Unlike dogs, cats are obligate carnivores which means they are strict meat eaters to survive.
Commercial cat foods can often contain less than 4% meat which is why, for your cat to thrive and meet biological nutritional needs then they must be fed a fresh meat based diet.
Making the switch
We will provide you with everything you need to switch your cat to a raw food diet.
Switching to raw
Switching to a fresh, raw food diet emulates a way of feeding that would, in the wild, be achieved by hunting and eating prey that was caught. It is not only an inexpensive way of feeding your dog but one that will provide natural goodness you can’t achieve through processed, cooked foods found on a supermarket shelf.
Raw feeding is not an exact science, however, most people tend to follow the rule that a balanced diet 'roughly' consists of 80% meat, 10% bone and 10% offal (5% liver and 5% other secreting organ such as kidney). It is important to note that this balance is one that occurs over time and does not need to be regimented every single day, although many people do.
How much to feed
Cats, like dogs, are fed as an individual but as a starting point we aim at feeding an adult cat with no weight issues at 2-3% of their body weight. Kittens we recommend feeding 5-6% of their body weight.
Types of raw
You will see from our website we stock a huge variety of raw foods from a number of different manufacturers and we have split our website into different categories to give you a hand choosing what to feed. Until you feel comfortable creating and balancing your cats diet, we would recommend you look at the 'complete' section of our shop, in particular the 80/10/10 minces.
Cats are obligate carnivores and need a strict meat based diet to thrive and survive. In the wild, a cat would hunt and eat its prey which is what you, as a raw feeder, will look at replicating. This can be done in a couple of ways, feeding whole prey such as Kiezebrink day old chickens and quail, ready made formulated minces or creating your own balanced recipes.
As with dogs, and 80% meat, 10% bone and 10% offal balance is extremely important. However, unlike dogs, cats do not need fruit and vegetables added to their diet. They do, however, need taurine added to survive. Taurine is an essential amino acid that is needed for digestion, vision and a healthy immune system and can be found in darker richer muscle meats like heart.