Frequently Asked Questions - Raw Feeding
Can my pet get worms or diseases from eating raw meat diets?
If fresh table meat (using common in-home processing procedures) is fed without cooking, processing, or freezing, diseases such as toxoplasmosis and intermediate stages of parasites such as tapeworms could be transmitted. However, the foods sold here at Casey’s Hidden Pantry are instantly frozen to –40 degrees F which deactivates those agents. Both freezing and freeze-drying procedures used in product manufacturing eliminate bacterial growth, as well.
Aren't raw meat diets dangerous because of Salmonella and E-coli?
Dogs, cats and ferrets have a natural deterrent to ingested bacteria due to their highly acidic stomach. However, it is important to introduce any raw meat diet slowly to their present food and gradually increase it to allow your pet to adjust to their new food.
Why is there such a difference in the stools on raw diets?
Carnivores have small, under-developed caecums and therefore cannot digest fiber, grains, and vegetables. Kibble needs to have these types of fillers so as to bind the pieces together. Since they cannot be absorbed quickly enough, the fillers will be eliminated. Meat-based diets are absorbed with less eliminations.
Also, pets have a tendency to overeat foods which contain large amounts of fillers in order to get the nutrients they need. This in turn creates the need to eliminate several times a day.
You may also notice a difference in stool odor, since the lack of items to be passed means there will be less odor. However, during the change, stool amount and odor may increase temporarily as the body adjusts to the new food
Sounds great—but it sure is expensive!
It might seem expensive at first, but when you break it down, it costs less than $1 a day for a 3-pound pet. 6-pound pets will average about $1.50 per day.
But in the long run feeding raw will actually save you money! Your pet will be healthier, not needing as many veterinary visits as before. There will be less poops and therefore less need for litter.
And besides, who can put a price on the overall health and happiness of your pet?
What’s the difference between canine and feline products?
Dogs can handle more fillers (e.g. grains, vegetables, berries) in their diets because they have a small (albeit under-developed) caecum and they are larger than cats and ferrets. Also, in the wild, dogs would be eating larger prey animals, which would have more berries/vegetables/seeds in their stomachs and intestines than mice or chicks (the prey animals of ferrets and cats).
You can serve feline diets to both dogs and ferrets. The canine diets, if all meat or very low in fillers, can be served to cats and ferrets. Since the food is raw, the taurine and lysine have not been destroyed by cooking, which happens in the kibble manufacturing process.