FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Product FAQs

Are Little Angels Pet Nutrition products BARF or PREY MODEL RAW[PMR] and what do they consist off?

We adhere to the PMR philosophy of raw feeding purely because it is the most ancestrally true diet to the carnivorous nature of your pet.

This entails a ratio of 80% muscle meat, 10% bone and 10% organ, with added nutrients to ensure a balanced diet.

How do I feed and store the food before and after opening?

Our premade meals offer convenience in raw feeding to you as they are balanced for optimum nutrition for your pet. Simply defrost and serve. For smaller pets or homes with just one pet you would need to defrost overnight in the fridge and then decant into smaller portions into clean bags or freezer-safe containers. You can then re-freeze these and defrost as needed. This ensures that the food stays fresh for longer and keeps your pets and family safe from illness.

If the food is too cold you can warm it by placing the portion [in a bag/container] into another container of warm water for a few minutes. This will take the chill off it and cats especially love it like this.

How is the food sold/packaged?

Our food is sold in 1kg or 500g packs as indicated in the products section. They are packaged into heat sealed food grade plastic bags of a required thickness to ensure the quality of the food is maintained after packing.

Is the food balanced and complete and is it registered with the Department of Agriculture?

Yes, our product is registered with the appropriate V number, which is a legal requirement and makes us compliant with the regulations required to sell pet food. We have also completed third party laboratory testing for our products to ensure they comply with nutritional and microbiological requirements. If you are interested in the lab results, please contact us and we will email you a copy.

Why is the LittleAngels Pet Nutrition brand slightly more expensive than other brands?

There are a number of reasons for this and we are very open with sharing these with you.

We use only human grade meats for our products, so you will not find any offcuts or pet’s mince in our food. We believe that your pets deserve the best so we will not serve inferior quality meats.

We are passionate about the PMR philosophy and this dictates that we do not add any ingredients to the food that can serve as bulking agents/fillers. You will not find any rice, grains, veggies, fruits, spices etc. Pure meat is what your pets will be getting.

We do small batch. This allows us to ensure attention to detail and homogeneity of ingredients in every batch. We do not mass produce.

All of the above affects our pricing but offers priceless health and nutritional value to your pets.

Do I need to add anything to the food such as rice, pellets or vegetables etc.

No, rice and grains are not a natural food for dogs. Grains have high levels of carbohydrates which are converted to sugars. Vegetables also get converted to sugars so are essentially carbohydrates. Carbohydrates feed inflammation in the body and cause allergies, redness, itchy skin, digestion issues, vomiting, UTIs, kidney disease, diabetes and even cancer. Cancer cells feed on sugars and it is believed that by eliminating or reducing the amount of carbohydrates in the diet, we may greatly reduce the risk of cancer.

My pet has not pooped in a few days after starting this food, is this normal?

Perfectly normal. Dogs and cats that are on a raw diet actually absorb and use most of the protein being fed to them. Resulting in smaller, less frequent, less stinky stools! And it gets even better… you will notice that those smaller, less stinky poops will actually start turning white after 2-3 days and disintegrate! Now tell me if you ever saw THAT happen with kibble.

For comparison an adult DSH cat will poop once in 3-4 days and it will have no smell and be extremely small and thin. A dog of the same weight range of 4-5kg would have the same stool frequency and output. The large voluminous stools you see from kibble fed pets are from the carbohydrates that cannot be digested by the body.

If you are concerned in any way about your pet’s bowel movements once using our food please do not hesitate to email V on info@littleangels.net.za and she can advise if this is normal for your pet or not.

Are there bacteria in the raw food and will this harm my pet?

YES! There are bacteria in raw food, it is raw meat after all. However, these bacteria will not harm your pet or family. You actually want to feed these good bacteria as it aids in balancing the microbiome and ensuring optimal digestion, alleviates itchy skin and allergies and promotes immunity. Why end up paying for probiotic supplements for our pets to add bacteria to their diet when these are naturally occurring in meat or fresh sources?

For food safety please ensure you follow the same hygiene precautions as you would when prepping meat for your family. Wash and sanitise all prep surfaces, containers and bowls as well as your hands after you have handled the food.

My pet has not used the water bowl to drink water in days after starting this food, should I be worried?

Our own pets have never taken a drink of water from a bowl in 4 years!

If your pet is happy, healthy and their normal self then NO, there is nothing to be concerned about. You can test for hydration with the ‘pinch’ test at home and always check that urination is still occurring. Most people are amazed that their pet urinates more without drinking any water at all. This is because our food is 80% dietary moisture [as raw meat is very high in moisture] and your pet will be consuming this natural moisture from the food to ensure optimum hydration the way nature intended. Dogs and cats are not equipped with a thirst drive and if they are drinking from a water bowl, they already have underlying cellular dehydration. This is why feeding kibble can lead to urinary issues such as UTIs, crystals or kidney disease. Ensure there is access to clean, fresh water for your pet to decide if they require it or not.

Can I cook the LittleAngels Pet Nutrition food for my pets?

We strongly advise against cooking as cooked meat lacks many benefits of raw meat and can be deficient in essential nutrients because the very act of cooking destroys or alters proteins, vitamins, fats, and minerals. Therefore, cooking food makes some nutrients less available and others more available. Our food contains bones and cooking these can cause intestinal damage for your pet. These are best served raw. If you are adding vegetables to the food then lightly steaming vegetables is an exception, but it is recommended to puree raw vegetables instead.

How do I order the food and do you deliver?

