If you do need to continue feeding commercial food
during the transition, you may need to get a bit crafty to help your
kitty learn to like his new raw food. Therefore as an additional
incentive you should begin to disguise the raw food as necessary by
making it taste or smell more enticing to your cat, which will encourage
him to be more tempted to try it. In this way, as you ‘bribe’ your
kitty into gradually getting a taste for his new raw food, he’ll begin
to eat more and more of it day by day. And as this happens, you can then
slowly but surely begin to reduce the amount of commercial food needed
to feed your kitty each day accordingly.
Compared to crunchy kibbles or cooked canned cat food,
both of which are relatively pretty darn stinky, fresh raw meat has a
very faint odour and quite a different texture. As a result, some cats
simply won’t recognize raw meat as actually being food when they’re
first exposed to it. For this reason it’s sometimes necessary to
disguise the raw food and ‘stink it up’ a bit with another, more
pungent, smell or flavour.
It’s also important to keep on offering raw food to
your cat even if he turns his nose up at it at first. Some cats need
time to get used to this new raw stuff, so repeated exposure can be key.
You can use whatever favourite food you know your cat
likes as a bribe food to encourage him to take the raw plunge. Some
possible suggestions for bribe foods are:
Use your imagination and experiment with different
things until you find what works. Once you find some disguises that
work, then you can begin to gradually offer more raw food using
decreasing amounts of the bribe until your cat will accept it without
Some of this work was adapted from the works published by Linda Zurich, Raw Fed Cats, http://rawfedcats.org.
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