For Cats

Big Country Raw offers a full menu of raw food choices designed specifically to meet the dietary requirements of your cat.

Our FELINE FORMULA’s contain:

  • NO Grains or Starches
  • NO Vegetables, Fruit or Plants
  • NO Sugar or Salt

We only use HORMONE & ANTI-BIOTIC FREE Human Grade Meats and source from CFIA inspected meat suppliers. We also ensure that our meat sources abide by ethical practices regarding the humane treatment of animals.

Our Feline Formula’s contain the necessary amino acids essential to their diet. These amino acids are; taurine, arginine, methionine and cysteine. These amino acids are found primarily in a meat based diet, and Big Country Raw’s diet contains and abundance!

All our Feline Formula’s are formulated with an 80:10:10 Ratio. This means 80% Muscle Meat, 10% Organ Meats and 10% Bone.

Menu

Something for even the pickiest of eaters.
Big Country Raw Feline Formulas include:

Farm Fest
Our most popular and original feline formula. A blend of turkey, beef and lamb, this is our #1 best selling feline formula.

Field & Stream
A blend of chicken, salmon and beef for cats that enjoy fish in their diet. This is our most economical meal choice and offers a wide spectrum of nutrients to your cat’s diet.

Wild Game
The perfect choice for cats that enjoy a more wild taste to their diet or for cats with allergies to chicken or turkey protein. Our Wild Game formula contains 3 novel proteins; rabbit, pheasant and duck.

Pure Formula’s & BCR Blends
Cat’s dietary requirements differ only slightly from canines due to their increased requirement for muscle meat and organ meats. Big Country Pure Formula’s & Blends can be fed to your cats however we recommend choosing pure formula’s with a bone content of 15% or less to prevent constipation in your cat. Best choices include Big Country Raw red meat formulas such as beef, lamb and pork. For cats with protein allergies we highly recommend pure rabbit & pure duck.

Raw Meaty Bones
We recommend offering your cat raw meaty bones such as our chicken necks or duck necks as a raw meaty bone choice for your raw fed cat. You can also try chicken wings, chicken thighs or other soft raw meaty bones such as whole quail or Cornish hens with your cat.

Treats
We recommend HERO Dehydrated Chicken Tenders, Beef Liver, and Lamb Liver as the most popular treat choice for your cat. Hero Rabbit Ears are also a great treat for cats, especially prey driven cats. We also carry Nutrifish Petibles Freeze Dried Haddock Treats. For cats that enjoy the taste of fish this is a very popular choice. Small bit size pieces which are perfect for your cat.

Supplements
Big Country Raw diet’s do require the additional supplementation of an Omega 3 Fatty Acid. We recommend 1 ml of THRIVE Herring Oil per 5 lbs. of body weight. This supplement can be added daily to reduce shedding and increase coat shine and luster.

Science Pure Pharmaceuticals – Best in Show, Best in Show Enhanced, and Digestive Enzyme supplements are all formulated to be used in a feline or canine diet. If you are looking to add a multi-vitamin supplement to your cat’s diet we highly recommend these products. Supplementation is not required but can provide peace of mind that your cat is receiving all trace minerals particularly when being fed a limited protein diet due to allergies or other health conditions.

Getting Started!

Raw diets should be fed in stainless or ceramic dishes. Plastic can harbor bacteria and therefore is not recommended for raw diets. After serving we recommend washing bowls and utensils with hot water and soap. Return all thawed food to your refrigerator after serving. Thawed food is best used within 3 days of thawing.

During transition you can leave the raw diet in a dish for 20 – 40 minutes at room temperature. If your cat has not eaten or only finished a partial meal cover the food with plastic wrap to maintain it’s moisture and return to your refrigerator til the next meal time.

Transitioning your cat to a raw food diet can take time and patience. Some cats will immediately take to their new diet as soon as it’s offered, particularly kittens and younger cats. Cats that are accustomed to canned or moist food also transition quicker than cats eating dry kibbles. Older cats can take some time and coaxing. Patience is required; so don’t give up too quickly.

Raw diets tend to have very little smell. Fresh meat doesn’t have a heavy odour whereas canned food and dry food has lots of aromas. Cats tend to be hesitant to try the raw particularly because it lacks this familiar aroma. Try adding some canned or dry food to the raw diet to encourage your cat with a familiar scent of food.

