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Raw Food Diet for Cats [2019]

That Mutt is mostly a dog blog, but I know many of you have cats too!

This post is all about why you might consider feeding your cat a raw diet.

If you have any questions about raw feeding, please leave a note in the comments.

This post is sponsored by Darwin’s Natural Pet Products.

For a chance to win a month’s worth of raw food for your cat OR dog, just leave a comment at the end of this post! Click here. Update: the winner has been chosen!

Yes, this post is about cats but dogs are eligible for the giveaway too!

IN THIS POST:

Benefits of a raw diet for cats

Most healthy cats will benefit from a raw diet. Here are 7 benefits:

1. Cats are true carnivores

There’s no doubt about it; cats are carnivores designed to eat MEAT!

Eating raw food is the natural way for your cat to eat!

Cats do not need all the carbohydrates found in many dry pet foods. Their digestive systems are not designed to process high amounts of grains, and they do best with a high-protein diet.

This is because raw food is fresh, whole and unprocessed. It’s the natural way a cat would eat in the wild. Raw food contains live enzymes important for digestion and absorbing nutrients.

Eating raw meat will make your cat happy because he is designed to eat whole animals like mice.

2. A raw diet provides more moisture for cats.

Cats depend on getting most of their water from their food.

The problem is, many cat owners feed their cats dry cat food which is obviously lacking in moisture. If a cat doesn’t get enough water, it can lead to kidney and bladder problems down the road.

I did not know how important it was to feed my cats a high-moisture food. For most of their lives, mine ate dry food. Unfortunately, my cat Beamer died from kidney disease in 2018 and my other cat Scout has kidney disease now.

My cats’ diet did not necessarily cause them to get kidney disease. I will never know for sure. However, I believe it played a role. I plan to offer my future cats a raw or canned diet.

See my post: Raw food for cats with kidney disease.

3. Better overall health

I believe a raw diet is the healthiest option for most cats. People who feed their cats a raw diet often report their cats have:

  • healthier coats
  • less poop!
  • healthier teeth
  • less shedding (fewer hairballs!)
  • more energy and
  • fewer allergies

And while you can’t control everything, feeding your cat a high-quality, balanced raw diet should hopefully mean less overall visits to the vet. Ideally, this will end up saving you money on vet bills over time.

The raw cat food from our sponsor, Darwin’s, is 100% real meat (chicken, turkey, or lamb) and contains no animal by-products or fillers! The food is grain free, and all of the turkey, chicken, and lamb in the meals are pasture-raised and free-roaming (cage free). The food contains no antibiotics, steroids or artificial hormones.

Learn more about Darwin’s raw cat food here!

You can also get up to 75% off your first order with Darwin’s through their trial offer! Learn more here.

Raw food for cats

4. Raw food to help a cat lose weight

Cats do not need all the carbohydrates found in most commercial dry foods. They need real protein, not corn and cheap rice by-products.

When you feed your cat a raw diet high in protein, it’s easier to help him maintain a healthy weight. Raw feeders are also less likely to “free feed” their cats. Instead, they’re more likely to feed fixed amounts twice per day.

Unfortunately, many indoor cats in particular are very overweight in the United States.

We all know that obesity is linked to all sorts of health issues whether you’re a cat or a dog or a person. It doesn’t take a veterinarian to figure out that fit, lean cats are generally healthier and more likely to live longer.

5. Raw food for cats is affordable compared to feeding a big dog.

Let’s face it, cost is one of the reasons more pet owners do not feed raw diets. It’s generally more expensive to feed healthy, fresh food.

I hear about this barrier every time I write about raw feeding, and I completely understand.

At least with cats (and small dogs) you’re not buying as much food because they simply don’t eat as much!

Yes, feeding your cat a raw diet is more expensive than feeding dry food, but it’s not as significantly higher like it is for, say, an 80-pound Lab. 

There are many raw cat food brands to choose from such as Darwin’s (or you can make your own!).

See my post: Affordable raw pet food

6. Less poop in the litter box!

The reason for this is because a natural raw diet will provide your cat with all the nutrients he needs rather than fill him up with unnecessary, cheap ingredients like corn. That means less waste. A lot less.

7. Cats have been eating raw food ever since cats existed!

Commercial dry cat food is a fairly new idea. Before “kibble” was invented, cats thrived on real food.

Which brings me too …

Will a cat get sick from raw food?

No, cats generally won’t get sick from eating fresh raw meat because they are carnivores. They’re very unlikely to get sick from fresh raw meat from a raw cat food company such as Darwin’s.

