Switching food for senior cats

My old lady cats are nearly 12 and 13 years old.
I began to switch them onto higher quality food yesterday after learning more about cat nutrition and reading food labels.
Since doing this (and I was trying to do this very gradually) BOTH cats have refused their old food... (They have both wet and dry food daily)
Is this normal? Should I just switch them over entirely?

Asked by Kessie on Apr 16th 2012 Tagged food, seniorcats in Health & Wellness
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If your choice is between letting them just eat the new food or letting them have starvation rations of the new food and ignore hearty helpings of the old stuff and go hungry it's better to give in to their new found finickyness and feed them what they will eat. The point of slowly switching over is to help kitties with finicky tastes adjust to a new food- clearly your girls already prefer the new food- and to ease the transition for kitties with sensitive tummies so it's not a shock to their system. Watch out for a sudden increase in vomiting or diarrhea, but first and foremost make sure they are eating plenty of whatever they decide they are willing to eat.

If the old food is a lost cause and you have leftovers please check with any local rescue groups, trap-neuter-return programs, or human food pantries (which often have pet food programs) to see if they will take it- in these tough economic times even the lowest quality foods will be much appreciated by some poor cats out there.

Cali answered on 4/16/12. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 2 Report this answer


Of course They don't want beaks and feet when They can have salmon and rice. Let them eat the good stuff. You'll notice they eat less of the quality food because there's less filler. Their poo will be less and much dryer. Very rarely do Kitty s have a problem switching to the good stuff. Donate to more unfortunate felines your Kitty's old food. Glad to hear someone is noticing kat nutrition and not just stupid commercials

max answered on 4/16/12. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 2 Report this answer