Changing cat food, how do you switch to different cat food without any problems?

Sometimes it is better for your cat to switch to different cat food. For example, if your cat has become too old for kitten food, he will need to switch to other (adult) food. Or if your cat is a bit overweight it may happen that he will eventually have to change his diet to special dietary food.

Changing cat food, how do you switch to different cat food without any problems?


Do you want your cat to switch to eating other food?

Then give your cat plenty of time to get used to other food. The intestines of a cat are very sensitive, a cat can therefore suffer a lot if you would switch completely to other cat food in one time. Your cat may then suffer from nausea, diarrhea and / or vomiting. Your cat can also refuse the food because it is not the food he is used to.

Switch to new cat food step-by-step in 13 days

Give the first 4 days a quarter of new food and three quarters of its old food.

Is your cat responding well to the new food? Then on day 5 continue with half the new food and half its old food. Doesn’t your cat suffer from this either? On days 6, 7 and 8, therefore, half fill his food bowl with the new food and the other half with the old food.

If your cat still has no complaints, you can switch to three-quarters of the new food on day 9 and continue on day 10, 11 and 12.

Is this also going smoothly? Then you can give your cat a whole portion of his new food on day 13. If all goes well then your cat is now completely used to its other food and can now eat it without any problems.

Keep a close eye on how your cat responds to the new food

Also, in the meantime, carefully monitor whether your cat is getting complaints such as vomiting and diarrhea or refusing / eating less food. You might find out that the food might not be suitable for your cat.

Then go back to giving your cat its normal food for 10 days before you go through the step-by-step plan again with new food.

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