A healthy appetite is often the first sign of whole body health.
As hunters, cats evolved to get much of their hydration from prey. Since cats now rely on humans for their feeding needs, it's important to provide them with food and water sources that support proper hydration and whole body health.
Wet and Dry Supports Whole Body Health
Dry kibble simulates a cat's natural feeding behaviors by mimicking the natural crunch of prey. In addition, kibble works to help keep cats' teeth clean. Wet food provides cats with all of the essential nutrients, including proteins. Wet food also provides moisture that supports healthy hydration. That's why we believe feeding wet and dry foods together can be beneficial for whole body health.
Purina ONE wet foods can be combined with dry foods throughout the day to provide the texture and crunch cats crave, the protein cats need, and to help support the hydration cats' bodies require every day. This purposeful feeding routine not only mimics a cat's natural eating patterns, but it provides an opportunity to monitor your cat's preferences and make any adjustments she might need for her life stage.
Introducing a Wet and Dry Diet
Normally, we'd recommend allowing 7-10 days for introducing a new food into your cat's diet. But here, patience is extra key. Try feeding a small amount of wet food as a treat after play. This will help create a positive association with the new food and allow your cat to get accustomed to the taste, texture and smell on his or her own terms.
If your cat doesn't appear eager for one flavor, don't give up.
As cat owners know, cats can be pretty particular. They often have unique preferences for different flavors. That's why Purina ONE provides numerous flavor options — from salmon to whitefish to sole to chicken, as well as “pairings,” — that cater to a cat's individual tastes and helps support balanced nutrition.
Build Up Slowly
Once your cat has shown an appetite for wet food, gradually increase the amount of wet food as you build to a recommended daily serving. Just be sure to decrease the amount of dry kibble you're serving accordingly as to avoid over feeding.
Taking a methodical approach with this will help your cat avoid dietary upsets.
Establish a Feeding Routine
Cats are crepuscular, meaning they are naturally most active just before sunrise and just after dark. If you have a cat that follows these natural rhythms, try feeding wet food early in the morning and after sunset. Measure out the appropriate amount of dry food, and then let your cat forage on kibble throughout the day when you're away at work.
Remember: Cats are adaptive to eating on a number of different schedules. Find a routine that works best for you and your cat and monitor her eating habits every day to help give you deeper insight into her whole body health.