Originally Posted by bcbc mom
She's 4 years old. She only eats people food. Tried it all! You can only starve them for so long before it becomes cruel & would ya rather see her rip up a poor bird? How healthy is THAT? FORCE HER?!?! What would ya have me do?--tie her to a chair & hold a WATER-GUN to her head? SERIOUSLY-I came to ask for some help-I NEVER expected "catty" remarks. I've had cats since 1977 and I'd never be so arrogant as to think I knew it all. Since I questioned my vet(another story)I thought I'd ask the good people here instead. I never had to deal with this sort of stubborn kitty before. BUT-she IS VERY healthy,quick, & BEAUTIFUL! I'll download some pics over weekend. A super-helpful person on this site gave me step-by-step. Hope there are more like her!
If your cat is eating only lunch meat she is not healthy. She may look healthy but she is missing, and has been missing for as long as she's been eating this stuff, vital nutrients.
Without enough taurine her eyes will begin to form lesions and ulcers, and may have to eventually be removed. Taurine is so important, four years without it has already done irreparable damage.
It hasn't shown up yet, but it will.
Other problems that will show up in time from this poor high salt high fat diet is high blood pressure, liver disease, and kidney problems.
Like you, I do not believe a cat "will eat when she gets hungry enough" cats will starve rather than eat what they don't like.But you need to find a balanced cat food, or a homemade cat food diet recipe, with supplemented vitamins, minerals and amino acids.
There are many books on home made meals for cats, do a lot of research and get your cat on the food she needs to live a long and healthy life. but watch her eyes carefully, and start saving your money, because if she has been living on lunch meat for four years, you are going to run into problems in the next few years.