barbponys wrote:Especially with the cat, being on Iams for so long it may be profound. Stinky stools and breath, oily skin, dull dry hair, shedding like mad, may last for up to a month but may not. When all is said and done she will look amazing and feel much better too.
Another thing I don't believe in is a slow switch. Going from low grade to high grade usually goes pretty smoothly. Their body usually sucks up the nutrients it's been lacking. If there are loose stools it's usually a day or two, yogurt helps with that. I have never done the mix thing with my dogs or my cat. The healthier the digestive tract the less issue they have with change.
Funny thing, my kitty never had any of those problems on the Iams! No bad breath, beautiful coat. She's bionic-kitty I guess!
But hey, she's my baby and I love her to death - cried for 4 hours non-stop they day we brought Lola home because I thought Nala-kitty would think she wasn't good enough for me ( :roll: Silly, I know.) - so I had no problem switching to a much higher quality food at the age of 9. If it means she lives to be 20 instead of 16 because of it I will be THRILLED.
I had no idea you could forego the gradual change like you suggested! I made the switch so so so gradually for both of them it took 2 or 3 weeks. Obviously I know there was no harm being so cautious but had I known it wasn't really necessary, I wouldn't have been so diligent.
Thanks again, Pat.