Feeding Tips for Cats

Keep frozen until ready to use. Thaw in refrigerator. Do not microwave. Wash hands, utensils, bowls and working surfaces in hot soapy water after handling. Promptly refrigerate unused portions.

Thawing

Our food will be shipped fresh frozen to your door. Shipping with insulated boxes with ice packs is safer for you the customer since it eliminates burns that can result in handling dry ice. This will allow you the opportunity to thaw and serve our product at your cat’s convenience.

  • Feeding Directions

    Feed adults 5 to 6oz per day divided into two daily meals. Cats that are overweight should be feed less, while underweight cats fed more. Kittens may require up to twice, and pregnant queens up to three times above amounts at same body weight.

  • Please do not microwave food under any circumstances.

    It might be convenient but microwaving can disturb the delicate, nutritional blend and balance of the ingredients. Thaw in the refrigerator.

    For those of you that are in a real hurry to thaw, you can float a container in a sink of warm water at approximately 70 - 75 degrees. Before serving, you can dish out what you need for a meal and warm it to room temperature in a plastic bag by running it briefly under warm water. That will cut your thawing time considerably. Thaw only what you will be using for a few days. I usually serve about 5- 6 ounces of food per cat per day. For example, if you have three cats and each one is eating around 6 ounces per day you would need to thaw at least one 2 lb container every couple of days.

    My guys usually gobble everything up and nothing is left over but for those of you that have critters with leftovers, I would suggest discarding what crumbs might be left after an hour. For some odd reason my guys accept food either cold or warm. Needless to say, I’m not a stickler for throwing out a little leftover food and will leave it out except during warm weather.

    Do not leave original containers sitting out. Original containers and their contents should be stored back in the refrigerator and kept chilled until gone. Do not refreeze leftovers.

    Please recycle our containers after use.

    Transitioning

    If you would like to speak with someone one on one about how to transition your pet to raw food, please feel free to call us anytime! We can be reached at 716-462-5549 Monday through Friday, 10 am to 5 pm EST. You may also email customerservice@mypetspride.com to set up an appointment. Finally, you might want to visit the web site Felinesnutrition.org, which maintains a plethora of information on how to do raw feeding and the why we do it.

    It’s a good idea to first remove all dry food from your house. The residual odor of kibble may distract your cat. If your pet is used to eating wet (canned/pouched) food, please use a low carbohydrate variety (such as Fancy Feast gourmet chicken or turkey feast for cats). Use low carbohydrate canned/pouched pet food that do NOT contain gravy, corn, wheat, gluten, fruits, vegetables or grains of any kind. This is important as many cats can be allergic to these additives, and, as an obligate carnivore, your cat does not have the gastrointestinal system to digest grains & other carbohydrates. You can partially thaw a 2 lb container of Feline’s Pride on the bottom shelf of your refrigerator. Scoop out only what you need for the next few days into baggies or small containers, & return the rest to the freezer.

    Yes, it’s OK to re-freeze partially thawed raw food. We often test it at Covance Labs (New York State Agriculture and Markets approved labs) just to make sure that there are not harmful pathogens like e. coli and salmonella present in our finished products!!!!

    However, use common sense when handling raw meat. Always use clean utensils, not your hands, and always wash your hands before and after contact. Prior to each feeding, float the baggie or small container (whatever your choice), in a bowl of hot tap water for about 5 minutes, until it is warm or roughly prey body temperature.

    DO NOT MICROWAVE. “Nuking” will destroy many of the foods nutrients.

    If your pet has never eaten raw food before:

    You can try a small amount to see if they like it, but don’t be surprised if they give you a strange look, like what is this? Start by mixing a small amount into a can of low-carb wet food. Be sure to mix it in well, and ensure it’s warmed first. When your pet is used to this, start by adding a little more raw food to the mix, until over a period of several weeks, you have a mix that is approximately 50% canned and 50% Feline’s Pride. Once you have reached this point (it can take up to 8 weeks), try your pet on our raw diet alone. They will probably be ready to accept our all natural formula organic food with gusto.