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How to transition your cat to a raw food diet in 5 steps

Slow and steady wins the race when you’re transitioning cats onto a raw food diet.

Cats can be extremely picky eaters. Because of this, we recommend following our 5 step plan for transitioning your cat onto an Answers™ raw food diet to achieve success. Some cats will take to Answers™ almost immediately, but some will require days to weeks to accept the diet.

Remember: never, ever try the “tough love” method when switching your cat’s foods. Because cats will actually starve themselves to death if unable to access food they like.

Answers™ 5-Step Feeding Transition Plan for Cats

Step One: ELIMINATE THE ALL-DAY BUFFET

Cats naturally will tend to gorge rather than graze. Begin the current feeding schedule regularly twice a day. Again, please remember: do not use the tough love method. Cats will starve themselves to death if denied access to foods they like.

Step Two: PREPARE TO TRANSITION SLOWLY

Known as “imprint” eaters, cats have addictive natures. They become addicted to smell, texture, taste, size, shape, and temperature. Some cats will take to raw food immediately, but most will not. Have patience. Give yourself up to six months to transition.

Step Three: INTRODUCE A SMALL AMOUNT

Cats’ sense of smell is 14 times more powerful than that of humans. For this reason, introducing a new scent or smell to their food routine must be done very gradually. Under their usual kibble, place a tiny dab of room-temperature raw food. This will start to acclimate the cat to the new food scent. Be patient.

Step Four: INCREASE THE AMOUNT OF RAW FOOD

By gradually increasing the size of the raw food under their kibble, they will begin to associate the smell with their normal routine. They will eventually sample it, but the time frame for acceptance will naturally vary from cat to cat.

Step Five: SAMPLING LEADS TO EATING

Even if they reject their initial sample the first several times, they’ll eventually start eating their raw food. Once they’re eating, start increasing the volume of raw food and decreasing their kibble until they’re eating 100% raw diet.

Again, always remember: with cats, slow and steady will win your race. Patience is everything.

Why it’s so worth it: 8 benefits of raw feeding for pets

. + Odorless breath and white teeth, free of tartar and dental disease
. +  Shiny, smooth, oil-free coats
. +  Healthy skin, odorless body
. +  Improved energy and vitality
. +  Chronic allergies and infections subside and/or disappear
. +  Decreased visits to the vet
. +  Reduction in bowel movements; ?stool is firm and nearly odorless
. +  Clear eyes and ears

Learn more about the many health benefits of a raw food diet for your cat or dog, including the benefits for kidney and liver health, as well as how it can help you deal  with issue like diabetes, pancreatitis, and more.

2 comments on “How to transition your cat to a raw food diet in 5 steps

  1. Sandy Haddix

    My cats eat canned food twice a day. Is the transition the same as it is from kibble?

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