We currently deliver directly customers in Durban, KZN or you can collect from our factory in Ballito by appointment. JHB and CPT orders are arranged directly with customers and we courier to the nearest airport for same day collection by you. We are currently working on getting stockists in these areas so watch this space.

You can order our delicious pet food by sending an email to info@littleangels.net.za or completing the contact us form on this website.

Raw Feeding FAQs

Why is raw feeding better than commercial foods?

Dogs are facultative carnivores [please do not believe anyone that says they are omnivores as this is incorrect] and cats are obligate carnivores. They require animal protein in its more bioavailable form. It is not surprising that medical doctors will be the first to tell you to stop consuming too many processed foods in your diet if you want better health, yet we are told to feed ultra-processed foods to our pets and avoid fresh.

Unfortunately, commercial pet foods [Kibble/tinned food etc] are not species appropriate forms of nutrition for dogs and cats as they contain carbohydrates, carcinogenic additivities and byproducts, colourants and low quality protein sources. If you know what goes into the bag of kibble and how it is processed you definitely would not be serving it. You can gain more insight by watch the famous documentary ‘PET FOOLED’ on Youtube or Netflix.

To stay true to the carnivorous nature of your pet you need to feed them as such. Feeding a balanced raw diet will result in less illness, stronger immunity, reduced vet bills and a healthier longer living pet. Feeding a commercial food no matter the price will result in allergies, digestive issues, poor digestion, itchy skin, lacklustre coats, poor dentition and reduced immunity.

What about bacteria in raw meats?

The short answer: Your dog or cat is able to eat poop, sniff and lick their butts, rolls in the garden, eat from the bin[if they get into it] and tons of other utterly disgusting things yet no one talks about the bacteria from these or is concerned about them getting sick.

 

Long answer: There are no sterile meats available in South Africa and you actually want to introduce some good bacteria into your pet’s diet. Commercial foods are deficient in healthy bacteria which results in an imbalance in the gut microbiome. This causes pets to react in different ways such as digestive upsets, chronic vomiting, allergies, itchy skin etc.

Your cat or dog is a carnivore and Mother Nature has equipped them to be able to withstand normal loads of bacteria. Their biology allows them to consume raw meat without getting sick. From salivary enzymes, a shorter less complex gut and shorter digestion transit time to a highly acidic digestive acid, bacteria cannot survive long enough to grow in your pet.

This however does not mean that you can serve rotten meat. Your pets deserve the best.

 

Salmonella can only survive in higher pH conditions (4-8+) and requires at least 12 hours to reach incubation. The hydrochloric acid in a carnivore’s stomach is a protective enzyme against pathogens. Their stomach is highly acidic (about a pH 1) while their digestive system is short and lacks complexity. Bacteria is killed when ingested and passed within 4-6 hours as waste. Since the time to complete digestion is very short, the bacteria does not stay in the body for long. It should be noted that Salmonella is also found in the stools of kibble fed pets as it is a naturally occurring bacteria for dogs and cats.

What about worms/parasites in raw meats?

This is another misconception associated with feeding raw. When feeding meats that are fit for human consumption you will eliminate the risk of parasites as these meats are free from parasites. This refers to supermarket or butchery meats. We personally have had no need to deworm our pets in over 4 years as they have not contracted any parasites.

If feeding game meats it is recommended to freeze these for a minimum of 3-4 weeks before serving as these meats might have parasites present. This also applies to fresh fish.

If I feed my pet raw meat, will they become vicious and bloodthirsty?

“Raw feeding will make pets bloodthirsty and aggressive” is a common myth associated with feeding dogs and cats a raw diet. This misconception about raw feeding often scares many pet parents. Therefore, they do not switch their pets onto a raw diet because they do not want their pet to become aggressive, which is a very natural reaction! No one wants their pet to become aggressive towards themselves, their family, friends, or other animals, but a complete and balanced raw diet will NOT cause aggression in dogs or cats. However, feeding an improperly balanced raw diet, lacking in the essential amino acid tryptophan, has a negative impact on serotonin in the brain and results in aggressive behavior as a symptom of deficiency. This can easily be reversed with a properly balanced diet that supplies recommended allowances for tryptophan.

Is it true that raw fed pets do not poop a lot?

YES! This is one of the greatest benefits of feeding raw. Raw fed pets are able to utilize all the nutrients from their food and thus very little goes to waste. Their stools also smell less and are very small in volume.

Can I feed my pets raw bones?

A very common misconception about feeding bones is that raw bones are dangerous. In fact, raw bones are great for pets and are totally safe! Raw bones are soft and are easy to digest in comparison to cooked or dehydrated bones. Cooking and dehydrating bones removes moisture from the bones which makes them hard, splinter when eaten, and difficult to digest which can result in harmful intestinal perforations and blockage. Feeding too much bone can cause constipation and obstructions so please ensure you are aware of the correct ratios for your pet. Raw bones also assist in dental health and prevents the scary and expensive dental scaling as they are nature’s toothbrush. Raw bones are an excellent source of calcium and trace minerals and vitamins. The act of chewing bones also releases feel-good hormones for your pet.

Giving raw bones to puppies and kittens is totally safe when providing the appropriate size cuts for the size and age of the pet.

Smaller bones are recommended to start with and work up to larger bones as the pet grows. If the puppy or kitten is weaning from the mother, raw grinds with bone mixed in is recommended in the beginning, until they can begin chewing whole foods. We recommend waiting for permanent teeth to be established before feeding whole bones to puppies and kittens.