Like dogs, cats have highly acidic stomachs and short digestive tracts. This prevents bacteria from colonizing.

If your cat has been eating a dry or canned food his whole life, it would be a good idea to transition him to raw by gradually combining the two foods.

This isn’t because your cat will get sick from bacteria in the raw meat. It’s because your cat might get an upset tummy from different food in general. Similar to if you were to switch your cat from one dry food brand to another.

Of course, if your cat is out catching and killing mice or birds, there is a chance he could pick up worms/parasites from eating these wild animals. If your cat goes outdoors, you may need to give him a de-wormer every few months (ask your cat’s vet about this).

Cats eat mice, rabbits and birds in the wild

My husband loves to tell the story about a time when he and some friends were grilling burgers on the patio.

Our big, orange cat Beamer suddenly squeezed himself through the slats of the fence, carrying a freshly killed rabbit across the yard. He then proceeded to drag the rabbit onto the patio and place it a few feet from the grill!

Apparently, Beamer decided he would join the party as well, BYOB style.

That’s Bring Your Own Bunny.

Beamer ate the entire (raw) bunny – the eyes, the brain, the bones, the intestines, the heart, the kidneys, you name it. And then he relaxed on the deck in the sun, full and happy and purring.

When our dogs and cats live mostly indoors, we forget they are animals, hunters and carnivores.

How to transition your cat to a raw diet

You can transition your cat from his dry or canned food to raw food slowly by mixing the two over a couple of weeks. Or, you can just switch your cat over to the new diet right away. There are pros and cons to both.

Slowly switching your cat to a raw diet

The benefit of this is you’ll slowly help your cat adjust to the new food without upsetting his stomach. And since some cats are picky eaters and don’t like change, a slow transition might help your cat adjust better.

Most raw pet food companies such as Darwin’s recommend a slow transition where you add a few bits of the new food into your cat’s old food. Maybe about 25% new food and 75% old food for a few days.

If all goes well, you can do 50/50 for a few days and then 75/25 until you’re at 100% raw food after about 10 days total.

For more details, see this post: How to transition my pet to a raw diet

What to do if your cat is not interested in raw food

My cat Scout is very picky and with him I would just slowly mix in bits of his raw food with his canned or dry food. He thinks dry food is a treat so it helps to mix that in with his raw food. Not ideal, but with picky cats you have to get creative!

If your cat likes the texture of dry food, you can sprinkle some over the raw food. He might also like some dehydrated raw food.

Darwin’s recommends sticking to a consistent feeding schedule to your cat knows to expect food at certain times of the day and will build up an appetite. This is also true because you don’t want to leave raw meals out all day.

For more info, check out the Darwin’s article on transitioning a cat to raw HERE

And of course, if you have any questions about feeding your cat a raw diet, just post them in the comments and I’ll do my best to help!

Darwin’s giveaway! Win a month’s worth of raw food for your pet!

Raw food for dogs and cats

UPDATE: The winner has been chosen and notified. Congrats to Brittany B.!

Darwin’s Natural Pet Products is giving away one whole month’s worth of raw food to one lucky dog or cat!

To enter:

Just leave a comment at the end of this post. Scroll down to the end of this post to where it says “Submit a comment.” Let me know, do your pets currently eat a raw diet? If not, would they like to try raw food?

I’ll choose one winner at random on Tues. Nov. 19! Winner gets a month’s worth of raw food for one pet. Must have a U.S. mailing address to win.

Would your dog or cat like to try a raw diet?

Let me know in the comments!

– Lindsay

Lindsay Stordahl is the founder of That Mutt. She writes about dog training and behavior, healthy raw food for pets and running with dogs.

This post was originally published in 2011 and was updated in November 2019.

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91 thoughts on “Raw Food Diet for Cats [2019]”

  1. Amanda Steiner

    All good points in your post, Lindsay. I have been giving Millie about 1 meal of raw food a day…sometimes 2. I was hoping it would decrease her slight obsession about food. So far it has not, as right now Eli is eating a raw bone and she is just standing there staring at him, waiting for him to walk away so she can swoop in and steal it. Her coat looks much nicer though and she drinks much less water than before. I also think she has a little more energy and is more playful. I haven’t really noticed less poop, but I’m bet it’s less! I had no problems transitioning her to raw food, she gobbled it right up. And, I’m happy to report that Millie is now 8.8 lbs, down from 10.5 when she arrived!

