Where & when should I feed my cat or dog?
There are many different ways that you can
make raw-feeding work for you…
HOW OFTEN should you feed your dog or cat?
Fully grown dogs do not need to be fed more than once a day. You can feed them more often if you wish, but just make sure that ‘more often’ doesn’t mean extra food! Some people prefer to feed very active, or very lean dogs twice a day. You may want to feed minced product at one meal, and then a meaty bone with a cube or two of tripe later one. Or you may feed minced product on one day, and a meaty bone and tripe the next day. It will all depend on how much food your dog needs. Remember - you are aiming to get a range of nutrients into them over time, not in the space of any one meal.
Cats do better on two (or sometimes more) meals a day - they may eat several times in a day in the wild.
We suggest putting food into a sealed container in the fridge, and letting it defrost overnight before feeding. In the interests of hygiene, have a sealed container that is for your pet’s food only.
Some people defrost the meaty bones, and some don’t. There are pros and cons for each approach. Talk to our staff when you are getting started - they will help you figure out the best approach for your pet.
WHERE TO FEED
THINGS TO CONSIDER IF YOU WISH TO FEED OUTSIDE:
- This is easiest in terms of cleanliness.
- We recommend that you supervise your dog when they are gnawing on bones.
- You will need to make sure that your pet is able to eat their food without interference from other cats or dogs.
- If food is left sitting around it may bring flies, and it may represent a hygiene risk for children - try to figure out the correct amount of food so that your pet can consume it in one sitting.
THINGS TO CONSIDER IF YOU WISH TO FEED INSIDE:
- Supervising meaty bones is easier inside.
- This option can be the best one for cats, because it will be harder for the neighbour’s cat to raid their food.
- You will need to take extra care disinfecting the eating areas in between meals.
- People often use the bathroom or laundry for indoor feeding.
WHAT SHOULD I PUT THE FOOD ON?
- Some people use feeding mats or towels.
- Some people just pop the food on the back lawn, or bathroom floor.
- A decent sized feed bowl is usually the best option (even if your pet drags some of the food out of it). This will catch the juices (which contain valuable nutrients) so that your dog or cat can lick them up. Licking the bowl is to be encouraged!
Most of our product is nutritionally suitable for both cats and dogs, so don’t panic if your cat sneaks outside and helps herself to your dog’s dinner. But this situation is best avoided - especially when it comes to dogs accessing the small meaty bone suitable for cats - they could be a choking hazard.
Also - pets can find it stressful if they do not have a secure place to eat - and stress can inhibit optimal digestion.
For these reasons, we advise that you plan carefully so that all cats and dogs have their own safe and secure place to eat.
DEFROSTED or FROZEN?
Read more about this here.