Domestic cats, Felis Catus, are true (obligate) carnivores. Cats have a vital nutritional requirement for animal protein. Consuming a balance of meat, bone, and organs, ensure they receive essential vitamins and fatty acids. We at Totally Raw believe in pure, clean food without the use of fillers in any form.
Each Totally Raw formulation is designed to mirror a cat's ancestral diet. Conveniently packaged in a 5.5 oz pot, feeding is as simple as thaw and serve.
Low bone content
No fillers, grains or gluten
Wild-caught Atlantic fish
Rich in taurine
No grains; no gluten
Benefits of Raw Feeding
Transitioning to raw
Cats learn their concepts of food as kittens. Transitioning from kibble to a natural diet is seamless for most cats and more challenging for others. For cats that need extra encouragement to try new food, frequent exposure is the key. Unlike dogs, cats should not fast. With patience, most cats will love raw food. Although it is not recommended to mix kibble and raw food long term, this practice may help during the transition period. Scroll down for more detail.
Reduced water consumption
Cats descended from a small wild desert cat, Felis Syvestris, native to North Africa. They drink very little and conserve water by producing concentrated urine. Cats evolved meeting their water requirements almost entirely through food. Cats are in a constant state of dehydration when consuming a kibble diet. Dehydration creates significant stress on the internal organs.
A raw, natural diet is highly digestible resulting in significantly less stool production as compared to processed food. The average frequency of elimination is once a day or even less. Dry, crumbly stool is normal as well as reduced odour.
Cats fed a processed diet consume a significant amount of plant fibre in the form of fillers. These fillers can make the bowel lazy. If you find your cat is experiencing constipation you can add a tablespoon of pumpkin to the next meal. Another method is to feed a boneless meal.
Food-related allergens are often associated with ingredients that are inappropriate for cats e.g., grains, chemical preservatives. Allergies can cause scratching and crewing at the skin, hair loss, runny eyes and nose. Allergies tend to clear when a species appropriate diet is provided.
Transitioning to Raw Feeding
Kittens do not need a special transition period. Once weaned, they are ready to eat a raw, natural diet. To support their rapid growth, kittens require feedings every 4-6 hours. Please refer to the Meal Calculator to estimate daily feeding amounts.
Cats learn their concepts of food as kittens, and the transition process can take time and patience. Some cats will take to raw very quickly, while others take more time. The key to success is frequent exposure. Please do not use hunger as a motivator.
Transitioning from Kibble
Offer a sample of Totally Raw Cat several times a day. If you are preparing food for yourself, let your cat sample the raw protein you are preparing (except for raw fish). As your cat becomes more interested in fresh food, reduce the quantity of kibble left out for the day. Over time, move away from free feeding kibble and towards two daily meal times. Increase the amount of raw while decreasing the kibble, until your cat is eating totally raw.
Transitioning from Wet Food
Add a small amount of raw to the wet food. Depending on your cat, the raw can either be mixed in or on the side. Over time, increase the raw until your cat is eating totally raw.
Some cats prefer to have their food slightly warm. Simply submerge the thawed TR cat pot in warm water for a few minutes and serve.
Chewing is an important part of good oral health. Good options for kittens and cats are chicken wings, beef neck bones, chicken necks, and duck necks.