When serving Raw Frozen diet, please remember the following
- Keep frozen until ready to prepare for feeding
- For maximum food safety and freshness, defrost your cat daily portion by thawing it in the fridge for a minimum of 8 hours.
- The food can be left at room temperature between 15 to 30 minutes before serving.
- Once defrosted, use within 48 hours.
- Do not heat or microwave the pouch and its content under any circumstances.
- Once defrosted, do not re-freeze.
- Feed a 4 kg adult cat, 2 pouches of raw food per day.
- An adult cat needs to eat between 2 and 3% of its own body weight every day to maintain a healthy weight.
- Take care when handling raw meat, and ensure all utensils and surfaces are thoroughly cleaned after use.
Transition from processed food to raw diet
Switching to a raw diet allows you to know what you are feeding your cat. You will feel much more comfortable knowing the wholesomeness of each ingredient you feed your cat. Kittens need no transition; they take to raw food like ducks to water. Special kitten food is not necessary. They eat the same food as adult cats, just more of it and more often. Kittens need about twice as much food per ounce of body weight as an adult. All that growing to do! They need to eat more often than adults, about every 4 to 6 hours. If you’re getting a kitten(s), start them off right with a raw diet, and you won’t have to worry about transitioning them.
The key to transition for an older cat is patience. The transition can be fast or very slow. However long it takes, stick with it, it’s well worth it.
How to transition
Transitioning your cat onto raw food needs to be carried out over approximately 8 – 10 days. Cats have sensitive stomachs and any change in diet should be done gradually over a period of approximately 8 – 10 days.
Start by mixing about 10% of raw food with your cat’s current wet food.
Over the next few days, gradually increase the amount of raw food by about 10% per day, and decrease the amount of the current diet.
This can be done until you have completely eliminated the need to the current diet and your cat is solely eating the raw.
If your cat is currently only eating dry food, the transition needs to be done slightly differently:
Put about 10g of raw food into your cat’s bowl. Then crunch and sprinkle a few bits of kibble over the top of the raw food.
Continue to do this for a few days and each day gradually increase the amount of raw food. Then, over the next few days, sprinkle less crushed kibble over the top until you have completely cut out the dry food.
Please give us a call if you have any questions or concerns relating to converting your cat onto a raw food diet.
When Switching from processed food or dry food diet remember the following
- Be very patient as this could be a slow process
- No matter how long it takes, stick with it, it’s worth it!
- Never switch diet instantly but instead mix the current diet with some of the raw diet.
- Providing your cat with a variety of raw food is recommended.
- Ideally before serving, the raw meat should be at room temperature as sometimes cold food can upset the stomach of your cat.
- How much raw meat and bone diet should you feed your cat?
Food portion should be around 2 to 3% of the total body weight of your cat.
- Food portion will also depend on your cat’s appetite as one day they might ravish their bowl and the next day they will eat half of their meal.
- kittens of 9 months can eat twice as much per gram of body weight as an adult cat as they are growing.
- When feeding your cat set a routine whereby the food is given in the morning and in the evening, preferably at the same time each day.
- Remove any un-eaten food after 30/45 minutes.