Food & Nutrition For Your Stray | The PAWsitivity Project

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Food is the way to a man’s stray’s heart.

Understanding what to feed your adopted stray is very important. Whether it is kibble, home-cooked meals or raw food, you should know what’s going inside those furry bellies.

Haven’t seen the first video in this series? Click here.

Stray dogs and cats are very adept to the city life and most of them find their meals from leftovers in the trash. We don’t need to tell you how dangerous this is, especially with animals consuming plastic, glass or other hazardous items that also land up in the waste.

When you take responsibility of a stray animal and feed them regularly, they won’t go searching through the trash. Instead, they will wait for their hooman and greet them with a wagging tail.

In this video, Mahua, Julia and Kaveri share their insights on what to feed stray animals. Whether it is Mahua’s school of thought to feed home-cooked food or that which is easily available or Julia & Kaveri’s concept of feeding natural and raw, we hope this video helps you make an informed choice.

Responsibly Feeding Your Strays

It is important that you be responsible about the surroundings when you feed your adopted stray.

  • Make sure that you feed them in take-out containers, that can be washed and reused the next day or on newspapers that can be easily disposed and are naturally biodegradable.
  • Do not leave food on the streets unless you know that your stray will come and eat it. Also, feed in quiet corners or away from public places like a bus stop or outside a restaurant or shop. This will not only let your stray eat in peace but even if he spills or makes a mess, it won’t bother the public.
  • Do not feed wet food directly on the floor or muddy surface. Your stray will unknowingly consume small stones and mud that will stick to the food.
  • Feed at a time that is convenient for you and your stray. A lot of feeders prefer feeding either in the afternoon or at night because of the reduced footfall.
  • If there is a mess after you’ve fed your stray, be kind enough to clean it up. You wouldn’t want it to be an inconvenience for others.
Dog eating from a take-out container

You can also check out Julia’s blog for more information on feeding raw and natural food.

For a little inspiration, you can read Roti Ghar’s story. They not only feed stray animals but they have been looking after underprivileged kids in Thane for over 2 years now.

Adopting for the first time? Here’s a Pet Parent Checklist you need to read before you make the big decision.

You can also follow Gully Bois on Instagram for their fun and quirky update posts of their stray animals in and around Worli Seaface and Dadar in Mumbai.

Coming up next are 3 simple recipes that you can make at home for your adopted strays. Stay tuned for more.


  1. […] You’ll find all kinds of doggos and kitties in your locality. Give them a few days to get used to their new hooman and take this time to understand them as well. Some may be friendly from the very beginning, while others may take some time. You’ll find that some only eat when you’re around unlike others who may prefer dining in solitude. In a few days though, you’ll know your doggo, kitty or gang (if you plan to look out for more than one).   Next on The PAWsitivity Project we will touch on Food & Nutrition For Your Adopted Stray. […]


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