A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step... Getting your dog or cat started on ZIWI® Peak. | Ziwi Pets

First, dogs. Transitioning your dog to ZIWI® Peak Cuisine

  • Feed ZIWI® Peak air-dried or moist Cuisine to your dog on a daily basis using the feeding guide on the ZIWI® Peak website. Please use the Feeding Calculator to calculate this accurately as a starting point.
  • Most Typical Dogs are in the “Less Active” category. This means 1 walk per day of about 1 hour and normal play.
  • Be aware that if you feed the air-dried product you’ll be serving considerably less bulk than you would with the moist canned product or with many other pet foods, as the air-dried product has had the majority of the moisture removed. And unlike dehydrated foods, there’s no need to add water to our air-dried product. It can be fed straight from the pouch.
  • Don’t feed add additional volume just because you think it may look a lot less. There is sufficient protein and kcal in the air-dried food for your dog if you follow the feeding guide.
  • Be sure not to overfeed your pet. Our feeding guide has been tested and approved by animal nutrition specialists and will provide all the necessary requirements for a completely balanced daily food. If in doubt feed less not more.
  • ZIWI® Peak Cuisine is suitable for any breed of dog and any life stage from puppy to mature or senior dog, and for less active to very active dogs.
  • For best results we recommend you follow the feeding guide and then monitor your dog’s condition and adjust the quantity fed if necessary.
  • Fast the dog for 1 day before beginning the transition period. It will help the dogs gut and digestive enzymes to adjust. It will not hurt the dog at all.
  • Introduce ZIWI® Peak over a five day period a little at a time mixed in with the dog’s existing food. Increase the amount of ZIWI® Peak each day to the recommended daily amount over the five days. You’ll need to reduce the amount of the existing food each day to allow for the introduction of the new ZIWI® Peak food.
  • Don’t be alarmed if your dog has soft stools during the first 1 to 2 weeks. This is completely normal as the dog’s flora and fauna in the gut “cleans” itself out and adapts to a new raw food diet.
  • Once the dog has settled down the stool should be firm and smaller than before. If the stool remains soft or runny it’s usually an indication that the dog is being overfed. Or it is getting too many treats.
  • Do add up all food and treats the dog gets in 1 day, as many treats will be given on top of the food amount, leading to over-feeding.
  • For small dogs of 1kg, 2kg, 3kg 4kg please weigh the food on reliable scales. Any mistake caused by eye judgement can result in a big overfeed as they eat so little. As an example 10gms over for a 2kg dog is a big amount.
  • You can feed a combination of the air-dried and the moist canned food if you wish to. Just reduce the amount fed of each by half - if for example you feed 50% air-dried and 50% moist.
  • Your dog should also have access to plenty of clean fresh water. Drinking plenty of water is normal and aids your dog’s metabolic function.
  • Remember always to reseal the air-dried pouch after each use and store in a cool dry place away from sunlight. Moist canned food must be stored refrigerated once opened, and used within 7 days.
That’s it. You’ve got a fortunate dog. You’re on you way to having a fully thriving pet, without supplements and most likely with substantially reduced vet visits. All as nature intended.

Now, cats. Transitioning your cat to ZIWI® Peak Cuisine

Before setting out, there some tips that’ll help you transition your cat smoothly to ZIWI® Peak. You probably know this already, but do remember that getting some cats to change from one food to another can be a time consuming process. It doesn’t reflect on the food and it doesn’t mean that your cat wont like ZIWI® Peak if it walks away from it for a few days. Your cat’s just acting normally – being very suspicious of change, especially with new food. Our advice is to be patient, to persevere and take the time to hand feed, mixing ZIWI® Peak with your cat’s existing food. Introduce the moist ZIWI® Peak canned food first then the air dried. The results from changing are worth the extra time and patience. Ultimately, your cat will thank you for it. It will be eating the correct ingredients that a cat’s digestive system is designed for.
  • Feed ZIWI® Peak air-dried or moist Cuisine to your cat on a daily basis using the feeding guide on the ZIWI® Peak website. Please use the Feeding Calculator to calculate this accurately as a starting point.
  • Be aware that if you feed the air-dried product you will be serving considerably less bulk than you would with the moist canned product or with many other pet foods, as the air-dried product has had the majority of the moisture removed. And unlike dehydrated foods, there’s no need to add water added to our air-dried product. Feed straight from the pouch.
  • Don’t feed add additional volume just because you think it may look a lot less. There is sufficient protein and kcal in the air-dried food if you follow the feeding guide.
  • Be sure not to overfeed your pet. Our feeding guide has been tested and approved by animal nutrition specialists and will provide all the necessary requirements for a completely balanced daily food. If in doubt feed less not more.
  • ZIWI® Peak Cuisine is suitable for any breed of cat and any life stage from kitten to mature or senior cat.
  • For best results we recommend you follow the feeding guide and then monitor your cat’s condition and adjust the quantity fed if necessary.
  • Introduce ZIWI® Peak over a five day period a little at a time mixed in with the cat’s existing food. Increase the amount of ZIWI® Peak each day to the recommended daily amount over the five days. You will need to reduce the amount of the existing food each day to allow for the introduction of the new ZIWI® Peak food.
  • Don’t be alarmed if your cat has soft stools during the first 1 to 2 weeks. This is completely normal as the cat’s flora and fauna in the gut “cleans” itself out and adapts to a new raw food diet.
  • Once the cat has settled down the stools should be firm and smaller than before. If the stool remains soft or runny, it’s usually an indication that the cat is being overfed. Or it’s getting too many treats.
  • Do add up all food and treats the cat gets in 1 day, as many treats will be given on top of the food amount - so leading to overfeeding.
  • For smaller cats, we recommend you weigh the air-dried food on reliable scales. Any mistake caused by eye judgement can result in a big overfeed or underfeed as they eat so little. As an example, 10gms over for a 2kg cat is a big amount.
  • You can feed a combination of the air-dried and the moist canned food if you wish. Just reduce the amount fed of each by half - if for example you feed 50% air-dried and 50% moist.
  • Your cat should also have access to plenty of clean fresh water. Cats don’t drink a lot of water, but it does aid their metabolic function.
  • Always reseal the air-dried pouch after each use and store it in a cool dry place away from sunlight. Moist canned food must be stored refrigerated once opened, and used within 7 days.
  • For any further information please refer to www.ziwipeak.com
That’s it. Lucky cat! You’re on you way to optimum pet health, without supplements and most likely with substantially reduced vet visits. What could be better?
Ziwi air dried pet food for dogs and cats
Slow and gently air‑dried
Air Dried pet food
Inspired by the centuries‑old technique of naturally preserving meats, our slow and gentle air‑drying technology crafts ready to serve raw-inspired foods with nature’s goodness locked in.
WHOLE-PREY RECIPES IN AUTHENTIC RATIOS
Designed to deliver peak nutrition, our recipes feature 96% meat, seafood, organs and bone in authentic inclusions and whole-prey ratios to mirror the natural diet.
Ethical and Sustainable
From grass-fed meats, free-range poultry to sustainable seafood, 100% of our meats are ethically sourced from New Zealand under strict government regulatory standards.
Air-Dried Scoop & Serve
Free-Range Farming
Ziwi Peak pet food with no grains
No Grains Sugars or Glycerins Added
Raised Without Added Hormones or Growth Promotants
Air-Dried Scoop & Serve
Free-Range Farming
Ziwi Peak pet food with no grains
No Grains Sugars or Glycerins Added
Raised Without Added Hormones or Growth Promotants