How to switch pet foods
There are many reasons for wanting to switch pet foods, which all include factors that need to be considered. These factors could be life stages or health conditions, such as changing from puppy/kitten food to adult food, or finding out that your pet has wheat allergies. We've prepared a few helpful tips to help your pet's switch to a new diet.
Always make sure you are feeding your pet the correct amount of food for their weight and food type – especially when they are growing. For instance, complete food will be all you need to feed your pet, and you will not have to supplement it with anything. Complete foods are formulated to provide all the nutrients your pet needs to lead a healthy lifestyle. If you are giving them treats, then this will need to be considered when giving your pet their daily 'ration' of food. We have a handy feeding guide to show you roughly how much you need to feed your pet based on their age, size, and breed. However, there are other factors that you will need to consider, such as physical activity or weight.
The best way to introduce new food is to do so gradually. Start with filling their bowl with most of their old food and mixing in a little of the new food – we suggest a 75/25 ratio of old to the new food. Gradually increase the amount of new food while decreasing the amount of old food over a period of a couple of weeks, with the aim of there being no old food left in their bowl.
If you are worried about how your pet might take to the new food, you may want to try and increase the food's appeal by offering it as a treat first. Cats can be fussy eaters, so this trick may work with them. A new and exciting treat may get a better reception than a sudden new meal. You should also maintain any current feeding routines, such as times and bowls, to minimise the amount of change that they are experiencing.
Your pet's response
It may be at first that your pet may pick out the new food, refuse to eat part of the meal or even all of it, as a resistance to change. One missed meal will not be detrimental to your pet's health but do keep an eye on them. If your dog or cat misses more than two meals, it may be best to try them on different food. If you become concerned, it's always best to contact your vet.
Switching foods too quickly could cause an adverse reaction, as it takes time for your pet's stomach to adjust. The effects of our foods won't be immediate - you will need to give it some time as the visible impact of new food will take a little bit of time. When your dog or cat is exclusively eating their new food, give them six to eight weeks before evaluating the desired effects on their health and wellbeing.