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Basics of Raw feeding
If in doubt, just remember what a dog would eat in the wild, away from humans!!!
Elsewhere on this site you’ll find a diet sheet to guide you.
Firstly, remember that not everything needs to be fed every single day.
* Basically, RAW meat and bone are the majority of the diet, easily purchased minced up from numerous raw pet food manufacturers or your local butcher.
* Offal and organ meats e.g. heart, lung, liver, kidney, spleen, green tripe, intestines and contents ….. yum! Exactly what the difference is between offal and organ meats is interesting. There are so many conflicting definitions, but it’s basically all the bits that aren’t meat and bone and skin and fat!! This is about 20% of the diet, so I usually give an offal and organ meat meal 1-2 x weekly. Some splendid raw pet food companies make the whole lot minced up…so meat, bone and offal / organ meats.
* Mix liquidized raw green veggies, like broccoli, spinach, kale etc, about 20% by volume, with the minced bits of dead herbivores!! (meat, bone, offal, organs). Cats are often less keen on the veggies, so put a teaspoonful on a separate plate and see if your cat is interested in it.
* And add Pet Plus to the meat, bone, offal, organ, liquidized greens mix. If your cat doesn’t fancy the Pet Plus mixed into the food, sprinkle it onto the fur or the cat’s back; it will soon be licked off! That’s how my cat has his Pet Plus. He sometimes licks it off the floor if I spill some.
Then you have a pretty perfect diet!
*Once your dog / cat is used to the joys and nourishment of eating real raw food, you can consider giving real raw meaty bones like RAW chicken wings / drumsticks. Choose the RAW meaty bones of animals that are of a size that your dog / cat would actually catch and eat in the wild….unlikely to be beef knuckle bones or any beef bones for that matter. Make sure there is plenty of meat on the bone.
Being a Border Collie, my dog is unlikely to catch or eat cattle, pigs or fish, so I don’t feed beef or pork or fish to her. And my cat does not recognize beef, pork or fish as food. He tries to bury it!
Also, in the wild, all animals drink water from streams, lakes, ponds, water holes and puddles, not from chemically treated tap water which is frankly not safe for any of us to drink. So filter your water, for you and your dog.
Electromagnetic pollution is another unnatural danger for us all, so switch off WiFi, mobile phones, televisions and computer screen whenever they are not in use. In fact, avoid WiFi wherever possible. In your house, you can have a modem that does not squirt out WiFi but puts the internet through cables and into your house’s electrical circuits. It’s called dLAN Duo, available from Amazon and other internet stores.
Thanks to Suzi McIntyre