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Cats tend to dislike change. Their tastes form at a young age and are likely to remain with them for life. They can even get addicted to particular shapes and textures as well as flavours. They easily become addicted to carbohydrates. Cat food manufacturers know this – they create their food to be as addictive as possible!
But with some patience, perseverance, and sneaky tips you can switch your addicted cat to a healthy diet.
If your cat is a biscuit junkie you will need to transition him gradually (over a period of weeks to months). We generally don't recommend a 'tough-love' approach for addicts, as some cats may suffer serious illness (hepatic lipidosis) if they go for long periods without food.
Divide a day’s worth of dry food into 3 portions, and serve at 3 set mealtimes over a day. No leaving food out all day, and no snacking – you will need to be strict! Once your cat is used to this (it may take a few weeks), replace one of those meals with wet/canned food (or some sardines tinned in spring water). If your cat refuses the wet food, sprinkle some crushed biscuits, or some of our Powermix (freeze-dried organs - cats love it) over it to get them interested.
Once they are used to this (it may take a few weeks), replace another of the dry meals with wet food. Finally, repeat for the third meal so that they are now off all biscuits. Hint: Remove all biscuits from the house – your cat will know they are there!
Stop feeding biscuits (or follow the steps outlined to wean them off biscuits. Feed wet food at 2 or 3 set mealtimes each day. We recommend starting with our Rabbit & Heart mince. A sprinkle of Powermix is useful for getting them interested in their food.
Mix a tiny amount of raw food into each meal. Gradually increase the amount until the whole meal is raw. Take your time! From there, build up to different mince flavours, fillets, bones and organs, creating variety over time.
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