Black Foot Raw

Product FAQ

How much should my pet eat daily?
As a rough guideline:

2-4 months: 10% of body weight, take or give 1-2%
4-6 months: 8% of body weight, take or give 1-2%
6-12 months: 3-6% of body weight

Adult: 2.5% of body weight for maintenance
2% to lose weight
3% to gain weight

Different pets have different lifestyles and different breeds, thereby having different metabolic rates. Monitor your pet's weight with a scale when switching to a new diet.

2.5% for adult pets and the rest of the recommendations above are standard but dietary needs vary for different pets. Monitor your pet's weight and eating patterns to establish the ideal diet amount.

Take note also:

Toy breeds may require up to 5% to maintain their ideal body weight.
Small breeds may require 3% of their ideal body weight.
Large breeds and seniors may require only 2%.
Giant breeds and seniors may require only 1.5%.
Active dogs may require between 0.5 - 1.5% more.
How do I transition my pet?
Let your cat try a little of the raw meat. Some cats go for it immediately. Some might take months… but it is worth it. Kittens usually take to raw cat food with no problems as it is their natural diet. The younger the cat, the easier the transition.

Thaw overnight in the fridge. Warm it at 38 degrees C if you have our warmer. Serve 10-20 percent beside canned food. We recommend not to feed your raw feed together with kibble.

Even if your cat doesn't eat the food, let it get used to the smell and associate it with its meals. The smell of canned food is much stronger than the subtle smell of fresh meats. As your pet starts eating the raw food, add gradually, e.g. 20-30 percent, then 40-50 percent. Patience is key.

You may also mix fresh food with canned food and slowly reduce the amount of canned food. Another way would be to buy some toppers, such as bonito flakes, grated cheddar cheese, crushed dehydrated liver flakes and freeze dried treats. Add the toppers to the raw meats. They are usually appetising to pets.

You may try cooking very lightly by doing a quick stir-fry or oven roast. Gradually reduce the degree of doneness until food is completely raw.

No matter what, don't give up. Your pet's worth it.

Advanced transitioning

Many pets, especially cats!, on a highly processed commercial kibble or canned food diet find it hard to transition. They might be damaged from processed foods and must heal their gut in order to digest raw foods well. If your pet has been fed a kibble brand by one of the 'Big' brands for three or more years, it might be likely it would have minor health conditions such as digestive concerns, chronic ear infections, skin issues, joint problems, or any other form.
We strongly recommend starting your pet on a natural live probiotic such as our probiotic purees and bone broth collagens one to two weeks prior to transition to heal the body, gut and immune system. You should continue to supplement throughout the process. This is especially important for pets who have health conditions.
Is it safe to feed raw?
Our meat packs undergo a double freezing process which has been laboratory tested to kill or incapacitate most bacteria while retaining most of the nutrients in the ingredients.
In any case…
Dogs and cats are predators, with digestive systems adapted specifically for a meat-based diet. Their digestive tracts are short and acidic, and processes species-appropriate raw food highly efficiently in about 12 hours. This gives very little time for bacteria to proliferate in a very hostile acidic environment, so healthy dogs and cats are naturally resistant to food poisoning. Just look at the number of times your pet spends licking its own butt…