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How to get Ollie to eat dry Wellness food?

post #1 of 12
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So far all Ollie will eat is canned Wellness food. How do I get him to eat the dry food too?

It's just the opposite with Ally... she prefers the dry food over the canned. She switched herself over by just all of a sudden not wanting canned food after the first time she tried dry Wellness food. I can't get Ollie to try the dry food.
post #2 of 12
I wouldn't worry as much about him not wanting dry food..wet food is good enough if you ask me. Jake eats 90% wet...
post #3 of 12
Thread Starter 
nutritionally - sure. However, I've been told that eating dry food is good for theiir teeth.
post #4 of 12
That is a myth my dear. When you eat a pretzel does it leave your teeth clean? No, it leaves crud all in them and stuff. Dry food does not help clean teeth.

http://www.littlebigcat.com/index.ph...dcleantheteeth

check that link out

Leslie
post #5 of 12
I feed wet and dry to my adults, because my work schedule is such that there may be unexpected overtime. I leave a measured amount of dry out during the day and night, so they can graze as they choose. I give them some wet morning and evening. In your field, you'll run into the same issues, so I can see you wanting to try some kibble that will work with them.

Anyway, you could try moistening the Wellness kibble a bit to see if that's more appealing to him...just don't leave it down forever, since it'll spoil far more quickly than dry kibble.

There are prescription dry dental foods, but I doubt you're quite at that stage with the babies.

Also, since they're young, you might want to start seeing if you can brush their teeth - that's really ideal, if they'll let you. There are sites that can walk you through how to introduce cats to the concept of brushing - it can be a slow process.

Honestly, you'll hear a lot of opinions vis a vis wet and dry - but what really counts is what your kitties will eat and thrive on. There's no one perfect diet or food - and your kitties will have a lot to say about what's acceptable.
post #6 of 12
Thread Starter 
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There are prescription dry dental foods, but I doubt you're quite at that stage with the babies.
That's what I should have gotten for my dog. I didn't know though. He had to have 50% of his teeth removed a year ago.

That's what I'm hoping to avoid with these two.

So I read the article.... I can't get Ally to eat wet-food anymore so I guess it's irrelevant with her.

However, I still think it would be great to get Ollie to eat both wet food and dry food. He loves the wet-food. He's gone through almost an entire case since I took him home a little over a week ago. You guys will be amazed at how much weight he's put on as a result. He's not scrawny anymore. Eating both wet and dry food though would probably be good. Also, it would be good so that he can munch from a feeder while I'm in class (assuming he's finished off the canned food I leave him).
post #7 of 12
When you feel like he is at a good weight try feeding him all dry on certain days. I did that with Jake and he now likes dry food...He still prefers wet but he will eat dry when there isn't any wet. When he was a baby he wouldn't touch it. Of course it's possible for it not to work, and you don't want to starve him but you can try it...
post #8 of 12
sometimes you have to try different brands. Ally might eat wet if it's something else and Ollie might eat dry. try some other brands, flavors etc. I wouldn't give up hope that quick.
post #9 of 12
I wouldn't try to get Ollie to eat dry. I have one kitty who doesn't like any kind of wet (unless it's tuna!!), but she gets some raw chicken everyday with a bit of canned food mixed in. I have another kitty whose main source of nutrition is wet, with a minimal amount of dry (1/8 cup) daily. After researching, I think wet is the way to go.

Stephanie
post #10 of 12
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Originally Posted by darlili View Post

Honestly, you'll hear a lot of opinions vis a vis wet and dry - but what really counts is what your kitties will eat and thrive on. There's no one perfect diet or food - and your kitties will have a lot to say about what's acceptable.
That is what it comes down too
post #11 of 12
Thread Starter 
he actually tried some a little while ago. He didn't seem to like it very much though and went back to the wet food bowl.
post #12 of 12
I would just feed him wet but leave out some dry since he's a kitten and should be free fed.

I feed mine mostly wet food but put down 1/4 cup of dry for them to share as a snack at night-- keeps them from waking me up at 6am.

I have had cats and dogs that I only fed dry (that's what the vets USED to recommend for teeth) and both had horrible teeth problems.
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