B.A.R.F stands for biologically appropriate raw food or bones and raw food. So what does that mean exactly?
It means feeding our dogs or cats the food they have evolved and been designed to eat. Cats are considered to be obligate carnivores, this means they need meat in order to thrive. Our canine friends are also carnivores, but scavenging carnivores. This means that they are firstly meat eaters, but can survive on plant vegetation, in times of food droughts. (key word survive, NOT THRIVE). Although our beloved pets now live like kings and queens in our homes, and their food supply’s are constant, trying telling a beagle in a bin that their next meal is only 2 hours away!!
Feeding guide lines
Puppies up to 3 months:
6-10% of ideal puppy weight
Puppies over 3 months:
4-6% ideal puppy weight for their age
Adult dogs 2-3% of desired body weight
Kittens up to 4 months:
6-10% of ideal kitten weight for their age
Kittens over 4 months:
4-6% ideal kitten weight for their age
Adult cats 2-3% of desired body weight
These are just guidelines and weights should be closely monitored. If your dog/cat is highly active feed 3% and above. Inactive and senior cats and dogs may only need 1%. There is no standard rule and one size does not fit all.
Example 20kg adult dog normal exercise activity would get 400g split over two meals.