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Prey Model Raw
Prey Model Raw is whole prey raw feeding or 80/10/10. 80% meat, 10% raw edible bones, and 10% secreting organ. When starting out with raw feeding it can feel a bit overwhelming. However, it is much easier than you think once you understand the basic things outlined here. Always think "whole animal" when raw feeding and that does not include vegetables or fruit and it does not mean making up recipes of any kind nor adding unnecessary supplements. Some people argue that carnivores require some vegetables to equate to the plant material that may be found in the stomachs of whole prey. If you notice that when feeding a whole rabbit which is Mother Nature's "recipe" for whole nutrition there are not things like broccoli, cantaloupe, or squash tucked away inside the rabbit. Typically a wild rabbit's diet consists of leaves, shoots, flowers, grasses and hay. When a wolf (our dogs are nothing more than domesticated grey wolves) eats wild prey they are not known for eating the stomach contents of their prey anyway. They will rip open the stomach and intestines and shake out the contents before consuming.
Some believe that vegetables and fruits add nutrients to their pet's diet that they would not get otherwise. We disagree with this as science tells us that any nutrient that is found in plant material is found in a variety of the meat, bones, and organs of whole animals. Others feed vegetables just because their dogs like them. However, dogs and cats lack the digestive enzyme that breaks down plant material. So a piece of raw carrot is going to come out the other end just the way it went in. It is also believed that feeding vegetables and fruits may stress the pancreas as it throws out more enzymes in an attempt to digest these items. If you are feeding fruits and vegetables then you are *feeding* the yeast your pet may have also, like chronic yeasty ears. This brings us to the argument as to whether our dogs are carnivores or omnivores. You know where we stand on this already :)
Learn more on why your carnivore should not be fed vegetables or fruit here.
Many of us feed both frankenprey and whole prey model. Prey model foods that we commonly feed are whole rabbits, chicken, pheasant, venison, and lamb just to name a few. When feeding frankenprey we are constantly thinking "whole animal".
How do I get as many parts of a whole rabbit, chicken, lamb or whatever into them as I can? Not necessarily at one meal, but over time, typically a week's time. You should always be striving for a week's worth of food consisting of 80% muscle meat, 10% bone (no weight bearing bones), and 10% organ meat 5% of which *must* be liver of some kind.
We preach variety, variety, variety! Feed as many different animals (including fish) either as ground whole animals, parts of animals, or whole prey. Every animal has a different nutrient profile and feeding a variety will ensure your pet is getting everything he/she needs. We also believe that feeding a wide variety *may* help our pets not develop food allergies to particular animal proteins.
The ratios above are not carved in stone it is approximate percentages. If you feed whole ground animals or prey model then you have less to think about in the way of percentages. There are several basic ways of appropriately feeding our carnivore cats and dogs and there are acceptable variations within each.
Here are your Prey Model Raw feeding options:
Ground Whole Animals: includes muscle meat, bones, organs, cartilage, blood, and as many other parts such as the heads and feet in the case of fowl and rabbits that can be ground.
Frankenprey: feeding a variety of parts of whole animals such as chicken quarters, lamb hearts, beef liver, chicken feet, buffalo kidneys, etc.
Whole Prey: feeding the whole animal as is with exception of the gut and weight bearing bones.
Remember: No veggies, No fruit, No Supplements without a cause. Everything they need to thrive is found in meat, bone, and organ.
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