What Is the Best Way to Introduce a New Diet to My Cat?
It's important when changing a cat's diet to introduce the new food slowly. Start by offering the cat's daily portion in a ratio of 25% new food to 75% old food. During the next three days, gradually increase the amount of new food and decrease the amount of old.
Is It Necessary to Feed Both Wet and Dry Food?
Wet food is an excellent treat that can be fed by itself or mixed with dry food. Although our wet cat foods are nutritionally complete and balanced, it is not necessary to offer wet food at every feeding. Our dry foods are formulated with high-quality protein sources such as chicken, lamb, or fish and contain all of the essential nutrients pets need. The crunchy texture of dry food also promotes healthy teeth and gums, and provides overall good oral hygiene.
Will My Cat Be Bored Eating the Same Food All the Time?
No—boredom with food is a human trait. Cats are creatures of habit and usually are happy with just one food. Cats generally eat to meet their energy or nutritional needs. They have very short digestive systems, and, if their diet is abruptly or constantly changed, digestive disturbances can occur. Also, constant changes can make your pet a finicky eater.
Is It OK to Moisten Dry Food?
Adding water will not change the nutritional value of dry cat food. However, once moisture is added the food should be eaten relatively soon, and any uneaten portion should be discarded to avoid spoilage. Dry feeding our cat foods is usually encouraged because of the benefit to the cat's dental health.
Will It Hurt Cats or Dogs If They Eat Each Other's Food?
Cats and dogs have different nutritional requirements and really should not eat each other's food. For example, cats require a much higher level of taurine in their diet. An occasional venture into each other's bowls will not be harmful but is not recommended on a regular basis.
Can I Supplement Your Pet Foods with Vitamins, Minerals, Oils, Etc.?
Our foods are nutritionally complete and balanced. Adding vitamins, minerals, or oils can offset the balance the food provides. One of the benefits of feeding a high-quality product is that it has been carefully balanced in proper ratios to provide optimal nutrition so nothing needs to be added.
How Can I Learn More About Pet Nutrition?
Contact the IAMS Pet Care and Nutrition Specialists toll-free at 1-800-675-3849.