Cats (and dogs) are actually obligate carnivores which means so much as that they will be optimally healthy, happy and thriving with a pure meat based diet. Raw Paws Pet Food offers a proper diet for cats and dogs produced with biological raw meat.
Raw Paws Pet Food
Raw Paws Pet Food is a brand and store of high quality raw-meat based pet food and treats. They produce food and treats for both cats and dogs. For this review I will focus on the cat side of the store, but if you happen to have a dog, they do have everything for your dog as well! Dogs and cats are both obligate carnivores, even though dogs can digest plant matter very well nowadays. Cats should really not have any fibers in their meals.
Who is this for?
Cats and dogs are obligate carnivores and need therefore a diet based on the entire animal. Raw Paw Pet Food offers a range of different foods and treats for both cats and dogs that are following the guideline of using the entire animal. The food is based on raw feeding, meaning raw meat, organs and muscles from cows, chickens and selected ocean fish such as mackerel.
Our cats are super picky when it comes down to food. They prefer something that both tastes good and smells good. If the food doesn’t smell good, they are very reluctant to eat from the bowl.
We have tried different types of food to give our cats the best there is. Some of them were perhaps better, but our cats didn’t want to eat it. Others were of worse quality while they were loved by them. Some came at really high prices, making it difficult for us to go for the better options out there.
Big pet food industry try to cheap their way out and produce cat food with a lot of other additives that cats have not much use for, such as cereals, grains and vegetables. Raw Paws Pet Food is really for every cat out there, because they use high quality raw meat and no additives like the big manufacturers do.
Note: Currently Raw Paws Pet Food is available only in United States and Canada
Those living in Europe, check out HausTierKost / BARF
Those living in Scandinavia, check out VOM
Benefits of Raw Feeding
Raw feeding has unbelievable many benefits. Cats and dogs are both obligate carnivores and need a meat-based diets. They utilize everything that is in the animal they kill, the meat, the muscles, the bones, the organs – simply everything.
Of the usual prey they kill for consumption, they generally eat 80% meat, 10% bones and 10% organs. The rest is either stored (think dogs and cats digging the animal into the ground) or left for another to eat or be handled by the rest of nature to be decomposed.
Raw feeding comes with a lot of health benefits for your pets. Raw feeding also provides your pet with a lot of the hydration they require. You will notice that your cat will need to drink less water.
High Quality Meat Sources
Raw Paws Pet Food uses high quality sources for the production of their foods. Their pet food is grain-free, hormone-free and antibiotica-free. This means the animals used in the products have been fed with natural sources and had a healthy and happy life before.
Raw Paws uses high quality meat, bones and organs from cows, chicken and wild-caught Mackerel.
Free Consultation and Custom Meal Plan
If you haven’t gotten a clue yet what you should feed your pet, the Raw Paws Pet Food team will help you out. They will have a call with you about your pet or pets and decide on the needs of your pets. Based upon their needs, they will build a meal plan. You will then order a certain amount of food for that meal plan.
Monthly Supply With Free Home Delivery
Raw meat needs to be in the freezer and has a limited lifetime at home, even if its frozen. You probably wouldn’t have room in your freezer for more than a couple of feedings either, so here comes the subscription service in handy. Raw Paws Pet Food has a subscription service based upon your meal plan and automatically delivers the next load to your door step as soon as it is needed.
The right amounts to feed and the amount of space that you got in your freezer is taken into account (as well as the shipping time), so that you can get the new food regularly and on time delivered to your door step.
Frozen For Optimal Quality Control
Shortly after production of the food, the meat is frozen away to keep the product at a high quality all the way until it is served. Foods that need to stay raw are frozen as soon as they are portioned and following the specifics for the cat or dog that they are made for.
When you order, food is taken from the freezer and handled by a special carrier service that delivers frozen foods in a special box that will keep it frozen or near frozen. It is important that the food will be frozen again as soon as it arrives. Foods will only lightly thaw within transport time of maximum 2 hours.
It is very important that frozen food stays frozen for optimal safety and product quality. It is therefore that frozen foods are not delivered everywhere in the US. Be sure to check out their coverage area map.
They do however also have freeze-dried foods that are available in the entire US and Canada.