    That’s an interesting story about Beamer, I’m not sure about rabbits, but Millie takes care of all the insects that invade our apt.

    I’m making my first batch of home made raw dog food this weekend. I’m not terribly excited about it (it’s messy), but I found about 3 lbs of old meat in the freezer, my parents gave me some beef liver and I have some veggies on hand…so I might as well!

    1. Lindsay Stordahl

      I haven’t made any homemade raw dog food yet. Not sure if I’m ever going to! OK, I probably will …

      I think I will have a hard time getting Scout to eat raw. He likes canned, so I’d probably have to mix the two for a while. Beamer of course will eat anything.

    2. Great article and very informative. I love switching to the raw diet. My pets are happier, calmer, and just seem to be in better health.

      1. Raw food was the best choice I ever could have made for my doberman pup. She initially had continuous visits to the vet during her first 4 months of having her. Costing us hundreds of dollars, each time we went. Including urinary, skin and bowel issues. After doing a lot of research and speaking with a friend who went raw, I dove in and tried it. First starting with raw goat’s milk, then transitioning to raw chicken, yogurt, the BARF diet, etc. The results were unbelievable. Her bowel issues were resolved almost immediately. My pup began having more energy and all of her health issues resolved. It costs us around $100 per month to feed her the BARF/Raw diet. But I no longer have huge vet bills. My pup is healthy, strong and growing at a great rate. Her coat is shiny, no rashes or any skin issues. Best choice I ever could have made.

  2. I feed my two cats and my dog raw. My cats are at the point where they pretty much eat any kind of meat I set out for them, but their base meal is always the same. I’ve found this to be a healthy, cheap, easy, and balanced diet for my cats:

    Mix together one pound of cheap frozen ground turkey (you can get it in “bullets” at Aldi for about a buck) with a teaspoon of Solid Gold Bone Meal (necessary calcium). Cut up two chicken livers (both lobes) with a pair of shears or a knife or a food processors and mix in. The end. One ten pound cat gets roughly 4-5 oz. a day.

    Cats need taurine or they will get heart problems and go blind. There is a lot of taurine in the livers, and there is a high amount in raw turkey as well. Occasionally, I throw in the contents of a human taurine supplement capsule, but rarely.

    Occasionally, I also supplement with Solid Gold Sea Meal or some high quality canned. I’ll also give cubes of chicken or pork, or just plain chicken livers some nights. Cats don’t need as much calcium as dogs do, so I don’t always supplement the different meats with calcium. I give them the turkey mix most of the time. My cats are not big on chewing up bones, so I don’t give those. Their teeth are awesome and the vet deemed their coats to be “superior.” :0)

    Transitioning them can be tricky. You can do the following:
    -Set the food out on the table and wait for the cats to think they discovered your food
    -Make a bowl shape with the ground turkey and put their old food in it
    -Put a tiny amount each day next to their regular food so they get used to seeing it there
    -Mix a tiny amount in their canned and increase the amount each day
    -Pour some tuna water on it

    Cats should not be transitioned cold turkey (haha) because if they refuse to eat, they can get a dangerous medical condition (feline hyperlipidosis, I believe) which can kill them. :0(

    Good luck! I think raw is awesome for pets. You will definitely see improvements in the litterbox, too! There’s almost NO smell at all, and the ammonia smell goes down a ton, too. Combine raw food with the use of Feline Pine in the litterbox, and no one will even know you have cats until they see them! :0) You’ll also notice your cats rarely drink water when on raw (this is good… they’re supposed to get all water from prey). Awesome all around!

  3. Forgot to mention, too, that my one cat had irritable bowel issues and allergies when on kibble. The IBS disappeared overnight with the raw diet starting.

  4. This was a really fun post to read. I enjoyed the story about Beamer. What a cat! I, too, wonder how he would do on a raw diet. Do you think he would feel more satisfied for some reason?? Proabably not, but… I can’t believe it’s day 80 already for Ace. Thanks for all the good info and I’m glad things are going so well for Ace on the raw food trial.

  5. We had a cat that had skin problems–was allergic to fleas is what the diagnosis was. She was miserable chewing at her skin and big clumps of fur were missing. We were giving her steroid injections monthly to see if we could stop the itching, but they weren’t enough. It turned out that she was also anemic from this condition.

    Raw liver is disgusting to handle, and hard to cut, but Ripple LOVED it! She had one meal of chunks of liver, and dry food when she felt like it. Her skin cleared up within two weeks and she was as healthy as I’d ever seen her.