We recommend trying 2 – 3 different food choices when transitioning to the raw diet. Your cat may prefer the taste of one of our formula’s to another, so it’s important to try more than 1 kind. It’s also good to establish variety as the more proteins your cat eats the wider the spectrum of nutrients.

Don’t offer the raw food too cold. Cats are very sensitive to temperature. We recommend sitting the food in some warm water for 10 -20 minutes prior to feeding to bring to room temperature before feeding.

Dr. Karen Becker has put together an instructional information video session on transitioning cats to a raw food diet. Her recommendations have benefited many people looking to transition their cats to a raw diet.

Feeding Calculators

Adult cats (over 1 year old)

Step 1:

Tell us the weight of your cat:

Pounds

Step 2:

Choose the best description of your cat:



Your daily Feeding should be:


OR

Each month, your cat will need:

  

Your approximate monthly feeding costs will be:

   + hst & shipping

Kittens (less than 1 year old)

Step 1:

Enter the ANTICIPATED Adult Weight of your kitten:

Pounds

Step 2:

How old is your kitten?



Your daily Feeding should be:


OR

Each month, your kitten will need:

  

Your approximate monthly feeding costs will be:

   + hst & shipping

These are estimates only. Your cat’s dietary requirements depend primarily on it’s activity level, metabolism, age, genetics and health. Adjust food intake to match an ideal body weight. Cost is calculated on an average cost of $3.25 per lb.

Breeders

Big Country Raw’s Breeder Program is available to Cat Breeders.

To register to receive our discount codes for ordering please register on our Breeder Page

Our “Puppy Packs” are designed for our canine breeders, however we do encourage you to register your litter. Upon registration we will send you FREE product ($10.00 value per family) that you can provide your adoptee’s when taking home their new kitten. Your adoptee’s will also receive an email from Big Country Raw with an exclusive Breeder Coupon that they will be able to use toward their first Big Country Raw purchase in-store or online.


Resources and FAQ

The following websites are excellent resources for learning more about cat nutrition as it relates to a raw pet food diet.

Check out these links to learn more!

Amazing website devoted to raw feeding for cats! A must for all raw fed cat owners. http://feline-nutrition.org

Dr. Karen Becker is an excellent resource for all information relating to raw food diets and natural health care. We highly recommend her articles relating to cat health. http://healthypets.mercola.com



Frequently Asked Questions

1. My cat seems to be constipated on the raw food diet. What can I do to help? Many cats bowels lose elasticity from eating dry food diets, and for some cats constipation can be a concern when initially starting on a raw food diet. We recommend adding Psyllium Husk Powder as a fibre ingredient to your cat’s meals. Psyllium Husks contain minimal carbohydrates and may benefit your cat. You likely can stop using this supplement once your cat has been on a raw diet for at least 6 – 8 weeks.

2. Why is raw recommended for cats? Cats are obligate carnivores. This means that their digestive tract contains no only 1 enzyme capable of digesting carbohydrates. Their digestive systems are perfectly designed to digest a meat-based diet. They have a highly acid and short digestive tract, which makes them naturally resistant to bacteria. Cats therefore can naturally digest a meat-based diet significantly better than a plant or carbohydrate dry food diet.

3. What benefits will I see when switching my cat to a raw diet? The benefits of choosing a raw pet food diet for your cat include:

  • Improved digestion resulting in small stools, with little odour
  • Healthy skin and coat with reduced shedding and fewer hairballs
  • Increased energy and activity with better weight management
  • Better dental health with fresher breath
  • Improved urinary health

4. How will a raw diet help my cat lose weight?

  1. Cats overeat when fed an carbohydrate diet as they consume additional food to make up for the nutritional deficiencies in their diet.
  2. Cats have a unique demand for a high protein meat based diet, as their bodies require meat based amino acids to make energy. These amino acids are burned or expended through a process called gluconeogenesis, which in dogs or humans can be turned on or off depending on how much protein is available. For cats this process cannot be turned off. When fed a raw food diet that contains excellent digestible meat proteins your cat naturally has increased energy. The end results in more activity due to increased energy and ultimately weight loss.