Today there is a overwhelming amount of website, forums, Facebook pages etc talking about transitioning, how to, what not to do, how much to feed and it can very confusing and frustrating trying to get the correct information for your pet.
Here at stefs pet pantry we believe that every pet is an individual and we treat you and your pets like one.
We try to make understanding how to feed a fresh diet as easy as your a, b, c’s
Puppies and Kittens, Ages and percentages;
Up to around 9-12months old (large breed puppies up to 24months)
We feed a higher percentage of food than an adult.
As a guideline we say;
8-12 weeks 10-8%
12-16 weeks 8-6%
16-24 weeks 6-5%
24-32 weeks 5%
32+ weeks 4%
36 + weeks 3-4%
These are guidelines, it’s important to regularly weigh your puppy or kitten. At Stefs have facilities to weigh them weekly or on your regular , or you could call at your local vets, or get them on your scales at home.
Keeping a record of their weight, and making sure they are increased/decreased as needed. At Stefs we are always on hand to help, with percentages if your stuck.
Puppies and kittens can eat the same diet as their adult counterparts. Some toy bred puppies and younger kittens may need their food minced finer.
My dachshund puppies from 3+ weeks of age will eat the adults food, chicken wings, carcasses and all minces.
Adult cats and dogs:
Normally 2-4% of their optimal adult weight depending on activity levels.
Senior cats and dogs:
1-3% of their optimal adult weight.
Taking a further look into what makes up most diets at Stefs.
This is the prey model diet, for obvious reasons,
At Stefs this is the most commonly followed diet, but isn’t always right for every pet. Some will need a higher bone content to form stools correctly, some will need lower. Just like the percentages of weight these are guidelines.
Puppies, adult dogs and senior dogs
I would advise starting out slowly, with a poultry and ground bone product with tripe. These products make for a easy transition,
Providing there’s no allergies stick with ox tripe and duck or ox tripe and chicken for the first couple of weeks
These two above are very reasonable in price at £2.30 per kg, and super convenient at 10% bone plus no offal (which can upset tums)
Too much bone can cause discomfort and constipation. 10% is a guideline and some need more or less but this can be adjusted easily
Normally Stefs recommends adding another 2 proteins at this point. These can be Turkey, duck, beef or lamb, remembering the latter 2 can be rich.
Continue on a similar cycle for week 3 and 4. Adding 2 more proteins into the diet. Remove any proteins that are known allergens to the dog.
Normally a rotation of 4-6 proteins within the diet is a fantastic base, adding eggs, fish, and the extras (see poster) 2-3 times a week will lay fantastic foundations.
After 4-6 weeks, bones can be introduced. Staring with usually with duck necks, or lamb ribs. These add mental stimulation, as well as allowing the dog to feel satisfied. And helping to clean teeth. Boneless meals should be fed following a bone to help balance the higher bone content, and avoid chalky, hard stools.
Kittens and Cats
Kittens up to the age of 12 weeks are much easier to start on raw food, they taste buds have been conned into looking for sugars and salts.
From experience cats prefer food at room temperature and above. They also prefer completely fresh foods, and are disinterested in food that’s days old.
Purrform is fantastic, and success rates on transitioning over are very high with Purrform.
For adults cats I recommending starting as the blog has outlines above. It can be a slower process but completely worth the wait.
Cats can eat any 80-10-10 mix (no veggies or extras) including any of the 80-10-10 dog brands.