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post #1 of 12
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Well, I'm in the process of changing all my cats over to grain-free food. My question is, what should I do with all the other cat food I already have on hand? Is it all right to go ahead and mix a little of it with the grain-free until it's all gone? Or should I just throw it out and consider it a rather expensive lesson learned?
post #2 of 12
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Originally Posted by GoldyCat View Post
Well, I'm in the process of changing all my cats over to grain-free food. My question is, what should I do with all the other cat food I already have on hand? Is it all right to go ahead and mix a little of it with the grain-free until it's all gone? Or should I just throw it out and consider it a rather expensive lesson learned?
I would contact a local shelter and see if they take open cat food.
post #3 of 12
Most shelters will not take open food. Are you mixing the foods together as you change them to the new food? If not, I would recommend doing that.

Otherwise, you could see if there's any TNR groups in the area. They may be happy to take open bags of food.
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Originally Posted by sarahp View Post
Most shelters will not take open food. Are you mixing the foods together as you change them to the new food? If not, I would recommend doing that.

Otherwise, you could see if there's any TNR groups in the area. They may be happy to take open bags of food.
ours does.... it never hurts to ask
post #5 of 12
yeah try to donate or just mix it all thru
post #6 of 12
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Originally Posted by sarahp View Post
Most shelters will not take open food. Are you mixing the foods together as you change them to the new food? If not, I would recommend doing that.

Otherwise, you could see if there's any TNR groups in the area. They may be happy to take open bags of food.
What is TNR? Unfortunately the local shelter is just getting organized and doesn't actually have any facilities yet for taking animals.

I do mix the new and old food, but I think I would have to spread it out over a month in order to use up what I have. Also, my kitties don't always cooperate with the way I want to do things.

When I first brought Shareena home I wanted to switch her from Meow Mix Li'l Nibbles to Purina Kitten Chow. I mixed a little of the Purina in with the Meow Mix to start, and she very carefully went through the bowl picking out all the Purina and leaving every bit of the Meow Mix behind. So much for a gradual change-over.
post #7 of 12
TNR means trap and release.
post #8 of 12
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Originally Posted by GoldyCat View Post
What is TNR? Unfortunately the local shelter is just getting organized and doesn't actually have any facilities yet for taking animals.

I do mix the new and old food, but I think I would have to spread it out over a month in order to use up what I have. Also, my kitties don't always cooperate with the way I want to do things.

When I first brought Shareena home I wanted to switch her from Meow Mix Li'l Nibbles to Purina Kitten Chow. I mixed a little of the Purina in with the Meow Mix to start, and she very carefully went through the bowl picking out all the Purina and leaving every bit of the Meow Mix behind. So much for a gradual change-over.
SOME kitties opt for doing their version of a switch
post #9 of 12
I have a few outside that I've done this for. TNR Trap Neuter Release. There was a feral female I feed in my back yard. She had a litter of kittens, 4 kittens. I got one of the local animal rescues that helped me get them and neuter them. I released them back outside, I kept 2. Wheezer and Patch. I take care of the other 3, feed them. The other 3 was too tough to socialize. They told me they tore apart the cat carriers they had them in and the shelter thats in my town had some kind of a virus going on in there. My two were the smallest and easiest to socialize. Long story short, IMO its the best way to decrease the over-population. It does work, where Euthanasia does not. Sorry for the long comment, but its a touch subject with me.
post #10 of 12
After you are done mixing the foods to slowy change over, ask around at work. You would be amazed at how many big hearted people there are feeding feral cat colonies. A woman at my work took my three half used bags of (kinda expensive) dry food and feed them to the ferals because they're not picky of course. It was a great thing for all of us, and now I have another great cat loving friend
post #11 of 12
When switching a cat onto new food it's always best to do it by mixing old and new. Starting off with mainly old and then varying till it's all new.

What I'm doing with my old whiskas crap is taking it with me the next time I go to my sisters house/vet and depositing it in the donations bin for Thronberry animal Sanctuary. My local tesco has a similar bin asking for cat food, but that's for the RSPCA who I refuse to support.
post #12 of 12
You can mix it. Or see if your local rescue/shelter might be able to use it.
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