I do not receive commissions from Wholesome Raw. I recommend this company solely due to its price, high quality and lack of fillers. This premade is practically complete and safe to feed on its own which is why I chose it. There are more expensive companies online, but you will not find a suitable brand in stores. Hopefully that will change soon as the public moves towards raw.
~Jordan of Ragalicious
Buy all meals and rotate type of meat every three days to 7 days
Turkey (fortified with bone) NOT Complete Blend which is for dogs
Duck (fortified with bone) NOT Complete Blend which is for dogs
Chicken (fortified with bone) NOT Complete Blend which is for dogs
*Beef and Rabbit are options however 50% of cats do not like beef and rabbit is expensive and unnecessary.*
The average kitten eats 8 oz of raw per day and an adult eats 10 oz (give or take!)
That's roughly 15-18lbs a month which is about $64-$80 a month.
Purchase canned sardines, salmon or mackerel (in water) and feed a spoonful 2x a week.
Add one raw egg to your kitties meal 2x a week.
Cat's need 30% fat and should have fattier meats in their diet. Duck and pork are very fatty and should be a staple in their diet. You can:
1. Increase the duck premade you feed or
2. Add pork loin/butt/shoulder from your local grocery store to your kitty's premade meal. Make sure you purchase pork that has no sodium injected. Add a couple pieces of pork to every meal.
The more variety you feed the better nutrient availability you are providing.
I feed my cats 1x a day in the evening. I leave their food out a full 24 hours.
This is PERFECTLY safe to do as long as you handle the premade appropriately. Cat's digestive tracts are designed to eat meat left out for several hours and even days. You do not need to feed several times a day as that is unnecessary and will become tiresome.
Often cat's will not eat until food is room temperature or will nibble on it throughout the day.
~Handle the meat appropriately i.e don't let it defrost on the counter all day, put it back in the fridge and then feed it to your kitty.
~Some cats may vomit if they go too far between meals which is why you should leave it out & easily accessible
~Some cats may vomit or not eat their food until it is room temperature.
~If your cat does not finish its food after 12 to 24hours you must throw away. Prepare a smaller portion for the next meal instead.
~Cats during warmer seasons tend to eat less and in the colder seasons eat more.
If you have a cat who has never eaten raw and/or suffers from Gastro Intestinal problems and food sensitives, please order 5Strands Pet Food Intolerance Test for Dog's and Cat's on Amazon so you know what meats to avoid!
After you've received your raw test results you can then transition your cat to raw.
I practice the hunger method for transitioning cats, especially picky eaters. Please only do this if your cat is healthy.
On average it takes 2-3 days using the hunger method to transition your kitty to raw if the only food available is the premade. I have had some stubborn kitties take up to 5 days! During this time make sure your kitty is drinking plenty of water. If your kitty experiences any signs of major illness, stop immediately and seek veterinary assistance.
Hunger Method: For adult cats & kittens, remove all commercial pet food and offer only a spoonful of raw food for the 1st & 2nd day so as not to waste food. You can offer more once your kitten starts eating.
Second method: You may also try a gradual approach that can take several weeks to several months. This entails adding a tiny bit of raw food to your kitty's usual diet while gradually increasing the amount with time. You can also cook your raw food while slowly decreasing the amount cooked till your kitty is eating 100% raw. Cooking causes loss of nutrients, but can make the transition easier.