Do you have any questions about Yarrah, our products or the organic ingredients used?
Here, you can find answers to all frequently asked questions.
Does Yarrah use meat intended for human consumption?
Killing animals to feed other animals is a step too far for us. And so we only use the meat left over once the good bits have been taken out. The organic chops, ribs and steaks end up on your own plate (unless you’re vegetarian, of course). The rest of the meat doesn’t get thrown away, instead being used for our dog and cat food.
Do Yarrah products contain any artificial raw materials?
All our food is organic and natural, made of pure ingredients. No artificial raw materials, preservatives or colourings are added to Yarrah’s cat and dog food.
Do Yarrah products contain sugar?
We don’t add any sugars to our dry food for cats and dogs. Nevertheless, our products can contain sugars that are present in some raw materials.
What animal byproducts does Yarrah use?
Stomachs, hearts, liver and kidneys are used in our products. No feather meal or blood whatsoever are used. Why do we use these animal byproducts? It would be a sin to throw away these useful byproducts. After all, heart, kidneys and liver contain plenty of essential minerals and vitamins. Stomachs contain plenty of proteins and very little fat. By adding these products to our food we are preventing food waste and it enables us to add an extra source of vitamins, minerals and proteins.
What is meant by ‘crude’ in the declaration on the label?
‘Crude’ in the declaration on the label refers to the total quantity of protein, fat, cellulose and ash derived from all raw materials in the food. Crude ash refers to the total amount of minerals remaining after food is burned in your pet’s body. This is the proportion of the food that can’t be digested. So it has nothing to do with what you would normally think of as ash.
What is crude ash?
Crude ash has nothing to do with what’s left after a fire. Crude ash is the proportion of the food that cannot be digested. In order to be able to supply energy, proteins, fats and carbohydrates are burned in the body. What’s left over after they’re burned is the minerals. This is also referred to as crude ash.
How high is the degree of acceptance of Yarrah products?
We test our products not only in terms of composition and quality but also in terms of acceptance on the part of cats and dogs. Artificial aromas, colourings and flavourings are often added to food to bolster its acceptance. Our products don’t contain any artificial aromas, colourings or flavourings. Dogs and cats can be hypersensitive to these additives. We are proving that adding them is unnecessary. After all, our tests show that Yarrah products are very much enjoyed by practically any dog or cat, irrespective of breed or age. Our secret? Chicken is the main ingredient in many of our products. And cats and dogs love chicken! Of course, the high quality of the other ingredients in our food also ensures good acceptance.
How do I calculate the quantity of carbohydrate in the food?
The following sum will enable you to work out the amount of carbohydrate in the food: First add together the percentages of the following ingredients. This information can be found on our food’s packaging. Crude protein + Crude cellulose + Crude fat + Crude ash + Moisture = X% Next, subtract this percentage from 100%. The remaining percentage is the percentage of carbohydrate. Example: Crude protein: 26% Crude cellulose: 3% Crude fat: 12% Crude ash: 9% Moisture: 10%+ Adding this together, we get 60%. 100% – 60% = 40%, meaning that in this example the food is 40% carbohydrate.
What’s the best way of getting my cat to switch to Yarrah?
In order to switch your cat over from his current food to Yarrah without problems, the best way is to do it gradually. Start on the first and second day with 75% of the current food and 25% Yarrah. On day three and four go for 50% current food and 50% Yarrah, and so on. That way, your cat will be switched from his old food to Yarrah in a week. Cats can be rather stubborn, so it might be that your cat steadfastly refuses to start eating another type of food. In order to make the new food more attractive to your cat, you can mix the kibbles with some wet food. Wet food has a high level of acceptance, you see, meaning your cat will be more willing to eat it than kibbles alone.
How is it possible for Yarrah’s products to have such a long shelf life without additives?
