Your guide to switching cat food

Your guide to switching cat food | Lovebug Pet Foods

For many pet parents, switching cat food can be a challenge. No one wants to buy a big bag of cat food that their furry friend won’t eat.

Most cats dive whiskers-first into their first bowl of Lovebug – but whether it’s love at first sniff or your cat is more cautious, the healthiest option is to switch slowly. The petcare experts behind Lovebug cat food have put together a handy guide that will take you step by step towards stress free mealtimes that are as tasty as they are planet-friendly. 

The secret? Gradually blending Lovebug in with your cat’s old food. It makes the new flavour more appealing to fussy cats, and, importantly, helps prevent an upset tummy that can happen any time a pet changes their diet.

Your bowl-by-bowl guide

Bowl-by-bowl switching guide

  1. For the first two days, blend in 25% of the new kibble with 75% of your old cat food.
  2. Increase the new kibble to 50% for the next two days…
  3. …then to 75% for another two days.
  4. Finally, on day 7, give your cat a bowl of 100% new kibble. They have successfully made the switch, and can now live off Lovebug cat food.

Tabby cat with owner

  • Cat dad Harvey and cat mum Dani have already followed Lovebug’s switching guidelines, and their picky pets are now happily munching on their new favourite food.

"My cat Nellie can be very picky – she has turned her nose up at freshly opened beef wet food before, and hasn’t been keen on certain fishy pouches! But it was really easy to switch her on to Lovebug. She wasn’t enthusiastic at first, but when I left her alone she gobbled pretty much everything. Now she comes running when I tap her bowl and grazes on Lovebug just the same as her previous food. We’re on day five now and she’s well into it. I’m still mixing in a shake of old kibble in every mealtime to finish off the packet. But when that runs out, we’ll be totally on Lovebug. She’s just had her first birthday – I’m so happy she can now have adult food and eat sustainably."

– Harvey, cat dad to Nellie

"Phoebe instantly loved Lovebug. As a very fussy eater, I couldn’t quite believe how much she instantly took to it. We’ve transitioned slowly (although Phoebe probably wanted that process to happen faster) and haven’t had any issues. The main thing I have to keep an eye on is her water intake as she switches from a majority wet food diet to dry. This was my main reason for following the transition guide. Phoebes certainly made it clear that Lovebug is now her favourite food and has even put up resistance when I gave her just wet food!” 

– Dani, cat mum to Phoebe