Sometimes, you have to start the switch slowly, especially if you’re working with young and adult cats. Kittens will generally adapt quickly.
When switching kittens to the raw diet, offer a piece of boneless meat that is a room temperature. Leave the meat in the bowl/plate for a while so the kitten can investigate and play with it.
Most kittens will taste the food and eat it immediately, but if the kitten won’t eat it, try drizzling a little tuna juice over the meat.
Offer boneless meat for a few meals until the kitten gets used to eating raw meat. Then add soft chicken breast bone into the diet. Once the kitten is accustomed to eating raw foods, start adding organ meat, such as liver, kidney, or heart meat.
Offer a variety of meats, so that your kitten gets accustomed to a variety, adding new meats slowly. If you notice the kitten not taking to new meats or proteins, drizzle a little tuna juice on the meat.
If you’re thinking about switching a young or adult cat, you’ll want to be more patient.
- If your cat is a free-feeder, with the ability to eat throughout the day, you’ll want to stop this and only offer food once or twice a day. If your cat is already on a feeding schedule, you’ll find switching to raw will be easier.
- Start with offering small bits or raw chicken breast as a treat. If your cat takes the meat with ease, you’ll probably not have any issues switching his diet from commercial to raw in the same manner as though you are feeding a kitten. If your cat won’t eat a meal of raw meat, but will eat raw treats, offer raw meat mixed with a bowl of commercial cat food, and slowly reducing the amount of commercial food and adding more meat.
- If you notice your cat is reducing the amount of food he’s eating or you just can’t get him to eat the raw meat at all, switch to can food, mixing a little at a time to the dry food. Then mix the raw meat in with the can food, slowly reducing the can food and increasing the amount of raw meat.
- When you start adding bones, you may need to break them up into small pieces or grind them until your cat can figure out how to eat the bones. Some cats will refuse to eat bones, but if you’re going to switch to a full raw diet, the bones are necessary, as they are packed with vitamins and minerals.
Keep a can of tuna on hand to drizzle on the raw meat if you see you cat backing off eating raw meat.