    She started on the raw liver when she was about 12, and lived another 5 years with a glossy coat and no skin problems.

  6. Lindsay Stordahl

    That’s awesome she did so well. I’m happy to hear that. Thanks for sharing about your cat Ripple.

  7. I just googled raw food for cats and came across this post, thanks so much! Very informative! I have four dogs that have been on the raw food diet for almost ten years and one of them is a 15 year old shepherd who is still very active. Best choice we ever made to switch from commercial food. I don’t have any cats, but a friend wants to change his older cat to raw and asked my advice…it seems very similar to the dog diet! I swear by the raw diet, my dogs love it (especially a very picky Malamute) and they are the picture of health. Thanks again!

  8. Hi. I was feeding my cat raw food for 6 months. Not exclusively, but as a diet supplement. But today I just took him home from the animal emergency hospital, for e coli poisoning. I never let the food sit out for more than two hours and it takes 4 hours for bacteria to form on food sitting out. Raw food is dangerous. My cat almost died, and even though I think we are okay, we are not out of the woods entirely. The brand I used was Bravo.

  9. Lindsay Stordahl

    I am sorry to hear your cat was sick, and I’m glad he is doing better.

    I still believe raw food is the healthiest way for most dogs and cats to eat.

  10. Hi Lindsay,

    Great post! I’m 100% on board with the wonders of a raw food diet for cats. I have three 9 month old boy cats who all developed IBD immediately after being neutered and treated with Advantage at 4 months of age. At first I figured that their little systems had just been hit with too much at once and would rebalance in a few days. Not so. The diarrhea persisted for several weeks and I grew more and more concerned. Trips to the vet for fecal samples and lab work were getting painfully expensive. Having tried just about everything else, against recommendations from the conventional vets that I’d spoken with, I decided to try raw food (Feline’s Pride). Three weeks of constant diarrhea ended the same day! On a side note, Feline’s Pride quickly got too expensive for me to maintain, so I switched my cats over to home-made raw food according to Dr. Pierson’s recipe on catinfo.org. I’ve been thrilled at how easy and inexpensive this method has been for me.

    My kitties have grown extremely soft and bright-eyed in the months since they started their raw diet, and Riley’s feline acne is gone (and has never returned). For me this has been such a testament to the superiority of well-balanced and appropriate nutrition over highly marketed species-inappropriate conventional foods and the resulting ‘need’ for toxic medicines. It’s sad but not surprising that the unilateral focus on making money that has twisted the human medical system has permeated pet medicine as well! But that’s a whole different topic 🙂

    I wanted to share a recent victory that I had after a concerning hic-up in my kitties’ raw food experience. One of my cats suddenly started turning his nose up at the same food that he had been wolfing down for the past 5 months. I tried everything to win back his interest: parmesan cheese sprinkled on his food (he ate the parmesan but not the food), delicious Wellness formula wet food mixed in, etc. Every time his brothers would wolf down their food and he would sniff at his plate and walk away. He started to loose weight and I became increasingly worried.

    Then I read Dr. Pierson’s recommendation regarding Fortiflora probiotic on Catinfo.org. Wow, this stuff really works! For a week now I’ve been ever so lightly dusting their food with an animal digest and probiotic combo called Fortiflora, and every time they have all cleared their plates with not a moment of hesitation. I consider this victory two-fold, since in addition to evidently being delicious, Fortiflora is also providing them with healthy probiotics. In the event that anyone else is having a problem with a picky cat, I highly recommend this solution!

    Best wishes,
    Allie

  11. Lindsay Stordahl

    Thank you so much for the information. I am so glad your kitties are doing well! They are lucky to have such a great “mom.” I will definitely check out the resources you have suggested. Thank you for your comment!

  12. This site was recommend to me & find it helpful advice on switching to a healthier protein diet as my mama cat is overweight & the daughter is a little bit chubby.They put weight on quickly afta being spayed, but I am committed to getting them bak. To a healthier weight.(mama was so underweight-a stray-when she followed me home,just skin,bones & a belly full of babies,so I wanted to fatten her up & she ate anything/everything on offer.My question is actually about feline acne-as mentioned by Allie-does it look like little clumps of flea-dirt,under their chin? (they def don’t hav fleas & its only in that one area.Apart from changing their diet(which I will do) is their any safe cream/oil I can rub in2 affected area to soothe/cleanse it & help fur grow bak quickly? Also if its not flea-dirt or acne,wot else cld it b? ie: parasites/mites etc,that they might’ve got from dog nxt door? Any advice appreciated. 🙂 p.s. Cats r otherwise healthy /energetic & happy (altho noses & lips r pale at times) I did ask vet,but cat’s nose was nice & pink at th time I was there,so she cldn’t give me an answer.Thanku 🙂

    1. Great article. I haven’t tried raw food yet for my 2 yr old cavapoo but my sister feeds her boxer raw and she loves it. My dog sniffs it and I know wants to try it but I’ve kept her away in case she gets sick from trying a new food suddenly. I travel a lot and take her with me so completely switching to raw isn’t an option as I don’t have means to store it. Had anyone had success with raw and kibble combined or switching between the two?

