While rotation feeding for dogs is a hot topic these days, many cat pet parents already use this method of feeding. Rotation feeding revolves around changing your cat’s diet routinely to mix up the flavours. Being fed the same meal over and over can sometimes result in your cat not being interested at mealtime anymore. We humans don’t like to eat the same thing every day, and many pet parents believe their pets don’t care to, either. In this case, the idea of rotation feeding your cat may be the right option for you and your furry feline.
Regardless of the recipe, most premium cat foods are designed to be complete and balanced to provide all of the nutrition your cat needs. Each ingredient has a unique nutritional profile and will provide various nutrients such as amino acids, vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids.
If you do decide to rotation feed your kitten or cat, here are a few things to consider:
- Food rotation can occur on a monthly, daily or weekly basis, depending on the cat
- Variety can be offered by feeding different recipes with different meat proteins
- Some people believe that feeding foods with different nutritional makeup will give your cat a more rounded diet
- Try providing different types of food like dry or wet food
- Feeding wet food in rotation can help your cat with hydration which is especially important since cats are often not natural water drinkers
Benefits of Rotation Feeding
One benefit of starting rotation feeding early in the life of your cat, is that it helps to prevent fussiness later in life. Cats become fixated on certain flavours and textures early in life, so it is important to expose them to a variety of both while they are still kittens.
How to Start Rotation Feeding
If you decide that you would like to start rotation feeding your cat, always consult your veterinarian first. He or she may offer some advice on the best direction to go and how to start! Cats with sensitive stomachs may not be suited to rotation feeding, so watch for tummy upset while you are transitioning to your next recipe. We recommend a gradual transition for most cats.
Remember, rotation feeding isn’t for every cat. Today, many cats remain on the same recipes for most of their lives, and are living proof that rotation is not necessary. However, it can be a good option if your cat is being picky with its food or experiencing sensitivities. At the end of the day, choose what’s best for your cat - and you!