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post #1 of 28
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Okay, I'm going to attempt again to start my obese kitty on wet food. She always turns up her nose at it so I'm hoping to narrow down some great options to try from those that have been through this with their cat. I know that I probably won't ever find a wet food that she is willing to just eat on her own, but I would like to use one that I know would be easier to transition her to before moving on to something healthier like Wellness. At this point even the poorest quality of wet food is an option since the point for now is only trying to get her used to the texture.

So, does anyone have any advice? Is there a canned food out there that people equate to "kitty crack" as I've often heard tuna called? Thanks in advance everyone!
post #2 of 28
i've heard Fancy Feast called kitty crack... altho you can't prove it by my dry-only eaters!
good luck!
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post #4 of 28
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Originally Posted by laureen227 View Post
i've heard Fancy Feast called kitty crack... altho you can't prove it by my dry-only eaters!
good luck!
Yep, tried that one and got the gag reflex. I just tried putting a little Natural Balance turkey on a whisker lickin's treat that she loves and still got the gag reflex. I tried the canned version of her dry food and no good either. That's why I'm posting here to see if there is a miracle can out there. She does LOVE queso but I'm pretty sure there isn't a cat food version of that out there.

Thanks for the link Sharky!
post #5 of 28
How about trying Merricks Thanksgiving Day Dinner or Granny's Pot Pie. My two love those but wouldn't touch any of the other wet foods I tried including the other flavours of Merricks.
post #6 of 28
Avoderm select chicken chunks is one that Riley will gobble down every time. It has tiny bits of chicken, rather than large pieces like some of the pouches, and lots of gravy.
post #7 of 28
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Thanks AlleyGirl and Yosemite! I'll give them all a shot. Now if I can only find where to buy the Merrick's and Granny's pot pie.
post #8 of 28
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Thanks AlleyGirl and Yosemite! I'll give them all a shot. Now if I can only find where to buy the Merrick's and Granny's pot pie.
Granny's Pot Pie and Thanksgiving Day Dinner are 2 of the Merrick flavours. My kitties will only eat Merricks.
post #9 of 28
Our cats turned their noses up at all the Merrick flavors . However they love Natural Balance, Nature's Variety (especially rabbit flavor) & Eagle Pack Holistic Select
I stick to chicken, turkey, duck, lamb, venison & rabbit.
post #10 of 28
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Originally Posted by Yosemite View Post
Granny's Pot Pie and Thanksgiving Day Dinner are 2 of the Merrick flavours. My kitties will only eat Merricks.
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Our cats turned their noses up at all the Merrick flavors . However they love Natural Balance, Nature's Variety (especially rabbit flavor) & Eagle Pack Holistic Select
I stick to chicken, turkey, duck, lamb, venison & rabbit.
So, as you can easily see, it will be a matter of trial and error. I had to try about 10 different kinds before I found the Merrick flavours they would eat. Some cats prefer the pate type food, others like chunks - it will depend on your cat. I would talk to my local pet supply place, try to get about 2 cans of each type and ask them if they would take back any unopened cans. My store was very cooperative.
post #11 of 28
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Originally Posted by Yosemite View Post
So, as you can easily see, it will be a matter of trial and error. I had to try about 10 different kinds before I found the Merrick flavours they would eat. Some cats prefer the pate type food, others like chunks - it will depend on your cat. I would talk to my local pet supply place, try to get about 2 cans of each type and ask them if they would take back any unopened cans. My store was very cooperative.
That's a great idea! I'm guessing she might like the chunks better than the pate since it has more texture than the pate. BTW, I've decided to officially wait until I get back from vacation on June 7th to start this. I don't want to get her started and then lose all the hard work when I go on vacation. In the meantime, I'm picking up cans of things to try as I find them.
post #12 of 28
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Originally Posted by Yosemite View Post
So, as you can easily see, it will be a matter of trial and error. I had to try about 10 different kinds before I found the Merrick flavours they would eat. Some cats prefer the pate type food, others like chunks - it will depend on your cat.
I agree. Our furry family members certainly train us well .

