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Suggestions for Using
Bio-Algae Concentrates With
Cats and Finicky Dogs

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Since most domesticated pets are fed processed food and chlorinated tap water, they probably have lost their natural taste for algae (see Algae are Nature’s Unique Superfood at the end). Here are suggestions for getting picky cats and finicky dogs to accept microalgae products in their food:
  1. Extremely gradual method: open up a capsule and dip the end of a flat toothpick into the long end of the capsule. Pull out whatever microalgae powder sticks to the end of the toothpick (not heaping on the end of the toothpick) and mix that into your pet’s food. Do this every time you feed a meal or fill the dry kibble container. After about 3-5 days, and every 3-5 days thereafter, mix in an additional toothpick full. Eventually you will be able to dump ¼-capsule on top of the food and just mix it up with a spoon. Use this toothpick method for dry kibble, canned or raw food.
  2. Gradual method: start with just a pinch of powder (see step #3 in Tips for Using Partial Capsules below) per meal and hold that amount for 3-5 days. If this amount is accepted, then increase to two pinches per meal every 3-5 days thereafter. You can mix the powder into any wet food in two ways:
    a. Drop several small dots of powder on the food. Now cover up the dots (without mixing) with more wet food.
    b. Some pets like the powder mixed thoroughly in their food so that the mixture is homogeneous and they cannot see or smell anything foreign in their food.
    Using this second method may only get ¼-capsule per day into your pet but that is better than nothing. One has to give whatever the individual pet will accept.
  3. Try encapsulating the powder in ground meat, soft bread, cheese, cottage cheese or any soft food.
  4. Some people have mixed the microalgae powder in softened butter or milk.
  5. Most cats love the fishy odor and taste of another whole food product called Seacure which is pre-digested whitefish. Mix the microalgae powder with the Seacure powder.
  6. Pet stores now carry a product called Pill Pockets that you can put a capsule in. We do not know how successful the cat version is but you can contact the company and find out (size of pill pocket and success rate with cats). We are not crazy about the wheat and corn in this product but the small amount might be insignificant compared to the health value of the algae.
  7. One can buy #3 or #4 size smaller capsules and transfer the microalgae (coming in #1 size capsules) into these smaller ones for pilling.
  8. Mix just enough water to make a paste with the microalgae powder and smear it with a finger in the pet’s mouth.
  9. Literally dump the microalgae powder from an open capsule into their mouth.
  10. If all the above fails, one can always mix the microalgae powder in water and squirt it with a syringe or eye dropper several times per day. But this is the most intrusive and least desirable method.

Remember, for optimum results, it is best to spread the total daily amount of powder equally over the entire day. For example, for one capsule per day give ½-capsule in the morning and ½-capsule at night. For even better results, feed four ¼-capsule amounts per day.

We do not suggest pre-mixing the bio-algae concentrates in any liquid before use. As soon as any liquid touches the microalgae it starts to oxidize and lose its potency. It is best consumed immediately if wet. While storing in the refrigerator will prevent other organisms from growing it will only slow down this oxidation process not stop it.

Bio-algae concentrates do not have to be refrigerated due to its superior freeze-drying technology. Do not store bio-algae concentrates near any heat source (for example, stove, oven, and heat vent), microwave oven, computer monitor, TV, in direct sunlight or leave in a hot vehicle. Do store bio-algae concentrates products in a cool, dry environment. In a cabinet next to a sink or above the stove, is not a good place.

