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Is your homemade food more expensive than regular pet food? Our food has no fillers, so you feed a lot less than traditional pet food. As a result the price per feeding is actually quite affordable. Click here for more info (Have link to Raw Diet’s Worth The Price Article). Also keep in mind that all of our prices include free shipping. Can I move my pet straight to a Sojos diet or do I have to mix it with my other pet food for a while? You need to make sure the transition is gradual. When you introduce the Sojos diet, feed your pet a meal with mostly the old food and a little bit of the new mixture (Sojos mix, meat, and water – preferably soaked overnight). Then each day, gradually increase the amount of this mixture as you decrease the amount of old food. In about 2-3 weeks your pet should be eating only the Sojos diet. Remember that all animals are individuals and some may make the switch more quickly and easily than others. Older pets, finicky eaters, and sick animals may take 4-6 weeks to fully transition. Cats are especially picky and may take longer to adjust to new smells, textures, and tastes. Take your time, but be persistent. Switching gradually requires patience, but you’ll find it’s worth it.
How much do I need to feed? Use the Feeding Guidelines on the back of the bag for correct amounts of pet food mix, meat and water to use. Measurements are based on one meal per day. If you have a puppy or a kitten, or just prefer to feed twice per day, then cut the guideline amounts in half to create two meals instead of one. And remember, the amounts and instructions are guidelines only. Every animal is different so you may need to adjust for individual needs.
What do I need to add to my pet food mix? First you'll need to add water and meat. We recommend USDA beef, chicken or turkey (ground or whole from the grocery store or butcher, or frozen meat patties sold in your local pet store). Always use safe handling methods when dealing with raw meat. In addition, we encourage people to get creative and feed their pet a variety of healthy foods like shredded carrots, beets, blueberries, apples, broccoli, zucchini, peas, green beans, sprouts, bananas, melon, pears, brown rice, yogurt, and cottage cheese. Veggies should be raw or steamed. Avoid junk food, fried foods, citrus fruits, grapes/raisins, onions and spicy foods. Contact a holistic veterinarian in your area for specific information regarding supplementation for pets with special needs. To find a holistic veterinarian in your area call the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association at (410) 569-0795.
Can dogs really eat raw meat? Your dog’s digestive system was designed to handle raw meat. After all, wild or zoo animals don’t eat cooked meat. We’ve been using raw meat for close to 20 years with fantastic results. Buy healthy selections of meat, always refrigerate or freeze, and follow recommended safe handling instructions on meat packaging. If you are still concerned, you can rinse meat in a solution of grapefruit seed extract or human-grade hydrogen peroxide mixed with water. If you prefer to brown or cook the meat, add a general nutritional supplement or veggies to compensate for the nutrients lost to cooking. The important thing is to do what makes you feel comfortable. Is it okay to feed my pet “people food”? Some people think that feeding "people food" to pets will give them diarrhea and turn them into beggars at dinnertime. Depending on what you feed them and where, loose stools and begging can be avoided. Here are some simple guidelines to follow. First, when we say it’s o.k. to feed “people food”, we are not talking about potato chips, chocolate cake, and onion rings – these thing are sure to give your pet a tummy ache. We are talking about fresh grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts, herbs and meat. Second, if your pet has lived on processed pellets his entire life, and suddenly a fresh raw diet is introduced, he may have loose stools for a short period of time while his digestive system “wakes up” and detoxifies all of the built-up chemicals in his body. Once your critter is properly transitioned to a fresh diet, adding other wholesome foods should not cause problems. Oh, and begging at the dinner table should not occur anymore than usual, unless you are feeding your pet directly from your own plate while you're in the middle of dinner. If you always put your healthy leftovers in their dish and place it in their regular feeding spot, begging will subside. My pets are used to having food in their bowl all day long. I can’t continue to do that with a Sojos® diet. Will they starve? Just like people, your pet’s digestive system needs time to rest between meals and therefore it is very important to establish 1 or 2 meal times per day. Imagine what would happen to your body if you snacked on a 24-hour buffet, all day long, every day. Free-feeding dogs and cats produces similar results like obesity, digestive issues, bloating, and a general loss of appreciation and excitement that tasty food otherwise produces. To get your pet used to a schedule, simply place his dish out at mealtime (trust us, your pet will know it’s dinner time after you've made the transition to fresh, whole foods). If your critter is accustomed to “free feeding” or grazing, he may walk around the dish, pick at it a little, and then leave the room. Remove the dish after 15 – 20 minutes even if he did not finish eating. He will quickly realize there is a new schedule to learn and you BOTH will appreciate his new motivation and drive for healthy food.
Why is it so important to soak the Sojos® mixture? Soaking improves digestibility. Cats and dogs have a strong but short digestive tract designed to quickly break down and absorb foods. Grains and vegetables require more
complex digestion than meats, fresh fruits, and other foods so having them soak in water at least 15-30 minutes for the European Style Mix or Monzie's, and at least 1 hour for the Europa is critical to the success of the Sojos diet. Soaking overnight in the fridge or for at least a half day is ideal. Sojos® mixes are all-natural and do not contain preservatives – so how should I store them? You should store your bag in its original package without any problems as long as you keep the product in a cool dry place. Avoid extreme heat or humidity. During warm and humid months, you may want to store it in the freezer or in an airtight container. It should keep for about 6-8 months. Keep in mind that our food and treats are made weekly because we want your pets to fully enjoy the benefits of a fresh diet.
I barely have time to cook for myself, how can I make dinner for my pets every day? Our tag line is “Homemade Pet Food Made Easy.” Our goal is to make it simple and convenient for you to feed your pets natural, real, fresh food. If you don’t have time to prepare the Sojos mixture prior to each meal, you can make larger batches ahead of time and store them in the freezer. Raw meat (especially ground beef) does well for about 4 days in the fridge. Many customers fill freezer containers with 4 days worth of the meat, mix, and water, and store several of these containers in the freezer while keeping one in the fridge, ready to serve. As you dish out the last meal from your container, simply transfer another one from freezer to fridge and it will be ready to serve at the next meal. Not only is this method convenient, but it also allows your mixture to soak – the part of the process we can’t emphasize enough. You can also add other healthy leftovers (before or after you freeze it) to the presoaked portion. For best results, remove food from fridge and wait 15 minutes or add a little warm water to bring food to room temperature before feeding.
How long can I expect my bag of pet food mix to last? It depends on the size of your pet, but generally speaking, an average sized cat will go through one 4 lb bag of Sojos European-Style in 2 months. As for dogs, typically a 10 lb. bag of Sojos European-Style will last about 5 weeks for a 50 lb. adult dog and an 8 lb. bag of Europa or an 8 lb. bag of Monzie's will last about a month. As a rule of thumb, Sojos European-Style Dog and Cat Food Mixes and Monzie's contain approximately 3.8 cups per pound and Europa contains about 4 cups per pound.