Whole Prey Only Suppliers
Whole Prey, Ground Prey, and Prey Model Suppliers
United Kingdom Whole Prey = Reptile Centre
Not often suggested for Whole Prey and Frakenprey diets, supplements are integral to supporting the nutritional balance of ground diets. Research these diets carefully, use only vetted recipes (such as those found on CatInfo.org, CatNutrition.org and Feline-Nutrition.org), and follow those recipes to the letter. Be very sure you are purchasing the correct supplement for the particular recipe you are using to avoid creating nutritional imbalances, especially in liver and calcium levels. And transition to a whole prey or frankenprey diet at your earliest opportunity!
Local Sourcing Suggestions for Whole Prey and Prey Model Products
– Ask about bulk purchasing everywhere you go. Watch for sales and marked-down meats.
– Check your local grocery stores first, you might be surprised at what they carry. Talk to the meat department; if they don’t regularly stock what you want, they may be willing to bring it in once a month or so.
– Join a Costco, BJ’s, Sams Club or other similar club store. Barter groups and coops usually have an annual cost, but everything you get is fresh – a benefit to your pets and your family.
– Ethnic Markets are often good sources for hard-to-find organs and meats.
– Tell your friends and relatives to ask around for hunters and fishers; let them know you’re interested in animal parts they don’t want.
– Talk to restaurants and caterers and ask for organs and other meat pieces they throw out. Also try restaurant suppliers.
– Call your local butcher and ask for the meats and organs they would normally throw out, including items that are nearing expiration.
– Online vendors are often pricey, but they can usually provide both pre-ground and whole prey products. If you purchase pre-ground products, make sure you know what, if any, supplements they add.
For the non-squeamish…
– Local animal breeders and farmers. You may have to do so some of the cutting-up yourself, so be prepared.
– Slaughterhouses, meat and poultry packers and distributors. Ask for organ meats that normally get tossed. Also ask what else they throw away.
– Livestock auctions (the animals can be butchered for you).
Where NOT to get your foods…
– Craigslist and other ad venues are often suggested as good places to seek out hunting and fishing remains, old and/or freezer-burnt meats, etc., however, there are many unknowns in procuring products this way and, while you may save substantially on money, you are likely offering foods with a lower nutritional profile than you think. Many nutrients degrade over time in the freezer and some are even affected by light and/or air and defrosting and refreezing exacerbates this process. If the meat was originally commercially sourced but has been repackaged, you have the additional risk of added ingredients, “enhancements” of spices, broth or salt, so feeding products obtained this way can be risky.
– Road-kill not a good idea either, as the prior health state and current level of spoilage of the dead animals are unknown.
If you enjoyed this article or found it informative, please “Like” it, “Tweet” it, or share it using any of the buttons below. And don’t forget to check out our FB page, join the discussions in our awesome FB group and follow us on Twitter!
Created 02/03/12; Updated 01/04/18