A Prey Model raw blog for dogs, cats and ferrets (also their owners). Raw feeding is based on long-term pet health and carnivore physiology. I post tips about how to start Prey Model Raw, the benefits of a healthy unprocessed diet, where to locate cheap meat and how to easily create a complete diet. Good nutrition is the very foundation of good long-term health. Pet diets should be based on what they thrive on, instead of what they can simply survive on.

Feel free to ask any questions about raw feeding. Check out my FAQ below.

Useful Links:
Complete Starters Guide

Starter guide is aimed at dogs but 80/10/10 ratio applies to cats/ferrets too. Just disregard recreational bone feeding for cats/ferrets, and feed edible bone instead.

Why Feed Raw?

Raw Feeding Myths

Felinenutrition.org

Kibble Ingredients Diagram

Learn about your current pet food here

 

Anonymous asked
Your blog is really helpful, thank you so much. Keep up the good work!

Thanks :) here have some cute puppies

driftingsakura asked
so, I show dogs (samoyeds and eurasier) in the UK and we recently swapped from feeding dry food (Royal Canin) to raw by Nature's Menu. We've already noticed the difference. Our bitch was always searching for food and has weight problems but now doesn't seem as hungry/looking and her weight has dropped to a healthy point. This is just in 3 weeks. The same with our junior dog, he prefers it. People should definitely swap to raw! (we find it cheaper too!)

driftingsakura:

raw-fed-pets:

Hi that’s great that you’ve switched and are seeing improvements already. You could also consider including raw meaty bones (tip video & post) to maintain their dental hygiene too, if they aren’t eating them already. These provide dogs with a great muscle workout and are also a mentally stimulating, instinctual activity. Its good that you’re finding it cost-effective too because a healthy diet is a preventive, and will most likely save you money on future vet bills as well. :)

They definitely look a lot healthier, coat wise, fitness, everything. The people said the same thing about the meaty chews. 

The company sells different types of ‘toothbrushes’ as they call them. We haven’t got any duck necks like we first did. Our bitch definitely likes them and ended up finishing up the other neck when he didn’t finish it, so we might need to split them up.

i do have a quick question. I mentioned that our bitch has had weight problems, she has a tendency to be over what we would like. She’s very fit, they get walked about 40 minutes to an hour to keep them well muscled and in shape but that doesn’t make much of a difference wen she was on kibble. We’ve been thinking she might have diabetes (slightly at least) because she shows some slight signs. It tends to be common in Sams and I think her breed line has had some issues with it. 

Do you think feeding raw will sort this out? It would make sense because she would be getting everything she needs naturally, we know whats going in, etc. But you know much more about raw feeding since we only just swapped.

Yep I think raw feeding could definitely help. A refined high carbohydrate diet is linked to various problems including insulin resistance, diabetes and weight gain in humans (let alone a carnivore with zero carb requirement). There are quite a few studies showing that low carbohydrate diets can be beneficial for management/reversal of these conditions. Drinking a lot is a sure sign of diabetes so if shes showing any obvious symptoms you might want to get her checked by a vet. Most dogs start to shed those excess pounds when on a correctly portioned raw diet becuase insulin regulates fat storage/metabolism (raw diet stops constant insulin spikes which can cause weight gain). Kibble is 30-70% carbohydrate and is known to encourage obesity in predisposed pets. Id def recommend taking before and after photos too as you’ll be able to compare any physical changes in a few months.

miiryu asked
Do you have any good links on feeding kitties raw? (starting from 3-5 weeks old up to 12+ weeks) I have contact with a breeder who does it so I pretty much know what to do and what needs to be different from an adult cats diet, but I haven't been able to find much on it online and it'd make an interesting read. Thanks!

Hi, feeding kittens is basically the same as feeding older cats except for feeding smaller/easier edible bone and more meals. I havent seen many specific kitten articles either, due the PMR/whole prey diet being the same regardless of age. Feline-nutrition.org does discuss the transitoning of kittens here as well as the importance of feeding kittens raw here. Here is an article (1 page pdf) that you may not have seen too. It’s written by a vet and discusses the importance of a species appropriate diet for cats of all ages. Another tip would be to introduce your kitten to a wide range of organs, meats, and whole prey (eg feeder mice, quails) while still young. This is becuase they imprint early on and can sometimes be fussy with new things as they get older. :)

cloud-grrl asked
wait isnt tripe pig stomach whats green tripe is it a brand

Hi, green tripe is the stomach of ruminating animals (eg cows, sheep, deer) and is packed with digestive enzymes and friendly bacteria (probiotics). White bleached tripe is sold in supermarkets for human consumption, but lacks the goodness found in unprocessed green tripe for dogs and cats. Some people cant handle the smell of tripe, but most pets go absolutely crazy for it. It is also considered to be somewhat of a superfood for cats and dogs.

Green Tripe: Why is it so good?

Anonymous asked
So if I fed my dog a f/t rat whole would she associate that with my pet rats and try to eat them?

