Raw feeding dogs and cats has many benefits including:

 

  • A soft shiny coat

  • Clean teeth

  • Fresh breath

  • Less body odour

  • Smaller, less frequent stools

  • Chewing on meaty bones increases mental stimulation and satisfaction thus creates a happier and calmer animal

 

Guide to feeding Raw

 

* Please note I Nicola Wright am not trained in Canine Nutrition nor am I a vet, but I am happy to provide the below advice and guidance based on my own research and experiences. *

Dogs

A good rule of feeding is 80% muscle meat, 10% offal (of which 5% is liver) and 10% bone. It is perfectly OK to vary the % from day to day to suit you - As long as you feed this balance over a period of around a week, your dog will thrive. Do ensure that you calculate the amount of liver that is fed, as too much can cause an overdose of Vitamin A.

 

You can choose to add vegetables to raw meat if you wish, but if you do they are best absorbed by the dog if pureed. Eggs can be fed whole, even with the shell a couple of times a week. Cottage Cheese is a good source of both calcium and protein, and I also add Kefir to my dogs meals as its full of prebiotics.

 

An adult dog needs around 2 – 3 % of their body weight each day. Puppies need around 5 - 6 %. You know your dog better than anyone, this is only a guide and it depends on your dog’s activity level as to how much they will require.

 

If you need help transitioning your dog from a kibble based diet, or even need a meal plan designed for your dog please do not hesitate to send me an email. I am always willing to offer advice and guidance.

Cats

Kittens need no transition; they take to raw very easily. Kitten food is not necessary, they eat the same food as adult cats, just more of it and more often. They also need to eat more often than adults, about every 4 to 6 hours.

  • The key to transition for an older cat is patience. The transition can be fast or very slow.

  • Be very patient. No matter how long it takes, stick with it, it’s worth it.
  • Never switch diet instantly but instead mix the current diet with some of the raw diet.

  • Provide your cat with a variety of raw flavours and textures.

  • Ideally before serving, the raw meat should be at room temperature as sometimes cold food can be unappealing to cats.
     

How much raw meat and bone diet should you feed your cat?
  • Feed around 2% to 3% of their total body weight.

  • Kittens of 9 months can eat twice as much per gram of body weight as an adult cat as they are growing.

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