Remember that every animal, like every person, thrives on different foods. Some cats can live to over 20 eating dry food free choice just as my husband thrives eating frozen dinners, fast food and drinking diet coke. Some animals, like some people, need to be very careful about what they eat.
The first question is what do you think are the best foods – freshly prepared from local, sustainably grown foods or processed foods where you have to rely on a label and advertising to know the ingredients?
Next, once you want to feed fresh, the question is how to do it easily? If you are a vegan, it can be hard to handle the raw meat needed.
The following sites are to provide a number of different options. The way to know what is best for your companion is to try a new feeding practice for a few weeks and notice the differences (especially those listed in the Early Warning Signs handout) in your Healthy Animal’s Journal.
http://www.auntjeni.com/barf.htm – this shows pictures of preparing a fresh food meal. Helps make it look as easy as it can be.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gu_zPhb-pNE – No need to do the allergy testing this family did – just try a new, fresh food.
http://www.whole-dog-journal.com/landing/barf.html/?s=GL_PD_RawFood&st=PPC&gclid=CKi11L7gzqoCFQVrKgodgja_2Q Dog lovers have learned from the Whole Dog Journal for years. Definitely worth a subscription. This links you to several articles about raw feeding.
http://www.dog-obedience-training-review.com/homemade-dog-food-recipes.html – will be exploring this site more. Very practical. I do not understand the pricing of the recipes, so will check that out. Feeding fresh should cost less or not much more than feeding a good quality processed food. This site has a way to figure the quantity to feed – 2-3% of total body weight – and gives examples of differences.
GOOD BOOKS ON FEEDING FRESH
Rationale for Animal Nutrition – Randy Wysong
Unlocking the Canine Ancestral Diet – Steve Brown
Dr. Becker’s Guide to Real Food for Dogs and Cats – Becker and Taylor
See Spot Live Longer – Steve Brown and Beth Taylor
Natural Cat – Anitra Frazier
Natural Health for Dogs and Cats – Pitcairn
FROZEN RAW FOODS
When you do not have time to prepare a fresh meal for your or your family, the frozen raw food diets can be great. The major drawback is that most are ground, so the teeth are not being cleaned as they are with big chunks of meat or meaty bones. The following are ones I think are good. More will be added soon.
Barf diet – click link on side