A Cat Food With All the Answers: Transitioning Your Cat to Raw Food (Part 2)
Written by Alexis Chavez, Pack Member
Recap of Part 1
Last week we talked all about the incredible benefits of Answers Raw Cat food and now you may be wondering how do I get my kitty’s paws on some? You can start adding raw nutrients into the diet you’re already feeding with the help of the products from Answers Additional Formula line! The Answers Cow Milk Kefir is especially appetizing to cats because it has a consistency somewhere between milk and yogurt that they love. It’s also quite palatable due to its higher fat content. Start with 1 tablespoon per meal on top of their food and then gradually build it up to 2 ounces. Once that’s on their palate they should be excited for the world of raw.
Ready to dive into the raw meats? Here are some guidelines on how to make transitioning to raw smoother than your cat’s coat. If you’re feeding kibble, it’s recommended that you begin by introducing them to a high quality wet food before you jump to raw.
Slow & Steady
Start with 50% of what your cat is currently eating on a flat plate and put a teaspoon amount of the new raw food right up against it. A flat plate is key because it allows your cat’s whiskers to be fully extended which lets them pick up more of the scent. A small amount of new food is important so your cat can constantly smell it and over time will be attracted and more drawn to it. You could also try putting a small amount of the new raw food under the current wet food. Remember, slow and steady wins the race so you’ll want to gradually decrease the amount of current food and increase the new until fully transitioned.
Moving Away From Free Feeding
Do not free feed while transitioning. Cats need to be hungry in order to connect with their meal, and a hungry cat is an easier cat to introduce to new food. You may even fast your cat for a meal before transitioning to make them even more interested in their new food. Make sure your cat doesn’t go longer than 24 hours without eating, especially an overweight cat, as prolonged periods without food can be very bad for their health. Another reason to avoid free feeding is to get your cat used to having regular meal times since you can’t leave raw meat out all day.
If your cat is taking issue with the temperature of the meal, you could add hot water to the meat. Hot water will help get the food to a warmer temperature and sometimes even brings the fat from the meat to the surface, making it more appetizing.
Most importantly, don’t give up!
Patience and consistency will be your ultimate tools. Cats are particular and may eat something one day and then completely turn their nose up at it the next. Work with your cat, not against, and remember this is in their best interest!
Want more help?
If you need help calculating how much to feed your cat, go to the Answers Pet Food website to find their handy dandy feeding calculator. Also, stop by the shop to talk to our staff and we’re happy to help you with calculating your feeding amounts or answering any other questions you may have! Also, give Answers Pet Food a call or shoot them an e-mail. They are experts in transitioning picky cats to raw!
Answers Academy – Class 10 – Detailed Cat Formula https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bccEMcPrFDQ
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