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DO YOU WANT TO SWITCH A DOG OR A CAT?

Some tips for transitioning your dog.

  • Fast your pet for a period of 12 – 24 hrs.
  • Start with a poultry protein such as Chicken orTurkey. These proteins are often easier to digest which will result in a quicker transition.
  • Serve first raw meal at room temperature. Food that is icy cold from the refrigerator can cause your pet to vomit. Waiting for food to be warm also enhances the food aromas.
  • Offer ½ the recommended serving. Wait 10 – 20 min. before offering remaining portion. This prevents over eager eaters from eating too quickly and regurgitating the food.
  • Supplement all meals with THRIVE Herring Oil – 5 ml per 25 lbs. of body weight.

Adding Pumpkin Puree
for extra fibre and to
help settle the stomach
will make the switch
even easier.

Enhance food aromas
by lightly searing the
food in a pan. This can
encourage even the
fussiest foodie!

Some digestive upset including vomiting or diarrhea can be a normal occurrence during a dietary change. If your pet experiences either, fast your dog for 12 hrs. before re-introducing the raw food. Its always a good idea to start with a poultry protein as these are easier to digest and the higher bone content can help firm up the stools.

Thrive Slippery Elm Powder can be a great stomach soother during the transition.

Some tips for transitioning your cat.

  • Practice Patience!
    Cats can be especially difficult to transition to a raw food diet. For some cats the transition may only take 1 day, but more commonly it can take 2 – 4 weeks.
  • Mix it!
    The most common transition is to start by adding 1 tsp of the raw to canned food and gradually offer less canned food and more raw food til your cat is eating entirely raw. For some cats you can make this switch in just 5 days, others won’t accept change that quickly, but that’s okay. Go back to whatever ratios your cat will eat and then try again.
  • Keep them eating!
    Cats must eat, so unlike dogs we don’t suggest a fasting period. Don’t be surprised if your cat’s appetite fluctuates from ravenous to not overly interested in food the next day. Just be sure your cat is eating some food every day.
  • Start early!
    Cats get attached to a food and its often difficult to make the switch. Kittens make the switch to raw almost immediately as they don’t have the same attachment to dry food
  • Create an Appetite
    Stop free feeding your cats. You want your cat to associate food with you! Offer 2 – 3 meals per week and take away food so they learn to eat when food is offered.
  • Take it slow!
    If your cat is eating dry food, gradually move to canned food and then raw. For many cats the switch from dry hard food to cold raw food is about temperature and texture.
  • Top it off!
    When making the top off your first raw meal with some dry kibble pieces, dehydrated beef liver pieces, or even a scoop of canned food. Even if your cat just eats the pieces off the top and not yet the raw food, this is progress.
  • Don’t get discouraged
    Cats are know to be finicky! Often it’s a bit of trial and error finding out what your cats preference is for protein, texture and temperature. Keep trying!
  • Temperature is Key!
    Cats enjoy food at room temperature. Most won’t eat cold food from the refrigerator. Allow food to sit at room temperature for 30 min. prior to feeding, or take your raw meal, place in Ziploc bag and then place in warm water for 5 min. Warmer food enhances the aromas of the food as well which encourages your cat to eat the food.
  • Side by Side.
    As you may notice, raw food doesn’t have a strong aroma like canned food. Always offering some raw food alongside the canned or dry food so your cat can continue to smell the aromas of the raw food and encourage your cat to make the switch.

Feeding your cat a
species appropriate
raw food diet can mean
incredible benefits for
you and your cat!

Some digestive upset including vomiting or diarrhea can be a normal occurrence during a dietary change. If your pet experiences either, fast your dog for 12 hrs. before re-introducing the raw food. Its always a good idea to start with a poultry protein as these are easier to digest and the higher bone content can help firm up the stools.

Thrive Slippery Elm Powder can be a great stomach soother during the transition.