Feeding Guide for Cats

Because Doctor B’s BARF patties for cats are formulated according to the principles of Evolutionary Nutrition, they may be fed as the whole diet; ideally they can be combined with varying proportions of raw meaty bones, with or without the addition of other whole raw healthy foods, such as vegetables and natural yoghurt.

Important: To avoid over-feeding (and obesity) when feeding Doctor B’s BARF, together with other healthy foods, you will need to reduce the amount of patties being fed proportionally to the amount of other foods included in the diet. The following guides use Doctor B’s BARF patties for cats as the whole diet.
A very rough ‘rule of thumb’ of how many Doctor B’s BARF patties for cats to feed per day is to work this out is as a percentage of bodyweight (although it may vary a little with the energy content of the BARF patty):

  • Healthy adult cats: feed approx. 4% of bodyweight daily, divided into 2-3 meals. 
    • The majority of cats are not highly active, so this guide should suffice for most adult cats as well as older cats, however highly active outdoor cats may need to be fed 5% (even up to 6% in rare cases) of bodyweight daily, divided into several meals.
    • For overweight cats, the feeding level may need to be reduced by up to 20–30% daily, in order to encourage weight loss.
  • Growing kittens: feed 5-6% of bodyweight daily, divided into 4-5 meals when young, reducing to 2-3 meals per day as they reach adulthood.
  • Feeding during pregnancy is divided into thirds, paralleling the growth of the kittens and increasing energy needs of the pregnant female:
    • For the first ⅓ of pregnancy: feed 4% of bodyweight daily, divided into 2-3 meals.
    • For the second ⅓ of pregnancy: feed 4-5% of bodyweight per day, divided into 3 meals.
    • For the last ⅓ of pregnancy: feed 5-6% of bodyweight per day, divided into 4 meals.
  • During lactation, depending on litter size and the age of the kittens: feed at least 5% of bodyweight per day up to free choice with large litters.

Doctor B’s BARF patties for cats are divided into two ‘energy’ contents: high energy and reduced energy. Feeding guides for each flavour by weight, life stage and activity level are in the links which follow. Note that these are guides only. Always adjust the amount you feed your cat to maintain the desired body weight and condition.

HIGH ENERGY: TURKEY RECIPE
REDUCED ENERGY: KANGAROO RECIPE
 

HIGH ENERGY: TURKEY RECIPE


High Energy patties for cats include our Turkey Recipe.

  • These patties are most suitable during mid to late pregnancy or lactation or for growing kittens. 
  • They are also ideal for highly active outdoor cats.
  • They are also suitable during early pregnancy, for healthy normally active adult and older cats.
  • These patties are not ideal for overweight cats, needing to lose weight.  The reduced energy Kangaroo Recipe patties are more suitable in these cases.

This may be divided into 2 meals and the quantity reduced if fed as only part of the entire diet. Every animal is an individual and this is a guide only: adjust the feeding level to maintain desired body condition. Always ensure plenty of fresh, clean water is available for your pet. 

Note that the exact nutritional analysis for each BARF recipe will vary slightly with seasonal changes. This may cause differences in colour and consistency.  Such variations are normal and serve to enhance health in accordance with the Evolutionary Principles of Nutrition.  There is no need to adjust the feeding level to adjust for these changes.
 

REDUCED ENERGY: KANGAROO RECIPE


Reduced Energy patties for cats include our Kangaroo Recipe.

  • They are most suitable during early pregnancy, for healthy adult and older cats.
  • These patties are recommended for overweight cats, needing to lose weight. 
  • They may be used for highly active outdoor cats, but the amount fed may need to be increased.
  • These patties are less suitable during mid to late pregnancy, but the amount fed may need to be increased.
  • They are not ideal during lactation or for growing kittens; the high energy patties are more suitable.

This may be divided into 2 meals and the quantity reduced if fed as only part of the entire diet. Every animal is an individual and this is a guide only: adjust the feeding level to maintain desired body condition. Always ensure plenty of fresh, clean water is available for your pet. 

Note that the exact nutritional analysis for each BARF recipe will vary slightly with seasonal changes. This may cause differences in colour and consistency.  Such variations are normal and serve to enhance health in accordance with the Evolutionary Principles of Nutrition.  There is no need to adjust the feeding level to adjust for these changes.

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