Cat Raw Feeding is very similar to how we feed dogs.
However Cats are Obligate Carnivores. Which means that they must only eat other animals to survive. So no vegetables or fruit is to be added to their diet and certainly no carbohydrates.
Cats need meat, bone and offal. But there is something else which is absolutely essential to cats, Taurine.
We sell Nutriment Cat Raw which is already specially formulated to contains the exact amounts of meat, bone, offal and taurine that cats need. Its super simple. Just get out the freezer the night before and feed.
But if you would like to be a little more adventurous then opting for a Prey Model Raw will be the path for you.
How to get started on a Prey Model Cat Diet
For the first week you should opt for bone on meats. Such as chicken wings, chicken feet etc.
Keep to white meats in the first week. Chicken, Turkey and Quail etc
Small prey animals provide the best bone sources for cats. Quail and Cornish Hen are great edible bone options for cats. Continue feeding meat and bone until stools are regulated.
By week 2 you can now start introducing red meat. Red meat is essential to a raw diet. Red meats are richer and more nutrient dense in comparison to white meats. Pork, beef, and lamb are good examples of red meats to being introducing at this step. Introduce the new protein sources in small amounts and gradually increase amounts over a few days.
Once the cat is successfully eating a variety of protein sources and raw bones, begin feeding organs. Liver and other secreting organs will need to be introduced at this step. Organs are very rich. Therefore, start small and gradually build up to requirements. If stool is firm, but very dark, almost black, then too much organ was added. If stool is loose, add a little more bone to firm up.
Keep in monitoring the cat’s stools during the process. If they get loose – slow down when adding new items. Additionally, up the bone content to help firm up the stools. Regular, firm stools are a good sign the cat is ready for the next step. If they are looser than they should be regularly you can add some Slippery Elm Bark to their food to firm them up.
Raw eggs are excellent for cats. They are a full balanced meal and great to add to your cats diet 2 times a week.
CATS NEED TAURINE
Taurine is an essential amino acid for cat which they need and cannot be synthesised it themselves. So you must ensure their diet is rich of taurine.
The average cat needs about 1000mg of taurine for every 2.2 pounds of food, or roughly 100mg per day.
Feeding whole prey like day old chicks or quails is optimal for raw fed cats. Small whole prey is high in taurine, fully balanced, and the appropriate size for a cat. Larger animals, such as cattle, have a lower concentration of taurine. Smaller animals have a much higher concentration of taurine. Taurine is abundant in most fish, birds, and rodents.
Taurine can also be found in hearts. So adding a slice of heart to their diet each day will ensure they have the essential aminos they need.
At Pure and Raw we sell Chicken Hearts, Lamb Hearts and Beef Hearts.
We also sell whole day old chicks and whole quails too. But these need to pre-ordered a week in advance.
Thats pretty much all you need to know. But if you have any questions please come on down to the shop and we will be able to help answer any questions and show you are full range suitable for cats.