What to Feed

Whilst there are a lot of feeding guides for raw dog and cat food available, most have the below proportions (or very similar) to ensure nutritional balance. The proportions are based on the whole prey model (i.e what a dog and cat  would eat in the wild).

How Much to Feed

The below guide gives the general industry volume for raw food diets based on the age, condition and activity level of the dog.  

Conditioning Chart

All dogs and cats are different and have individual eating habits and metabolisms, so you will need to keep a close eye on their weight and importantly, their body shape. The below conditioning chart provides an insight into the ideal body shape and what to look for if you think your dog may be over or underweight.

Changing a Dog to a Raw Diet

The general view is to go ‘cold turkey’ when changing to raw food. Stop the dry food immediately to allow the PH levels in the stomach to lower for the raw diet. Raw meats and bones need high acidity in the stomach (low PH of approx 1-2) to properly digest protein and in particular bones.  Dry food promotes higher PH levels in the stomach  (of approx PH4) lowering the acidity and making it incapable of properly digesting the raw diet and also making the dog vulnerable to pathogenic bacteria which high acidity levels are able to control. To aid the higher acidity levels introduce a probiotic (e.g fermented veggies) into the dry diet a week prior to transition. When starting the raw diet, stick initially to one protein source (e.g chicken meat and bones, which is accessible and easily digestible). Introduce additional sources after a week or two, once the stools are normal (they will be harder, smaller and far less smelly than on dry food.)  As offal can cause loose stools, introduce these once the dog has properly adjusted to the diet (after at least a couple of weeks). For older dogs who have exclusively been fed a dry diet, you may need to transition more slowly if cold turkey doesn't work.  Add approximately 25% raw food to their dry diet and keep gradually increasing if their stools remain normal.   Refer also to articles in the Why Raw Food page of this site.

Changing a Cat to Raw Diet

Whilst cats are obligate carnivores, which means they have to eat meat protein to obtain certain amino acids and vitamins which they are no longer able to make, due to ancestrally sourcing them from prey. However at the same time, they are addictive eaters, generally disliking changes to taste, smell and even shape, especially if they have been on dry food for a long time. This means a transition to a raw diet can take a lot longer than with dogs.  If they refuse to eat the raw food initially then a slow, staggered transition from dry to wet (canned) to raw may be required.  Try wetting the dry food and then slowly introducing some wet canned food (approx 25% a day initially). Do not leave the dry food out for them to graze on.  Give them 2 to 3 small meals a day.  Once they are fully on wet food, start mixing in a single meat protein such as chicken, as this is one of the fastest and easiest proteins to digest (again only 25% initially and gradually increasing). Introduce another protein (e.g Lamb & Heart, Rabbit, turkey) etc after the Chicken has been accepted. Keep reducing the amount of canned food until the meals comprise all raw food. Do not introduce meaty bones or offal until the cat is fully on raw food.  We recommend you use the Brodie's Beginner's Box for this transition

Puppies on Raw Diets

Puppies tend to be on the mother’s milk until 4 or 5 weeks, where upon their teeth appear.  Start the puppies on small amount of raw minced food, usually one protein source. By 6 or 7 weeks they can be eating the same mix of products as their mother, but smaller amount more frequently (3 or 4 times a day).  At 8 to 9 weeks they need to be on larger amounts, 3 times a day. Feed up to 10% of body weight or 2 to 3% of adult weight.  As their bones are developing increase the amount of meaty bones fed to approx 15% so they get plenty of calcium. At 4 to 5 months is when they have the greatest growth spurt and energy requirements as adult teeth come in at this age. Increase food intake for a short period to anywhere up to 10% of body weight.  After 5 months, their growth slows down and they can go down to two meals a day and 4 to 5% of their weight, reducing down to 2 to 3% at about 12 months, when they are considered an adult.

Kittens on Raw Diets

From approximately 5 to 7 weeks, start feeding the kitten 4 small meals of minced raw meat such as chicken, turkey, rabbit, lamb etc. After 8 weeks, introduce small meaty bones, such as chicken necks, and then small fillets of meat and small amount of offal (maximum 10% overall, with 5% liver).  They should be on a daily volume of around 5- 6% of their body weight, below 4 months.  Between 4- 6 months they usually have big growth spurts, so increase the amount daily amount up to 10% of their body weight. After 6 months, reduce the number of meals to 2 to 3 / day, and around 4 to 6 % of body weight, gradually reducing to 3% and 1 to 2 meals /day at about 12 months, when they are considered an adult.

Key Nutritional Benefits of Wild & Farmed Meats

Click below for a summary of the key nutritional benefits of all the raw wild and farmed products on this site.

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