Gradually transition to your cat's new food. Some cats may do better by making a gradual transition over 7 to 10 days. Start with 25% of the new food mixed with 75% of their previous food, and gradually increase the new while decreasing the previous until the transition is complete. Sudden diet change may cause loose stool or stomach discomfort. Of course, some cats are different. Some cats prefer to switch to Pinto Canyon immediately and do fine.
Feed less! Baked food is more nutritious bite-for-bite than other pet foods (most of which are quickly extruded rather than slowly baking). You'll feed significantly less!
How much should I feed my cat? See the feeding guidelines for the recipe as a starting point. Food requirements vary depending on their activity level. Adjust the feeding amount to maintain your cat's optimum weight. Body weight is generally considered optimal when you can feel and almost see their ribs, and they have a prominent waistline as viewed from above.
How often should I feed my cat? Feed kittens at least 3 times a day; after 3 months, feed at least 2 times a day. Feed adult cats at least 2 times a day.
Measure out the daily feeding at the start of the day, and feed from that throughout the day. As long as they don't eat more than their daily allotment, feed as many times as they need. Kitty is much more comfortable when fed 5 times a day!
Keeping your cat trim. Cat obesity is a common problem. We recommend that you weigh your cat weekly. It's far better if weight gain is noticed ASAP and a slight feeding adjustment is made. Long, strict diets are no fun for anyone!
We recommend you measure out the daily feeding amount once per day, then feed from that portion throughout the day. This provides a more consistent feeding amount, which is important for maintaining optimum weight. It's also more convenient, especially if you feed many times per day.
Feeding kittens. Young kittens may prefer Pinto Canyon mixed with a little warm water while their teeth are soft. After 8 to 10 weeks they may prefer it dry. If they continue to prefer it mixed with water, it's a great way to provide extra water.
Feeding adult cats. Your cat should be looking for food when the next meal is due. Teach them to eat at meal times. The amount your cat eats in 15 to 20 minutes is about the amount they should be fed at the meal. Adjust the feeding amount as you notice an increase or decrease in your cat's weight.
Do you have wet food? Another great quality of oven-baked food is that it doesn't swell and get all gross when wet. If your cat prefers wet food, or has sensitive teeth, simply pour a little lukewarm water over the kibble, let it sit for a couple of minutes, and your cat can enjoy a moist meal!
Always provide fresh, clean water. Clean water bowls daily. Provide water in multiple locations. Encourage drinking! It seems like they would drink when they're thirsty, but like many of us, they don't — they need encouragement. Kitty likes her water brought to her at bedtime.