No its not likely. Dead animals smell, taste, and look vastly different to alive ones (I imagine). Dogs dont make that connection between a lump of cold meat handed to them, and the active killing and eating of prey. For example, I remember seeing a fb photo of a dog eating a whole chicken whilst live chickens were wandering around next to him (his friends). If a dog were to hunt and kill rats it would be more of a behavioural problem than anything else. It is certainly an instinctual drive in some dogs but diet isnt a factor when he/she is actively killing other animals. :)

Anonymous asked
Sorry I stress cat so much because of the amount of sick cats I've seen, thank you for elaborating on AFFCO

No worries, feel to ask anything in the future. :)

lilfoxtrot asked
So, I'm having issues finding Green Tripe. All the buchers close to me can't sell it due to the FDA regulations. Any good site to buy it online? I'm in OR, USA.

Hi I dont live in the U.S so I only know of a few sites: haretoday, carnivorecarryoutmypetcarnivore, bigdanstrucking , reelraw, bigdognaturalgreentripe.com,and crestonvalleymeats.. There are probably dozens more although I think haretoday is one of the more popular ones. Also check out this resource list for each state, plus this Oregon raw feeding group. Bulk will always be much cheaper too, especially when paying a delivery fee.

Any followers know of some other sites that deliver green tripe?

Anonymous asked
Hello! I'd just like to thank you for all the information on your blog. Several months ago, my English Setter (previously on a processed diet) was diagnosed with both wheat and potato allergies. We decided to switch her to a raw diet after that, and your blog has helped a lot with the transition! She no longer has the health issues she's had in the past and just seems generally happier! Thank you again for all the info, and I wish you the best!

Hi no problem; I remember when I was first researching raw and all the info was scattered about the internet. So I thought I’d make it easier by compiling it in one place for other owners. That’s great that you’ve identified her allergies and switched her over to raw. Hopefully you continue to see gradual improvements in her appearance, attitude, and overall health. :)

Anonymous asked
will feeding your dog a raw diet make them more aggressive/want to eat other house pets? i'm sorry if this a a stupid question but when i was little someone told me that once dogs taste fresh blood they crave it. this is the first time i hear of the "prey model" and i'm interested in trying it with my dogs/cat

Hi this is a very common myth with those new to raw feeding. Dogs do not actually link a raw diet with live prey, and it is similar to feeding a meat-based canned food in that respect. If a dog were to start attacking and killing animals though, this is when the connection between prey and food occurs. This primarily occurs due to behavioural and/or owner problems such as poor training, roaming, or boredom - it’s not at all related to the type of diet the dog is on. Some breeds also have more of a prey drive than others and may initiate these behaviours regardless of diet. There are many raw dogs that live happily alongside rabbit, chickens, sheep and other farm animals though without an ounce of aggression. Here is some more info about the bloodthirsty myth.

Anonymous asked
Hi there! I've tried convincing my mom to switch to a raw diet, but she's insistent that its not good for them. I'm going to have her read through your blog later, but do you know anything else that could convince her to switch over? Also, my dog is severely overweight, (96 lbs & about 2ft tall at the shoulder, we're working on it) but what amounts of what would you suggest to keep with her losing-weight diet?

Hi its great that you’re wanting to switch your dog over to a healthy raw diet. It is certainly the most healthy diet for a carnivore as it is based on their digestive system, evolution, and overall physiology. Raw feeding is basically the healthy, whole food version for dogs (similar to fruits/vegetables for humans). The first place to begin would be this myths index, as it is a great resource for beginners. Some good pages are: Bacteria, Parasites, Dogs vs Wolves and Kibble. Commercial raw might also be a good step into full PMR and you might find she approves of it becuase it is a convenient and complete diet. Reducing carbohydrate intake (kibble=carb based) through a raw diet and regular exercise can certainly result in weight loss. If feeding commercial raw just follow the guidelines on the packaging. If feeding PMR just use this calculator; all you need to know if your dogs ideal weight. :)

Anonymous asked
(1)I work in animal nutrition and feed my 12yo cat kibble/canned with raw when he'll eat it (he's stuck in his ways, when I was a kid he ate crap food), I just rescued a kitten and he's eating mostly wet and raw with a bit of kibble because I want him exposed to all types of food just in case later in life there's a time he decides to be picky or I have to go out of town and leave him with family who don't have time to do raw/wet and he has to eat a bit of kibble. But once he's a year he's going

(2) to be 95% raw (he may have a meal or two of canned when I’m short on time or eat a couple kibbles of the older ones food). Sorry a little background before I get to the point; today at work a couple came in that feeds both their dog and cat entirely vegan because of their own lifestyle choices. Dogs can survive on vegan I guess, but that’s cruelty towards their cat! There is nothing vegan about feeding your cat vegan!! Cats are obligate carnivores and NEED meat for essential vitamins! I was (3) raised vegan and am working back towards vegan myself but would never feed my cat vegan! Ughh and my boss said ‘well AFFCO approved these vegan foods’ so?!? At one point there was a food called Disneys Old Yeller that killed a bunch of dogs! but anyways, what I’m trying to say is thank you for your blog, I’d like to feed those people to their animals but knowing there are people out there like you educating others makes me feel hopeful. Sorry for venting. (Also I wouldn’t feed a dog vegan (4) unless they had a condition where they had to be, I’ve seen some messed up Dalmatians and a woman came in once with an allergy panel for her dog who was literally allergic to everything).