Your kitty would only eat dry yes? First offer her a small amount of canned, if she doesn't touch after 30 min put a few pieces of dry food on top. Let her get used to the smell/texture. Some cats like their food soupy, or warmer instead of room temperature. Once you figure out what your cat's preferences are, it'll be down hill from there.
post #13 of 28
I'm trying something similar with my fur babies. I have the fat cat/skinny cat syndrome with cats that eat exactly the same food. The fat cat (the black one in the photo - and yes the photo was taken when she was just a kitty) has always thrown up her food after eating. The vet said it would take thousands of dollars to find the problem, so I should just keep experimenting with food. Both cats are rescue kitties. The fat cat was raised on kibble and she thinks that is the only thing in the world to eat. The skinny cat must have had canned food as he thinks that is best. I tried just about every brand of canned in the world to tempt my girl, but she stalked off like I was trying to poison her. When I brought home various kibbles to try, my boy thought I had been digging in the trash can and refused to eat.
I finally settled on a Sensitive stomach kibble. The throwing up of the food lessened but didn't stop completely. I suspect my girl is allergic to wheat gluten. I've still had the fat cat/skinny cat thing going on through all of the trials. Just recently, I've seen more "natural" foods on the market. Right now I'm trying a Whiskas Natural as it has no mention of wheat gluten or corn meal gluten in the ingredient list. Both cats think it's the greatest thing in the world.
I'm still not sure this is the best food for them, but right now it's working and she isn't throwing it up.
So the moral to this is you will have to try and try again. And what works one day may not work the next.
post #14 of 28
have you tried the grain-frees, compmom42?
post #15 of 28
On my way to raw which is where I am now. I tried many many different foods.All of my cats came from shelters and ate kibble. First I bought a better kibble. I bought wellness dry to get them used to a richer taste. Then I put a little tuna with some juice on it. Then I mixed some kibble with Natures Balance with some tuna juice. Then I stopped all kibble and put down only wet. I did start off with a turkey and salmon from Wellness. I tried Cowboy Cookout from Merrick which my cats liked. Nutro was a no go. I tried Paul Newman and my cats ALL thought that was a bad idea. California Naturals was a bomb as was Wysong. My cats stuck to Wellness. I recently tried Natures Variety to a good reception and even better was Weruva. Weruva is like shredded chicken in gravy. Evo is not a hit either. My cats like rich flavors. I noticed this more so since I do 80-90 percent raw. Halo stew was not for them but your cat may like it 'cause it has lumps.
Tiki cat ahi tuna is a great treat.
Personally I would try a quality tuna food to put on top to get the dry food lover interested.

I will tell you that my cats came to me with dry coats and now they shimmer. I have had no health problems(except for things from the shelter or once exposure to a sick stray), weight issues, dental issues or anything.
My cat survived distemper which the cat she got it from died quickly.
I am a strong believer in the power of a good wholesome food.

Good luck.
post #16 of 28
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Originally Posted by AlleyGirl View Post
Avoderm select chicken chunks is one that Riley will gobble down every time. It has tiny bits of chicken, rather than large pieces like some of the pouches, and lots of gravy.
Well I tried this one last night and she still did her "nose in the air" gag face at it. I decided to put some on her lips to at least get her to taste it and at first she didn't know I had actually put it on there. As she walked away from me she licked her lips and turned and gave me the biggest "OMG I can't believe you put that on my face" look I've ever seen. I'm sorry that I made her mad but the look on her face was absolutely priceless!

CC12 - I like your idea and will give it a whirl. She has never liked tuna on it's own but maybe a little juice on her S/D will be okay with her. I can then try tuna related wet foods from there.
post #17 of 28
I wish I knew the answer!

Abby used to be a svelt active kitty. But in the last 4 years she's put on so much weight. She is only a dry food eater. She doesn't like canned food, and she's never been a people food eater....just dry cat food.

She's almost 10 years old and has slowed down which has made it much worse.

