To say that cats are resistant to change is a gross understatement.
Changing a cat's diet can be frustrating and does take dedication and patience. It is important to take things slowly. Most cats will make the transition in a couple of weeks, while others can take months.
Now that more and more cat guardians are discovering the health benefits of raw food for cats, they are eager to make the switch. Until recently, most raw foods came in larger formats including nuggets, medallions and patties. This presented a great challenge, especially for cats switching from a dry food diet. The mouth feel was completely foreign and without flavor enhancers (which basically keep cats addicted to a specific food), many cats shunned the bio-appropriate food.
Raw food companies responded to the pleas of frustrated pet guardians and recently began producing raw in a form that resembles kibble. Because the mouth feel and texture is familiar, it is a fantastic way to introduce raw to cats (and dogs, too!)
Another advantage to the smaller pieces - the food does not have to be defrosted overnight. Simply pour the desired amount of food onto a pet's dish and wait a few minutes for it to defrost. Mixing in some warm water can accelerate the process, bring the food to room temperature and offer addition moisture for cats.
Instinct was the first brand to introduce this segment of food. Their line is called Raw Bites. Because it is made for both cats and dogs, they do offer the most choices: Chicken, beef, lamb, duck, venison and rabbit. Some varieties come in a 10-ounce trial size and the others are available in 4 and 7 pound bags. The company recently introduced even smaller bites made specifically for cats. Varieties include lamb, duck and chicken. The food comes in 1.25-pound bags. For more information or to find a local retailer, visit Instinctpetfood.com.
Primal Pet Foods recently introduced their line of bite-size pieces called Pronto. There are separate foods for cats and dogs. Cat varieties include rabbit, turkey, and chicken & salmon. Pronto is available in one-pound bags. For more information or to find a local retailer, visit Primalpetfoods.com.
Stella & Chewy's just introduced their new frozen raw food for cats at the Global Pet Expo, which took place in March 2014. The quick-thaw frozen morsels come in three varieties; Chewy's Chicken, Absolutely Rabbit and Duck Duck Goose. Until now, Stella & Chewy's has only offered frozen raw food for dogs. The company's line of freeze-dried food for cats has been a kitty favorite for several years. For more information or to find a local retailer, visit Stellaandchewys.com (at posting time, the site does not yet include information on the new food, however the company is happy to provide information via phone or email).
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