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Q: Switching Cat Foods

March 11, 2011 | By Jillian | 2 answers | Expired: 1214 days ago

Jillian

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?

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Mary C.
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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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Kelly
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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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