Confessions Of A Raw Feeder
Updated: May 14
As much as I wish we lived in a perfect world, it's far from that. Everyone makes mistakes... especially me!
I am far from perfect and wanted to highlight some of my imperfections to show you that it is OKAY to mess up (we all do!) and that it's not the end of the world.
Pet parents, here are my confessions as a raw feeder...
#1 Not Balancing... At First
When I first started raw feeding back in 2018, I had no clue what NRC guidelines were and definitely was not feeding "complete & balanced" DIY meals. Instead, I was feeding straight up 80/10/10, and that just doesn't cut it.
>To find more about ration diets and balanced, click here.
Thankfully, I gave some (but not all necessary) whole food supplements and powders to somewhat cover the nutrient gaps, but it still makes me cringe when I think about how I used to feed.
Now I follow NRC guidelines for Stormy's meals, but if you scroll all the way down on Instagram to some of my older bowls, you can see my ratio bowls.
I remember how freaked out I was when I learned about NRC guidelines and feeling so overwhelmed. I felt like such a bad pet parent. But then I took a deep breath and changed my mindset, and learned everything I could about it, and now here I am.
#2 Lazy Meals
Although I do follow NRC guidelines, life gets in the way sometimes, which means I can't handcraft every meal for her. This leads to me sometimes having to give her a turkey neck for dinner and balancing overtime.
Balancing over time means that you level out all of their nutrient requirements over a short span of time (I do 5 days). For example, if my dog needs 2 oz. (56g) of bone in her meal, but one duck head is 6 oz. (170g) then I will feed the duck head in one whole sitting but retract bone from her meals for the next 2 days to even out the heavy bone content she received.
I feel bad sometimes for just throwing her neck for a meal but sometimes school piles on, or I've just had a bad day. Thankfully Stormy is easy and is always content with whatever randomness I throw at her.
#3 Using Stormy's Supplements
With all the high-quality supplements I get for Stormy, I make sure to test them myself (aka they look yummy, so I taste them). This one is probably me just being a weirdo, but I thought I'd throw it in.