This method is ideal for raw feeders who want to provide a diet closest to that of their carnivore companion's natural diet. This methods follows the ideal ratio of 80% muscle meat, 5% liver, 5% other secreting organ and 10% bone. Other than raising your own or hunting, whole prey is widely available through various raw food suppliers including retile food suppliers. These prey animals are already humanely euthanized and frozen.
With whole prey feeding, the biggest benefit is preparation ease. Simply just determine your companions daily requirement, weigh out this amount in whole prey and split into however many meals your want to feed per day. Whole prey maintains good oral health. Not only is bone able to scrap and floss the teeth, wholly prey massage the gums, strengthen the jaw and provides mental stimulation that is experiences int he wild through playing, plucking fur and feathers and tearing into meat. Of the three methods this is one of the more expensive options depending on where and how the whole prey is sourced however as mentioned it is the easiest and quickest to prepare.
Gather and Prepare:
The first step is too gather your materials and prep station. Below is a list of common things you may need:
Large Cutting Board
-You can easily obtain a large cutting board from a restaurant store or other store that sells bulk or unique kitchen supplies that you can’t normally purchase at a grocery store. Large cutting boards are perfect for keeping your prep station cleaner.
-A sharp butchers knife will be essential for chunking your meat and chopping through larger bones for whole prey that may need to be portioned our more than a single whole prey
Metal Kitchen Scale
-A metal kitchen scale preferably with a bowl will allow portioning whole prey by weight much easier.
-One can use glass containers, Tupperware containers, zip-loc baggies etc..
You may also want a Whiteboard Marker for labeling your meals once prepared.
Finally, you will need cleaning supplies if you need to do more portioning than single prey. This can include:
natural cleaning products (commercial or homemade)
Weigh out all the ingredients needed according to your companion's daily food needs using the kitchen scale.
Note: If your companion needs 5.3 oz of food and you are feeding mice but each mouse is only 0.5 oz than you may have to cut up a mouse for the remaining 0.3 oz
Portion out the whole prey into containers and label with a white board marker.
Place storage containers in the freezer for maximum preservation.
Clean!! This is one of the most important steps in the process if you have to prepare any whole prey further than the single whole prey