The daily allowance of food on a raw diet is calculated based on a percentage of body weight. Factors such as metabolism, activity levels, breed, age and whether your pet is over or underweight must be taken into account.
As a general guideline, adult dogs can be fed between 1 – 3% of their body weight per day, and adult cats between 2 – 4% of body weight. Large breeds require a lower percentage of their body weight per day than smaller breeds.
Puppies and kittens require more frequent feeding and a higher ratio of food per body weight – anywhere between 4 – 10% of body weight, depending on age. Pregnant females will need smaller, more frequent feedings after 5 weeks gestation.
Be careful not to over feed your pet. This can lead to a variety of health problems, especially in larger breeds or puppies. You should feel a slight outline of the ribs, with a thin covering of skin and flesh if you rub your hands over the rib cage area. Adjust the daily amount up or down as required.
|SIZE||ESTIMATED WEIGHT||RECOMMENDED AMOUNT OF RAW LOVE|
|Tiny||3kg – 6.5kg||100g – 300g per day|
|Small||7kg – 11kg||300g – 400g per day|
|Medium||12kg – 25kg||400g – 600g per day|
|Large||25kg – 45kg||600g – 1 kg per day|
|Very Large||> 45kg||1kg – 1.5kg per day|
|Puppies / kittens||4 – 10% of their body weight|
|Cats||2 – 4% of their body weight|
Making the change
Phase-in or make an immediate switch?
If your dog is not a fussy eater and has a robust stomach, you can simply change the diet to RAW LOVE meals.
If your dog is more sensitive, begin by adding small amounts of RAW LOVE to what you fed previously. Increase the amount of RAW LOVE over a few days while you decrease the other food, until you are finally feeding them only raw, nutritious meals.
Cats have a reputation for being difficult to switch to a raw diet. But cats, even more so than dogs, are true carnivores and need to eat meat. Think about it: would you feed a lion food that’s made up of maize and other grains?
Let’s make sure our cats are fed what they need, even if making the change takes a bit longer. Begin by replacing the dry food with lightly steamed meat or ‘wet’ food such as tuna or small pieces of raw meat, over a period of a few days. Follow the same phasing-in approach as for sensitive dogs. Once your cat is enjoying this, you can introduce the raw food in the same way.
Here is the link to an informative blog on raw feeding and cats.
Chewing raw, meaty bones is essential for a balanced natural diet. Bones contain almost all the minerals your pet requires in perfect balance, for optimal absorption. Raw bones also provide natural anti-oxidant and anti-ageing factors like living enzymes and essential fatty acids. Chewing bones promotes saliva flow, assists with digestion, keeps teeth clean and at the same time your dog is happily exercising his jaw and neck.
We recommend that raw meaty bones make up 50% of the diet. If this is not possible, try to include it as part of the diet at least 2 – 3 times a week to prevent gum disease and tooth decay, which is often the cause of infections throughout the body.
To your pet’s delight, we’re sure, note that the bigger the bone, the better! Choosing an appropriate size bone is important as we need to ensure that a big dog, for example, does not inadvertently swallow the whole bone. For further information please read our blog on the do’s and don’ts around feeding bones.
Less is more: natural fasting gives their body a break
Not feeding your pet everyday might feel a bit strange. But carnivores in the wild have to hunt for their food, and as a result do not eat every day.
Fasting is part of a natural diet and we highly recommend that you consider skipping a meal every so often. This can improve your pets’ health by giving their metabolic system a chance to rest – which allows the energy normally taken up with digestion to be used throughout the body.
If you are not happy to fast your pet, a ‘meatless’ day would help. A meal on these days could consist of Bulgarian yogurt with oats, bran or brown rice. Also have a look at our blog on balance & budget for ways to stretch and vary the diet, for optimum health.