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Our company name may be JustFoodForDogs, but that doesn’t mean we don’t love cats just as much! This post will break down everything you’ll need to know about feeding your feline a whole food diet all in one place!

The Meal*

Our Fish and Chicken recipe contains:

  • Wild Caught Pacific Cod
  • Chicken Thighs
  • Chicken Hearts
  • Sardines
  • Chicken Liver
  • Dried Yuca Root

*Please find more detailed information about each ingredient here.

How are cats different?

The biggest difference between dogs and cats is that cats are obligate carnivores. This means they must obtain nutrition from meats and organs and don’t have the same ability to process vegetables and carbohydrates like dogs do!

We would love to have more of a variety for cats but after a year of formulating recipes, this was the only recipe that 9 out of 10 cats loved. It is likely that more recipes will be introduced over time as soon as the cats will allow us!

What type of cats can eat the Fish and Chicken daily diet?

The diet should only be fed to adult cats; kittens cannot eat it long-term as it is not formulated for growth. If you have a kitten or cat with allergies or health concerns that need a different diet, we would suggest a custom diet. This is also a grain-free recipe!

What is Yuca Root?

Dried Yuca Root is a South American root vegetable that is included in limited quantity to absorb water and retain moisture in the recipe. Since cats are notoriously bad at staying hydrated, we believe a diet with added dried yuca root is the best way to keep your cat hydrated and healthy!

Transitioning

Since cats do not need to be transitioned like dogs, we recommend offering our diet immediately in place of their old food or transitioning “cold turkey.” If they do not eat the food after three meals, we suggest offering their previous food and repeating the process the next day or until they are transitioned. The key is to be more stubborn than the cats!

Commercial kibble is often sprayed with artificial chemicals used to “addict” cats to the food, which is why so many cats lean towards kibble. If your cat is fed kibble alongside a whole food diet, the cat may still prefer the kibble.

While transitioning, cats may exhibit the same symptoms as dogs (e.g., diarrhea, vomiting), however, the most common problem is the unwillingness to accept the new recipe since cats are habitual creatures and do not always adapt to change easily. This is why we discourage against using the food as a “topper.” Plus, they would not be receiving a nutritionally balanced diet.

Since our food is fresh and we don’t use preservatives, fish will stay fresh for about three days once it is thawed in the refrigerator. It would be best to not leave it out of the refrigerator for longer than 20-30 minutes at a time since we use fresh food.

Feeding Guide

Here is our recommended feeding guide for cats. As with dogs, these amounts are starting points and do not take into account your cat’s activity level or metabolism.

If your cat is losing or gaining any unwanted weight, please adjust as needed. If there is a health concern present, please consult with your veterinarian for more accurate feeding recommendations.

Treats

Cats LOVE our Salmon Bark! They can also enjoy any of our treats–since they are carnivores they tend to go for the all-meat treats such as:

  • Chicken Breast Treats
  • Venison Treats
  • Beef Flank Steak
  • Beef Liver Bark

Supplements

Cats can have any of our supplements except our Calm (which actually has the opposite effect, much like catnip).

Probiotic Live:
Cats under 10lbs- half capsule daily, sprinkled on food
Cats over 10lbs- 1 capsule daily, sprinkled on food

Skin and Allergy Care:
Cats (any size)- 1 capsule daily; avoid sprinkling on food as it has a strong odor/taste that may deter cat from eating food

Omega Plus:
Cats (any size)- ½ ml drizzled onto food daily. A dropper may be the easiest way to measure!

Joint Care:
Cats under 10lbs- ¼ capsule daily, sprinkled onto food
Cats over 10lbs- half capsule daily, sprinkled onto food

If you have any additional questions regarding your cat or dog, please feel free to reach out to our Nutrition Consultants seven days a week at 949-722-3647, orders@justfoodfordogs.com or visit a location near you!

Blog Post Written By:
Jasmine Kemper
JustFoodForDogs Nutrition Consultant

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