Transitioning Cat Food Made Easy

November 11, 2019

How To's, Pet Nutrition

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Imagine being served the same meal over and over again for the rest of your life. 

Doesn’t sound too great, does it? 

Even though cats are finicky eaters, pet parents may still want to treat their cats to something different. Besides widening their cat’s palate, pet parents may need to introduce a new food to meet certain nutritional or health goals.

Because most cats eat the same diet for months or years, their digestive systems are not as adaptable as their pet parents. But that doesn’t mean you are stuck with the same food forever— in fact, it’s perfectly OK to transition your cat to a new food unless your veterinarian recommends otherwise.

The trick for a successful transition is to introduce the new food slowly. 

Why should I transition my cat’s food?

Age and health are two primary reasons cat parents consider transitioning to a new food. For example, after spaying or neutering your cat’s hormones will change, which may affect energy, appetite, and nutritional needs. Your cat may also develop a new food allergy with age. 

Furthermore, cats who eat only one type of food are more likely to refuse trying new foods. You can widen your cat’s palette by transitioning them to a different cat food gradually. 

How do I transition my cat’s food?

By gradually replacing some of your cat’s current food with Redbarn’s food, you will help their stomach slowly adjust to the new recipe. Mixing two foods together allows your cat to adjust to the taste of the new food they’ll be enjoying without drastically shocking their digestive system. 

How long will it take to transition my cat’s food?

Every cat is different, so the exact amount of time to transition does depend on your cat’s unique dietary needs. In general, we recommend a one-week transition in total, helping them avoid digestive upset or tummy problems.

It’s important to note that digestive problems, including constipation, diarrhea, or vomiting, could occur at any point during this transition. If you notice these signs, you may need to slow down your time between mixes to give your kitty additional time to adjust. Contact your vet if symptoms last more than a few days. 

 

 

Day 1-2 

Start by mixing 10 to 25 percent of Redbarn food in with your current food 

 

Day 3-4 

Gradually increase to ½ Redbarn food, ½ current food

Day 5-6 

Gradually increase from ¾ Redbarn food, ¼ current food 

Day 7

Let your cat enjoy their new Redbarn food on its own! 

What should I do if my cat won’t eat their new food? 

There are things you can do to entice your cat to eat new food. 

  • Repurpose tuna juice as additional gravy.
  • Add a crunchy, low-calorie treat like Redbarn Protein Puffs as an enticing food topper
  • If you’re switching from dry food to wet food, try sprinkling more dry food on top of their wet food.

Additional Tips for Transitioning Your Cat’s Food

  1. Avoid drastic changes in protein, fat, and fiber.
  2. Choose easily digestible cat foods.
  3. Consult your veterinarian.   

Ready to make the switch? At Redbarn, we know cat parents have a huge responsibility in choosing the right food for their fur babes. The food you choose for them now will surely have an impact on their future health and vitality. 

And with so many choices of cat food to choose from, you may start to wonder if you’ve made the right choice, after all. 

Switching from dry food to wet food

 

While some dry cat food can be an excellent option, many cat parents find that wet food delivers many benefits and unique advantages that come with proper hydration. Wet foods resemble what your cat would normally eat in the wild, and tend to have higher levels of quality animal-based proteins. Cats are fundamentally carnivores, and these proteins are crucial to your pet’s development. If you’re switching to wet food and are worried about your cat getting a stomach, try substituting the wet food as a tasty topper for their current dry food. 

Switching to Redbarn Cat Filets 

If you’re looking to treat your cat to the ultimate #FelineFoodie, then look no further than our New Premium Cat Filets Flaked in Broth. Each can is backed by our “no-goo” guarantee— you’re sure to be pleased when you open each and every can. 

Whether your selected recipe features real pieces of pumpkin, full baby shrimps, or shredded chicken, this meal is so visually appealing, you’ll want to hand-feed your friend from a fork. 

Filets are available in 2.8oz cans, packs of 12, and a variety pack so your cat can try all flavors!

The Redbarn® Variety Pack of Filets Flaked in Broth includes:

Click on a specific recipe above to view individual ingredient, calorie, and GA information.

 

Have you ever transitioned your cat to a new food? 

Share your results in the comments below!

 

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