What is BARF?
BARF stands for Biologically Appropriate Raw Food. It’s a method of feeding which consists of feeding raw food to your dog(s) or cat(s), with a certain amount of meat and vegetables being fed.
There are many different benefits to feeding your dog or cat raw food. One of the first advantages is that your dog will have a fresher and nicer breath along with whiter teeth. It also improves digestion as well as strengthen the immune system. Another one of the benefits among the very many is that it will allow a shinier and healthier fur to grow.
BARF GUIDE FOR CATS:
Cats can also be on a B.A.R.F diet of course, however the feeding guidelines are different to the ones for dogs.
A normal active cat requires 27.5g of food per kg of body weight per day. In the case of a 4 kg cat, therefore, the daily requirement would be 110 g of raw feed per day. In this example: 105 g of the ration consists of meat and then 5g of fruit and vegetables to ensure a certain raw fibre content needed for digestion.
So broken down it would be 84g of meat which will consist of the muscular body, 11g of fleshy bones and lastly 10g of offal. The fruits and vegetables are divided into 4g of vegetables and just 1g of fruits. In the case of the cat, it should also be noted that they have a higher calcium requirement and you may want to think about adding taurine such as AniForte Taurine for cats, in their daily meals. In addition, you can also add fish on some days along with some daily salmon oil.
If your cat does not have any bones in his B.A.R.F meal, it must be replaced with a calcium preparation. For this purpose, you could use our AniForte Meat& Bone meal. If there is an allergy to the meat, you can alternatively use AniForte Seaweed.
For the fruit and vegetables it can be added either fresh or as a mash. You can replace it with our AniForte Barf Line Fruits and Vegetables flakes, which are available in different mixtures and are very easy to use.
You may also want to add some supplements in order to fulfil 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 the AniForte Pure Brewer's Yeast or coconut oil. Supplements that have a strong herb flavour are often disdained.
The final menu for your cat should resemble something along these lines:
- 84g of beef
-11g of chicken legs
- 10g of beef liver
- 4g courgette 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 keep and variety to their bowls, so different kinds of meat and fish should be fed occasionally, so that there are no shortages. You can put your meat/ fish in your freezer. To defrost simply put the pre-portioned packet open in a bowl in the refrigerator.
Your AniForte Team.