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Variation For A Balanced Diet

Most people know that variation in an animal’s diet is important. But what does variation mean and why is it so important?

The right variation

With Kiezebrink’s BARF products and their minced meat mixtures variation is necessary to form a balanced diet. This is because these products on its own are not considered to be a complete diet. This means they must be varied to form a balanced diet. There are four categories of meat: white meat, red meat, game meat and fish. During the week when at least one sort of each meat category is fed, then it can be assumed that a balanced diet is fed. In the following overview the sorts of meat in each category is illustrated. 

Red meat

  • Beef
  • Lamb
  • Horse
  • Duck


White meat

  • Chicken
  • Turkey
  • Quail
  • Rabbit



  • Hare
  • Pheasant
  • Pigeon



  • Salmon
  • Fat fish


Why variation?

Dogs and cats are in need of all kinds of nutrients. When only one sort of meat is fed, it’s likely that certain nutrients will be lacking in their diet. This is because different categories of meat have differing nutritional values. Fish for example contains a high percentage of omega 3 fatty acids and selenium. Red meat contains high levels of vitamin B12, while white meat contains more vitamins B3 and B6. Also, the structures of the protein in meat (the amino acids) vary by the type of meat. Therefore it’s important to feed all the different categories of meat, to make sure the dog or cat receives a wide range of nutrients.

BARF (biologically appropriate raw food) diet?

When feeding the BARF products from Kiezebrink it is not only important to vary with different types of meat but to also include muscle meats, organs and meaty bones. More information about this can be found in our 'BARF Method' section .