Prey Model Diet

Why feed your dogs and cats a raw meat diet?

The Prey Model Diet is based on what carnivorous canines and felines have been eating for many thousands of years.

Dogs and cats teeth, stomachs and digestive tracts have been designed by nature to eat raw.

Ideal Prey Diet for Dogs

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Muscle Meat

Muscle Meat OR 80% muscle meat, no tripe

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Organ Meat

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Edible Bone

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Muscle Meat

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Organ Meat

Of this 10%, half can be liver, the other half should include: kidney, spleen and other secreting organs. Remember, the heart is a muscle, not an organ

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Edible Bone

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Green Tripe

Ideal Prey Diet for Cats

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Muscle Meat

This should also include things like fat, skin, sinew, tendons, cartilage & any other soft connective tissue

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Organ Meat

Of this 10%, half can be liver, the other half should include: kidney, spleen and other secreting organs. Remember, the heart is a muscle, not an organ

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Edible Bone

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Muscle Meat

This should also include things like fat, skin, sinew, tendons, cartilage & any other soft connective tissue

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Organ Meat

Of this 10%, half can be liver, the other half should include: kidney, spleen and other secreting organs. Remember, the heart is a muscle, not an organ

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Edible Bone

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Green Tripe

Kittens, Cats and Raw Meat (The Prey Model Diet)

How to transition you cat or kitten to a prey model diet

  • If your cats/kittens are on kibble at the moment, they will be used to grazing all day which is not good for them.
  • Cats/kittens need regular meal times. Cats should be fed between two and four times a day however, most people are busy and not around to feed their cats this many times. Kittens (up to a year) need to be fed more often.
  • Cats and kittens need fresh meat, they do not like the smell of ‘old’.  The easiest way to feed our meat blends is to take the next days portion out of the freezer and let it defrost naturally. (cats prefer room temperature meat – this is the closest to blood temperature).  If you leave it in the fridge, it will be a little cold for them so add a little boiled water which will provide them with a yummy gravy. Every cat is different, some eat a little and some love their food and eat a lot.  We suggest you start with half a cube per day per kitten (as kittens need more food per body weight than cats).  If you can try and eliminate all dried food from their diet but if you can’t choose a good quality grain free kibble.  You will find it is easier for a kitten to take to a raw meat diet than an older cat that is set in their ways.  Be patient when changing your cat from kibble to raw as it might take some time, but don’t give up.  Keep in mind that you are doing the very best for their health and longevity.
  • We recommend that you weigh your cats and kittens before you start on raw and keep notes on what they like. This will enable you to check on whether you are feeding enough/too much and also remember what meat they like.
  • It is always best to have a variety of meat and fish blends, they may like some better than others but this will enable your cats and kittens to get used to a wide range of foods as this will prevent them being ‘fussy’.
  • The transition may be easy or it may require a little work, but be patient and persistent, a raw meat diet (Prey Model Diet) is the best thing you can do for your cats and kittens for their health and well being.
  • One of the most important things your kitten/cat needs is Taurine.  Animal protein is the best way to give your kitten/cat the Taurine it needs. Cats are true Carnivores so they do not need any grains or vegetables.
  • Please feed your cat/kitten either on stainless steel, glass or ceramic plates or bowls. Do not use plastic as they scratch and can harbour bacteria.
  • You will notice a vast difference in the litter tray; your cats/kittens stools will become a lot drier (this is normal) and will be a lot less smelly. Soft, smelly poop is actually a sign that your cat is not eating the right kind of food.
  • You may notice that your cats/kittens are drinking less water, this is normal as they will get the liquid they need from the raw meat.
  • After a week or two you will notice a change in your cat/kittens coat; the fur will get soft and silky and the skin will improve too (less flaky and dry).
  • The ratio for a cat is either 70% muscle meat, 10% tripe, 10% bone & 10% organ meat (if your cat likes tripe) or 80% muscle meat, 10% bone and 10% organ meat.
  • All our meat blends are suitable for cats. However, what we would recommend you choose meat blends that do not have any tripe in and purchase the tripe separately. Add a teaspoon tripe to their meat at a time.  If they like it, you can add more. Tripe is such an awesome food as it contains bucket loads of nutrients and Omegas and is a very gentle food and will in no way harm your cats/kittens.

Prey model diet blends

What meat blends should I start off with? I would recommend you start on any of the following:

  1. Rabbit & Goat
  2. Salmon & Chicken (if your cat/kitten likes fish)
  3. Rabbit & Chicken
  4. Possum & Duck
  5. Rabbit pieces (bone and meat), a great chew and teeth cleaner.
  6. I would also recommend duck necks.  These can be cut up into quarters and given to your kittens or cut in half for your cat.  This will provide a good chew and at the same time ‘brush’ their teeth.

We also have a range of cat treats.

  • Dehydrated Chicken Necks
  • Marshmallow Bites (Dehydrated lamb lung)
  • Popcorn Chicken (Chicken skins cooked in coconut oil)

 

If after reading this you have decided to change your cats/kittens diet to raw (Prey Model Diet), we can tell you that you have made the right decision, you are giving them what they are designed to eat!

More information at http://feline-nutrition.org/

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