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Introducing Your Cat to a Raw Food Diet

Have you ever considered introducing a raw food diet to your cat? A raw diet offers many benefits that support your cat's overall health and provides the meat your cat naturally craves. Learn more about raw food and a BARF (biologically appropriate raw food) diet for your cat.

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Have you ever considered introducing a raw food diet to your cat? A raw diet offers many benefits that support your cat’s overall health and provides the meat your cat naturally craves. Learn more about raw food and a B.A.R.F. (biologically appropriate raw food) diet for your cat.

What is a Raw Food Diet?

A raw diet consists of uncooked, unprocessed food. Typically, commercial raw diets, like Stella & Chewy’s, are formulated to mirror a cat’s ancestral diet with 98% meat, organs, and bone. These diets are packed with protein and nutrients that support healthy teeth and gums, optimal digestion, vibrant skin and coat, and stamina. Raw diets also contain a high moisture content that helps keep your cat hydrated.

You may have concerns about the potential dangers of raw foods for your cat but there are safe ways to feed raw. Learn more about safe raw feeding and Stella & Chewy’s food safety.

Is a Raw Food Diet Right for My Cat?

Stella & Chewy’s frozen raw and freeze-dried raw diets offer complete and balanced nutrition for All Life Stages. This means that a raw diet is appropriate for kittens, adults, and seniors alike. Cats at any life stage can benefit from raw!

RAW FOOD DIETS PROMOTE HEALTHY DIGESTION

Raw diets digest more gently and efficiently and can be helpful for cats with stomach issues. Our recipes also include added probiotics to promote optimal digestion. Once your cat is fully on a raw diet, you may even notice that their stools are less frequent as their body is utilizing so much of the food.

RAW FOOD DIETS ARE HELPFUL FOR ALLERGIES

Allergies can cause a variety of issues including tummy troubles, itching, dry and flaky coat, and more. Raw diets can be beneficial for cats with allergies as they contain quality ingredients and natural oils to support healthy skin and a shiny coat. Stella & Chewy’s also offers many single source protein recipes as well as novel protein options such as rabbit.

RAW FOOD DIETS ARE GREAT FOR SENIOR CATS

Whether you choose a frozen raw option or a freeze-dried raw option, raw diets are easy to eat even if your older kitty is missing teeth or has mouth problems. Raw diets also contain a high moisture content so you can feel confident that your cat is getting proper hydration from their meals which is so important for kidney function.

How to Transition Your Cat to a Raw Food Diet

As with any new food, you should always start with a slow transition over 7-10 days. Introducing a new food or new food type, like raw, too quickly can lead to stomach upset or diarrhea. Your cat may also need some time to get used to a new texture if they’re used to eating dry kibble.

Days 1-3: Mix 75% of the old food with 25% of the new raw food.

Days 4-6: Mix 50% of the old food with 50% of the new raw food.

Days 7-9: Mix 25% of the old food with 75% of the new raw food.

Day 10: Feed 100% of the new raw food.

If your cat experiences any digestive issues, you can extend the transition over a longer period of time.

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