Q: Switching Cat Foods

March 11, 2011 | By Jillian | 2 answers | Expired: 1339 days ago


My cats eat wet and dry food - wet food for meals, which makes up the bulk of their diet, and the dry they nibble on throughout the day from a bowl I leave out.

I'd like to switch their dry food and what I was wondering is: Do I still have to do a gradual switch even though I'm changing just a fraction of their diet? Or does the wet food provide a staple that will keep their digestive systems on track through the change if I were to start putting out bowls of the new stuff and just toss the old?

Readers' Answers (2)
Mary C.

Mar 11, 2011

Cats actually do very well with the changing of differant foods, their digestive systems aren't as delicate as dogs. I also feed my cat moist food as his main diet, which I am always changing to give him variety, I also give him dry food to pick on and I change that often also, he has grown up always having this change in diet and has never had any digestive difficulties. The only time I would suggest a gradual change to a differant food would be if your cat is sick or stressed. Other than that, switch it up, they love it

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Mar 12, 2011

I agree with Mary. I've never had problems switching foods...the cats always seemed to like the change of pace & none ever had a problem with it. If you have one that already has a sensitive stomach or health issues you might need to take it a little slower, but otherwise, you shouldn't have a problem.

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