Cats

Cats are obligate carnivores and should be fed like carnivores to maintain optimal health. Cats do not need carbohydrates, which contribute to obesity, diabetes and a range of other illnesses, as they lack the physiology to properly break these down. They have digestive tracts which are substantially shorter than other mammals that eat plants.

When it comes to protein, kittens require 1.5 times the amount as the young of other species. Adult cats need two to three times the amount of protein other adult animals require. 

Feed your cat to thrive, no survive!

Our portions of both our Complete and Balanced Meals, and our Complementary Meals, are produced as individual sausages – approximately 100 grams frozen weight each – containing the following Base ingredients: Chicken, Turkey, Beef, Lamb, Salmon, Ostrich and / or Venison.

For us to compile a specific meal plan for your pet, please click on the BUTTON below and provide us with the information requested. We will get back to you with the meal plan and a quote.

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On receipt of the above information, Dilene our Chef, will contact you with a bespoke menu and quote. Should you have questions at any stage, please send us an email at info@chefs4pets.co.za.

The Chefs4Pets Team

How To Make The Change To A Raw Food Diet

Overindulgers and good eaters

If your cat is not a normal eater, has a great appetite and eats a little adventurous, changing over to raw food can take place in a day or two:

  • Ensure there is no food readily available all day and your cat only eats when you feed it twice a day (or 3 times a day for kittens), picking up any food not consumed within 30 minutes. This is a good feeding habit with raw food anyway, but will also ensure your cat is hungry at feeding time
  • Starting with the morning feed, give you’re a cat a small portion (half of the normal volume) with a variety of raw foods such as rabbit, duck or mince, etc. and observe what the favourite one appears to be
  • For the evening meal supply the same sized portion with just the raw food you have selected as the favourite, leaving this down for 2-3 hours to give your cat enough time to consider if it likes this
  • From day 2 onwards, increase the portions to what is eaten in 30 minutes, unless your cat overeats, in which case you regulate this as required

Kibble addicts and fussy eaters

If your cat is addicted to kibble and/ or only eats certain brands, certain wet food or treats, the switch is going to take a little longer. The best method is to make the change over a week or two without your cat realising what is happening:

  • Ensure there is no food readily available all day and your cat only eats when you feed it twice a day (or 3 times a day for kittens), picking up any food not consumed within 30 minutes. This is a good feeding habit with raw food anyway, but will also ensure your cat is hungry at feeding time
  • Using 2-3 types of raw food you think your cat might like, such as rabbit, duck or mince, etc, put a small amount of each onto the plate together with a smaller than usual portion of the kibble or wet food. Your cat will just eat into the raw food as the usual food is consumed. Observe what type of raw food your cat appears to like better and in the next days only use that, variety can come later
  • Over the next week keep increase the raw food component to 50% and by the second week to 100%  
  • In-between meals you can still feed some kibble as treats, but literally only a couple of pellets and never leaving any lying around where the cat can help itself  

Benefits of a Pet Raw Diet

As obligate carnivores, cat’s need to consume a high protein diet. Natural prey for these exceptional hunters is primarily rodents and birds, which also supply most of the fluid required by cats, who don’t usually drink a lot of water because of this. Raw food typically has a moisture content of around 75%, dry food is at around 10%.

  • Improved dental hygiene
  • Shiny coats, less shedding or unusual loss of hair
  • Increased immune system and less prone to allergies
  • More energy and weight loss for cats that are overweight
  • Less hairballs through improved digestion that passes the hair through the intestines
  • Much smaller and less smelly faeces, due to a very high absorption of the food consumed

Safe Handling and thawing guide

  • Common sense should prevail when handling raw meat. You do this all the time preparing a family meal, so it should not be something new to you.
  • Keep all meals frozen, until ready to thaw and feed
  • Thaw food in the refrigerator the day before feeding. Use an airtight container to prevent odour and contamination of other foods in the fridge.
  • A quick thaw should only be done in cold water
  • Never cook or microwave the raw meal
  • Always clean up and disinfect the area used for the raw food preparation after completing the feeding

Why Chefs4Pets

  • Produced in our own factory under continuous quality control by our in-house Chef
  • Hygiene is constantly monitored and maintained at the highest levels
  • All base products are sourced from reputable and sustainable suppliers
  • International award-winning Chef preparing your pet’s meals – also worked under Ruben Riffle and Gordon Ramsay
  • Human grade produce used to make raw diet
  • Easy to follow feeding guide and expert advice
  • No added grains, starches, chemicals, additives or “undocumented” ingredients
  • Reduced carbon footprint due to the raw nature of our food
  • Suitable for all breeds and ages