How to Switch Your Cat’s Food

A gradual change can help prevent an upset tummy…or worse.

Cat food transition plan art

Take baby steps when changing your cat’s diet

Switching cat food can be necessary for many reasons:

  • finicky eating
  • a change in your favorite food’s formula
  • food sensitivities
  • life stage transitions

The most important thing to consider with a cat food switch is to do it gradually to avoid stomach issues like diarrhea and vomiting.

Step-by-step cat food transition tips

Transition your cat to a new food using the following 7-day schedule. Substitute some of the new food for the old in their usual meal. Add more new food the next day, and so on, for seven days.

7-day schedule breakdown

Day 1

  • 75% old food
  • 25% new food

Day 2

  • 70% old food
  • 30% new food

Day 3

  • 60% old food
  • 40% new food

Day 4

  • 50% old food
  • 50% new food

Day 5

  • 40% old food
  • 60% new food

Day 6

  • 25% old food
  • 75% new food

Day 7

  • 100% new food

If your cat shows any new symptoms during this transition, please check with your veterinarian.