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Switching Cat Food: Changing a Cat's Diet

Contrary to popular belief, your cat doesn't need to eat the same food throughout her life to be healthy. In fact, there are instances when a switch to a different pet food can actually be beneficial.

Age & Activity Factors

Your cat's nutritional needs evolve as she ages. Kittens demand more calories & protein to support growth while senior cats experience a slower metabolism, and may require less protein to maintain a healthy liver & kidneys.

Food tailored to your cat's appropriate life stage can also support their activity needs. Senior foods may include ingredients like glucosamine & chondroitin to keep their joints moving while a kitten formula may provide extra fat & carbohydrates to support increased energy levels.

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Carrots and peas

When Food
Sensitivities Surface

Food sensitivities like gastrointestinal upset, itchy skin or respiratory issues can develop over time, even if you've been feeding your cat the same food for years without incident.

Your vet can diagnose the issue & determine if a diet change that eliminates potential food sensitivities could minimize the health reactions in your pet.

Supporting Your
Cat's Lifestyle

Your cat's unique indoor lifestyle may benefit from a diet switch.

Urinary health formulas may use ingredients that help maintain urinary tract health by reducing urinary pH and providing low dietary magnesium, which can minimize crystal formation in the bladder and urethra.

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Cat sleeping on bed

Indoor cats tend to get hairballs from consistent daily grooming. Food formulated to address hairballs can offer nutrients for a healthy coat that minimizes shedding. Fiber in these formulas can also ease digestion & reduce hairballs.

Spaying and neutering operations are a big change for your cat and it may require a food switch as well. Hormone changes can impact their energy levels and appetites, so the balanced nutrition of spay/neuter food formulas can help maintain a healthy weight while helping cats to feel full.

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Food Switch?

Ask our associates about life stage and lifestyle formulas and check with your vet if you're planning to switch for a specific health need.

How To Change Your Pet's Diet

The best way to switch your pet's food is by providing a gradual transition, which can reduce any gastrointestinal symptoms caused by an abrupt new food change.

Keep an eye on your pet's appetite & digestion each day. Some food brands recommend a 10-day switch, so you may need to adjust your pet's daily new food intake accordingly.

If you notice a loss in appetite, vomiting or diarrhea, consult your vet. Together, you may consider extending the food transition to ease any symptoms.

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