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March 04, 2020

Whether it’s upgrading to a more premium cat food, a health issue, or just a new phase of your cat’s life, there are plenty of reasons you may need to transition from one cat food to another. 

Cats can be picky eaters, so switching cat food too fast can make the process more difficult.  However, there are times where it needs to be done.  Here is a guide to help you in making the transition as easy for both you and your kitty.

How to Transition

Cats should gradually transition to new cat food. Transitioning slowly can result in fewer digestive issues that sometimes can be associated with switching food.

Begin the transition by mixing both the current food with their new cat food together.  Gradually decrease the amount of old cat food and increase the new cat food amounts.

Do this over a 7-day period for better acceptance of the new cat food. For finicky or older cats with health conditions, the transition time may take more

  • Day 1-3: The first 2 to 3 days begin with 75% of old diet with 25% of new food.
  • Day 3-6: The next 2 to 4 days do a 50/50 mix of the two foods.
  • Day 5-8-: Move to a mix of 25% old food to 75% new food.
  • Day 7-8: 100% of the new food.

Remember to be patient with your cat.  If you notice any constipation, vomiting or gas occurring then just slow down the time between the mixes, giving your kitty time to adjust to the new food.  Instead of two to three days in each mix, make it four to six days.  If you have any concerns, it is a good idea to consult with your veterinarian.

Different Life Stages

Knowing when to switch from different life stage cat foods is crucial.  Here are some tips to know when it is time.

  • Kittens should switch to adult cat food at 12 months of age to ensure they are receiving proper nutrient levels for adult cats.
  • For cats who are 7 years or older, they too should change to a mature adult or senior cat food that ensures they are receiving the appropriate levels of nutrients for that stage in life.
  • Pregnant or nursing cats need energy-dense food with the increased calcium content.

Switching to Premium Cat Food

Premium cat food is more densely packed with more nutrients than economy cat food.  High-quality ingredients will give your cat better overall health and make sure they live a great life longer.  Premium cat foods have higher standards in the sources of animal proteins and nutrients, addressing your cat’s specific nutritional needs.

Your cat may not love the change at first, but once they are transitioned to a new premium cat food, they will thank you.  Who knows your cat may love it more from the start and it will be an easy switch. At Snappy Tom we are dedicated to making high-quality premium cat food that even the pickiest cat will love.