We discuss various topics on Raw Food for Pets here. The raw diet is about fooding your fur kids as Mother Nature intended to maintain your pet's optimum health, longevity and reproductive capabilities. The food we stock and supply has not been cooked, so all of the natural enzymes remain intact, retaining maximum values of nutrients. Uncooked and unheated, our range of raw dog & cat food is formulated with human-grade meat as the first ingredient.
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Muscle meat, organ meat, ground bone, vegetables and essential supplements; retaining all natural enzymes and maximum values of nutrients. Learn more about raw feeding and the pet cuisine we supply;- easy and complete, nothing to add, just thaw and serve.
We are often quizzed by pet parents about these unique ingredients. What is it and what are the befits? If you’re a gen X (or Y) or Millennial, then these items might be foreign to you. Won’t see them on the shelves at your favourite retailer either. Our desire for consumerism, packaging and presentation has alienated and orphaned these nutritional gems to dark little corners in old rusty shacks.
When we think of organ meat, most of us scoff at the thought of offal (/what-is-offal) and / or meat by-products. In todays’ convenience society, traditional dishes are no longer served such as tripe (/tripe-for-dogs-and-cats), and as a result, pet parents no longer consume organ meat as part of our primary diet. However, for our pets, organ meat is not only good, but it also very beneficial to their health.
There are real dangers associated to giving your dog a bone, and it’s up to each pet parents and/or guardian to decide if the benefits outweigh the risks. At Raw Food for Pets, we believe that raw bones fed sensibly and responsibly, are an important part of the diet for your pack. We discuss some of the risks, benefits and approach to feeding bones in greater detail in this article.
Recently, a spade of articles about the “dangers” of raw feeding has been doing it’s rounds on social and digital media. We believe that our rabbit opponents are at it again, clutching to straws to create fear, uncertainty and doubt. One such study (Freek P J van Bree, 2017) by researchers at Utrecht University states that raw diets (or meals) could be contaminated with bacteria and parasites, that could potentially harm you and your pet. We discuss this topic in detail.
In her book titled "Feline Nutrition: Nutrition for the Optimum Health and Longevity of your Cat", Lynn Curtis discuss Feline Nutrition and General Health Issues in great detail. We extract some very insightful facts from the book for your information.
When considering pre-made (or commercial) raw food meals for your pack, such as the supreme pet cuisine we stock and supply from Doggobone, Raw Love Pets, Simply Pets and Dogmatters, be sure to do your homework on your supplier(s). There are many unregistered manufacturers, and it is important for you to understand WHY we only work with registered manufacturers.
The evolution of our feline masters is important to consider when thinking about their diet. Cats are predators that were accustomed to consuming a raw diet of prey. Cats in the wild often eat the entire prey animal if it is small and will eat nearly everything except the intestines of a large prey animal. This includes the bones of their prey, as raw bone is highly digestible and is their primary source of calcium.
It is, unfortunately, a highly debated topic - just perform a search on Google for "vegetarian diets for dogs" or "vegan diets for dogs", and you will find a whole lot of controversy. Considering that most kibbles end up being based on some form of plant source, and doggits seem to survive, it seems there be enough anecdotal evidence on this topic, right? We discuss the concept in more detail.
The topic of nutrition transcended from health conscience parents to pets over the last couple of decades, to a point where today we have a brewing “David and Goliath” story in the making. No less due to social pressures, career orientated couples, empty nesters and increased demand on home security, many more pet parents are starting to evaluate their pets’ nutritional needs with similar consideration as their own. Combine these ever-increasing demands on pet care with ever increasing veterinary fees and escalating costs of companion animal care, pet parents and guardians are actively looking toward international trends for guidance. These trends have resulted in the growth of the biologically specie appropriate raw pet food market, an area of business that we as Raw Food for Pets (Pty) Ltd specialise in.
Next time someone says “but there is no science to back your natural, specie appropriate raw food diet approach”, just refer them to all of the scientific effort behind food synergy – it’s been there all along …. we discuss the topic in detail.
A feline is widely known as an obligate carnivore in the pet nutrition world. Dogs, on the other hand, are scavengers - but thrive on evolutionary nutrition. This means that in nature, out of necessity, our fur kid's diet consists only of raw prey. For a cat, eating raw food can be viewed as a biological obligation. Through an appropriate diet of raw meat, bone, and organ, our fur kids can reach their fullest health potential.