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Dr. Rosie DVM

Implementing changes

To help your cat feel secure and thrive, consider implementing the following changes.

Making Changes for Your Cat's Well-Being:

Planning and Preparation:

  • Before making any changes, carefully consider which change is most important or relevant to your cat's well-being.
  • Choose a change that you believe will be easiest to implement or is most pertinent to any issues you are trying to address.
  • Plan the change carefully, including where you will store new products and how you will discard old ones.

Introducing New Food or Litter:

  • Offer the new food or litter in a separate container next to the old product.
  • If the cat doesn't eat the new food within an hour, remove it until the next feeding.
  • Once the cat has been exposed to the new food for a day or two, offer it first when the cat is the hungriest.
  • If the cat refuses the new food initially, offer the old food after the cat has eaten some of the new food.
  • Repeat this process until the cat is eating the new diet consistently.
  • For new litter, allow the cat to use the box and gradually decrease the old litter to complete the change process.

Introducing New Structures or Toys:

  • Allow the cat to explore new structures or toys at its convenience.
  • Use Feliway, catnip, or a favorite toy or treat to entice the cat to try new things.
  • Introduce toys or play when the cat is most attentive, such as before feeding or when rewarded with treats.

Gradual Changes and Monitoring:

  • Cats are creatures of habit, so avoid changing too much too quickly to prevent frightening the cat.
  • Monitor the change process closely to ensure that the cat is adjusting well.
  • Gradually decrease the old diet or litter once the cat is comfortable with the new changes.


  • Making changes for your cat's well-being requires careful planning and gradual introduction.
  • By following these steps, you can help your cat adjust to new foods, litter, structures, or toys with minimal stress.
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