We love cats for their independence, but they can be stubborn little creatures sometimes. And that’s completely normal!
Cats are resistant to change – especially when it comes to their diet. Some are easy, but others can be especially fussy felines. If you have an extra fussy cat, don’t lose hope! Check out these tips and tricks on how to out-wit, out-wait, and out-smart your companion – so they can become the healthiest and most vibrant version of themselves!
How much should I feed my feline friend?
We’ve made it super easy for you to get started. Simply add your cat’s details into our Feeding Calculator to find out how much they should be eating.
Of course, no two cats are the same. Some are aloof, some are food critics while others think they’re human. So, we recommend you monitor your furry friend’s condition and adjust the feeding amount if you find they are losing or gaining weight.
Top tip for fussy cats: A Feeding schedule.
It is natural for a cat in the wild to have an empty stomach – that’s when the digestive system is at its optimum to receive food. Much like us, leaving the food out all day encourages snacking - which means your cat won’t be as hungry, and their digestive enzymes won’t function as they should. So If you are free feeding your cat, try making a schedule by feeding 2-3 times per day. Leave the food down for 30 minutes, then remove anything that’s left. Repeat in 8 -12 hours depending on if you are feeding 2 or 3 times per day.
My cat hasn’t touched their ZIWI Peak for a few days, what should I do?
Naturally, cats are very suspicious of any change to their food. It doesn’t mean that your cat doesn’t like it, they’re just being suspicious!
Top tip for fussy cats: A nice pat.
Many cats love a bit of attention! Try petting them while they eat – it may encourage them to dig in..
Top tip for fussy cats: Try adding cooked, raw chicken or deli- meats.
This is especially helpful if switching from dry kibble to canned food by getting your feline friend used to eating food that has a different texture and doesn’t crunch. Great for those cats who like to think they are human.
Top tip for fussy cats: Try adding a few small pieces of canned food to their old kibble.
A handy little trick if switching from dry kibble to canned food. Your furry friend may pick around the canned food for a few days - but eventually they will get used to the smell and texture! This works well for food critic cats.
The 7-day trick
Some cats can be creatures of habit. So, it’s important to take things slow and steady. Mixing ZIWI Peak with your cat’s existing food over 7 days – adding a little more each day, up to their recommended daily amount – can really help with the switch. One thing to keep in mind is that you’ll need to reduce the amount of the old food to allow for the introduction of the ZIWI. That way there is no risk of overfeeding and it gives their little tummies the time to adapt.
Top tip for fussy cats: Sprinkle with treats.
Sprinkle a very small amount of tuna, cooked chicken, parmesan cheese or your cats favourite treat on top of the canned food. Once you’ve lured them in with their favourite treat, try hiding the treats by pressing them into the new food. Before you know it, they’ll be hooked on ZIWI.
Variety is the spice of life!
There are so many lip-licking, tasty ZIWI® Peak recipes for your cat to try, from chicken to venison and Rabbit and Lamb! However, we recommend you settle on a single recipe choice for the first month, before trying another ZIWI Peak recipe. It’s also a good idea to introduce a new protein over 7 days initially, to encourage a successful start to rotational feeding and help reduce the potential of upsetting their tummy.
If there have been no issues trying the different recipes you can then shorten the transition period between your pet’s favourite recipes, to a minimum of 2 days, to keep their taste buds tantalized!
Bring to room temperature.
No surprises here, cats prefer their food at 'mouse body’ temperature! What exactly is ‘mouse body’ temperature you may ask? To us humans, it’s room temperature. So make sure to remove any refrigerated canned food from the fridge 30 minutes before serving.
Top tip for fussy cats: Exercise before feeding.
Some good old-fashioned play can help to stimulate their appetite while you wait for the food to reach ‘mouse-body’ temperature.
Should I mix air-dried food with water?
No need for that! Our air-dried food typically contains 9% moisture so it can be fed straight from the pouch. One thing to keep in mind is that your feline friend should always have access to plenty of clean, fresh drinking water as this helps with their metabolic function.
Handle with care: the correct way to keep ZIWI fresh.
Just like humans, cats prefer fresh food! So remember to always reseal the air-dried pouch after each and every mealtime – then store it in a cool, dry place away from sunlight. Our moist canned food must be refrigerated after it has been opened and should be used within 7 days.
Soft stools? It’s perfectly normal.
During the transitioning phase, you may find that your furry friend’s stool is a little softer than usual. This is completely normal and to be expected, as your pet’s little gut adjusts to the new food. One thing to keep in mind is that if your cat gets diarrhoea, don’t abandon the switch. We recommend reverting back to the previous step of the transition, decreasing the amount of ZIWI mixed in with their previous food – just to give their digestive system some time to settle down.
For cats with sensitive stomachs, try transitioning over 10 days and stick to a protein that has worked well in the past – they’ll appreciate that little bit of familiarity. Typically, diarrhoea is a sign that the switch is too fast, or they are overfed & their tummies can’t keep up. Taking things slow is a great way to ensure your furry friend has a happy transition.
My cat’s been vomiting, what should I do?
We know it’s common for some cats to regurgitate new food when trying it for the first time - especially if they eat too much too soon, or eat too much in one sitting. It’s completely natural behaviour.
We understand it can be a bit worrying if your little friend isn’t eating right. So if you are switching from a processed food that contains more fillers, it’s a good thing to keep in mind that ZIWI Peak is a lot more nutrient dense as it doesn’t contain any fillers. We recommend you slow down the transitioning phase and reduce the feeding amount – just to give your kitty’s gut some time to adjust to their new diet.
Air-dried food: bite-size pieces, maximum nutrition.
Through our slow and gentle air drying process, 1kg of our food is equivalent to 3kg of raw meat! That’s because the majority of the moisture has been removed – locking in all the goodness a raw diet has to offer. Our recipes also do not contain any fillers, making it nutrient dense - so it’s sure to satisfy your cat’s daily nutritional needs.
For smaller cats, a scale can be your friend.
We recommend you weigh ZIWI Peak air-dried food on reliable scales. Overfeeding or underfeeding even a small amount like 10 grams for a 2kg cat can result in your kitty getting quite a bit too much, or not enough.
Can I mix air-dried food & canned food?
Absolutely! One fun fact to keep in mind is that cats tend to prefer a moist canned food - as they have a low thirst drive and get most of their daily moisture from their food.
So, just make sure to first start with our canned food, then add a little air-dried food each day after the transition period. Our feeding calculator can help you find the right feeding requirement for each food type, then just reduce the amount fed of each by half if you’re wanting to feed a 50:50 mix, or multiplying by the percentage ratio you wish to feed.
Top tip for fussy cats: Play with food.
Throw one or two pieces of air dried food across the room so they can show off their hunting skills.
Top tip for fussy cats: ‘Chip & dip’ trick.
Try dipping some air dried pieces in the canned food – then put it on a separate plate from a small portion of air dried food.
Feed ZIWI your way!
Topping with ZIWI® Peak is an excellent and affordable way to deliver the nutritional boost your cat deserves! When used as a topper, we typically recommend replacing 25% of your pet's daily diet with ZIWI® Peak (based on required daily kCal).
To help calculate the appropriate amount to top your pet's bowl with, use our Feeding Calculator. Just like people, each pet is unique. We recommend you monitor your pet's weight and adjust feeding amounts accordingly.
We hope these handy tips and tricks can help you switch your cat over to ZIWI. We’re all about packing maximum goodness into every last bite – so it’s only a matter of time before they start feeling the benefits!
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