Cats love their routine. They are immediately suspicious of any changes to their environment – and this includes changes in food! They are mostly a lot trickier to transition than their canine counterparts and they will likely require more time and patience on your part. Persevere! Don’t give up on them. The rewards will be worth it.
- If your cat is used to getting dry food, consider lightly steaming the raw food at first, before going completely raw.
- Place a small amount of the raw / steamed food alongside their usual amount of regular food.
- NEVER mix the new food with their previous food. Some cats would rather starve themselves than be forced to eat something that they aren’t used to. During starvation, fats are released from the cat’s stores. Its liver can’t efficiently process this sudden amount of fat, which can lead to significant liver damage and disease.
- It might take up to 2 weeks for your cat to show interest in the new food. Once they start to show an interest, gradually decrease the old food and increase the new food.
- The addition of Nutribiotic for at least two weeks will help your cat to transition more easily, as it encourages the body (and the brain) to accept the raw food. (More on this in our next question!)
- This whole process could take as much as 8 weeks. This is normal. Don’t give up!