So you think I should just boom take away the dry food immediately?
Hmm...no actually I don't think I would. I think I would start by feeding Charlie his dry at set times. That way he at least gets used to eating at a certain time rather than grazing. Some cats do fine with grazing, but as much as he likes the dry, I don't think you'll be able to get him to eat very much wet without eliminating the free feeding. I hope that makes sense. I wouldn't push it with the wet immediately, just switch to meal times w/his regular dry - as a first step. Maybe as a next step, when it's time to eat offer him a tablespoon or so of what Vegas is eating before offering him the dry food.What if I feed them the wrong amount? NOt enuf, too much?
For my own peace of mind, I weighed them a lot in the beginning. I still do - but just once a week or so. The scale doesn't lie...but cats do sometimes. Should I just mix the dry w/ the wet for Charlie?
Hmm...I wouldn't exactly mix it. One trick that has been very effective for me is to just push some kibbles down into the top of the wet food. If they can still smell the dry, they'll probably want to dig it out. Once dry food gets wet, though...you don't want it laying around very long. It gets yucky (bacteria, etc) quickly. My cats find a little sprinkle of brewer's yeast very tempting. I swear they would eat rocks if I dusted them with BY. It's yummy.I think he may end up picking out the dry too..or not eating it at all...if he doesn't eat it, what am I to do? Let him starve?
No I wouldn't starve him...but on the same token, in 12 hours or even a bit more they won't faint.I'm worried about Charlie getting the runs from the wet.
With mine, I noticed that their poo was extra stinky AT FIRST. It was a little soft sometimes but nothing severe. It just smelled bad. After they got used to the food, that went away. Now I have to get my nose right over it to even smell it.I've been reading a bit about people trying the grain free...haven't been able to find it locally...so i guess I should order it online...for U.S. customers, any suggestions on where to buy online?
I found some local stores that I didn't know about by checking some of the store locators on the food co. websites. I found most of them to be fairly accurate. Some of the feed stores, etc carry some good foods and may not have obvious ads in your yellow pages.
I have only ordered online once, just recently...because usually I can get a better price locally. There are exceptions, though. I used Petfooddirect.com and it arrived quickly with no problems....saved me a few bucks too, even with the shipping.
The By Nature cans are available at Petsmart now, if you have one in your area. I noticed that the price at petfooddirect is better than PS, though...even w/shipping.So I should just feed Vegas the appropriate amt. as if she were on an all wet diet...assuming she won't graze on the dry? I think she may graze anyways and might get fat if i do let her eat the dry....but I guess its better than her starving if the wet isn't satisfying enough.
Hmm, because it sounds like Vegas loves to eat, and Charlie needs some help learning to be a team player, I would do away with the grazing. For Vegas, I would start with the recommended amount on the can and go from there. I wouldn't rush Charlie or it may just be frustrating. In my experience, the "appropriate" amount varies quite a bit.With Charlie though I really have no idea how to transition him to the wet from the dry....if the dry is out he will eat it, and will turn his nose up at the wet...its only once in a great while he seems to WANT the wet and will try to nibble from vegas (in which case i give him some in a separate dish which he will lap up)...
I would start with dry "meals" for Charlie. I'm not totally against the idea of free feeding, but if the dry is available 24/7, I don't think he'll cooperate.
I like this articlehttp://catinfo.org/#Transitioning_Dr...o_Canned_Food_