Cat owners often find themselves having to change their cats food for many reasons. This section is all about why and the best way in which to do it.
Cats may need a change their diet for a number of reasons. This could be the transition from kitten to adult food or the change from adult to senior food. Perhaps your cat has been diagnosed with a condition which means their diet has to alter. Or more simply, you or your cat has become unhappy with their current food.
Kittens should switch to adult cat food at 12 months to ensure they are receiving the right level of nutrients for adult cats. For cats who are 7 years and older, they should change to a senior cat food that ensures that they are receiving the correct level of nutrients for their age. Pregnant or nursing cats need high energy foods with an increased calcium level. Be sure to transition them during this time with kitten food.
The best way to approach this change is to do it gradually. Over the course of a week, feed your cat a mixture of the old food with the new. As time progresses, gradually decrease the amount of old food and increase the proportion of the new food which you have chosen to feed your cat. If your pet is having problems with the changes, then simply slow down the rate of the transition. Remember to be patient. For older, or cats with health conditions, the transition time could take slightly longer.
We here at Superpet Warehouse suggest at aiming the transition to last a week with the following advice.
Day 1 75% old food 25% new food
Day 2 75% old food 25% new food
Day 3 50% old food 50% new food
Day 4 50% old food 50% new food
Day 5 25% old food 75% new food
Day 6 25% old food 75% new food
Day 7 100% new food