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Girl Meets Cats Quick Tip #2: How to Properly Balance a Raw Diet for Cats

Category: Quick Tips
February 4, 2016

Girl Meets Cats Quick Tip #2: How to Properly Balance a Raw Diet for Cats | When feeding cats raw food, it is important to follow raw guidelines so the diet is in proportion, thus avoiding and preventing serious health consequences. | girlmeetscats.com

When starting out as a raw feeder, you may find yourself confused at the somewhat different guidelines in the Frankenprey/Prey Model Diet, so we are here to break it all down for you.

In the wild, cats and dogs eat live, freshly-caught prey---birds, snakes, rodents, rabbits, etc. To mimic this diet, raw feeders will use the 80/10/10, the 80/10/5/5, or the 75/15/10 guidelines. Although these values may look different, they are actually variations of the same feeding rules. I will mark each bullet point in a rule as a pro or a con.

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Girl Meets Cats Quick Tip #1: Raw Feeding Should Mimic Natural Prey

Category: Quick Tips
December 17, 2015

Girl Meets Cats Quick Tip #1: Raw Feeding Should Mimic Natural Prey | When feeding cats raw food, it is important to keep proteins as close to cats' hunted prey as possible. | girlmeetscats.com

When feeding cats raw food, it is important to keep proteins as close to cats' hunted prey as possible. For example, try to stay away from pork, beef, and lamb and closer to poultry and rabbits. Cats commonly eat rabbits, rodents, and birds. Chicken and turkey meats and organs are better at mimicking small birds caught and consumed in the wild and domesticated cats do not hunt buffalo or venison. Examples of poultry and birds to feed are pheasants, chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys, Cornish game hens, guinea fowl, quail, etc.

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17 Dangerous and Toxic Foods for Cats and Dogs

Category: Natural Care
November 27, 2015

17 Dangerous and Toxic Foods for Cats and Dogs | Many foods we enjoy and find healthy may actually be dangerous and toxic to cats and dogs. Here are 17 human foods that cats and dogs should never ingest. | girlmeetscats.com

With the holiday season quickly approaching, I thought it would be a good idea to discuss some human foods that pose a danger to cats (and dogs). As we're cooking up feasts for family gatherings, most of us rarely think that a grape or two can seriously harm our furry pals. Before you give your dog a cookie or your cat a piece of fried turkey skin, read our article and enjoy our printable and educational visual guide on which foods are dangerous and why.

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The Juicy Secret Every Processed Pet Food Company is Hiding from You

Category: Raw Feeding
November 16, 2015

The Juicy Secret Every Processed Pet Food Company is Hiding from You | Cats are strict carnivores and require a raw, protein-rich, animal-based diet for survival and optimal health. Feeding processed pet food is harmful, dangerous, and not what Nature-intended for these wild predators. | girlmeetscats.com

Just in case you haven't heard, cats are carnivores. That's right---no vegetables, fruits, or grains in that diet.

All cats, wild and domesticated, evolved from a common ancestor millions of years ago. Lion cubs knead, cheetahs purr, and all cats are predatory hunters that share unbelievably heightened and keen senses of smell, sight, and hearing. Most biologists and evolutionists agree that cats, members of the family Felidae, are the MOST advanced carnivorous predators of all mammalian species and are the most obligate meat-eaters of all terrestrial carnivores. And so, as I have stated many times before, cats are strict carnivores and must only consume raw meat, bones, and organs of hunted prey to thrive and survive.

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10 Important Reasons to Order from Raw Paws Pet Food® - UPDATED

Category: Raw Feeding
November 10, 2015

10 Important Reasons to Order from Raw Paws Pet Food® - UPDATED | girlmeetscats.com

IMPORTANT UPDATE (December 20, 2015): It has come to my attention that Raw Paws® now offers dry kibble pet food for cats and dogs. As raw feeders and proponents of the raw diet, we DO NOT support processed canned and dry food for cats and dogs. There are dire and desperate times when freeze-dried and processed foods may be used---power outages due to storms and hurricanes, travel without available freezers, when you have no food available at all, etc. Processed food should NEVER be fed on a daily or consistent basis. I believe raw feeders should teach other pet parents about the numerous benefits of raw food.

