Are you ready to make the change to Fussie Cat? If you are, that’s great! Not only is Fussie Cat a healthy option for your pet, but your pet is sure to love it!
However, even if you’re ready to make the change to Fussie Cat, they may not be.
Why You Should Gradually Transition Your Cat
Many cat owners can admit to trying to switch cat foods abruptly. However, not only is it likely your cat will refuse the new food, it can also make them uncomfortable. A sudden change in your cat’s diet can cause gastrointestinal upset which in turn can result in vomiting, diarrhea, and loss of appetite.
How to Gradually Transition Your Cat if They Are NOT Picky Eaters
Make sure you have enough of their current food to last at least a week so that you can slowly transition them from their current food to Fussie Cat.
The measurements will change based on how much your cat needs to eat daily, but for example:
If you feed your cat 1 cup of dry food every day, you will want to add 1/8 cup of Fussie Cat to 7/8 cup of their normal food. Then each day up the amount of Fussie Cat by 1/8 cup. In 8 days you will have completely transitioned your cat to their new food.
How to Gradually Transition Your Cat if they ARE Picky Eaters
It would be great if cats weren’t such picky eaters, but many are. Many cats will become so accustomed to their diet that they will refuse to eat any new food. Almost all cats can become convinced to eat new food, but it will take some time and patience on your part.
The first step is to start your cat on a feeding schedule, rather than allowing them to free eat. You should plan on feeding your cat 2-3 times each day. Once you put the food out, give them 20-30 minutes to finish it, and if they haven’t finished it you should take it away.
Once your cat has gotten used to eating their meals on a scheduled basis you can start transitioning in the new food. You can try to follow the guidelines above for non-picky eaters, but if they don’t accept this new mixture you many need to take the amount of new food down a notch and consider lengthening the transition phase to a couple of weeks, instead of one.
How well the transition goes is ultimately up to your cat. Some may take a week, while others may take much longer. Never try to starve your cat into eating new food as malnourished cats can develop hepatic lipidosis (fatty liver disease) which could become life threatening.
How picky of an eater is your cat? How long does it take to switch out their food? Let us know in the comments below.