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Tell me the best wet food for picky cat!

post #1 of 16
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Hi everyone, Coco's vet just called with results of her urinalysis, she has no infection (good) but she is in the early stages of kidney disease (not so good). The vet's recommendation was to feed ONLY wet food from now on so she gets as much water as possible.

She has been much better about eating her food since the dentistry (yay), and I have been adding a few different brands to the Wellness to offer her some variety (if I could remember what they are right now that would help ) and that seems to be going ok, but I would like to switch it up for her even MORE so she doesn't get bored. Rather than go to Petco and buy a flavor of every single brand I would love to get some recommendations of the yummiest, smelliest foods that your picky cats have loved to eat.

She's actually been stealing bits of Hallow's chicken/beef/turkey flavored food (he doesn't get fish...though he is equally guilty of stealing her food ) so I think I could throw some flavors other than fish in there for her as well.

Let the recommendations begin
post #2 of 16
I've tried just about every one of the "good" canned foods--Merrick, Wellness, Wellness Core, Instinct, Evo, Blue--anyway, a bunch of them. The only ones Kody will eat are the Wellness pouches (not the cans), but I have to smash it up for him and the Newman's Own Organic Chicken and Salmon Formula.

Anne
post #3 of 16
My cats are picky, and they like Weruva. I think it's because of the texture (they don't like pates, and Weruva is shredded). Of course, as luck would have it, Weruva is pricey.

They also like Sheba, but note that Sheba isn't nutritionally complete - it doesn't have the extra vitamins and supplements that cats require - so it should only be fed as a treat or supplement to your cat's regular diet.
post #4 of 16
meow mix - read labels as some have lots of fish, others have none ... some have by products and artificial flavors

wellness - canned here they love the poultry flavors

instinct - when in the mood

Evo and Evo 95% - the love


With CRF I found the "uti " friendly to also aid in kidney help
post #5 of 16
Wellness chicken for mine, the male isn't picky but the female is and they both like it.
post #6 of 16
Brands of wet that my two boys will eat are:

Avoderm Select chicken chunks << this is the usual favorite
California Natural
Evo
Authority
Nutro Max
Nature's Variety Homestyle

and Wellness sometimes.
post #7 of 16
I feed wet food as a supplement, so I don't know how great the quality is for every day, but after trying a million things the ONLY wet food my cats have liked is the Meow Mix packets, especially the beef flavor. They prefer the shredded meat texture to chunks & sauce or pate.
post #8 of 16
Hennessy "likes" the Natural Balance Venison and Duck flavours, but he LOVES Nutro Max's Califorina chicken... something (in the little cans, chunks and gravy). He gets the Nutro when he needs an extra-special treat.
post #9 of 16
I did the "buy one of everything" for my cat. I tried everything from Wellness, EVO, Cal Naturals, grocery brands, etc. He is so picky, he will only eat two canned foods:

Purina Pro Plan Kitten Chicken & Liver Entree

Fancy Feast White Meat Chicken Tuscany
post #10 of 16
I also have picky wet food eaters. I posted a similar thread a while back and went out and bought a can of everything recommended (that also didn't hurt any health conditions). Your cat will tell you what you like, if you don't mind experimenting a bit right now. Mine are not allowed any fish flavors, but we rotate in Authority, Science Diet (yuk, but they'll eat it), Max, and the occasional Friskies (real junk food). Sometimes its more important for them to eat the wet, rather than eating the most nutricianal wet.

I also rotate flavors in for mine. Heaven forbid that I feed them the same thing as their last meal.
post #11 of 16
I really don't have picky cats, but have to get the higher quality ones for Charlie. We feed Wellness, Blue Spa (Buffalo), Natural Balance (they love the venison one), Avoderm, Iams and Max Cat.

I stick to mainly chicken, lamb, beef, venison, duck flavors - we don't get any tuna/salmon ones.
post #12 of 16
Thread Starter 
Thanks everyone for the suggestions. It's been kind of hit or miss lately...every new brand was a flop so I've just been mixing some FF with Wellness, but today I gave her Wellness Chicken & Lobster by itself, and that seems like a hit, she ate the whole portion almost all at once...but I'm sure she won't like it tomorrow
post #13 of 16
I find wet cat food to be a bit scary in going out to purchase. My cat Megan (RIP lovely, mommy misses you) would turn her nose up at everything I tried. I must have bought 100 cans of food, considering all the brands and flavors...never did find one she would eat regularly.
So here I sit getting ready to bring two cats into my life and I am stumped once more. The breeder currently feeds them Natures Variety raw Instinct (does that sound right) but I have not been able to find it in stores, mail order for the most part *sigh*
post #14 of 16
I think with wet you really do have to switch it up for some cats.

Hennessy generally gives me this 'again?' look when I serve him the same thing in a row.
post #15 of 16

I've got a cat with kidney disease that only wants regular meat - chicken or beef. I know it's not the best for her but the only canned food she eats enthusiastically is Wellness Signature Selects skipjack tuna with shrimp entrée in broth.  And she will eat the baby food meats - chicken, ham and beef - also not great for her.  Going to try cooked egg yolks today.

post #16 of 16
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Originally Posted by Maybegirl View Post
 

I've got a cat with kidney disease that only wants regular meat - chicken or beef. I know it's not the best for her but the only canned food she eats enthusiastically is Wellness Signature Selects skipjack tuna with shrimp entrée in broth.  And she will eat the baby food meats - chicken, ham and beef - also not great for her.  Going to try cooked egg yolks today.

 

It would be much better if she would eat cooked egg WHITES vs the egg yolk.  Egg YOLKS are loaded with potassium, which is what kidney cats are to avoid.  (I have one myself, that's how I know)   I add egg whites to my girls canned food, just to get more GOOD protein in her (with her Vet's blessing). 

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