At Meat , our mission is to make feeding your dogs and cats a healthy, natural diet as easy and affordable as we can. We carry an array of all natural dry and canned foods, but mainly focus on raw food diets.
Benefits of feeding your pet raw food
Feeding raw can sometimes be a bit more expensive, but there is less need for the vet, since so many problems will clear up naturally. We offer a variety of ways to feed raw, and we will help you find the one that suits you and your pet the best.
Biologically appropriate raw foods (BARF) is about feeding animals what they were made to eat. This is how dogs and cats have eaten for hundreds of years and this is what will make them live better. Here are just some of the benefits:
- teeth and gums will be naturally cleaned by the chewing of raw meaty bones
- skin and coat will be shiny and soft
- they will have smaller, less offensive poops
- increased energy
- stronger immune system
- allergies will go away
Different ways to feed raw food
Pre-mades are complete meals in easy-to-use patties or medallions. These products are complete with meat, organs, bones, veggies, oils and other supplements. Using pre-made diets is the easiest, since all you have to do is thaw and feed. Pre-mades are great for small dogs and cats or to just have on hand for backup.
Components are the pieces that make up a raw diet; ie, meat bones, organs, oils, veggies and supplements. Making your own raw diets is probably the most economical way in the long run, especially for multiple animal households. Feeding a raw diet isn’t that tricky either, it just takes a little more organization and preparation.
Tips for feeding your pet raw food
- Variety is a huge part of a raw food diet, so try to switch protein sources and veggies when you can.
- Transitioning your pet to a raw food diet can be fast or slow depending on you and your animal. Some people will fast their animal for a day and then start off with feeding them a chicken neck or wing and from that point on go totally raw. On the other hand, some choose to introduce the meat slowly, incorporating it in with their existing food. Gradually add meat each day until you are completely feeding a raw diet. The slow route is especially good from finicky and sensitive pets.
- Remember that feeding guidelines are just that, guidelines. Every dog and cat is different, so feed only the amount that keeps your pet at a good weight.
- Handle all meat products as something you would eat. Wash your hands before and after handling. Always clean up where the food has touched, so as to not spread any bacteria (this includes bowls).
- Use only stainless or lead-free glass and ceramic bowls for food and water.
- Never microwave to thaw quickly – instead, run tepid water over the top.
- Provide fresh water daily.
- Keep all oils in the fridge unless stated otherwise.
- Never feed cooked bones.
- Do not leave food out between meals, except for recreational bones (knuckles, marrow, etc.).
- Thawed meat will stay good in the fridge for up to 5 days, but always smell it to make sure it has not gone bad.
- Avoid chocolate, sugar, non-whole grains, onions, and raw salmon.
Chicken bones are bad! True, but only if they are cooked. Raw poultry bones are rubbery and easily chewed, where cooked bones break into shards and can harm your pet.
Animals could get sick from bacteria in raw meat! It is very rare that bacteria in raw food will have a harmful effect on an animal. Our pets are built to handle the presence of bacteria in their environment. Dogs and cats have very short, super-acidic digestive systems so that they can eat things buried in the yard or other foul treats.
They need dry food to keep their teeth cleaned! Not true. Someone once said “that is like saying that if we ate pretzels every day our teeth would be cleaner.” Eating raw bones will keep their teeth clean and breath smelling better naturally.