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Introducing a New Diet to Your Pet

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It is normal for pets to be hesitant to try something unfamiliar to them. Not all pets will adapt to eating new diets the first time they are offered. The pet's age and present diet can be determining factors. Some pets adapt to new diets immediately, but if your pet is reluctant, we list several techniques to help the transition.

If you are transition from one diet to another, you can use this gradual method:

Week 1: Mix 25% new diet with 75% old diet.
Week 2: Mix 50% new diet with 50% old diet.
Week 3: Mix 75% new diet with 25% old diet.
Week 4: Your pet should now be switched over to 100% of the new diet.

If you have already finished off the bag of the old diet, or the gradual method is not getting your pet to try the new food, use the following method:

If your pet is completely avoiding a new food, that means it is not hungry enough to try the new diet. Keep in mind the size of your pet's stomach is often smaller than you think. Whatever your normal serving amount of food, cut that serving in half while your pet is transition to a new diet. This method will allow them to be hungrier and more willing to eat the foods available to them. It will also make it easier to recognize that your pet is indeed actually eating a minute amount, as well as save you money from wasted food. Animals are intelligent creatures, they will show persistence when offered an unknown diet, but they will never let themselves starve.

Make sure the new diet is the only food provided, otherwise they will fill up on the other food you are providing and never have a reason to try the new diet. The biggest mistake we hear from owners is that their pets aren’t getting accustomed to a new diet immediately, so they assume they will never enjoy it and just offer another food. From a realistic standpoint, pets will take time to get adjusted to a new diet if they have been used to eating something else - especially a fresh diet, a non-nutritious diet or treats. It is similar to convincing a child to eat their vegetables after months of letting them eat junk food. If they do not eat the new diet at first, do not succumb to giving them treats or anything else, this can lead to obesity and picky eating. Even one minuscule treat can discourage them to eat the new diet, thinking they will eventually be offered more of the treat if they keep withholding from the diet. 

We recommend feeding 100% of the new diet for 5 days straight, with zero other food options or treats. Throw away any of the uneaten diet after 24 hours, and replace it with a new scoop. We hear from many satisfied owners about successful transitions, all of which who say they persisted when their pets turned their head away from the new diet during the first few days, and eventually they came around to trying the new diet once they were hungry enough. Owners should never feel guilty about offering strictly one diet for this short amount of time, you can go back to feeding a varied diet after your pet has adjusted to this new food.

If you are feeding an Exotic Nutrition pellet diet, these pellets are formed from the exact ingredients listed, there is no extrusion/puffing like other products. Therefore, the finished product is solid and very nutrient-dense. This finished pellet contains an extremely large amount of nutrition per volume. A 1 oz. dish full of an Exotic Nutrition pellet diet can provide as much nutrition as a 4 oz. dish full of an extruded pellet product. It may look like your pet is eating very little food, but these pellets are so dense that they are getting plenty to eat.

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