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Transitioning to a Raw Diet

If your animal has been on conventional pet food we suggest that you take a slow, easy transition especially for our feline friends who are known to be finicky.  Some vets recommend for dogs that you fast the dog on chicken broth for two days to rid him of his addiction to adulterated food and then give him Raw Prey chicken, organ, bones. Other dog lovers find that their dogs just go right at it.  Others mix raw meat in with the current food, gradually adding more until it is all raw.   After a few days of all pure raw meat,  add a Raw Prey veggie buddy cube…organic RAW veggies. Cats are obligate carnivores and do normally consumer vegetables in nature except what may be in the gut of their prey.  We don’t mix our pure meat with any fillers as we feel that there is a reaction that happens between the raw meat and the veggies that when allowed to sit mixed for the shelf life that is not as wholesome as using separate and distinct product components, like we have at Raw Prey.  That is -mixing the fresh veggie buddy with the raw meat at feeding time.  Please serve raw diets at room temperature.  Put raw meat in a little plastic baggie and submerge in hot water from the tap until the chill is off.

Cats can be so finicky that even if you have your cat on a raw human grade turkey you should slow mix a small amount Raw Prey chicken, organs and bones to his customary meals and gradually increase until your little buddy’s meals are all raw-all organically raw. Watch Dr. Karen Becker on transitioning to a raw meat diet.  One thing I had to do for one of my more sensitive cats and I still have to do it from time to time is I sprinkle a little catnip on the meal to get him started.  Please warm raw prey so that it is body temperature. We are attempting to emulate natural “raw prey” in the wild.  Some people high heat a tad of water in a pan and throw the meat, press down quickly and heat up the raw prey. Some put it in a baggie in hot water to warm it.  Always keep raw prey frozen.  Defrost in the refrigerator only.  Keep fresh for 3 days.

Raw Prey brand are “component products”.  We keep every component separate as to maintain the integrity of each part. We recommend that you wait to introduce the Raw Prey organic mini veggie buddies (if available) to your dog  until after he is totally on Raw Prey.  Cats are obligate carnivores and they actually don’t need veggies.  The only time they get veggies in the wild is if there is a little undigested in their raw prey animal.  One or two veggie buddies for the dog is sufficient. Here were are making an attempt to emulate “raw prey” in the wild by adding some USDA certified raw “pre-crushed” veggies which may have appeared in the prey’s digestive track.  In addition since your buddy needs to detoxify from the years of adulterated foods, we suggest that you add a bit of Raw Prey Animal Detox formula at every meal. A worthwhile suggestion:  Include Dr. Mercola’s Pet Enzymes while your companion animal is making the transition until he/she restores the use of his own enzymes.

Every few days add a capsule of fish oil – cod liver oil, salmon oil,  skate oil  Adding a whole raw egg or yolk once or twice a week is an excellent way to get Omega 3s. However Raw Prey does contain an extra bonus-some eggs from hens.  So don’t strain on the extra eggs.

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If you transition slowly so that the raw meat merges with his customary  food so that the he just gets a hint of the raw and then add more and more every day as he gets accustomed to the taste, he should be fine and will begin on the road to a robust, healthy life. For cats, you can even put a little catnip at first.

Your dog or cat may have loose stools for a few days to a couple of weeks in the beginning. Its part of the process of learning how to digest meat and is normal. Some dogs don’t get runny stools at all, others last for a couple of weeks.

If your pet does not consume the raw food presented to him in 30 minutes, pick it up and throw it away.  He might be fussy at the beginning of the transition. Hence, add the raw prey slowly each day to his usual (albeit cooked and adulterated) pet food. Once he has made the transition you will rarely have a problem with food remaining in his dish!

How to Defrost and serve Raw Prey

Keep frozen until ready to defrost. Always feed at room temperature.  Raw prey in nature is never hot or cold, but warm.  We call our 1½ lb. chubbs “little buddies”. Keep a stash of little buddies in the freezer. Defrost your 1½ lb buddy in the refrigerator, not on the counter.  It will last for fresh for 3-4 days in the refrigerator.

The founder of Raw Prey has cats.  Morning and evening she puts barely a little water in a pan so that the meat doesn’t get stuck, bring it to a high boil in a few seconds, throws in the raw prey and press it down flat with a spoon or fork, flipping it around so that it only warms up but does not cook.  10 -20 seconds of that your little fella’s meal is warmed up.  Add the veggie cube and a little Animal Detox formula and you are good to go!  If you pet has been eating cooked pet food buy some Mercola Pet enzymes.

How to balance the diet

Feed meat, bones, and organs from a variety of animals and the diet will balance itself over time. Remember that term “over time”. It’s not necessary to balance each meal. Balance over time. People getting into raw feeding tend to worry a lot about ratios and percentages and weights. Forget all that. Feed raw meat and bones and organs from a variety of animals and things magically work themselves out. What is ideal? The average prey animal has about 10% to 15% bone, about 10% organs, and the rest muscle and fat and connective tissue.

Raw Prey only sells naturally balanced USDA Certified Organic chicken, organs and bones.  You may be able to get somewhat organic raw prey from deer or elk so some animals that are raised on organic farms or some raw fish to create variety.  But you don’t have to go crazy. Chicken, organs and bones can be the main stay.

Bones for Dental Health

Big chunks of raw meaty bones so that your dog and cat can aggressively chew and exercise jaw muscles is ideal. Gnawing, jawing, slicing, tearing, ripping and crunching through intact raw meat and bones does wonders to keep teeth clean and gums healthy. However, some pets who are adapting to raw organic meats find that the ground meat is more acceptable.

Supplements

As long as you feed raw bones and organs from a variety of animals then you shouldn’t need to supplement a healthy dog or cat. However, we do recommend Omega 3 fish oils a few times a week, Raw Prey Detox and maintenance formula, Mercola Pet Enzymes.  Although our Raw Prey meat is from hens who still have some eggs in their channels, you can throw in a raw who egg or just the yoke once a week.