Does mixing dry foods really help get the cat to eat the new one?

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My cat Murphy (aka. Mr. Fussy-Pants) is getting a combination of wet and dry foods for now while we work on finding foods compatible with his veterinary situation that he’s willing to eat.

While he’s still eating dry, I want to switch him from one dry food to another in hopes that the new dry food (Farmina) with its lower fiber content will be less likely to give him diarrhea.

Sometimes in the past he’s had really easy transitions with dry foods - put a little of the new food out a time when he’ll be hungry and cover his old food. He sniffs the new food, eats it, then I uncover the old food. I increase the amount of the new food over a few days, transition complete.

And sometimes on day 1 he sniffs it and doesn’t eat it. Then I do the thing with mixing the old and new food in different proportions in the same bowl, but he seems to somehow pick out mostly kibbles of his old food. Then he refuses to eat once the proportion of new food is too high, and the transition fails.

He has now done the initial sniff-and-reject with both flavors of Farmina that I got for him, and I’m wondering if it’s worth trying the food-mixing thing again or not.

My question is: Has anyone ever actually seen the transition with mixing two dry foods persuade a cat to like a dry food it was initially not interested in?

If this is a thing that actually sometimes works to get a cat to eat a new food I’ll keep doing it. But so far our success rate has been 0% with this kind of transition, and I’m beginning to wonder if it’s just for avoiding digestive disturbance and doesn’t actually work to convince a cat to like a food… has anyone ever actually seen it work for that?
 
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Yes it does work. Its recommended to do it over a 7 day frame. I had a cat that I had to change foods for, it took 2-3 weeks to fully transition her due to her not liking it at first.
 
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Yes it does work. Its recommended to do it over a 7 day frame. I had a cat that I had to change foods for, it took 2-3 weeks to fully transition her due to her not liking it at first.
I’m glad to hear it has worked for someone!

How did you avoid her eating just the old kibbles? In the past there have been times I’ve given him a mix of 10% new food, but later when the bowl ran low it looked like 60-70% new food, like he was somehow picking out and eating just the kibbles of his old food…

(Either that or the differently-shapes kibbles of the new food sank to the bottom, but I mixed them pretty well before I gave it to him.)
 
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it prevents the diarreah from a sudden change in diet cancause and does help the cat get used to a new different /tasting food.i do a gradual swap of the two foods mixed togetherlike a 75/25 mix ratio of the old and new might need to be less new depending on if your cat will even eat the mixed foodif its ok with it keep that ratio a few days then gradually reverse the mix until its all the new food your feeding. good luck
 

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If you tried doing 10% new food, then go lower. I had to do that. It will take time but eventually my cat did finally accept her new food. I thought it would even get to the point of counting kibble! 1 new kibble and example 49 old kibble, etc. Luckily it did not!
 
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