I've been trying to get her to eat wet. On occasion she lets me know that she wants some "Fancy Feast Grilled Salmon". But when I put it out she will lick the gravy and take a few bites and that's it. She won't eat a full portion.

One day about a month ago she went to Chynna's plate of left over Friskies watered down beef, and finished it up. But to give her her own portion she just scratches the floor and buries it.

I will be talking to the vet about a weight control dry, because she definitely needs to lose weight!
post #18 of 28
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Natalie_ca - It sounds like we're in the exact same boat as my tubby cat is also 10 years old...today in fact! Happy Birthday Aussie!

Keep me posted on what your vet has to say. I'm talking to mine as well and will report back too.
post #19 of 28
One canned food I've had a lot of luck with is Almo Nature, but it has only recently become available in North America. There's an address for the Canadian headquarters here: http://www.almonature.co.uk/company_aboutus.php?lng=3

Have you tried Solid Gold? Their tuna is one of the few canned foods Jamie will eat.

Also, and I know this might sound strange, but avoid pouches and large cans for the time being, and try small 2 or 3 oz. cans. Food is heated/cooked in the cans, and the shorter the heating time, the tastier the food (that information was obtained from an engineer in the pet food industry).
post #20 of 28
Laureen, not yet. I live in a large suburban area and you would think finding more "natural" and grain free would be easy. I get pretty bored standing in Petco or Petsmart (my only options other than the grocery store) reading all the ingredients. The supposed natural ones from the major stores, my cats think is awful and stomp away or start covering it immediately. I've never even seen some of the brands mentioned here in our stores.

Sometimes I think I would love to go with raw food, but finding a source is tough. My local stores don't seem interested.

Sounds like I'm going to have to do some research.

dotty
post #21 of 28
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Originally Posted by compmom42 View Post
I've never even seen some of the brands mentioned here in our stores.

Sometimes I think I would love to go with raw food, but finding a source is tough. My local stores don't seem interested.

Sounds like I'm going to have to do some research.

dotty
i thought it was only smaller places like Denton that had that problem!
the only place i've found pre-made raw is online - & the shipping is OUTRAGEOUS!
i did order samples [most of them free, btw] of several of the grain-frees - but none of my cats liked any of them they didn't go to waste - the ferals ate them. but i now just look for the best possible kibble [since i have 2 dry only eaters] w/a medium grade wet [since Cable ALWAYS gets the runs if i go too rich on the wet ].
there is a feed store locally that sells Chicken Soup, both kibble & cans... i get the cans for the housecats, kibble for the ferals. i'll also do Authority's kibble for the ferals, & their cans for wet. the Royal Canin seems to be a big kibble winner indoors... & they don't seem to eat as much of it as the other 2 kibbles, either. so as long as i can afford it i'll keep using that kibble.
indoor cats didn't like the Solid Gold Katz-n-Flocken, either . ingredients were good - don't know what was off about the taste [since i didn't taste it ]!
post #22 of 28
As terrible as it sounds, I just stopped offering dry food pretty much cold turkey to get Connie on wet food. I simply became veryveryvery frustrated with her vomiting. She was a total dry addict who puked all the time, even on daily prednisolone.

If she went 18 hours without eating, I'd let her eat approximately 1/4c of dry food, but then continue offering wet food. It took less than 48 hours to get her at least trying it. Within the week, it was like she had never eaten anything else. She hasn't eaten dry food since.

Please note, Connie was not at all overweight when I attempted this, so much less concern about HL. She also has vomited only a handful of times in the several months she's been fed exclusively wet food. She used to vomit, literally, 3-5 times a day when she was on dry food.

I got Connie switched over with Fancy Feast and Friskies. She wouldn't eat any fish-flavors or mushy textures at first, so you might want to try various flavors, textures, etc. Now, the cats aren't big fans of fish-flavored food, but they will eat Wellness' Chicken & Herring and the Turkey & Salmon (or is it trout?) along with their landloving varieties.
post #23 of 28
It is like cracking code.

There are some online companies that offer quality food AND free shipping. I will try to post a link.

