Transitioning Your Pet to Premium Food

Transitioning Your Pet to Premium Food

Whether you’ve just adopted a new furry member of the family or you are looking to incorporate more premium ingredients into your pet’s diet, there are so many reasons to choose Stella & Chewy’s for your pet.

Transitioning with the timelines below helps to limit digestive issues that can occur when feeding a new food. It also allows for your pet to become accustomed to the taste and texture of the new food.

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Transitioning Your Dog

When it comes to transitioning to any food, a slow transition over 7-10 days is recommended; it is the same case when transitioning to our food too. To start, we recommend mixing the new food in with what you’re currently feeding and slowly building up until the new food is the sole food that you’re feeding/that your dog is enjoying. Even if your dog isn’t eating their current diet, it’s important to start off small with new food and introduce it slowly, as sudden changes to diet can cause digestive issues. So, how exactly can you do this?

Transitioning Your Dog
  • Days 1-3

    it’s recommended to feed 25% new food and 75% old food. This percentage is based off feeding guidelines. For example, if your 15 lb. dog is transitioning from another brand of kibble (with the feeding guideline of one cup per day) to our Freeze Dried Raw patties (with the feeding guideline of 5 patties per day), this would break down to ¾ cups kibble (75%) and 1.25 patties (25%). Of course, the exact amounts will vary based on the weight of your dog.

  • Days 4-6

    The feeding ratio would bump up to 50% new food and 50% old food. Following the example above, this would mean 2.5 patties and ½ cup kibble.

  • Days 7-9

    The ratio would again increase to 75% new food and 25% old food.

  • Day 10

    Your dog would be fully transitioned to the new food and there would be no need to mix in the old food diet.

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Transitioning Your Cat

Cats are notoriously picky eaters, so don’t give up if they refuse the new food the first time you try it. When it comes to transitioning to any food, a slow transition over 7-10 days is recommended. To start, we recommend mixing the new food in with what you’re currently feeding and slowly building up until the new food is the sole food that you’re feeding/that your cat is enjoying. Even if your cat isn’t eating their current diet, it’s important to start off small with new food and introduce it slowly, as sudden changes to diet can cause digestive issues.

Transitioning Your Cat
  • Days 1-3

    It’s recommended to feed 25% new food and 75% old food. This percentage is based off feeding guidelines. Of course, the exact amounts will vary based on the weight of your cat (on the bags of both food, it will show how much food is recommended based on your cat’s weight).

  • Days 4-6

    The feeding ratio would bump up to 50% new food and 50% old food.

  • Days 7-9

    The ratio would again increase to 75% new food and 25% old food.

  • Day 10

    Your cat would be fully transitioned to the new food and there would be no need to mix in the old food diet.

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