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Making Dry Food More Palatable

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We've had our adopted Khao Plort for several months now. He's settled in well, and we've switched over his food from Science Diet to a mix of Fromm/Blue Buffalo.

That being said, he is a very finicky eater. We allow him free choice and he still doen't eat very much. Granted, he's not at all emaciated or thin, he's just not very food motivated.

Every night, our two cats share a can of Petite Cuisine, which Eddie (our Khao Plort) adores. Tonight, I mixed dry food in with Eddie's wet food (in addition to salmon oil), and he licked the bowl clean.

It seems he is more apt to eat when there is wet food involved. When Petite Cuisine is $1.50 for a 3 oz. can, I can't really crack another for him to eat with his dry food.

So my question is: Is there something more affordable I can make or buy to mix with his dry food? Years ago, a neighbor made "cat pudding" for neighborhood cats. It had the consistency of pumpkin pie filling, but tasted like meat. I've searched for recipes, but don't find anything that I'd feel safe giving my cat.

Suggestions would be great - thanks very much!
post #2 of 7
Many quality foods are less expensive than both wet and dry your currently feeding.. Where do you shop ? what ingredients do you NOT want ...
post #3 of 7
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Thanks, sharky!

Our best bet for pet food so far has been a local pet store that opened. This store carries only "good" pet foods - no meals, byproducts, gluten, etc. The "lowest" quality product he will sell is Nutro, and he also carries Call of the Wild, Innova, etc. etc. Our guys were very picky with the stuff to be found in Petsmart/Petco, so the owner reccomended the Fromm to us based on its 100% meat content (we feed the Fromm 4 Star). They both love it, so we didn't question it.

Basically, I don't want the rice, corn, gluten, meals, and byproducts - especially not right up in front!

Thanks again for the reply - I really do appreciate it!
post #4 of 7
I have five cats , four of which eat some wet daily... I buy 13 oz can s , ie wellness for me buy the case is about 2$ for a 12-13 oz can ( ie what your buying 12 oz would be 5ish$ )

I suggest getting one of every can he sells and find ones theyll eat , then find out if the store has case discounts and the BIGGEST size avail... ... is the Fromms the kinda shredded gravy type??
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I don't believe Fromm makes a wet food. The dry food is tiny little pieces (kind of like SD actually) that are easy for my senior to manage.

The petite cuisine looks really good - it looks just like shredded fish in a tasty gravy. I just wish it wasn't quite so through the roof!

I'll start a smattering of samples at the store - thanks so much for everything!
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Originally Posted by LittleDorrit View Post
I don't believe Fromm makes a wet food. The dry food is tiny little pieces (kind of like SD actually) that are easy for my senior to manage.

The petite cuisine looks really good - it looks just like shredded fish in a tasty gravy. I just wish it wasn't quite so through the roof!

I'll start a smattering of samples at the store - thanks so much for everything!
Fromm makes wet food, but I don't see it sold as much as the dry food. It is shredded meat and gravy kind---with assorted flavors: chicken, tuna, duck... They also sell small cans of just gravy (it has small bits of veggies in it too). I used to feed my kitties both the dry and wet food. They really loved the dry food (boy did it have a potent smell though! haha) and the small pieces really helped with my older cat, who had digestive issues.
post #7 of 7
My kitten likes the Fromm entrees but he has a hard time eating it. I think a lot of cats can't eat shredded meat. Sometimes it comes down to the texture whether it's pate-, shredded, chunky or minced style. I know at the clinic where I work, some people feed the cats and they just plop the wet food in the bowl. The cats don't touch it or eat around it. If I squish the food, then they eat it.

Back to Fromm's, the canned food is expensive - small cans for the same price as a 5.5 oz can. I did talk to a Fromm rep a couple of months ago and they said they're changing canneries and their cans will be slightly bigger but not significantly.

Eagle Pack Holistic Selects also comes in 12 oz cans and it's reasonably priced (where I am anyway). Where I shop, if I buy 18 cans of any brand or size, I get 2% off - whoopee. That's a free can though.
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