      1. Lindsay Stordahl

        I think a lot depends on the dog. Many don’t do well switching between the two but some seem fine. You could try kibble mixed with freeze dried raw.

  13. Lindsay Stordahl

    If you are concerned about the bumps under their chins, it would be best to take them to the vet for advice. Maybe give it a week or so or see if the new food helps if you don’t want to take them to the vet right away.

  14. I started feeding my two kittens the raw food (recipe on catinfo.org) after shelling out big bucks for wellness canned. I make homemade yogurt and bread among other things regularly for my family and wanted to give my cats the best diet that, but one that was cost effective… hence raw food made at home. I purchased the fish oil, taurine, omega 3 s and vitamin e oil in the recipe, got a std cowl induction neat grinder refurbished off ebay for 100 bucks and can make a month of cat food for 26 bucks organically. This heats the wellness by about 10 dollars and I can give them more and they loooove raw food. I always add more water to the final product too. Often I add in more egg because we have ducks and a goose and get extra eggs we cant use. Since switching them a couple months back I have noticed less stinky poop, less poop in general, less water drinking, glossy coats, faster growing nails, tons of energy and cleaner gums. It took a little while to transition my female cat who was more discriminative, but now they eat like champs. I will always feed them raw and when we get a dog, we’ll. Feed it raw too.
    Thanks for raising awareness about raw pet food!

    1. I meant stx meat grinder…my kindle auto corrected me. Its a made in Usa fantastic grinder. Makes amazing sausage too!

  15. I’ve been feeding my cat raw meat since February and I’ve noticed his coat is 100 times healthier, shinier, and softer! I started with ground meat but now I just buy whole chunks of various meats and cut them in more manageable sizes. Taking the time to chew prevents my cat from eating too fast and helps his jaw become stronger. I like that I don’t have to clean the litter box as often too! I don’t think I’ll change his diet anytime soon, unless I’m/We’re travelling!

  16. I’ve been wanting to feed my animals raw for quite a while because of the health benefits. About twice a week we feed our four dogs a whole cut up raw chicken plus all the innards and bones. The day they get raw chicken is their favorite day ever. We have two cats that are the old guys, 12 and 14, who go outside. They used to be great hunters but are pretty lazy now. Both of them love raw chicken and get it quite often. We have three more inside kitties, one of which will kind of gnaw on a raw chicken piece but gobbles it down if I cook it, and also won’t eat raw bacon but loves it cooked. The other two cats won’t even consider it. We feed both cats and dogs a high quality dry food, Fromm, and change the variety each time we buy it. They all also get a lesser quality wet food just for extra flavor and moisture. The dogs and cats, like Lindsay’s Ace, have no problem switching back and forth between dry and raw.

    However, I am conflicted by everything I’ve heard about having to add in extra nutrients and such. I even bought a book on feeding raw and was just overwhelmed by what it was recommending. I don’t have enough time in my day to begin with, much less spending an hour a day to prepare a meal for my dogs and cats. I would love to hear some recommendations from you guys. Thanks in advance. And Lindsay, is Ace doing better with his wounds that wouldn’t heal?

  17. Commenting to Wendy, my cat used to get the acne on the chin and the vet recommended switching out the plastic feeder I was using to metal or glass. I don’t know if that’s an issue you might have , but it worked for me. The vet also recommended scrubbing the area lightly with a tiny bit of people facial soap and washing it off thoroughly. Of course, nothing beats going to the vet for advice, but these things helped my kitty a lot. I only had to clean his chin for a couple of days, as the plastic bowl seemed to be the cause and it cleared up quickly.

  18. My two mini-doxies currently eat raw and love it! We have been wanting to try Darwin for the convenience and guaranteed balance but, haven’t had the chance yet! That’s for this opportunity to Maybe try it free!!

