We’ve decided to adopt a kitten! I am too excited for words. I am also obsessed, especially when it comes to diet. I had a cat as a child Garfield (I loved him to bits) and I remember that my mom fed him Meow Mix and I remember that he was so addicted to Meow Mix that he literally wouldn’t eat anything else even treats! Nothing just Meow Mix. He developed a lot of issues later in life, some of which, I believe were caused by his poor diet. Anyways I have always found it suspicious how addictive many pet foods are and how weird it is that cats seem almost locked into one food for their whole life. Can they really not handle any variety? Is that even okay?
Back to my questions
I will be bringing my new kitty home when she is around 12 weeks old. The breeder will introduce her to a brand of wet food that I don’t plan on using myself. Idealistically I would love to have my future cat on a wet food diet or one of the quality premade raw diets available at my local pet store but realistically I believe that I will have to go with a combination of high quality dry food and high quality wet or raw food. My problem is that I don’t know when to introduce what. Should I start introducing the dry food I plan to use first? Or the wet food? Or should I introduce them at the same time? If introducing separately how long should I wait between? How long should I wait after the kitten’s arrival before I begin introducing new foods?
I have read a lot about the raw food movement and feel pretty good about my local options but I have some concerns about using raw food before the kitten’s immune system is fully developed. So should I hold off and introduce raw food when the kitten is older?