Just like people, cats can get bored with the same food day in and day out. And many of us want to let our beloved friends try new, higher quality wet and dry foods.
But too much variety in your cat’s diet can have negative consequences for their health. Here are some tips on how to successfully transition your cat to new foods:
Introduce new foods gradually
Introduce any new foods slowly and gradually over the course of a week for optimal digestion.
It’s recommended you start out by replacing 25% of your cat’s normal food, then move to 50%, then 75%, over the course of a week.
Make one change at a time
To help you monitor how your cat is responding to their new food, make sure you only introduce one new food at a time to their diet. This will help you pinpoint any issues as soon as they arise and you can take appropriate action.
Mix new textures slowly
If you are feeding your cat dry food but would like to transition them to adding in a ‘topper’ consisting of wet or chilled foods, do so slowly.
Start off by mixing a small amount of topper into their dry food and gradually increase the amount, while decreasing the dry food, over seven days.
Keep in mind that if you are ‘mixed feeding’ like this, the dry food should make up the majority of your cat’s diet, while the topper is a tasty addition to enhance the flavour.
If you find your cat has a stomach upset from one particular topper, discontinue feeding it and gradually try an alternate flavour.
Keep an eye on your feline friend
Keep a close eye on your cat when introducing new foods to their diet. If your cat loses weight, appears lethargic, develops vomiting/diarrhoea or refuses to eat during the transition, consult your veterinarian for advice.
Always follow the feeding guidelines on the pack of each individual food and feed your cat according to their ideal body weight as advised by your vet.