Transitioning Cats

Congratulations on choosing a diet that is biologically appropriate for your lovable feline! Feeding raw can seem like a daunting task, so here are some instructions and guidelines on making the transition easier on both you and your kitty!

  • When you receive your package from the U.S.P.S please make sure you open the box and either place in the freezer or get them ready for portioning.
  • If thawing the product to portion out into individual feedings, please do so while the food is as cold as possible. Our products are safe to thaw, refreeze and thaw again to feed because we maintain our production temperatures below 40 degrees, so the meat stays safe for portioning. Some folks portion right away, others allow the container to sit in the refrigerator and just use the portions that are most thawed for feeding.
  • Some kitties prefer the food lukewarm, roughly the body temperature of fresh prey (this usually only applies to feral cats), so you may warm up a portion under hot water briefly, just to get it to a warmer temperature. Please, DO NOT MICROWAVE, as this will destroy the delicate proteins that are so beneficial to your pet!
  • Please keep any unused portion of the food frozen or refrigerated at all times. This is a raw meat diet for your pet and you should take the same precautions with it as you would with raw meat for your family. Keep refrigerated or frozen to keep the food fresh.
  • Please wash all utensils and food bowls thoroughly with hot soapy water after use. Be careful to sanitize all surfaces the food has come in contact with. Again, treat this product as if it were meat you were preparing for you and your family. Wash hands thoroughly after use.
  • After kitty has had about 30 minutes to eat, pick up what is left over and discard. If she did not eat much, refrigerate it for up to 12 hours, but use a fresh bowl the next time you serve it.

Some cats require more time to transition than others, but here are some good starter tips:

  • Get your pet on a quality canned pet food. IF kibble was fed previously, you may have to remove it from the house to be successful, since it has a potent odor.
  • Start introducing your pet to the raw diet by mixing approximately ¼ of the raw food in with ¾ of a canned food and feed the usual volume. The idea is to gradually increase the amount of raw until you are at 100% raw and 0% canned food. If your kitty needs an additional nudge to try the food, try sprinkling something appetizing like parmesan cheese over the food. This is not recommended as a long term addition to the diet, but it can certainly help in the beginning stages!
  • If you are experiencing difficulty transitioning, try moving your kitty’s bowl to a different location. Sometimes this is all that is needed. She may associate one spot with one type of food (typical of hunting cats, they expect certain types of food to be in certain locations). Changing the location can let her know that it is merely a different type of food, and she may dig right in!
  • Some cats devour this food the moment it is offered. If your cat gobbles it up on it’s own right away, please still mix in the old diet. Many cats that have been on a kibble or canned (and therefore cooked) diet lack the proper amounts of the enzymes needed to digest raw meat. After being fed a cooked diet, these enzymes have to have an opportunity to return to natural levels, and this can be accomplished by gradually introducing the raw diet. Otherwise you may have some surprises in the litter box for a few days until her system can adjust.
  • Please expect to see changes in your pet. Their coat will start to shine brilliantly, simply gleaming, and be very silky and soft to the touch (unless of course your cat is hairless!). Skin problems that were a result of food allergies will clear up. Runny nose and stinky ears have been known to clear up as well. Energy levels increase. Sometimes the eating habits change as well, either increasing or decreasing in volume or frequency - you may both have to do a little adjusting. Also, please do not be surprised if you see a decrease in the volume of the stools left in the litter box and an increase in urine output. Since cats can utilize so much more of the raw diet, there is less left over that ends up in the litter pan. What is left may be very dry and brittle. Please do not be alarmed, as this is completely normal!
  • Enjoy your happy healthy pet! If you have any questions or problems along the way, please feel free to contact us, we will be happy to help you any way we can! Email us at customerservice@mypetspride.com, or call us at 716-462-5549. Please be patient as phone lines may be busy, but we will always do our best to help! Raw takes dedication, and we are dedicated to helping you make the transition!