Well, looks like the free shipping has ended for the companies I used. I live in a city with a holistic pet store on every corner so I am fortunate.
You may have to ask a store to special order it for you.
post #24 of 28
Well it takes a lot of patience and $ to keep trying different foods.
Here is my advice, By the way, it took a good year and half, to get
her eating canned food everyday, twice a day. Dont give up.
I bought some Brewer's Yeast, it is a powder, found at good drug stores
and health food stores. You can sprinkle a little on top, for some reason
cats like this. You put only out 1 teaspoon of wet and put a few
of their dry pieces on top, sticking up and out. Add a little water mixing
it in the wet, seems to make is more appealing. ALways use a low
flat dish. Try fancy feast brand - mine eats the gourmet chicken
feast, liver and something, yours might like the grilled or not, the morsels
or not, the chunks or not, the pate or not, they have many textures,
which helps you get a idea also. I stick to chicken, liver, turkey, lamb,
venision (natural balance brand). Try putting a small amount on
a spoon and offer to it, yep hand feed them. Mine would eat it off
a spoon, but not in the dish at first. I buy, fancy feast,
wellness is becoming a big hit, Natural balance and others in small amount
the cans in Turkey and chicken pretty much only. You can
also try the kitten version of some brands, I noticed they must be
tastier. Once you get them eating like a fancy feast, which all cats seem to like, you can start adding the mix program of better quality cans.
Only feed your cat twice a day! Put down small amount of dry
in 1 bowl and couple spoons of wet mixed with water in another bowl.
If you leave dry out all the time you
will have no chance of changing, they have to be hungry to try another
texture, wet food. My own cat eats 1/4 Cup dry- I measure it and
about 3-4 oz. wet each day. She has not given up her dry so we compromise. Oh and will your cat say eat like, cooked chicken or turkey
you baked? I think it is a matter of a cat getting used to different
tastes, textures. Good Luck
Brenda
It is worth it in saying this you will be doing a great service to your cat.
post #25 of 28
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Thanks for the tips everyone! I actually have some Brewer's Yeast at home so I'll give that a whirl. So far it doesn't seem to be a texture thing for my cat but primarily as smell issue. She will get as close as an inch away from the food to see what it is and immediate puts her nose in the air and makes gag faces and starts smacking her mouth to get the "taste" out. I don't know if it's something they use to preserve all wet food or what. I don't leave dry out all of the time so I will start offering wet mixed with dry first for a while to see if I can get her to actually taste any of it. I'm doubting she will since I tried putting a dab of wet on her favorite treats and she wouldn't touch them.
post #26 of 28
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Okay I've come up with an idea! My cat LOVES milk which is why she probably loves queso so much. Anyway, I just tried opening her cosequin supplement to see if she'd be interested in the flavor of it and of course she sniffed it but wouldn't touch it. Well, I took about a teaspoon of my fat free milk and mixed the cosequin with it and brought it back to her. She lapped it up!

Since I know cow milk isn't the best for cats, I was thinking of trying the cat-sip alternative for cats. As long as she likes that as much, I think slowly mixing that with canned food and gradually increasing the canned over time may actually work. This is along the same lines as adding tuna juice but since she hates tuna I thought this might work as an alternative.

By the way, my cat has never shown any signs of being lactose intolerant. If she doesn't like the catsip (1% milk) I may just continue with the fat-free organic that I buy for myself unless she starts having problems. Any thoughts?
post #27 of 28
hissy says that goat's milk is better than cow's milk for cats. since you buy organic, i'd be willing to bet that store also sells goat's milk.
she'll probably like the catsip, tho - 4/5 of mine think it's good. but the goat's milk might be less expensive.
post #28 of 28
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hissy says that goat's milk is better than cow's milk for cats. since you buy organic, i'd be willing to bet that store also sells goat's milk.
she'll probably like the catsip, tho - 4/5 of mine think it's good. but the goat's milk might be less expensive.
Yes, my plans are to look for goat milk next time I make it to the store. I didn't realize how expensive catsip was until I just went and bought some. Thanks for the tip!
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