It helps to approach feeding Raw with an open mind and an empty freezer! There are many opinions out there, many feeding guides and what to and what not to do’s. Our advice is based on how we make, prepare and feed Nurturing by Nature’s Raw diet - not based on any other opinion purely how we do it.
Tailored to your Pet
We start by gathering a few basic pieces of information:
Breed, age & current weight. Are they neutered? Are you happy with their weight? If you visit us instore we will weigh your pet for you and give you our feedback on how much they should weigh and how much to feed.
Age is important as there are a few life stages the you feed differently for - mainly young dogs puppies & kittens will eat and need so much more than an adult of the same breed.
Puppies & Kittens
Puppies & Kittens can have up to 10% of their bodyweight in meat per day. As the animal gets older they need less so a 6 month old pet will need more like 5-7% of their bodyweight in meat per day. Adults need 2-3% of their bodyweight in meat per day and large breeds and some older pets may only need as little as 1% of their bodyweight in meat per day. We would also increase the amount of meat if you have a dog that is working or is highly active.
To work out the percentage This may help but forgive us if we are teaching you to suck eggs here! example:
- 12kg 6 month old dog - suggested feeding raw of 5-7% in bodyweight in meat per day.
- 12 x 5 = 60 add 0 = 5% = 600g
- 12 x 7 = 84 add 0 = 7% = 840g
So, for a 12kg, 6 month old dog we would recommend you feed 600 to 840 grams of meat per day.
We start by offering a single protein - We use chicken in a lot that we do as it is a very appropriate and accessible meat. A chicken to us represents a great meal for the size of animal we are generally feeding. A chicken is a totally feasible meal for a Dog, Cat or Fox - ask yourself if they could catch it would they? the Chicken is minced and it contains bone.
Introducing your Pet to Raw
There are two ways you can choose to introduce this to your pets meals:
1: Feed the required amount over many small meals throughout the day (5 or 6 on day one) gradually reducing the meals as you increase the days until day 7 you feed two or even one meal for the day.
2: Feed a mixture of their old food and Raw each day, gradually increase the Raw meals and decrease the old food. After about 7 days you can feed 100% Raw. Do not mix the Raw meals and the old food in the same meal or feed at the same time as the digestion rates can differ and you won’t see the difference in their poo until they are on Raw 100%.