As with any food it is never a good idea to switch abruptly from one food to another. Raw food does have a different texture and smell to most other foods, and it is generally more digestible, so allow a little more time for the transition than usual. Begin by offering a small amount of raw food alongside the existing food. Once the dog or cat has started taking it you can begin to increase the proportion and reduce the quantity of the existing food, until the raw food is the only food offered. It can take a while, but it is definitely worth the patience.
The food should be fully defrosted and the correct quantity weighed out according to the feeding guidelines. Any extra should be covered securely and stored in a refrigerator for a maximum of 2 days. Whilst dogs can be fed just once per day, they can benefit from having 2 meals per day. Cats and puppies should be fed as frequently as possible, but the total daily allowance should not be exceeded. Above all, owners should continually assess their pets’ body condition, and the food allocation should be adjusted according to whether they are gaining or losing weight.
If the dog or cat rejects the raw food to begin with, return to the previous food and try again at another time or reduce the amount you are mixing in with their existing food. Raw food has a different texture and smell and because we don’t add any chemically produced food or smell enhancers into our products it can take a few tries for your pets to adjust to the new smell before they venture in.
Yes. Dogs and cats are able to cope with comparatively high levels of microbial activity in food but it is us sterile humans that are less able. Therefore, the same hygiene application should be adhered to as you would use in preparing raw ingredients for humans. In other words, owners should wash their hands after handling the food, and all contact surfaces should also be meticulously cleaned. Defrosted food should not be re-frozen, just as we would not re-freeze food for our own consumption.
Our ingredients are sourced from human grade, organically grown and locally produced ingredients wherever and whenever possible. Where our products contain bones or such, we again source the purest form in order to give you a top quality product. All our recipes are formulated in accordance with the European FEDIAF guidelines for the nutritional requirements of dogs and cats as this is one of the highest standards to apply to the industry. Our products contain human grade meats, fish, vegetables, fruits, herbs, and oils. There are no added fillers, chemicals, by-products, harmful products, sugars, salts, grains or preservatives added to our ingredients.
In the wild dogs and cats at different ages would all eat the same food, and so this needn’t be different for domestic pets. When fed a balanced high quality raw food, dogs and cats of all ages will retain and utilise what nutrients they need for their particular life stage and excrete what they do not.
It is ideal for small dogs as it is very digestible, which suits animals with a small digestive system but high nutritional demands (e.g. small breeds, cats, kittens and puppies). They can obtain more nutrients from small meals.
Whilst it will suit pets with some conditions, e.g. Type 2 diabetes, it will not be ideal for every dog or cat. It is important to discuss the option of feeding raw with a veterinarian to determine whether or not the recipes are suitable for your pet’s particular condition.
Raw food contains a higher quantity of water than most other pet foods, so their water requirement will reduce. However, they should still be offered plenty of clean, fresh water at times, as all of their water requirements will not be met by the food alone.
Since raw food is generally more digestible than most other pet foods, the quantity that is excreted is usually less, it is less smelly and it can also be a different colour, particularly just after changing over from a dry food. This is completely normal. However, it should also have a more solid consistency, which indicates that the dog or cat’s digestive system and bacterial population is returning to a natural and healthy state.
The natural oils in raw foods are more easily absorbed and utilised by pets, because they have not been subjected to the high processing temperatures and pressures that are generally used in other pet food. This means that the skin and coat condition will improve significantly.
One of the first indications that a food is not suitable for a dog or cat is that it’s skin will become drier and itchier. This is due to inflammation caused by the body’s reaction to a food, which causes the skin to stretch and become hot and irritated. Whilst it is often due to particular ingredients in a recipe, it can also be caused by the processing methods used to cook the food. Since our raw recipes do not contain any of the common causes of these sensitivity reactions, it is less likely to occur. Also, since the raw foods are not cooked, these processing reactions are also less likely to occur.