Don’t know how to transition your pet from processed foods to raw or home cooked?
It’s really not that difficult, we promise! *wiggles pinky finger*
Transitioning your pet to raw can be as quick as serving the next meal entirely raw, or as lengthy as 3-6 months, depending on how strong-willed kitty or fido is.
You can test whether your pet likes raw/home cooked food by giving it a small cube to sample!
But if your pet doesn’t take to raw easily…
Here’s what you can do:
Many companies give a certain time frame to follow for food transition, but we prefer to go at our pets’ pace (please don’t starve your pet into submission!) , following this in general for longtime kibble-fed pets:
1. Entirely kibble
2. 1/4 canned
3. 1/2 canned
4. 3/4 canned and 1/4 kibble
5. Entirely canned! Time to celebrate this milestone by treating yourself to a good dinner!
6. 1/4 raw or cooked meat
7. 1/2 raw or cooked meat
8. 3/4 raw or cooked meat
9. Entirely raw/cooked!
Do note that steps 1-9 should not be completed within a week or two! Take it slowly–aim for up to a month to be safe, especially if your pet has been on kibble for eons.
Here’s a step-by-step video guide for you!
Depending on the health of your pet, you may want to draw out the process of food transition even further, starting with 1/8 raw instead of 1/4 raw after canned.
If your pet is immune-compromised, then transition to cooked meats is safer. Remember, healthy pets can deal with bacteria easily, but sick pets may not be able to.
You may also want to transit your pet to cooked meat first, THEN transit from cooked meat to raw.
Feed about 2-3% of your adult pet’s body weight a day, and up to 10% for puppies or kittens. Again, this is subject to your pet’s lifestyle and genetics. If it’s getting fat, scale down on the amount given. If it’s too thin, give more.
One of our sweet readers very helpfully sent in pictures of how she recently got her cats to switch to raw… it took her a long, long time with the girl kitty, but the boys took to it like fish to water!
She switched them from kibble to canned, then to cooked first. Here are the pictures of her transiting them from cooked to raw.
DO NOT MIX RAW AND KIBBLE.
Raw is the easiest to digest and kibble is the hardest.
That is why we don’t ask you to switch straightaway from kibble to raw. However,it can and has been done multiple times over, and if your pet fits these criteria, you may try to switch them to raw straightaway the next meal:
1. 12 hours have passed
2. Your dog or cat loves raw at first bite
3. There is no health issue with your pet
4. Your pet has not been on processed/kibble for a long, long time (especially for older animals) !
This stubborn kitty took the longest to switch to raw!
MONITOR, MONITOR MONITOR your pet when you switch! Runny poo at any stage could mean that you’re going too fast, so scale down and take it slow if that happens.
If your pet takes to 1/2 canned and 1/2 raw but refuses to eat dinner when it’s 3/4 raw and 1/4 canned, you can:
1.) Sprinkle crushed K9 Feline Natural/ other dehydrated/freeze-dried treats
2.) Go back a step and take smaller steps
Remember also that raw/ home cooked food is far less tasty as compared to processed foods that taste and smell to high heaven, so don’t be surprised if your pet turns up its jaded nose at raw/home cooked food initially.
With patience, you’ll see empty bowls at dinner and happy, sleepy pets after dinner 😉