Actually, there is no need to feed your cat dry food. An all wet diet is quite good for cats!
Originally Posted by Turks rule!
Changing a diet can take a while - i know as i am doing the same thing at the moment. I agree that a good quality wet food contains the vitamins that your cat needs. Have you tried mixing a tiny amount of cat food in with what she eats at the moment ? Then you could add a little more over a few weeks until its all cat food.
This really is excellent advice.
You can try to make the quick switch, but it will be easier on your cat's digestive system to make a slow switch. I think adding a very small amount of cat food to the food she's currently eating is a great idea. If she eats it, then very gradually increase the amount of cat food and decrease the amount of chicken and cereal. But as I said, there's no reason the cat food you use has to be dry food! Some feed only dry, but it's actually healthier for the cat's bladder to use at least a mix of wet and dry. We FINALLY, after YEARS, were able to make the switch to all wet food.
Originally Posted by Jazzmin_Flower
<snip>What if you buy every brand of chicken cat cans and try them on her until she chooses one? Baby food is my best veterinarian's choice for cats recovering from illnesses and I have seen the fancy cats at Fancy Cat Shows eating this between presentations to the judges. You might try every brand of chicken baby foods also and see if she chooses one.... <snip>
While the suggestion to try different cat foods is a good one (if she won't eat the very small amount of whatever food you initially try adding to her chicken & cereal, keep trying others!), unless Jazzmin means trying chicken kitten
food (as opposed to chicken baby
food), I would like to point out that human baby food does not have the necessary nutrition for a cat, and is no better than what the cat is already eating.
Just an FYI for Baby Blue.
Cats do have very specific nutritional requirements One VERY important one is that they need taurine, an amino acid. Humans and other mammals can synthesize taurine from the building blocks of other amino acids, but cats cannot. It must be obtained from their food. The lack of taurine can cause them to become blind (among other problems. It is also required for proper digestion of fats). Another important nutritional issue with cats is that they cannot turn beta carotene (like from carrots) into Vitamin A, like humans and most other mammals can. They require a direct source of vitamin A. So if you look at the ingredients of cat food, you'll see taurine and vitamin A listed as a supplement in all of them.
Here's an article that you may find helpful: Cat Food: Feeding FAQs
I'm so glad you'll be switching your kitty to cat food, and if you have more questions along the way, please ask!!!!