  19. I currently feed my dog raw; a combination of Darwin’s and other products for variety. I absolutely agree that cats should be on a species appropriate diet. Being obligate carnivores, I feel it is even more important for cats than dogs. I will never go back to kibble again. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  20. I have been feeding raw and homemade for several months now and my Hounds have improved in a variety of ways, from behavior to appearance and the best stool is a huge plus. No more splats and really soft stools to scrape off of the sidewalks.

    I do find it difficult to find one premade raw or freeze-dried product that covers and matches the recipes I use for my pair. They are 65 and 69 lbs and I spend just under $200/month feeding them. I would gladly welcome a premade raw food that matches or excells the results I currently have.

    Living on SSA my budget is stressed and experiments are far too costly for me, winning a month’s food would be an opportunity to explore broader and less time-consuming options.

  21. I have one on raw and 2 on kibble. Working with allergies on one. All agility competition Dalmatians so I have to be careful of purines and meat sources. I would love to try it on the one with allergies to see if it helps.

  22. I would love to win this for my dog!! I just had a baby and he hasn’t been getting as much attention as he used to!

  23. Timely post. I am planning to give Darwin’s a try. I have been feeding my 19 lb dog Bella a raw complete diet since we rescued her in 2017. She has benefited in so many ways from this diet plus goat’s milk. We have recently moved out of state and can’t get her present raw food. Darwin’s sounds like just the ticket. Thank you for the supportive information!

  24. Alvin Kempf, Jr.

    Very interesting and informative article. I would advise checking with your vet to see if any additional ingredents should be included, such as something to help the fur coat, or if the recipient should be tweaked due to the pets age.

  25. We’ve been mixing in a bit of raw food lately with our dogs kibble and canned food we give him…have been thinking of going to all raw but there’s so many options! And I never even thought about cats eating raw and may have to pass that info on to a client…thanks for this information!

  26. TRACI SPRINGFIELD

    We are getting a new puppy in a couple of weeks, and the breeder we are getting him from is feeding him raw. We’ve never done raw before but would be interested in learning and continuing him on this. Thank you for information to help us make our decision easier.

  27. I would love to try this for my kitty. She is a rescue from Thailand and she had a rough first few years. Now I only want to give her the best and keep her happy and healthy.

  28. I’ve been feeding my dogs raw for years – I used to make my own, but now prefer to feed quality commercially prepared raw. I can relax knowing my furbaby is getting proper nutrition with much less work for me to plan, purchase and prepare my own raw meals! I had a senior cat that always refused raw over kibble (I know he had plenty of fresh meat as a sometimes outdoor kitty) – but late in life began to fail with kidney failure. I tried raw again & he gobbled it down – put weight back on – and did well for an “extra” year. While raw may or may not cost more than “other” foods may or may not be true. But the $$ saved at the vet makes it all worth it!

  29. My 3 rescue cats, 2 seniors and a 1 year old, eat canned and dry. You made some great points in your article especially about kidney problems. I would like to try the raw food idea with your information. Of course if I win the contest that would be great.

  30. Jessica Wollmuth

    I have a senior Pitbull mix that will be 11 years old and I would love to try a raw diet for her to help with her skin and teeth.

  31. Mine do not eat raw. It is too difficult with 5 of them with different needs. They have loved it when I have gotten samples or special deals.

  32. One dog will eat anything. The other one is pickier with raw than cooked. Right now I’m cooking for the dogs and am thinking about how much nicer it would be to not have to cook and get raw food delivered!

    The cat…soo picky. Trying to get her to eat something new if I even mess up the ratio of old to new a tiny bit she will walk away. Work in progress!

  33. My dogs LOVE raw food. We don’t always feed it to them since it takes a lot of time to chop it up. They are small dogs, less than 10 lbs, but there’s 6 of them. We try to still feed it to them every now and then.

  34. Have been wanting to try my dog on a raw food diet but just haven’t made the leap yet as wasn’t sure which food to use, but if that’s what you have been feeding Remi then sure hope I win so I can try it for free.
    Otherwise I will buy some to start slowly and give it a try.

  35. Kerry SchwiddeBoth

    Both of my Dogs eat raw/cooked meals. All my Cats we’re strays, not sure if they would eat raw now. Thank you for the chance to win a great product, I’ve wanted to try this brand for years!

  36. I feed both my dogs raw. It shows in their coats and their behavior. I also started feeding raw when one of my previous dogs was older. Cat owners switching to raw would be great for your cat, even an older one. They’ll love it.

