By their nature, cats are animals faithful to the eating habits they are already familiar with. So don’t surprised if your cat prefers the old food over the new one, even if the latter is superior in terms of quality. That is why any change in his diet must be carefully thought out.
To introduce new food into your cat’s food, you will do it gradually and it can take 7-10 days.
Do you have a fussy cat?
When you want to introduce a new food into your cat’s food, do not rush to categorize it as capricious. It is advisable to take into account several factors and watch it within a day to see what and how it eats.
Your cat may often be fussy about food. You end up wondering if he has a health or behavior problem.
And one more thing not to forgotten: stop pampering her. Cats are like children: when they eat too much candy, they will crave food.
Once you have decided to change your cat’s diet and introduce a new food,
the first step you need to do is to arm yourself with patience and perseverance. Then it is advisable to take into account some important aspects to apply repeatedly. I will detail these aspects further.
First of all
A cat must always eat in the same place and not disturbed during the meal.
A nutritionally correct diet for your cat must meet certain qualities: the
- food must meet the nutritional needs of the cat
- to increase its reproductive performance
- to promote the growth of healthy and shiny fur
- easy to administer
In no case do not feed it with leftovers from your table.
The cat is a creature endowed by nature with the ability to notice all the changes that take place around it. It is enough to change her bowl of food so that her food habits disturbed. Do not forget that some cats are demanding even of the material from which the bowl in which they receive food made.
There should always be a container of clean, fresh water next to the food bowl. Especially if your cat eats more dry food.
What can you do?
The first criterion that is good to keep in mind when choosing food for your cat is to satisfy its energy and nutritional needs. If this criterion met and the food contains all the essential nutrients in its development but your cat eats less than usual. Do not rush to conclude that it is something of the moment.
Lack of appetite can also cause by a stress factor. Stress can cause by several factors: you have a new pet in the household, a family member has left home, or you have recently moved into a new home. Only when the sources of stress disappear will your cat return to its old eating habits.
But if she seems happy, lively, and her fur is healthy and her eyes are bright, you have nothing to worry about.
Dietary changes can also cause by some health problems. So go to the vet with the cat! If the medical examination does not reveal any health problems, the cat may try to manipulate you. Therefore, it is good to know that, in adult cats, the change of diet is progressive, during 7-10 days.
My recommendation is to feed your cat, as much as possible, at regular times two or three times a day. In the case of older cats, one meal a day may be enough.
In pregnant and lactating cats, the energy and protein requirements are higher. The number of meals increases to 4 or 5 per day.
In cats that will neuter or neutered, it recommended reducing the ration by one third immediately after the operation, to prevent obesity.
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These rules recommended to followed for all age groups. The food administered must be slightly warm because a cold food in the refrigerator is not to the liking of a cat. The most suitable temperature is 37-38 degrees Celsius.
If the cat has not consumed the entire portion, reduce the amount only to how much it has consumed. If he wants more, he won’t be late to let you know. It is also advisable to store food properly.
You should regularly wash and disinfect the dishes from which the cat eats and drinks water.
Another aspect that is good to keep in mind is that the cat should always eat in the same place. It must not disturbed during the meal.
For proper digestion, the cat needs peace. That’s why it’s not good to play with it immediately after it has eaten. Otherwise, you cause him discomfort and in this way you risk regurgitating the food.
Important things when introducing a new food
- Gradually get to know new food!
This is the simplest and best way to get your cat used to the new diet. The transition period should start by mixing 25% of the new food with 75% of what you are already used to. Then, for 7-10 days, slowly reverse the proportion, gradually increasing the amount of new food. In this way, the amount of old food will decrease, without the cat feeling this. At the end of this period, he will completely switch to the new diet.
It is also possible that you will encounter some problems during this transit period. Thus, the cat may consume only the food with which it accustomed or may simply refuse to eat. But just as well, a healthy cat can switch to the new food in a day or two without any problem.
2. Attention to language!
After you buy your cat a new type of food, don’t just put it in the food bowl. He may refuse food, if you verbally assault her, she won’t eat at all!
You should know that this is not the ideal time to show him who the boss is. It is preferable to present her food in a pleasant tone, to show it to her and to encourage her to taste it.
3. Insist and don’t give up!
If your cat does not want to eat the new type of food, it is very important not to give up the idea of changing its menu too quickly. In the early days, she resisted the temptation to have leftovers from the household or the food she was already used to.
Remember that we can educate by cats, just as we educate them. It will be very difficult for you to impose another diet on another occasion if you give up quickly,
4. Switching from canned to croquettes!
Switching from wet to dry foods can sometimes be very difficult for your cat to bear. If it continues to refuse the croquettes, mix them with a little lukewarm water.
Another method would be to put the croquettes for a few minutes in the microwave.
You must make sure that the cat will eat it within 20 minutes if you mix the dry wound with water.
After this time, the food will degrade and need to replaced.
Also, don’t forget that there should always be a container of clean, fresh water next to the food bowl. In this sense, an ideal solution is the fountain type drinkers. They have the advantage of always providing your kitten with fresh water. It recommended that it placed 3-4 m from the place where the food is.
It is very important to follow my advice if you want to introduce a new food to your cat.
Maybe you want to give him a higher quality food than the current one because in time you learned about the nutritional needs of your cat. Or maybe your veterinarian has recommended a diet for your cat because he is suffering.
In both cases, it would be advisable to learn to gradually introduce the new food to be successful when your approach.
The cat is a creature endowed by nature with the ability to notice all the changes that take place around it. It is enough to change her bowl of food so that her food habits disturbed.
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