that works very well as Indy has 3 square meals per day.

Meanwhile, there has been no stools today.

I also joined a raw-feeding FB group and the members have been extremely helpful and supportive.

Ginger got his Duck food

Ginger got his Cubgrub Duck for breakfast this morning.

And he LOVED it so much!

Look at the bowl – it’s licked so clean you don’t even have to wash it.

Ginger, you can be the cover boy for protein rotation advertisement!

Of course he asked for more, and yes, I gave him, but only one teaspoon more.

Cleo is refusing to eat Duck today, so between Ginger and Bunny, they finished the remainder in the bottle by lunch time.

So now, only Ginger and Bunny eat Duck.

And only Ginger eats Quail.

The rest are chicken eaters, but they get Primal Turkey as sprinkles on their food (except Indy and Heidi who won’t touch any turkey at all).

Alpteses for Indy

I was at the vet’s with Heidi today and the vet said to try Alpteses for Indy.

Alpteses is a pancreatic digestive enzyme, from Petdiatrics. It’s a powder to be mixed with food or I could also put it into capsules as an alternative method of feeding it.

So I tried it during lunch just now and mixed it with some Cubgrub. Initially, Indy wasn’t willing to eat it due to the new smell. It took some coaxing, but he finally did. What a good boy he is.

Because I was so worried about Heidi’s wound, I forgot to defrost enough chicken fillet for Indy, so I was running short at lunch time. I had to give him some Cubgrub, which he also ate. Let’s hope he can retain it, so we could go back to 50-50 again.

Throughout these weeks of trying to find a solution to Indy’s loose stool problem, I had been over-compensating by feeding him more than his 2% ideal weight (a total of 110g of food daily).

Sometimes, he had loose stools and I was worried that his absorption isn’t good, he might be losing protein, so I compensated by giving him in between small meals, or just feeding him more. That’s how his weight went up to 5.8kg.

Now, I think it’s time to stop this. Maybe I should just go back to the daily intake of 110g of food. No more extras and see if this helps. Maybe he’s eating too much and that’s causing the soft stools? I don’t know…

Today, Indy asked for food in between meals and I said no. Just eat your three square meals, Indy, and let’s try if this helps, along with the Alpsteses pancreatic digestive enzymes.

The three musketeers, relaxing after lunch.

Heidi to the vet’s

Late last night, Jia-Wen noticed a wound on Heidi’s thigh.

It looked like this. Wet.

That totally freaked me out and I quickly searched for pictures of Tiger’s and Zurik’s sporo lesions last time. Zurik had a classical sporo lesion, but Tiger’s were not the typical classical type.

And Heidi wound looked a bit like Tiger’s sporo lesions. So, you can imagine how worried I was all of last night, this morning and until we went to the vet’s. On the way there, I was thinking, “Oh no….a third cat with sporo??” Tiger healed in 54 days while Zurik healed in 28 days, but it was a lot of work and involved quarantine too.

Last night, I cleaned the wound with hibiscrub and applied some povidone iodine on it.

Heidi has been sneezing chronically as well and I know the sporo fungi can go the lungs, but I doubt this is the cause of her sneezes as she has always had this sneezing problem. Still, fear begets fear, you know.

Heidi does go out with us for taiji and sometimes, she refuses to come back with us. She would make her rounds and come back on her own terms. Sometimes, she goes into drains. I was worried that she might have contracted sporo from one of her many visits outdoors. In any case, we also have a garden that the cats have access to and the sporo fungi is found in the soil.

I was VERY worried.

So, we took her to the vet first thing this morning and as usual, there was some difficulty in getting Heidi out the carrier. Heidi is a little tigress and is an expert at swiping at humans.

Anyway, we finally got her out by opening the cover of the carrier and we had to cover her with a blanket (fortified with Feliway) before the vet could take a sample of her wound.

The sample was examined under the microscope and the vet said she only saw bacteria. There is no presence of any fungus.

That’s when I asked, “So it’s not sporo?”.  And the vet said no.

PHEW!!!!!!!!!!!  Imagine my relief.

The vet said it is a bacteria infected wound which is already drying up.

Another relief!!  (Because sporo lesions are non-healing wounds, it wouldn’t dry up on its own.)

The vet prescribed an antibiotic cream, Fucidin, to be applied topically.

And while we were there, Heidi sneezed as well, and the vet said that was a “reverse sneeze”, probably due to blocked sinuses. It wasn’t anything serious.

Another relief!

The vet also examined Heidi further and said she had fat lumps in her abdomen as well as a hernia. This was exactly what the vet found 7 years ago when Heidi first came to us. The vet at the time said to leave the hernia alone.  It hasn’t bothered Heidi ever since.

When Heidi first came to our doorstep 7 years ago, I took her for a check-up and that vet said she was already a “very old cat” based on the fact that she barely had any teeth left. But today, this vet says that based on her eyes, Heidi is probably maybe about 12-13 years old so that would put her at Cow, Bunny and Pole’s age.

But we will never know.

So, we came home. I was SO relieved that it isn’t sporotrichosis!

We are home now.

That’s the wound. The vet shaved the area around it.