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Tip #6 for Switching Your Cat to a Raw Meat Diet

Strengthening the jaw and Learning to Gnaw

You want to keep increasing the size of your cats pieces so that their jaws develop and become able to tear bigger pieces apart. This is an integral part of their anatomy, and needs to be developed.

The goal is to get them to handle pieces at least as big as a small mouse, and ultimately to be able to handle pieces with small, digestible bones a.k.a. RAW MEATY BONES. This represents the pinnacle of raw feeding.

Anybody already feeding their cats Raw Meaty Bones?
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Tip #5 for Switching Your Cat to a Raw Meat Diet

Portioning and Storing

Cats like their meat FRESH. This is very important to remember so that you do not waste food and money. It is best to buy varied types of meat and create small zip lock bag portions that you can freeze.

Freeze the small, daily portioned amounts so that you can thaw them out as needed and keep the meat very fresh.

How is your transition going? ;)
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Tip #4 for Switching Your Cat to a Raw Meat Diet

Hopefully your kitty will have taken to the "masked", raw meat samples you have been offering. Now begin offering the raw meat pieces by themselves...

Make the raw meat less intimidating by putting small amounts on a flat plate or a towel instead of a bowl. This way they can have a very good view of it and will not be "threatened" by the lack of visibility with the bowl.

Start with varied types of meat and start very small. Many cats have lost their ability to handle large pieces because their jaws have not been used for such. As they say, "Use it or Lose it!"

Let us know your questions below!
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Tip #3 for Switching Your Cat to a Raw Meat Diet

Repeated Exposure and the Bribe

It is very important that you keep offering the raw meat to your cat, even if they are not taking to it. Many cats need to be exposed to it time and time again before they are familiar and comfortable enough to try it. Keep at it!

You can also “bribe” your kitty to try it by masking it with a flavor and scent that they are familiar with. If they like the taste and smell of cooked tuna from a can, try drizzling the juice on some small pieces of raw meat. You can use this bribe method with any of the foods you know that are irresistible to them, like a smear of canned cat food or a sprinkling of crushed kibble.

Use this bribe in lesser and lesser amounts as they take to the disguised meal until they are only eating the raw meat. Success!

Please leave your questions and comments below so that we can help you!
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Tip #2 for Switching your Cat to a Raw Meat Diet and a VERY IMPORTANT WARNING in Doing so

FLEXIBILITY


There is no standard formula for switching your cat to a raw meat diet. Every cat is unique in their habits, constitution, and needs, and you must maintain totally flexible to helping them gracefully make the transition.

Take baby steps if necessary, and never force them to do anything.

Get creative.

Always give them the opportunity to go for some whole raw meat, but if they do not, the next step is to try some wet food. Add a little to their kibble and see how they respond. If they love it, move more and more to only wet food. If they already eat wet food liberally, make the shift to only wet food.

From here you can begin adding pieces of raw meat, as the familiar flavor of their wet food will help them consume the new type of food.

It is VERY important that you do not withhold food from them in an attempt to get them to NOT eat kibble anymore. This can cause hepatic lipidosis. Hepatic lipidosis is caused when the cats fat stores are circulated for energy in light of an absence of food. If it happens on a large enough scale it can damage the liver and cause your cat to be very sick, not wanting to eat anything.

Remember to be flexible, and post your stories or questions here so we can guide you on the path to success!
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Tip #1 for Switching your Cat to a Raw Meat Diet


PATIENCE

We all know that cats can be very finicky. They get into a routine and become very attached to them. This is especially true for food. Most cat owners can attest to how stubborn a cat can be to switching to a different food - even just a different brand of the same thing!

This peculiar aspect of a cats nature can never be avoided. You will have to work with it. It may not take long at all to transition them, but it might. Young cats seem to transition easier, and adult cats can take more time, especially older ones.

If your cat is all about his or her new raw meat dinner then your on your way and there is no need for this next step. For the finicky kitties, please read on.

The first step in transitioning is to remove the 24/7 kibble station. DO NOT stop feeding them kibble all together! Simply make the food available for a few periods each day. If a cat is eating kibble all day long, they will probably never develop an appetite to try something new like raw meat.

Never force your cat to quit kibble cold turkey! This is VERY DANGEROUS, and we will explain in tomorrows post!

Stay tuned, and ask as many questions as you need to!
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CATS ARE OBLIGATORY CARNIVORES - WHAT IS THAT?!

House cats, although small and very cute versions of their wild progenitors, are what is called “obligatory carnivores”. This means that the sustenance and nutrition that they get in their daily diet has to come from meat and bones from another animals.

They have zero capacity to metabolize carbohydrates (plant foods), and thus, feeding them carbohydrates is a waste of money, and can in fact damage their health. Over the course of their evolution, they have only ever eaten raw prey - never cooked prey.

Over this next week, we will be offering you tips on transitioning your cat to a raw meat diet. For cats, this transition can take a lot of patience and strategy. This information will be pivotal in a successful transition.

Feel free to ask us as many questions as you like!
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ONE OF MANY COMMON MYTHS ABOUT FEEDING DOGS RAW MEAT

1.) Dogs are Omnivores

The fact that dogs can survive on an omnivorous diet is not proof they are omnivores. In fact, every single aspect of their physiology leads to the understanding that they are definitively carnivores. Here are the main factors:

----The large, sharp, and scissored nature of the canine teeth is designed solely for grabbing, tearing, ripping, and shredding meat, bones, and hide. In contrast to a black bears teeth (a true omnivore), who has flat molars to grind plant matter. Dogs lack these kind of molars as they simply do not eat plant matter.

---Dog skulls are shaped to prevent lateral movement of the lower jaw. This lateral motion is needed to grind plant matter. However dogs have a deep and C shaped mandibular which only allows for up and down crushing.

----Plant matter needs time to ferment and digest. To facilitate this, herbivores and omnivores have longer, sacculated colons, and larger and longer small intestines, as well as the presence of a caecum. Dog have none of these, and rather have relatively short foregut, and short, smooth, colon that is not sacculated. Plant matter does not have enough time to break down in this type of digestive track and is thus useless, and as well see in the next bullet, harmful.

----Herbivores and omnivores produce amylase, and enzyme designed to break down carbohydrates and starches. Carnivores, including canines, do not, and thus the burden is placidly solely on the pancreas to produce amylase and attempt to digest the plants. This is very stressful for the pancreas and is also very unnecessary.



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DIET IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN YOU MAY THINK

We often say that if we could get all of our members to transition their dogs to a raw meat diet, then most, if not all of their dogs problems would go away without any supplementation. This might seem like a wild statement, but experience has led us to believe this. We build our dogs bodies out of the food and water we give them, and the movement we facilitate for them each day. What kind of body are you building for your dear pet every day?

A dog living on highly processed kibble, comprised of more than half indigestible carbohydrates, a plethora of oxidized fats, and poor protein sources, will inevitably run into chronic problems. The above is a recipe for degeneration.

THE SOLUTION : A prey model raw diet

Here is an absolutely fantastic site covering everything you need to know.

Also, stay tuned for our new e book coming out that covers how to implement this diet for your pets!
http://ow.ly/Y5FFD
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WHY WE FEED OUR DOGS ONCE A DAY

Feeding once a day mirrors a more ancient canine eating pattern - one that reflects how they moved through the landscape and how often they actually had food to eat. A convenient breakfast and dinner fed at the same time each day is the opposite of this natural feeding pattern.

By feeding once a day, we give our dogs bodies the time and space to burn body fat stores, as well as detox metabolic and environmental toxins. Feeding once a day, as well as at different times each day, will give your dog more metabolic flexibility and help them grow stronger.
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