Interested in making your own raw? Here's an excellent recipe and website to help understand the basics of getting started using your own grinder: Feline-Nutrition.org - Quick Start Guide. Do not use grocery store meats, they are not handled quickly enough and often have too much bacteria growth. These meats are meant to be cooked before human consumption.
You can purchase ground chicken from Hare-Today. During farming season we often purchase whole chickens from a local farm and package and grind the meat ourselves. We use a Weston 22 commercial grinder (Retails for around $600) but the Tasin TS 108 is highly rated as a good home grinder for around $150.
Don't want to invest in a grinder yet? Check out this recipe using Pre-ground Chicken/Bone/Organ Mix (Available at Hare Today): Feline-Nutrition.org - Easy Recipe for Busy People
For an insightful explanation on why raw is the optimal feline diet, check out Dr. Karen Becker's video below:
How We Feed:
NuVet is an excellent immune system building powder that can be easily sprinkled onto food. Their feline formula is a high-quality supplement that incorporates a precise formula of antioxidants, amino acids, taurine, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, herbs and more. To order online visit: https://www.nuvet.com/41466
Additional Raw Diet Info:
Why Paw Tree?
What we have:
Natural Holistic Cat & Dog Food
Real Meat, poultry or fish as the first ingredient
High Quality Protein
Antioxidant - rich formulas to help support a healthy immune system
Contains prebiotics to support a healthy digestive tract
Contains taurine to support heart and eye health
Contains Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acides for healthy skin & coat
Natural source of DHA for health brain development
Complete and balanced nutrition
Formulated for reduced stool volume
Good source of natural Glucosamine to help maintain joint health
Balanced Calcium & Phosphorus for bone and tooth health
Made in the USA
Developed by veterinarians & nutritionists
What we don't have:
No poultry by-products
No corn, wheat, or soy
No added sugars or sweeteners
No artificial colors, flavors or preservatives
No grains in our grain-free recipes & only healthy grains in our other recipes. Fish free options available!
To order online, visit:
Because we recognize that all homes cannot do raw, we also leave pawTree Dry Grain-Free Chicken food out daily.
Each kitten eats about 4 oz (1/4-1/3 cup) of raw per meal, we recommend ordering raw & pawTree food in advance:
Links to the same products we use:
Hare-Today Ground Chicken: https://hare-today.com/product/raw_pet_food/ground_chickenbonesorgans_1_lb_fine_ground
Nuvet Feline Immune System Building Powder: https://www.nuvet.com/41466
PawTree Grain-free Chicken Dry Food: www.MyPawPets.com
Our kittens also occasionally enjoy pawTree Canned Grain-Free Real Turkey & Chicken Morsels in Gravy
Use the Raw Daily Calculator to get an idea of how much to feed your cat or kitten. It's very important to handle raw properly, avoid grocery store meats for pet use and purchase from immediate slaughter and freeze sources such as local farms, or specializing companies such as Hare Today or Fegnion.
Litter's We Use:
Because kittens tend to eat litter when weaning & litter box training we use Feline Pine Pellets in traditional style litter pans. It's also significantly less messy with playful kittens. We recommend starting your kitten off with pine pellets in a small room, such as a bath room, for the first 48 hours and gradually transition to your preferred litter. For clumping litter, we use Dr. Elsey's Kitten Attract or Cat Attract Litter for some of our adults. Sometimes accidents happen & when they do, we use pawTree Odor & Stain mover, found online at: www.MyPawPets.com