Switching your pet’s food can be a difficult process. Maybe you feel that your animal loves the kind of food it has now and there’s no way they will eat something else. Or maybe they have a sensitive stomach and you don’t wish to upset it. Whatever your reason, be sure to look over a few of these easy steps to ensure your pet stays happy and healthy through the process!
1. Read the Labels:
Make sure the food you’re going to switch to is what you feel is right your animal. Independent pet food stores tend to carry a wider variety and more natural alternatives to grocery brand foods and the staff tend to have a lot of knowledge in reading labels and explaining the food to you. Also be sure to click here to check out my blog post for 5 Tips on Reading Pet Food Labels.
2. Price is Right:
If someone suggests pure raw rabbit is a great idea for your cat, make sure it’s in your budget before getting kitty used to it so you don’t have to switch back to something more in your price range later. Switching back and forth between foods can upset even the strongest of stomachs!
3. Transition Tips:
Pick up some transition powders from your local pet food store to aid in the transition. Make sure to read the instructions on the label. You can also mix in some plain yogurt or cottage cheese to help with digestion.
4. Be Patient:
When you begin introducing the new food, know that it’s going to take awhile, especially if the animal is older or if the food is very different than what you were feeding before. Start by adding small amounts of the new food to your critters usual stuff while removing the original food until you’re able to remove the original food altogether. Talk to a pet nutritionist for further information on how fast the food switching process should be for your animal.
5. Picky Eaters:
If your critter’s a picky eater try adding a bit of garlic powder* or even just some water to create a “gravy” to make the food smell or look more appetizing. Remember that your animal has a great sixth sense and can tell if you are being positive about the changes you’re making. If they know you don’t feel comfortable about the change, they might stick up their noses at the new food as well!
For more information on changing your pet’s food, contact your vet or talk to someone at your local pet store. Make sure they have a secure knowledge of nutrition and that you are happy with the information you receive!
*Garlic is fine for dogs in small amounts as well as in powdered forms. It contains hardly any Thiosulphate which is a toxin found primarily in it’s cousin the onion. More information about garlic and Thiosulphate can be found here: