Since kibble is so completely different in taste,
texture and smell from fresh raw meat, if dry is the only kind of food
your cat is used to eating and he’s not showing any interest in raw
food, it may be necessary to transition him off the kibble and onto
canned cat food first. The wet texture of the canned stuff is closer to
the texture of raw meat than kibble, so using this interim step can be
very helpful in the transition, as it’s generally easier to switch cats
from wet food to raw than it is from dry food.
If your cat eats some kibble but is already used to
eating canned food too, you can most likely quit feeding the kibble
altogether straight away. Otherwise, it’s generally best to gradually
wean your kitty off the dry food, perhaps by mixing it in with some
canned, and of course shutting down the 24/7 buffet, as this will make
it simpler in the long run for him to get used to eating raw food.
Bear in mind however, that these are all general
guidelines and suggestions that have worked well for other people and
their cats, and are not necessarily hard and fast rules. So for instance
if your cat is used to eating nothing but kibble, but then you find
he’s suddenly totally on board and enthusiastically eating plenty of raw
food from the very first time you offer it, then by all means don’t
worry about interim steps and just go with it!
Remember, each cat is unique. For this reason your
best strategy is to remain flexible, pay attention to your cat’s
responses and adjust your game plan according to your own kitty’s
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