Feeding Guide

The Elimination Diet

A white meat, like chicken or turkey with or without the addition of tripe is usually the best way to start! Generally, you’d do one of these proteins (either chicken or turkey) for around a week to help identify if your pet has an allergy or intolerance to that protein and then move onto another the next week and so on, until you’ve eliminated the main six as we like to call it, which includes chicken, turkey, lamb, beef, duck and pork. It’s important to remember that a raw diet requires a variation of proteins for different nutrients and vitamins found in all meats, and that once you’ve checked for allergies and intolerances using an elimination diet you can give a different protein every day, or even every meal if you’d like.

Even if your pet has allergies to the majority of the main six there’s still plenty of unique and interesting proteins that you could try, such as venison, wild boar, pheasant, rabbit etc. Just to let you know Hunter’s Raw Ltd stock over 20 proteins for your pet to try! Allergies and intolerances tend to show within the first couple of days of introduction and are easy to identify through itching, redness on the skin, diarrhoea and sickness etc. If any of these symptoms occur, we would suggest trying another protein and stop feeding the one causing problems. If your pet is not allergic to the new protein their symptoms caused by the other should begin to clear after a few days.

Dog Feeding Guide

Getting Started

At Hunter’s Raw Ltd we advise an instant transition to a complete raw diet from their current kibble or wet food. When starting out we advise that you slowly introduce different proteins into your dog’s raw diet to help check for allergies and intolerances. We also advise starting with an 80/10/10 (80% meat, 10% bone and 10% offal (5% should be liver)) complete when beginning a raw diet rather than a complete containing vegetables, fruit, supplements and other tasty extras.

Once you’ve finished your elimination diet, it can be beneficial in a raw diet to have additional vegetables, fruit, probiotics, natural supplements and more added to their meals within tolerance. Added extras in a raw diet should not amount to more than 10% of their diet.

Puppies

These guidelines are for puppies up to approximately 18 months old. Puppies need a higher percentage of food than adult dogs and this is simply because they’re always growing up until around 18 months old.

As a guideline, our feeding guide suggests:

Age Percentage of Weight (Per Day)
8-10 Weeks 9%
10-16 Weeks 8%
16-20 Weeks 7%
20-24 Weeks 6%
24-36 Weeks 5%
36+ Weeks 3-4%

As a reminder, these percentages are a guide and can differ slightly for your puppy depending on their breed and activity level. The guide is also based on your puppy’s weight at each stage in their development, and it is important that you regularly weigh them to ensure you increase and decrease their food when needed.

Adult Dogs

We’d recommend feeding your adult dog approximately 2-3% of their ideal body weight depending on their level of activity. For example, you should feed the higher percentage if your dog has multiple long walks a day or is a working dog. It’s also important to know that your dog may need to be on a higher percentage than 3% if they lose weight easily, or are working dogs.

Senior Dogs (8+)

We know that most senior dogs are less active than the average adult dog so we’d recommend feeding approximately 1-3% of their ideal body weight, but if your senior is highly active or loses weight easily, we suggest feeding the higher percentage of 3%.

Cat Feeding Guide

Getting Started

Transitioning a cat onto raw is very different to transitioning a dog. Cats can be very stubborn. If you’re transitioning a kitten onto a raw diet, it’s generally very simple. Kittens should be fed as much food as they’d like until they reach around a year old and ideally, they need to be fed every 4-6 hours. The switch for a kitten can also be instant.

However, if you’re transitioning an adult cat onto raw, you’ll need a lot more patience. An adult cat’s transition can be either very quick or very slow but however long it takes please stick with it, it’s so worth it! Much different to a dog’s transition onto raw which is instant, transitioning an adult cat needs to be carried out over 8-10 days. This is because they have very sensitive stomachs and will need to get used to a different texture and smell. Like dogs you’d feed 2-3% of your cat’s ideal body weight per day, split into 1-2 meals. However, this is just a guide and can vary depending on breed, age and activity level.

