What is a Food Rotation Diet for Cats?
A food rotation diet consists of providing your cat with different brands and/or flavors of food to ensure adequate nutrition. Mixing up food can also be a way of providing enrichment. You might like to eat pizza, but would you eat it for every meal for months on end? The food your cat might have initially loved may become less appealing with time if that's the only food she eats.
There are different ways of providing a food rotation diet such as alternating foods at each meal, or weekly, or monthly. I like to alternate at every meal, so I mix up the cans of food in my cabinet so that every meal is different from the last. I find these days I'm relying heavily on the Wellness brand for wet food since Nutro's Max Cat was discontinued. Even then, I get different styles of Wellness and different flavors. I also use American Journey poultry flavors, Merrick, Blue Buffalo, and Purina Beyond to provide a variety.
I feed my cats 3 wet food meals and supplement with 2 small dry food meals in puzzle feeders each day. Cats are designed to eat small meals throughout the day. I find these small meals keeps them satisfied, and helps them stay lean.
If you're not sure what to feed your cat, consult with your veterinarian for advice.
Jennifer Van de Kieft is a Certified Feline Training and Behavior Specialist residing in Brooklyn, NY.