How and why we created Wholistic Raw Fabulous Dog and Cat Food
Feeding a natural diet makes sense to us. After all, dogs lived for eons without commercial food and today a Chihuahua is still very much a wolf on the inside. Thinking back to our childhoods, our mothers fed our pets table scraps, bones, and occasionally organ meat. Our dogs and cats were never overweight, lived long, happy lives, rarely had bad breath, and never had to have their teeth cleaned. We decided to imitate Mother Nature and prepare a diet for a domestic wolf.
What does a wolf eat? Wolves are hunters, scavengers, and opportunistic feeders. They, like us, need a wide range of foods for optimal health. He eats a variety of raw food: red meats (beef, venison, elk, bison, etc.), white meats (chicken, turkey, rabbit, etc.), bones, fish (salmon, trout, etc.), eggs, and from his prey he gets “preprocessed” grains, grasses, fruit, and vegetables.
We designed our dog food to follow this guideline. We studied various wolf meals and came up with a ratio of meat to bone to stomach and intestinal contents. About 85% meat and bone to approximately 15% grains, vegetables, eggs, and fruit. Other factors had to be balanced: calcium to phosphorus ratio, protein, fat, and carbohydrate levels, and bioavailability. Finally we ran our formula by a couple of knowledgeable veterinarians and one of them remarked that the problem he had with people feeding raw or making their own diets is that they tend to feed based upon their own food preferences. For example, if someone never ate fish, their dog probably would be denied that food in his diet. Voila! We stopped thinking about balance over time and began to think of balance every time. We combined our protein sources into one formula and our test marketing dogs were delighted. Within weeks we noticed better coats, sweeter breaths, brighter eyes, and all around greater vitality. They lost their “carb bloat” and regained their waists.
While we call this a raw diet, I have come to the conclusion that this is really a fusion formula. The meats, ground bones, and eggs are raw and the fruits are always fresh. But to simulate the stomach and intestinal contents we had to “preprocess” the other ingredients. Therefore, we lightly cook the brown rice and steam the vegetables before chopping them. We soak the oatmeal before adding it into the formula. This preprocessing greatly increases the bioavailability of these foods without losing essential vitamins and minerals.
Cats are obligate carnivores. That means that they can get everything they need from animal protein and fat. They don’t handle carbohydrates even as well as dogs. Again, following Mother Natures signals, we created a diet based on what a wildcat would eat. Following our revelation with mixed protein sources in dog food, we combined meats, fish, and eggs into one meal. To this we added a very small quantity of preprocessed antioxidant vegetables.