|Purred: Sun Jun 10, '07 10:22am PST |
|We tried to start the switch with NV medallions, but ALL us kitties hated them. The only one that would eat them was the semi-feral. After that failure we switched cold turkey(well chicken in our case) to raw bone in meats and canned single ingredient pet foods. We cut out the canned as our fav brand was involved with the American Nutrition scandal.(they had added rice protein(tainted) to the foods without the companies knowledge) Now the only canned food we get is human grade jack mackeral. Some kitties need more transition. Dry to canned to raw. There is one kitty on catster that had to start by putting just a few drops of chicken juice on her kibble for a few weeks. I'm glad we like our meat. The hardest to switch was the 9yr old. She is a recovering "kitty crack" addict. We finally got her over to ground raw, then small chunks and just yesterday she ate her first whole bone in meal. The newest in the colony came with a bag of food. We were going to slowly transition him, but he had other ideas. After one day in the house he discovered what all the otheer kitties were eating and that was it. He wanted the meat. We now have a 4lb paperweight minus 1 cup. He did have some diarhea after about 2 weeks, but he got some really rich meat a few days earlier. We've had no problems. We wash hands, knives, cutting boards, and kitty plates with a vinager solution. We have seen improved coat condition, less liter box odor(used to clear a room) semi-feral is more human oriented, and 9yr old is gaining much needed weight and acts like a kitten.
P.S. Make sure not to starve out cats to get them to eat. Not eating can cause fatty liver disease. In the beginning you may need to still offer some dry.
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