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post #31 of 46
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Oh and I guess I should add that after refusing a plate of food a couple nights ago, my son was taking it up to throw it away...he drops it and it goes splat on the floor....my cat runs over and eats the food off of the floor like it was a PRIZE! WHAT IS UP WITH THAT??!
More like finding it in the "wild" I guess
post #32 of 46
Yeah, wild caught I guess it is!
I was trying to get her to eat tonight and as she walked away from her plate without finishing, my 13 yr old son (who dropped the plate) says to me: "just dump it out on the floor, Mom, she'll eat it"......yeah...I don't think so!
post #33 of 46
have you tried by natures pouches???
post #34 of 46
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have you tried by natures pouches???
Haven't seen them in my local stores, same with natural balance, or I would try them.

He did eat his Evo for dinner last night. I think he thought he was starving since I threw his breakfast away This morning he had Merrick seafood delight. He didn't want to eat it and kept trying to get Kashsa's meow mix, but once she was done and I picked her plate up and scraped it in the trash, he went back and ate his food.

Tomorrow we will try the turkey, which is the one he has refused completely and see what happens. If he won't eat it, I'm going to get some brewer's yeast this weekend and try again.
post #35 of 46
I've had the same problem with my cat. He's never finnished a full portion of anything. I think I made the mistake of giving him too many fish based tins when he was little because now he just glares at me if I try and feed him chicken/beef/lamb etc. Its tuna/salmon or nothing.
He eats low-quality brands because Ive tried him on about 1 of everything else I can find and he just wont eat it. He HATES anything with 'real' pieces of meat in it. He once went for over a week without eating any wet food when I played battle of willpower with him over getting him to eat something of good quality. Ive tried this a few times, Ive tried rotating good/poor quality foods, Ive tried it all. He does have high quality dry food he likes (thank goodness), so I decided that will do him. He's a skinny, picky, eater and honestly, id rather he eats anything than nothing, so he gets fish flavour fancy feast for his wet food now. I know theres a lot of people on this site who are adament quality food is vitally important, but my cat is happy, healthy, and has a glossy coat. If your cat REALLY wont be convinced to go back to quality food, Id say let him eat what he wants rather than make feeding time a lifelong battle.
post #36 of 46
Well at least I'm the only one who bought two cases of cat food only to find my cat no longer likes it. I haven't been able to get Gizmo to any canned food for several weeks now. I've been adding water to a little bit of dry food every now and then and surprisingly he actually eats it. It makes me feel a little bit better but I would much rather he get back to eating wet food again.
post #37 of 46
This suggestion is slightly off the wall, but it works with some pets. Open up a can, put some in Riley's cat bowl, and a little on a plate for you. Do it in front of him. Then get a fork and (pretend to) eat his food.

It works better with dogs, but I've seen cats react by quickly eating their food so that you don't get it. I wouldn't do it with low-end supermarket food, but a taste of a premium brand won't hurt you.
post #38 of 46
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This suggestion is slightly off the wall, but it works with some pets. Open up a can, put some in Riley's cat bowl, and a little on a plate for you. Do it in front of him. Then get a fork and (pretend to) eat his food.

It works better with dogs, but I've seen cats react by quickly eating their food so that you don't get it. I wouldn't do it with low-end supermarket food, but a taste of a premium brand won't hurt you.
I thought about putting it on a plate on my table and give him "bites" of it from "my plate" lol. He will eat anything off my plate, so it may work!
post #39 of 46
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Well last night and this morning he ate Evo 95% Chicken and Turkey, so I'm assuming its the brand, not the protein source that he is getting bored with. I am going to try the Brewer's Yeast this weekend though, to see if I can get him to eat his Merrick, since I have 2 cases of it!
post #40 of 46
I'd just hold off on the Merrick's turkey/Turducken for a few weeks if it doesn't work, as he's bound to "reacquire" his taste for it.
post #41 of 46
That's what I've decided to do with all the Wellness cans I just bought....I've quit offering them at all and will try again later on...
post #42 of 46
The by Nature pouches are different, FYI. I compare them to MM cups, only better. My guys didn't like them much.
post #43 of 46
I am not sure if this is going to be helpful advice for you as you have more kitties than me, but I changed the amount of times I feed my cats per day, to leave longer times between meals and I dont leave any dry food for snacks.
So my two cats share 1/2 cup of dry food in the morning. They finish this with the speed of light.
They get 3oz of wet to share at around 3pm. They are usually so hungry by 3pm that they clear whatever it is that is given.

And 3oz at midnight. Again by midnight they follow me and meow at me to make sure I dont forget to feed them. This gets cleared really quickly as well.

I recently had to switch to cheap foods, but still had some wellness laying around (beef and chicken). They hate that flavor, but with how hungry they are, the plate was cleared.

I hope I dont jinx it.

Brewers yeast is what I was going to try, before I changed the meal schedule.
post #44 of 46
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Well, this morning he wouldn't eat his Evo, but he DID eat his Merrick turducken!

I have figured out what is going on. He is doing this just to make me crazy

Seriously though, I cut out all treats, and made sure my bf wasn't feeding him snacks (chips, etc. which he is bad to give him bites of) so I think he was just getting off schedule, eating too much junk food and treats. Of course, if he refuses it for dinner tonight, then please disregard that theory and go back to the one where he is trying to drive me crazy
post #45 of 46
I like the theory where he is trying to drive you crazy best....because it seems most likely!
post #46 of 46
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I like the theory where he is trying to drive you crazy best....because it seems most likely!
lol... have to agree
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