- How much do I feed?
- How do I know that I'm doing it right?
- Isn't it expensive to feed a raw diet?
- Can I mix raw and kibble?
- What if I need help?
The general rule of thumb is that you will feed 2-3% of your pet's body weight per day. From there, you'll just want to adjust according to how your pet responds. If it starts gaining weight, you'll want to cut back. If it loses weight, you'll want to increase the quantity.
I'm concerned about having the responsibility of my pets nutrition. How do I know that I'm doing it right?
First of all, this is a very normal concern. Many people have relied upon the bag of kibble that they feed to provide all of their pets nutrition and counted on it to do so. The thought of taking that responsibility on themselves can be rather intimidating.
There are a few basic concepts that you'll want to follow. You want to feed a good variety in your meals (not the same protein all of the time) and include bone and organ meat in appropriate proportions which is usually an 80/10/10 ratio. I personally believe in vegetables as well, although I know that is one of the controversial items when discussing a raw diet.
Actually, when compared to feeding a high quality kibble product, it really isn't. Very similar to food for people, the more you are willing to do yourself the less costly it is, the more convenient it is, the less economical it is. We have several customers who feed raw for $1/lb. or less.
There are many ways to get started. One good option is to start with a simple product. Chicken or turkey are generally good starting points. Often people start with one raw meal per day and start with something like chicken necks, chicken backs, or turkey necks.
If you decide to go completely raw to start, the prepared mixes are appropriate. Then you make sure that you are getting the right mix of meat, bone, organ meat and vegetables. As you learn more, you can take on more of the processing yourself if you like or stick with the convenience of the prepared meals.
Often times people will start their pets diet change by feeding one kibble meal each day and one raw meal each day.
One word of caution though, it's not a good idea to mix raw and kibble in the same meal. Raw food processes through the system more quickly than kibble. If you mix them, it forces the raw to stay in your pets system longer than it would naturally. It's better to let your pet's body handle each separately.
We are always available to answer your questions and address specific nutrition issues. You can call or send an email message any time you need assistance. We aren't here just to sell products, we are interested in your pets health and well being as well.