  37. My pack has been eating a raw diet for two years. I have heard wonderful things about Darwin’s and would love to be able try it with my pup for a month!

  38. I started feeding my dog raw food a few months ago. I WISH I had done it with my cats when they were still alive. They both died of different cancers, and I wonder to this day if I could have helped prevent it by protecting them from the crap that is in dry food. That’s why, when I got my dog, I vowed to do everything I could to keep him as healthy as possible. I have experienced how my own health did a 180 degree turn for the better (after 10 years of health problems) when I changed my diet, so I have learned first-hand how nutrition is the #1 key to a healthy life.

  39. I’ve fed my Newf a raw diet since he was a puppy after doing much research about fresh feeding and the process of making kibble. Feeding a real food diet just made sense! He’s been very healthy thus far. No gunky ear issues, lean weight, the list goes on. I mostly make his meals DIY for cost purposes due to his size, but use pre-made sometimes to take a break from meal prep. Can’t beat the convenience of pre-made raw! We’d love a month of Darwin’s!

  40. I feed my dog and cats raw food the past year and they are all doing really well. I lost 2 otherwise healthy indoor cats to cancer last year, and began to research nutrition in pets; kibble is horrible stuff, wish I knew sooner, but so glad I know now.

  41. I don’t currently feed my cat a raw food diet but I’ve been researching ways to help her with her kidney disease and this sounds like a good plan. She is 15 years old and is struggling with kidney disease. We are trying to find a high protein diet to help with her weight loss.

  42. So feeding my dog is an extra added challenge since my sons have allergies (16yr old peanut and tree but, 14 yr old egg). I don’t want my dog consuming something that will be transferred by licking. I read ALL dog labels. I’ve been noticing “protein” and “nutritional” content in my quest to keep my sons safe… not gray at all!!!

    So after my shock and aero started to give my dog raw food, I’m a beginner at best… raw chicken, steak and fish here and there. I researched and go d it difficult to find certain “organs (nor would I do the chopping )
    I’m dabbling but not there yet…

    Definitely something I want to continue, axel LOVES it!!!!

  43. My cat’s don’t currently eat a raw diet, but I would love to try them on it. ( They do eat things they catch, usually on my doorstep.

  44. Michele Sandstrom

    I started feeding my to dog raw a few months ago. I noticed better behavior in my smaller dog. They love it. I do find it time consuming and sometimes I’m not sure if all their meals are packed with the nutrition they need. I’m learning more as I read up on it.

  45. Sandy Weinstein

    i love feeding raw. one of my girls is not a real big fan of raw, so i have to add other things in her food. my oldest loves raw. i learned a very hard lesson feeding raw. make sure it is true pet food raw. i was told it was ok to feed raw human grade venison, however, i found out the person grinding the venison was not cleaning the grinder. my oldest has had 2 major surgeries and now has liver disease from e- coli and hepatitis. she has to take special supplements and a prescription as well as have her blood count done every 3-4 months to make sure her liver enzymes are low. so far, it has cost me over 12k and counting. i am just glad she is ok and alive, she could have died. as long as the liver is not working properly she could not go under anesthesia, same with humans because the liver regulates the anesthesia, etc.

  46. I feed my dog the best kibble I can find and wondered about raw food. He is a “grazer” and eats when he is hungry. How would this work with raw food? Would be interested in trying it.

    1. Elizabeth Gunter

      My guess is that your dog will love the raw food and eat it all up. I would start with small portions to see how much he needs.

  47. Well besides all the obvious benefits that have been stated again and again about the health benefits.
    I like the diversity in ingredients that I use in Baxters diet.
    Sometimes Beef, Chicken, Turkey, Pork or even Venison
    Not to mention the diversity of organs with veggies and fruits.
    Who want’s to eat the same thing again and again day after day.
    It has definitely become a hobby for me to make certain that all of his nutritional needs are being met. And what foods and quantities to use to do it with.

  48. Great post! I currently feed my Lab a raw diet, and we recently aquired a kitten about a month ago. I want to eventually feed her raw as well. Right now we are in the research for cat diets stage 🙂 but she does get a small bite or two of whatever grind my Lab is having, and so far no issues and she seems to like it. She gets wet food primarily, with a bit of dry left out for snacking during the day until she gets a bit older.

  49. I have been feeding the dogs raw for years now. Only one of my cats will eat raw. The others are not interested. I have read that cats are much harder to transition to raw than dogs. The benefits to my dogs have been amazing. Skin and stomach issues have all but vanished.