It’s often the case that common products contain chemical preservatives to extend their shelf life. Examples of chemical antioxidants that stop spoilage include BHA, BHT and ethoxiquin. These are relatively inexpensive and are commonly used to preserve fats. Various studies reveal that when these chemicals are used in abundance they can be harmful to human and animal health. For the purposes of preserving dry food, Yarrah only uses tocopherol, or vitamin E. No chemical preservatives are permitted in the raw materials supplied to us. Our products are fully free of chemical additives. Pretty healthy, then!
How often should I feed my dog?
How often you should feed your dog is something that will depend on his age and size as well as the amount of food he is capable of eating each time. Puppies need to be fed three to four times a day, particularly up to the age of six months. Young puppies should preferably be fed four times a day and older puppies three times a day. Ensure that at each meal you give your puppy enough food that he is full, even if this means that you have to give him more food that is indicated in the feeding table. Do be careful not to let your puppy get too fat though! After around six months you will be able to reduce the number of meals to two to three a day. Does your dog have difficulty finishing an entire meal in one go? Then divide the food into several meals a day. Adult dogs should preferably be given at least two meals a day. In this respect, at least one meal, though preferably both, should consist of dry food. We would recommend giving him one third of his daily requirements in the morning and the rest in the evening. If you feed him Yarrah, then in principle extra food will not be necessary.
How much meat do Yarrah’s products contain?
Yarrah’s dry food contains an average of 25% meat product.
Is it sensible to add meat to my pet’s meal?
Calcium and phosphorus are two related nutrients. These two nutrients need to be in the food in the right ratio. This is extremely important for your pet to develop and maintain bones. An excess of one of these two minerals could lead to bone problems. The composition of Yarrah’s food is such that it contains the correct ratio of calcium to phosphorus. Meat contains far more phosphorus than calcium. If you add meat to your dog or cat’s food, then this will disrupt the ratio of calcium to phosphorus.
Can I give my dog cat food or vice versa?
The vitamin and mineral mix added to dog food differs from the mix added to cat food. These premixes are fully fine-tuned to the needs of your cat or dog. If your dog occasionally has a bit of cat food, then that’s not going to be an issue. In principle, dogs won’t be missing out on any nutrition if they eat cat food, but the ratios in cat food aren’t geared towards dogs’ needs. Hence giving your dog cat food long-term is not a good idea. It’s best to avoid giving your cat dog food. After all, a cat needs certain substances, such as taurine. Dog food often doesn’t contain these substances in the right quantities.
Why are Yarrah’s products not based on rice rather than on wheat and corn?
Rice is usually used for dogs with a wheat and/or corn allergy. This group of dogs is pretty small. What’s more, rice is more expensive than wheat and corn. Using rice would therefore make our products more expensive for everyone, despite only being of benefit to a small group of dogs. It is not known whether or not dogs (or perhaps their puppies) will acquire an allergy to wheat and/or corn in the long run by not eating wheat or corn. They could, as it were, learn how to digest wheat and corn. That’s another reason why we deliberately chose not to base our dog food on rice as standard. Is your dog really unable to tolerate any wheat and/or corn? If so, then go for Yarrah sensitive dry food, which is based on rice.
Why should I switch my cat or dog over to organic food?
In recent years there has been an increase in the incidence of allergies in cats and dogs. It’s possible that this is being caused by the leftovers (‘residues’) of herbicides, pesticides and antibiotics and hormones in regular cat food. Furthermore, the (extensive) usage of chemical colourings, aromas and flavourings and preservatives in cat food could have something to do with it. No chemical pesticides are used in organic farming. Consequently, organic products don’t contain any residues and no chemical colourings, aromas and other artificial additives are used. The products are pure and natural. Moreover, organic food is better for animal welfare. The meat we use comes from animals that have had a good life. And which are just as healthy and organically fed as your own cat or dog. In other words, it’s better for your animal and better for all animals!
When do I need to switch my dog over to senior dog food?
A dog is regarded as being old once he reaches 7 years of age. Is your dog exhibiting age-related problems? Does he have stiff muscles and joints and is he getting tired more easily? Then it would be a good idea to switch to Yarrah senior dog food. It could, of course, be that your 7-year-old dog is still really active and full of energy. In that case, there’s no harm waiting for a while before making the switch.