Cats and kittens are often most successful on a complete 80/10/10 (80% meat, 10% bone and 10% offal (5% should be liver)) raw diet but cats and kittens can also be fed a range of fruit and vegetables, but this is not required due to them being obligated carnivores.

Essential Rules for a successful transition

  • Cats smell their food before eating it. If the food smells different, cats will often not even try it, so try and disguise it! You can disguise the smell by adding crunched dry food on top, pouring tuna brine juice onto it or adding a little bit of wet food.
  • Behaviour towards your cat is very important. Be relaxed and don’t make eye contact with your cat when serving their first raw meal and then move away so they think you’re busy.
  • Ideally before serving your cat a raw meal, the raw meat should be at room temperature, as sometimes cold food can upset their stomach
  • Make sure you keep the raw food frozen until ready to prepare for feeding. For maximum food safety and freshness, defrost your cat’s daily portion by thawing it in the fridge. The food can be left at room temperature for 15-30 minutes before serving. Once defrosted it will stay fresh in the fridge for up to 4 days. Once defrosted it is best to try not to re-freeze it for cats as they enjoy fresh raw food and it is important to NEVER heat or microwave raw food

Transitioning from wet food

Day Instructions
1-2 Mix 10% of their raw food with their current wet food for 2 days in a row twice a day.
3-4 Increase the amount of raw food by another 10% and decrease the amount of wet food.
5-10 Apply this method until you have eliminated the need to mix the wet food and raw food. Your cat should be solely eating raw food.

Transitioning from dry food

Before going through the steps ensure that your cat’s dry food is available in a separate bowl at all times during the early stages of the transition.

Day Instructions
1-2 Serve 10g of raw food into your cat’s bowl, then crunch and sprinkle a few bits of dry food over the top of the raw food.
3-4 Serve 20g of raw food and sprinkle the crunched dry food over the top.
5-6 Serve 40g of raw food and sprinkle the crunched dry food over the top.
7+ Repeat this process until you have completely cut out the dry food and your cat is eating a raw meal twice a day.

Transitioning from a mix of wet and dry

If your cat has a mix of both dry food and wet food before transitioning to raw, it is usually best to get rid of the dry food and do the step by step on transitioning your cat from wet food to raw food.

Essential Information

  • Most of the brands that we stock are in 1kg packaging. A 1kg pack of raw food typically takes around 12 hours to defrost. We would suggest leaving room in your fridge for your furry friend’s delicious raw food if they enjoy it at a cooler temperature and it is also important to have room in your fridge if you have any raw food left over from the pack, as it’ll need to stay in the fridge until their next meal. You can also leave it on your counter to defrost at room temperature.
  • Raw food typically lasts for up to 4 days in the fridge once defrosted.
  • As long as the raw food hasn’t been left out for too long and has not been left out in a high temperature then it is alright to re-freeze before the 4 days are up if it’s needed.
  • We stock over 15 brands of raw food for your furry friend to try, so if your pet isn’t keen on certain brands due to texture, smell or limited protein range then it is absolutely fine to try others and give your dog a variety of brands. This can help prevent fussiness!
  • We also stock a wide range of natural treats, toys, natural supplements and more! Because we believe that a natural diet should be supported with other natural products.
  • Last but not least… raw feeding is the best!

The Brands We Stock

We stock the following raw brands (and more):

  • Natural Instinct
  • Finer By Nature
  • Natures Menu
  • Nuture Them Naturally
  • VOM
  • Naked Dog
  • Totally Natural
  • Paleo Ridge
  • Nutriwolds
  • Benyfit Natural
  • Dougie's / MJ Petfoods
  • Betsy's
  • Nutriment
  • Furry Feasts
  • The Dogs Butcher
  • Just Natural
  • Cotswold

All of the raw brands that we stock have their own range of completes, which includes 80/10/10, 80/20 and other complete ratios.