1. What is a meat bowl?

A meat bowl is what we refer to as our pet food prepared for dogs and cats. Pet parents can feed our meat bowls as a meal on its on or mix it together with other variety of pet foods (i.e. as an alternate form of wet food).

Our meat bowls are prepared in Singapore using organic and ethically-farmed raw ingredients and contains no herbicides, pesticides, antibiotics and hormones. It is preserved frozen and we do not add any preservatives and synthetic ingredients. 

2. Does your meat bowl contain any vitamins, minerals and oils?

We only add plant-based oils in our raw range of meat bowls, which are extra virgin organic olive oil and virgin organic coconut oil. 

We do not use synthetic ingredients in our meat bowls such as added vitamins and minerals as they are typically synthetic materials, unlike pet food organizations, which aids their ability to boast that their pet foods are "nutritionally-balanced".

Our method used to prepare our meat bowls using our said raw ingredients will provide a level of nutrients to our pets naturally. As high level of heat can deplete the natural nutrients of raw ingredients, added vitamins, minerals and oils, we encourage pet parents to supplement their pets' food (even your own!) with high grade quality oils before serving to your pets. For this reason, our cooked meat bowls do not contain any added oils.

We recommend the use of plant or fish oils as a form of food supplement than vitamins and minerals as it is more readily available in its natural form as opposed to synthethic vitamins and minerals, which are made in laboratories to substitute the fact that they are naturally-scarce.

3. Should I feed raw or cooked meat bowls?

If you have never fed raw food to your pets, we recommend pet parents to gradually introduce raw food over a few days. This is because pets have quite a sensitive stomach which can result in diarrhoea. Pet parents can gradually increase raw meat bowls by blending it with cooked meat bowls starting from 1/4 on the first day, then 1/2 on the second day, 3/4 on the third day and a full portion by the 4th day. 

In general, raw pet food has more benefits than cooked pet food, assuming that proper food handling is used, the raw meat (especially) is fresh and has not passed its recommended expiration date. Key reason is that raw feeding provides pets with the maximum nutritional value of each ingredients at its natural state. Do note that raw feeding is not just feeding raw meat. It also includes feeding raw vegetables that are safe for pets' consumption.

Understandably, some pets despite transitioning to raw food, remains sensitive to it due to their weaker digestive tract. Some pet parents just have a preference to feed cooked varieties. 

4. How long can I keep the meat bowls?

Our meat bowls are preserved naturally frozen. We recommend that it is served within four months from its preparation date, although it can be kept frozen up to six months.

5. Why don't you mix in organ parts, bones and fruits in your meat bowls?

Most pets don't do too well eating high amount of organ meat/s for the first time because the high protein content may lead to vomiting and/or diarrhea. To accommodate other pet needs in our meat bowls, pet parents are freely encouraged to purchase separately organ parts and add on top of our meat bowls. Similarly, fruits are not included as feeding fresh (and not frozen) is much more nutritious and a healthier treat for your pets.

We don't add bones as we believe that fresh raw bones should be fed to your pets at least 2-3 times a week to chew. Fresh raw bones helps with cleaning their teeth, tackles boredom and destructive behaviors. Most importantly, it gives our pets the calcium that they need. Just be responsible on the parts of the animal bones you are feeding so that they won't break their teeth or choke.

6. How many meat bowls should I feed my pets?

We don't believe that there is an exact formula to answer this. Each pet dog and cat has different needs based on their age, gender, breed, energy level and health state. Each pet parent are also different and some has a preference to feed a variety types of food and some prefers feeding one type of food. You can use our guidelines below to determine the total amount to feed on a daily basis:
(1) The 2% minimum rule
This rule provides a guideline that as a minimum, the amount of food to feed on a daily basis is approximately 2% of its ideal adult body weight.
For example: A medium size male dog of 15kg would eat minimally 300g of meat bowls per day. The calculation is: 15,000g (equivalent to 15kg) x 0.02 (2%).
We recommend to increase the portion of up to 4% if your pet is active in outdoor activities, underweight or is growing through its puppyhood stage. 
(2) The five minutes rule
This is an observation approach, mainly works best for dogs, and while we are not expecting your commitment to time exactly five minutes on a daily basis, it goes on the basis that pets should finish their meals promptly. Two key assumptions apply here first when you attempt this approach:
  • Pets do not have access to food as and when they want to
  • Pets are fed with food that they would usually eat (especially fussy eaters)
The five minutes rule is applied whereby an estimated portion of food is fed to your pet and then observed for a duration of at least 3 - 5 days. For an average healthy pet, If your pet finishes its food too quickly in less than 45 seconds, they can do for an increased portion of food. On the other hand, if your pet does not finish its food within the allocated time, you have fed too much food. Take note that an average healthy dog takes approximately 1 - 2 minutes to clean their bowl, in one sitting.
Final note

At the end of the day, you know your pets best. Just like us, we don't count every single gram we eat on a daily basis. We eat based on approximation, estimation and how we feel that day. When we do streneous exercises, we naturally crave to eat more and when we are feeling unwell, we may lose some appetite. You, as pet parents, will start to understand too as you spend time with your pets and observe their eating habits and behaviour.
Most importantly, to prevent risk of obesity, especially for pets that has little self-food-control, it is imperative that pet parents feed responsibly and enforce a feeding schedule.