The My Pet Carnivore
Simple Starter Guide to Raw-feeding
Welcome to the My Pet Carnivore Simple Starter Guide to Raw-feeding!
Starting out with raw-feeding can seem overwhelming, but no need! First, take a deep breath! Relax. Every MPC product is taylor-made by raw-feeders for raw-feeders. We are so confident in the quality of our pet food, catering to different raw-feeding preferences, that we believe in your success and the improved health of your furry family members wholeheartedly. Different styles of raw-feeding do abound! There is a lot of literature out there, online and in books, and some of it conflicts. There is no reason to get bogged down in the details and worry too much about how to start.
Good news, there are many right ways to raw-feed. Just like there is an abundance of potential ways to have a healthy diet for humans, there are a lot of healthy options for pets. Our suggestion is to feed a wide variety of meals. For your pet, more variety means more trace vitamins & minerals, a healthier digestive system and more satisfaction from mealtime. Our products are selectively sourced and come from the most naturally raised & fed livestock available. This dedication translates into more nutritionally dense food for your pet.
What is the best protein with which to begin?
There’s no such thing as a “starter protein”. When you are first starting, getting a selection of different meats will give you a range of foods to try. Just like people, many pets have distinct preferences. Having a wide selection will give you a chance to see what your own pet’s likes and dislikes are. If you are really unsure as to which protein to start, look at your pet’s current food and see if you can figure out what the primary meat flavors are. This should give you a good starting point.
The recommended amount to feed adult pets is 2-3% of their ideal body weight per day and about twice that amount for a growing puppy or kitten. Adults are usually fed twice a day. Puppies and kittens should be fed several times a day.
We think the easiest products to use are our “Ground Whole” and “Whole Prey” products since they contain the meat, bones and organs of the whole animal. It is the quickest, straight-forward option for a beginner to raw food. Just thaw the containers in the fridge, and scoop & serve! Some animals, especially cats, tend to prefer food a little warm, but that can be as simple as placing their food bowl in some warm water for a few minutes. Serving the food cold isn’t harmful. However, they may want to wait until it warms up a bit.
Raw-feeding Specifics for Dogs vs. Cats
For dogs, the easiest thing to do is to skip one meal so they’re good and hungry, then just put down the raw food for their next meal. There’s no need to supplement their raw food with kibble, or to transition them gradually (though it can be an option). Cats can be a bit more finicky. They tend to be much more texture-driven than dogs and may take longer to transition from kibble to raw. We highly recommend checking out rawfedcats.org and feline-nutrition.org for more in-depth information about switching a cat to raw food.
That’s pretty much it! There’s no need to get so worried about what’s “right,” because right comes over time. The exact ratio of bone and organ and meat does not have to be achieved in every meal. By feeding a variety of meals, everything will even out in time. Just jump in and go for it!