P.S. You can also use this transition method to safely introduce your cat to new textures and flavors of food.
How Much Food to Give
Unless your vet has alerted you to specific portion requirements based on your cat’s breed or an underlying health condition, it’s usually safe to follow the manufacturer’s guidelines regarding portions.
AAFCO approved products base their labels on body weight, so monitor your cat’s weight weekly during this transition – if you observe unusual changes in your cat’s body weight or condition, adjust the portions accordingly. Chat to a vet if you’re not feeling confident about making portion adjustments on your own.
Most cat owners (and cats) do fine with free-feeding – this gives your kitty the freedom to control when and how much they want to eat. During this transition, you may want to consider having a more structured mealtime; especially if you have an active cat (shifting their daily calorie intake may be weird for them). Opting for a more portion-controlled meal time 2 times a day will help you both to get into a routine while adjusting to these life changes.
- You can try feeding by hand. The bond you two share offers a safe space for your kitty to want to try something new.
- If you’re serving your cat moist food, you could try offering it on a flat dish. They feel safe and free when their whiskers are not brushing up against the edge of a bowl.
- Try to warm moist food to room temperature (if you’ve kept it in the fridge). Your tentative kitty may want to lick new food before diving in, so put a tiny bit of food on the edge of the dish.
Offer some moral support and comforting head pats if you feel welcomed to do so, and you’ll have yourself a grown happy kitty, sleepy kitty, purr purr purr.