The calculator reflects the total amount of food per day, including RMBs (raw meaty bones), meat, and organ meat.
Miniature to small breeds and most cats need to start at a higher percentage than medium to large breeds.
- For adult dogs up to 5 lbs, start at 5% - 6% of their ideal weight
- For adult dogs from 6-10 lbs, start at 4% - 5% of their ideal weight
- For adult dogs from 11-14 lbs, start at 3% - 3.5% of their ideal weight
- For adult dogs from 15-19 lbs, start at 2.5% - 3% of their ideal weight
ReelRaw never recommends feeding under 4 oz per day.
Cats require a higher percentage, especially kittens who have been known to eat more as kittens than they eat as adults.
An 8 lb adult cat may require as much as 8 ounces per day (6%). Kittens may eat as much as or more than 1 lb (16 oz) per day.
Cats may double their intake in the colder months, depending on how cold it is. They will also need extra fat.
For adult dogs over 20 lbs, please refer to the below guidelines:
- 1.5% to lose weight
- 2% to maintain current weight
- 2.5% - 3% slight weight gain
- Start with 2% of your dog's ideal, adult body weight and adjust as necessary depending on weight gain or loss
- Use your dog's ideal or target weight if your dog is over or underweight
- Food can be fed in one meal once a day or split into two meals twice a day
For puppies, feed 2% of their expected, ADULT weight.
You can also let your puppy self-regulate. Offer them as much food as they can eat, at each meal, until they walk away.
If you let them self-regulate as a puppy, they will develop the skill to know when they are full and not overeat as an adult.
Feed puppies several times per day, since they have such small stomachs, they need smaller meals, more often.
For pregnant and lactating mothers, let them self-regulate. They will need a significant increase throughout gestation and lactation.
ReelRaw recommends the Prey Model Raw style of feeding 80% meat, 10% organ meat (half of which is liver) and 10% edible bone (80/10/10).
This translates to 60% meat, 30% raw meaty bones, and 10% organ meat (half as liver).
Since the RMBs have muscle meat attached, you are actually feeding about 80% meat, 10% organ meat, and 10% edible bone (80/10/10).
Cats only require about 8% bone.
Organ meat can either be fed as small amount daily or 2-3 times per week. Adjust to bowel tolerance.
You are there with your pet, so pay attention and adjust the diet accordingly.
This is simply a guide and a starting point, but you can always adjust up or down, if necessary.
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