Bestie Kitchen

FAQS FOR CATS

FEEDING

How to transition from an old diet to a new one

If your cat is not on a fresh food diet currently, you'll need to transition your cat to fresh food, fed daily. This diet will be raw or lightly cooked meat plus the bestie supplement (for cats). As cats are fussy, it's likely that you'll need to be persistent. The results are worth it!

Firstly, making the meal is super simple and can be done each meal, as you go, OR in bulk.

If making as you go:

* You may want to adjust the amount of water to create the texture your cat prefers. If your cat likes ‘soupy’/gravy-like food, then make it slightly runnier. If they like a drier mix, then consider just sprinkling the bestie onto the meat, with no water, and mixing in.

** If you’re not comfortable feeding raw food OR you have babies, small children or elderly people at home, lightly frying the mix will be just as good for your cat.

If making in bulk: follow the steps above, but add up the quantities for the number of days/meals you’re making, mix it all together, and then portion into containers.

NOTE: 
Do not leave fresh meat in the fridge for any longer than 3 days. Wash all utensils, containers and benchtops with detergent and hot water, after preparation. Do not use them for anything else, prior to washing. Basically, follow the same hygiene practices as you would, making a meat dish for yourself.

Rotating the proteins

Unless your cat has a known dislike for some protein, we suggest you rotate through the following proteins:

We suggest that you try to rotate at least two proteins each week. So for example, beef for 2 – 3 days, chicken for 2 – 3 days. Each protein will be fed in different quantities (as they provide different amounts of energy).

Transition plan

If your cat is currently fresh fed, then the transition plan is unlikely to be needed. However, if you’re feeding your cat either dry biscuits OR tinned commercial food, then we recommend that you transition your cat to the new diet, by following the ‘long schedule’ in the table below. This should see your cat completely transitioned by the 10th day. Some cats may take longer.

That said, cats are fussy, and learn their feed behavior early. If your cat is still resistant, sprinkle a few flakes of nutritional yeast into the mix to test whether this improves palatability. Do this for a week or so, then phase out. 

Transition table

(From Hand, Michael S., Craig D. Thatcher, Rebecca L. Remillard, Philip Roudebush, Bruce J. Novtony, and Lon D. Lewis. 2010. Small animal clinical nutrition. http://www.markmorrisinstitute.org/sacn5_chapters.html.)

Does bestie need to go into the fridge?

No, bestie supplements are completely shelf stable. They come in a powder form, and even the probiotics are a special strain that has a spore forming nature that survives manufacturing, shipping and storage with no loss of viable count.

Can I use bestie with kibble?

Well, not really. I mean, bestie is designed to go with either raw or lightly cooked protein, and together, they make a complete and balanced meal. Our nutritionist has looked at the nutritional profiles of lean beef, chicken mince, kangaroo, and fish, and worked out how much of each goes with bestie. These quantities are on the back of the pack.

Kibble is generally designed as a complete and balanced meal in itself. (So adding kibble to your fresh protein doesn't make that balanced either, because the proportions are all out of whack.)

Will the oil in the bestie go rancid?

As you've seen, the bestie ALLROUNDER includes cod liver oil, from wild caught Norwegian cod. You may also have read about some oils, often in kibble, becoming rancid.

Rancidity typically occurs because of oxidation. However, the oil we use already has protective anti-oxidants (d-alpha tocopherols and mixed tocopherols) in it. We also have other anti-oxidants in our bestie product. As a result, rancidity would be extremely unlikely.  

Do I still need to feed offal with bestie?

No you don't. Even though offal (or organ meat) is often suggested in raw or homemade food diets, it's because they're such a potent source of key nutrients. However, the combination of bestie and fresh meat, provides everything your cat needs, and more. The bestie balancing supplement provides all the missing nutrients, from other sources. (It's the nutrient that's essential, not the ingredient.)

How do I know how much to feed my cat?

 

A guide to food quantities is on the back of the pack, but as a rough rule of thumb, add 10 grams of bestie for every 90 grams of protein. In addition, as each meat has a different nutritional composition, we recommend rotating proteins to achieve balance over the week. Adjust quantity based on your cat's activity level, and their metabolism, but keep an eye on body composition. 5 gram scoop inside.

    How much is 5 grams of bestie?

    Ideally, you'll be using scales to measure out what your cat should eat. (That's also because different proteins have different nutritional profiles and so are fed in different quantities.) However, measuring out 5 or 10 grams of bestie supplement may be hard for some scales. To help, we've included a scoop in the pack. One level scoop is about 5 grams of bestie.

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    How do I compost the compostable mailing satchels?

    Ideally, these should be sent to composting facilities to be properly broken down and composted. If you are in Australia, please CLICK HERE to find a composter near you. You can also ask your local council if they can provide a composting green bin for you. 

    To compost them at home, it’s best to cut them up and place in your compost bin (as “brown” materials). These will completely break down within 90 days in a compostable environment.