Feeding - How Much and How Often

First off, always return the container with the remaining food to the refrigerator directly after filling their bowl or plate and before serving you pets. This way you will never get distracted and forget to put the food back in the cold frig leaving it out to get warm (like we have in the past.)  

A basic guideline for the daily amount of raw food for your adult carnivore is 2-5% of its ideal weight split into 2 meals. (Example- For 3% use .30 X ideal weight = oz of food) Please remember, this is only a guide. Some will need more, and some will need less. Age, activity level and appetite are a few things that need to be considered. You know your pet best, if it's chubby give it less food, if it’s thin give it more food.   

Kittens & pups grow quickly and need to eat several times a day as well as expectant/lactating mothers and working dogs. Because every carnivore is different, there is no exact standard formula. Portions can be weighed (which is a good idea) for exact amounts. You can pick up a kitchen scale for around $10.

Once your pet’s body is fully transitioned to raw food, it will need less food because of its bioavailability.  Meaning the nutrient dense raw food is easily absorbed with very little waste. Nourished Pet food does not contain garden vegetables or other fillers so very small almost odorless stools are another great benefit! We recommend feeding our blends alone so all of the nutrients are absorbed fully and properly. If you are going to supplement their meals, feed them the alternative food or snack separately from their raw feasts. (If they eat food other than raw animal protein, their stools will probably not be small and odorless) Lightly fermented vegetables are a great snack if they will eat them. Some dogs love them and others not so much. (There good for the human too) You can also safely fast your healthy dog once a week with a healthy meaty raw bone. (Never fast a thin or unhealthy animal).  Give them raw meaty bones to gnaw on throughout the day with no other food. Raw meaty bones are also a great treat in between regular meals for good dental health.

We also want to stress the importance of Rotation feeding. Monthly rotating between the different meat proteins (prey) will give them the needed variety of essential nutrients and fats similar to in the wild. Animals can make their own vitamins when they are fed a natural diet. Eating living grass and greens is also essential for a healthy balance.  

You can find additional feeding information throughout our site and on our home page. We will update this site with new information and feasts as more healthy meat sources become readily available to us. We are very picky about the quality of our ingredients and will only use top quality, sold for human consumption, USDA and often organic meat and ingredients.