  50. Elizabeth Gunter

    We switched our dog over to a raw food diet a few months ago and have noticed a shinier coat, and yay! – less gas. I also noticed she stopped drinking water but after a little research realized it was the increased moisture content from the food. She still has seasonal allergies but not to the same degree she used to. We have a new kitten and are interested in switching her over to raw food as well.

  51. Hi Lindsay and Remy. We really enjoy your blog and the useful/practical tips.
    Our Daniffs, Shiloh (105 pounds) and Gus (145 pounds) have been on a raw diet since they were puppies – and they love it.
    We put together their raw food blend every week – they really look forward to licking out the mixing tub!
    Our furry babies are healthy, frisky/playful, slim-n-trim and very active for giant breed dogs. Their coats are shiny and thick.
    Occasionally we supplement our homemade raw food blend with Darwin’s or other high quality frozen raw foods.
    Keep up the great blog!
    Cheers.

  52. judelorman@gmail.com

    Neither of our 2 dogs eat a raw diet but do love cooked carrots and other veggies and of course meats!. Our Staffy has terrible skin problems and I’ve heard that a raw diet helps that

  53. I have been wanting to try raw food for my dogs Piper and Cashew. But Piper is very particular and I wasn’t sure which kind to get. I really hope I win and can get them to try it and hopefully love it. Thanks for the chance.

  54. We try to incorporate a varied diet for all our pets combining the dry, wet, raw and homemade food, so they have the healthiest diet possible.

  55. Michele Frederick

    Im incorporating some raw options for my dogs. Mostly raw toppers and minimizing their processed kIbble. I am seeing a differenc in their weight all ready.

  56. Have been feeding my dachshund raw for 2 years now. She is healthy and has beautiful teeth. I belong to a raw dog food co-op in my city and the food is shipped in every 2-3 months. It is much more economical than buying high grade canned or dry food and I know it’s more nutritious. I do add small amount of fresh veggies and fruit and a natural vitamin supplement as well as flaxseed meal. I don’t find it difficult to mix the food.

  57. Kimberly williams

    Diorabelle is currently on a cooked food diet. We are always looking for ways to improve her nutrition and health. Great article! We would love to win a months raw food to give Darwin’s a try.

  58. Shaggy would not eat any kind of dry or canned food when I rescued him, but he liked liver treats … and that’s how it began. From cooked chicken liver to cooked beef liver to cooked chicken, cooked Shaggyburgers and cooked steak pieces. It’s been three years, he is not overweight and has small poops, likely the result of not getting any fillers. I wouldn’t eat anything raw (except sushi), so I haven’t tried any raw food, but it would be worth a try if he’d eat it!

  59. My 2 dogs or my 1 cat would be delighted to try the raw food diet. I am learning about how to create a healthy yet economical raw diet. I bet it would cut down on my poodle’s ear infections. And I know my picky mixed breed would not be so picky.

  60. I have fed raw for 10 years. My oldest Cavalier is 10 1/2 and looks much younger. Her coat is beautiful even though she’s spayed and she still does agility.

    It’s impossible for dogs to get fat on raw. I only feed 2 oz twice a day for a 16 lb dog and she is a perfect weight. I shouldn’t say impossible – if people overfeed. But much less likely than with all the fillers in kibble.

  61. I love the idea of feeding my little Shih Tzu a raw diet. The points in the article were great and relevant to me. I do worry about cost, but as she only weighs 10 lbs. it should not be outrageously expensive to feed her a raw diet. Thank you for the article.

  62. My labs currently do not eat a completely raw diet, but we add elements of raw in. Their favorite addition is probably the green tripe. I’m sure they would love to be fully raw!

  63. We are not fully committed to raw but certainly add many elements of raw into our pups diets. They certainly enjoy what they get.

  64. I have a couple of dogs and the price has always scared me about raw. I do buy chicken gizzards and liver and mix kale and apple with that in a blender. I give that to them with their kibble. I have always been interested in raw.

  65. I have always worried about the price of raw having 2 large dogs and two small. I have started getting gizzard and liver and mixing kale and apple or such and giving that to them. I would love to try your food.

  66. Christi Barrenechea

    My dogs are fully converted to the raw food diet and they look great. As for my cats, it’s a bit harder. One is finally converted over but the other cat is just not as thrilled to eat raw. With her we defiantly have to mix it with canned cat food. We do buy higher-end cat food to mix the raw with. I don’t know if she will ever by 100% converted but all my pets look fantastic on the raw food. I will never ever go back to processed junk again.

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