In some cases, the syringe method is absolutely needed. Here is a testimonial from a vet:

"We had a cat that came to our hospital that had not eaten in 4 days. All lab tests and blood work were negative. Further examination found absolutely nothing wrong with the cat but it was still dying. At the suggestion of Russell Louie, owner of Optimum Choices, I gave the owner some bio-algae concentrates and told him to mix it in water and squirt it into the cat’s mouth. The cat started to eat and drink a little by the end of the day. By the next day the cat was eating normally and totally recovered. I never figured out what was wrong with the cat but the owner was very thankful that the bio-algae concentrates literally saved his cat’s life."
—Dr. Michael King, DVM, Canyon Animal Hospital

Tips on Using Partial Capsules

Here are some hints on opening up the capsules to sprinkle the microalgae powder on food:

  1. Make sure your hands are clean and DRY. If the product is in a capsule, twist the two halves of the capsule to break the heat seal. This means to twist laterally across the circumference of the capsule, rather than pull longitudinally the short/long ends apart. This should break the heat seal of the two halves and make it easier to pull apart the short/long ends.

  2. Now gently separate the two halves of the capsule by holding the long end at the bottom and pull the short end of the capsule off the top. Immediately tip the open end of the short-half up. The short half will contain approximately ¼-capsule while the long half will contain ¾-capsule. If you do this over food, any small amount of powder that comes out will drop on the food, minimizing waste.

  3. Now rotate one of the capsule parts ¼-turn until just a pinch, ¼-capsule, ½-capsule or whatever amount of powder you want falls onto any wet pet food or cottage cheese, peanut butter, etc.

  4. Gently put the two halves of the capsule back together. If you look at the line between the short and long end of the capsule, this marks approximately ½ capsule full.

  5. Store the partially used capsule in a moisture-proof, air-tight container such as a baby jar, pill container or small covered dish for later use.

  6. If some of the powder sticks to an ‘empty’ capsule at the end of usage, leave the two halves of the capsule together but leave the whole capsule in a pill container for at least 24 hours. After 24 hours, open up the two halves of the capsule and knock together, pointing the open ends downward to release the remaining powder in the capsule parts.

The above hints are useful for all finicky pets (especially cats). We have been able to utilize 98+% of the powder in a capsule using the above tips.

Algae are Nature’s Unique Superfood

The Kingdoms in Nature are:

  1. Bacteria (sometimes split into two Kingdoms)
  2. Protista (means the very first)—includes unicellular (one-celled) and multicellular organisms, including algae, that are not part of the Fungi, Plant or Animal Kingdoms)
  3. Fungi
  4. Plant
  5. Animal (herbivores, carnivores, omnivores, including human)

Nature is designed such that each Kingdom is dependent on the ones below it. For example, ruminant animals (cows, sheep, goats, deer) would not be able to survive without the bacteria in their rumen that digest plant foods for them. They are actually eating fermented plant foods and bacteria. Algae are organisms in the Protista Kingdom at the bottom of the food chain. All beings (herbivores, carnivores, omnivores, including human) are dependent on plants, fungi, algae and bacteria for survival. Algae are literally a film that coats the Earth, in every natural body of water and in the soil. Since algae are everywhere in nature, all fungi, plants, animals and humans are designed to obtain certain nutrients from algae (which contain over 5,000 individual nutrients). When algae are lacking in their diet (as in the sanitized modern diet), their health may suffer from the missing nutrients. Algae are Nature’s most complete and original whole food for all species and serves as a universal food for the plant and animal (including human) Kingdoms. Algae are nature’s vitamin chest.

There are some algae nutrients that are particularly beneficial that are hard to find from any other source. For example, Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA) is usually only found in early mother’s milk. GLA stimulates the newborn’s immune system. So, how do adult animals get GLA if it needs to stimulate its immune system? GLA is present in seeds of borage, black currant, and evening primrose but how many animals (and humans) eat those foods on a regular basis? The next largest whole food source (not supplements) of GLA to mother’s milk is algae. There is no other food that can nourish plants, herbivores, carnivores and omnivores like algae. Algae occupy a unique role in the food chain for all plants, animals and humans. No other food (and certainly supplement) can make this claim. Algae are not just “pond scum.” By feeding bio-algae concentrates, one is literally giving super nutrition back to your pet that Nature intended them to get in the wild.

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