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Exclusive Interview with Raw Paws Pet Food®: Providing the Best Raw Life for Pets and Raw Feeders - UPDATED

Category: Raw Feeding
November 7, 2015

Exclusive Interview with Raw Paws Pet Food®: Providing the Best Raw Life for Pets and Raw Feeders - UPDATED | girlmeetscats.com

IMPORTANT UPDATE (December 20, 2015): It has come to my attention that Raw Paws® now offers dry kibble pet food for cats and dogs. As raw feeders and proponents of the raw diet, we DO NOT support processed canned and dry food for cats and dogs. There are dire and desperate times when freeze-dried and processed foods may be used---power outages due to storms and hurricanes, travel without available freezers, when you have no food available at all, etc. Processed food should NEVER be fed on a daily or consistent basis. I believe raw feeders should teach other pet parents about the numerous benefits of raw food.

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What I Wish I Knew 5 Years Ago As a Beginner Raw Feeder: A Quick Guide to Raw Diets for Cats

Category: Raw Feeding
September 25, 2015

What I Wish I Knew 5 Years Ago As a Beginner Raw Feeder: A Quick Guide to Raw Diets for Cats | FREE eBook for Cat and Dog Parents. | girlmeetscats.com

Well, guys, it's finally here! The awesomely awesome eBook on the dangers of feeding cats and dogs commercially-processed foods, the various types of raw food diets available, and the benefits of those raw diets has arrived.

"What I Wish I Knew 5 Years Ago As a Beginner Raw Feeder: A Quick Guide to Raw Diets for Cats" is a FREE, 45-page PDF guide that contains tips and advice for beginner raw feeders to help on your journey away from harmful processed foods and toward a healthy and incomparable raw diet for cats and dogs and it is completely free to our subscribers.

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How to Make Your Own DIY Chamomile Eye Wash for Cats and Dogs

Category: Natural Care
September 1, 2015

How to Make Your Own DIY Chamomile Eye Wash for Cats and Dogs | A DIY chamomile eyewash solution recipe that is extremely effective, inexpensive, and safe. | girlmeetscats.com

While dozens of eye wash solutions are out there, clogging up the store shelves, there really is a better way. Even as a pharmacist who deals with synthetics daily, I love taking a holistic approach to health and wellbeing. Natural eyewash solutions can be rather harsh and irritating, ironically. For example, Ark Natural's has an eyewash solution that actually stings when placed in the eye area---I've personally tried it. Pets feel the burning sensation too---it contains aloe vera (not the wisest choice as the rind saponins in the sap are toxic to cats and dogs) and witch hazel (probably the culprit behind the stinging). This is just one example of many. I recommend making a DIY, natural, fresh, and extremely effective chamomile eyewash solution.

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13 Important Steps to Prevent Your Commercial Raw Meat Grinder From Breaking Down: Making Homemade Raw Pet Food for Cats and Dogs

Category: Raw Feeding
August 30, 2015

13 Important Steps to Prevent Your Commercial Raw Meat Grinder From Breaking Down: Making Homemade Raw Pet Food for Cats and Dogs | Proper care and maintenance will keep your grinder in tip-top shape. | girlmeetscats.com

So, you went out and bought yourself an insanely expensive piece of machinery to grind homemade raw food for cats and dogs. Bravo. We did the same. I won't spend more than $15 on a tee shirt, yet I am more than generous when it comes to buying only the very best for the furry cats and dogs. Go figure.

After much research, we purchased the Weston Pro-Series #22 commercial electrical grinder. In comparison to Weston's #32 model, it is slightly weaker in HP, but the cost difference was too great. Whether you have a Weston, a Cabela, or a Hobart product, these up keeping, cleaning, and maintenance tips will surely apply.

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