Freeze Dried Foods
For those that live outside of the delivery range for frozen foods, there is still the option to get freeze-dried foods delivered. These foods are also based upon raw meat products, but are then dried using a freeze drying technique. This way the food can stay outside the freezer and the food can be fed like normal dry kibble is fed to pets.
A lot of the treats for both cats and dogs are also freeze-dried foods.
The Complete diet line of foods has a ratio reference of what a dog or cat would eat in nature to survive and thrive. The optimal ratio for your cat or dog in nature is 80% meat, 10% bones and 10% organs. The complete series offer exactly that in each formatted package of frozen foods. Raw food contains up to 76% water, so you will notice that your cat will drink far less from the water bowl than is usual with kibble.
As soon as these packages arrive, you need to portion them to what your pet should have per day. You can keep up to three days of servings in the fridge while the others can be frozen away.
Alternatively on doing the portioning yourself, you can even buy pre-portioned diet plans where everything arrives in patties that can be thawed to be served directly.
While introducing more meat in the diet of your pet is going to be showing on your wallet, Raw Paws Pet Food is actually one of the cheaper brands among the raw pet food producers. In my experience, prices are about 50% cheaper than other producers and that is something that is important for us with so many cats.
Perhaps you should take a look yourself and be the judge of that!
Frequently Asked Questions
Is It Safe To Feed Raw Food To Your Pet?
For safety there is a part about safety for yourself as well as for your pet. Working with raw meat in your kitchen and on your floors bring certain risks and you need to understand what you need to do or be careful with. In the same time your pet also needs to be safely eating food that isn’t harmful for them.
Working with raw meat requires you to follow instructions carefully and to use the right utensils and working surface. It is best to use dedicated utensils and equipment for your pet food, so that you do not need to mix this with human foods.
After each use of utensils and cutting board, it is important to wash them thoroughly so no meat rests and bacteria can cause harmful cross contamination.
Surfaces where raw meat has been on need to be properly cleaned, possibly with chloride to reduce risks for bacteria being spread.
You should also use gloves when working with the raw meat. I do not want to be held responsible or be an advocate on how to properly handle raw foods, so please refer to the instructions that are provided with the products you get delivered or on the website of Raw Paws Pet Food. As long as you follow the guidelines it will be safe for you.
Safety Of Your Pet
Cats and dogs have a very different stomach system than we do have. Their gut line is short, making sure food goes easier and faster out. Their saliva contains anti-bacterial properties that destroy harmful bacteria, before they can become a problem. In the same time does the highly acidic stomach system greatly reduce the growth of harmful bacteria’s. All these systems in place make it so that food gets digested fast and it won’t harm your cat or dog to feed them raw.
There are however some outside dangers you need to take care of. For example in what type of bowl you feed your pet is important to look at. Plastic bowls get easily scratched and micro bacteria can nestle themselves in all the small openings in the plastic.
Stainless steel bowls, ceramic bowls and glass bowls do not have this problem. It is therefore important to put their food in the proper bowls. Stainless steel is known to have the best properties for raw feeding.
Make sure that raw food doesn’t stay out for too long. When your pet leaves the bowl, put the bowl back in the refrigerator. After your pet has made a mess on the floor, make sure you clean the floor and area where your pet has been eating their food.
How To Switch To Raw Feeding?
To start with feeding raw, feed your pet 75% the old food (kibble for example) and 25% off its daily intake raw. If your pet is even more sensitive, you can start at 10% raw (90% old kibble food).
Serving the new food will mean that the cat’s body will run into a detox, just like when we do some major changes to our diet. You will have to wait for your cats stool to normalize before you increase the ratio of raw feeding.
While every pet is different, it usually takes about three weeks before a cat is transitioned to a raw diet.
Do Not Mix
It is important to note that it is dis-advised to mix the raw food and the kibble. In some cases it is possible, but you should consult Raw Paws Pet Food about this for optimal safety. Mixing raw and cooked can be a bit risky when the food is left out for long.
You start feeding only one protein at a time (one type of meat) but this will be explained to you in your free meal plan advisory call.
Raw cat food is a better way of feeding your favourite kitty and will keep your cat happy, healthy and thriving for a longer time than traditional pet food does. Raw Paws Pet Food produces and sells high quality food for cats and dogs.
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