Transitioning to raw food from any food should be done slowly. This will allow their digestive system to adjust to the new diet and avoid digestive issue from sudden changes in diet.
Some cats may not accept the new diet right away and will need a little more help switching. A few tips for switching cats who are addicted to kibble:
Stop free feeding and set meal time for 2-3 feeding times a day
Introduce your cat to high protein canned food for him/her to get use to the texture then slowly add in the raw diet along with the canned food
Let your cat go a little hungry and offer him/her the raw diet (DO NOT withhold food for more than 24 hours)
Provide a comfortable and safe place for them to eat
Be confident as they can sense any distress from their parent during the transition making them and you doubtful of the switch
Attract your cat by sprinkling “attractive” food on the raw food
Warm (NOT COOK) the raw food
Hand feed the food
All of the above
Cats who are eating canned food may also need the tips above for helping them switch if they refuse to eat the raw diet.
Some dogs may need a little help during transitioning to get them used to their new raw diet. Here are a few tips to help them try their new diet:
Introducing a more natural diet may cause some dogs to go through a detox process, especially if they are switching from kibble. Some dog may experience loose stool for about a week or two during the transitioning period. Introduce the new raw diet slowly with their current food when this happen. Excess shedding and runny eyes may also occur during this period. This is common and is also showing that they are getting a healthier diet.
Pet parents have notice these changes after they started feeding raw:
Higher energy level
Smaller and less smelly waste
Going less because they are absorbing more nutrients