What is BARF?
BARF stands for Biologically Appropriate Raw Food. It’s a method of feeding raw food to your dog or cat.
There are many benefits to feeding your dog or cat raw food. For example, BARF feeding improves digestion and strengthens the immune system. It will support shinier and healthier coat and promotes fresher breath and whiter teeth.
BARF Guide for Cat Owners:
A normal active cat requires 27.5g of food per kg of body weight per day. In the case of a 4 kg cat, for instance, the daily requirement would be 110 g of raw feed. In this example, 105g of the ration consists of meat and then 5g of fruit and vegetables to ensure a certain raw fibre content needed for digestion. Broken down, you'll need to feed 84g of muscle meat, 11g fleshy bones and 10g offal. The fruits and vegetables are divided into 4g vegetables and just 1g fruit.
It should also be noted that cats have a higher calcium requirement than dogs. Also, cats can't synthesize taurine, a substance crucial for their health, in sufficient quantities themselves, so it needs to be included in any cats' diet. Also add fish on some days along with some daily salmon oil to supply your cat with the important omega-3 fatty acids.
If your cat does not have any bones in their BARF meal, you will need to offer calcium, for example AniForte Meat & Bone Meal. If your cat has an allergy to the meat, you can alternatively use AniForte Eggshell Powder.
BARF Complete for Cats is a 100% natural, balanced and species-appropriate all-round supplement developed for cats on a BARF diet. This carefully crafted mixture with moringa, taurine, and brewer's yeast provides your cat with the necessary nutrients it needs daily for a vital and happy cat life.
The required fruit and vegetables in your cat's diet can be added either fresh or mashed. A replacement option is our AniForte Barf Line Fruits and Vegetables flakes, available in different mixtures and very easy to use.
You may also want to add supplements in order to fulfill your cat’s daily nutritional needs. Often the acceptance of different dietary supplements with a cat is difficult, but experiment with neutral and fishy tasting supplements such as brewer's yeast or coconut oil. Supplements with a strong herb flavour are often rejected by cats.
The daily final menu for your cat should resemble something along these lines:
- 84g beef
- 11g chicken legs
- 10g beef liver
- 4g zucchini mash
- 1g apple mash
- 8 drops of AniForte omega-3 salmon oil
- 0.5g AniForte eco-seaweed lime
- 0.5g AniForte taurine
It is important to offer your cat variety in their diet. You'll need to feed different kinds of meat and fish to avoid nutritional deficiencies. To make this easier for you, it's perfectly acceptable to keep meat or fish frozen. To defrost, simply set the pre-portioned packet open in a bowl in the refrigerator.
Your AniForte Team