Hi that’s awesome that you’re going to be switching them to 95% raw in the future. When it comes to dogs and cats their biological diet is  the same - high moisture prey. A cat cannot synthesize its own taurine which is the main reason why they are defined as obligate carnivores, whereas a dog can. However and dogs are carnivores with significant similarities in gastric acidity, GI length, dental anatomy, digestive enzymes, and lack of salivary amylase. Both species can technically survive on a vegan diet when the correct synthetic nutrients are added in (not at all healthy though). This is why kibble and vegan pet foods can be AAFCO approved. AAFCO trials are only 6 months long and prove survivability and absence of immediate illness (not long-term). They do not test quality of ingredients or long-term health effects. Long-term ingestion of isolated synthetic nutrients are scientifically proven to be absorbed very poorly when compared to whole food nutrients (eg diet of vitamin pills vs fresh fruit/vegetables for humans) and are linked to various health problems. Overall though, there is very little difference in the biological diet of dogs vs cats so it’s important not to focus on the obligate term too much. Both species could probably survive on a paper based diet if the same synthetic nutrients (in kibble/vegan kibble) and fat/protein were added in. Every aspect of these diets is unhealthy and species inappropriate though unfortunately. Anyway, thanks for checking out my blog. :)

maggieconnelly:

Dinner tonight: lamb shoulder chop, sardines, and green lamb tripe.

maggieconnelly:

Dinner tonight: lamb shoulder chop, sardines, and green lamb tripe.


driftingsakura asked
so, I show dogs (samoyeds and eurasier) in the UK and we recently swapped from feeding dry food (Royal Canin) to raw by Nature's Menu. We've already noticed the difference. Our bitch was always searching for food and has weight problems but now doesn't seem as hungry/looking and her weight has dropped to a healthy point. This is just in 3 weeks. The same with our junior dog, he prefers it. People should definitely swap to raw! (we find it cheaper too!)

Hi that’s great that you’ve switched and are seeing improvements already. You could also consider including raw meaty bones (tip video & post) to maintain their dental hygiene too, if they aren’t eating them already. These provide dogs with a great muscle workout and are also a mentally stimulating, instinctual activity. Its good that you’re finding it cost-effective too because a healthy diet is a preventive, and will most likely save you money on future vet bills as well. :)


Dogs’ Evolution Shows Why They ‘Love’ Gnawing on Bones
Scientists say they have discovered why dogs love to eat meat and bones.
Ancient canines adopted pack-living about eight million years ago, to hunt larger prey, according to researchers.The resulting evolution of their jaws gradually turned the ancestors of modern wolves, and ultimately our own pets, into “hypercarnivores”. He and his colleagues from the National University of Colombia have created a canine “family tree”, piecing together the relationships between each of the more than 300 dog species.
The only way that dogs roaming the open plains could snatch very large prey from a herd was to work together.”And after many generations of this grouping behaviour, there are new selective pressures on their [skull shape],” said the researcher. This pressure meant that animals with larger teeth and stronger jaws were more likely to succeed in hunting, and to survive to pass on their large-toothed, strong-jawed genes to the next generation.
Animals with stronger jaws and larger canine teeth would have been more successful hunters. "They developed strength in their muscles - especially the muscles that close their mouth," said Dr Munoz-Doran. "And bones that are more resistant to bending, so they could support the mechanical strains of biting the prey. Over time, they became adapted to be ‘hypercarnivorous’."The researcher pointed out that domestic dogs had "very good evolutionary reasons to enjoy chewing a bone".
"They have the tools to do that, and they want to use their tools".
Source Article: BBC

Dogs’ Evolution Shows Why They ‘Love’ Gnawing on Bones

Scientists say they have discovered why dogs love to eat meat and bones.

Ancient canines adopted pack-living about eight million years ago, to hunt larger prey, according to researchers.The resulting evolution of their jaws gradually turned the ancestors of modern wolves, and ultimately our own pets, into “hypercarnivores”. He and his colleagues from the National University of Colombia have created a canine “family tree”, piecing together the relationships between each of the more than 300 dog species.

The only way that dogs roaming the open plains could snatch very large prey from a herd was to work together.”And after many generations of this grouping behaviour, there are new selective pressures on their [skull shape],” said the researcher. This pressure meant that animals with larger teeth and stronger jaws were more likely to succeed in hunting, and to survive to pass on their large-toothed, strong-jawed genes to the next generation.

Animals with stronger jaws and larger canine teeth would have been more successful hunters. "They developed strength in their muscles - especially the muscles that close their mouth," said Dr Munoz-Doran. "And bones that are more resistant to bending, so they could support the mechanical strains of biting the prey. Over time, they became adapted to be ‘hypercarnivorous’."The researcher pointed out that domestic dogs had "very good evolutionary reasons to enjoy chewing a bone".

"They have the tools to do that, and they want to use their tools".

Source Article: BBC

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