The food that my kitties are currently eating is not usually considered junk food but they are are fixated on it. I want to change their diet to only canned food. They currently eat Nutro Complete Care Weight Mgmt. dry/free fed ... plus 1 pouch (wet food) of the same brand morning & evening.
My goal is to eventually feed them only canned food. Innova is my choice. My plan is to get them off of the pouches first. Then after they have adjusted to that change, slowly reduce the dry food until they are on only canned. This is going to be a very gradual process because I do not want to upset their tummys or fail.
Yesterday I put a small amount of Innova into an empty bowl. They sniffed it then walked away with no interest shown. Then I mixed 1 pouch with Innova ... that did not work, they turned their noses up at the mix.
This morning I had a small success. I placed 1/2 teaspoon under 1/2 of a pouch for each kitty. After about 10 minutes they both ate it all.
I have not free fed them their dry food all afternoon...soon, I will give them their evening pouch meal, the same as this morning, 1/2 teaspoon under 1/2 pouch. If they eat it, then I will allow them to free feed dry food tonight, as I have been doing. If this plan works I will reduce the ratio of pouch to Innova very slowly. If they do not eat the pouch food with Innova this evening, I will add another post to this thread in the morning, asking for more help.Another problem is
... because they have been free fed dry kibble all of their lives ... they eat small meals during a 24 hr. period. I have no idea how to change that to large enough canned food meals to sustain their health. I will need to address this issure as I begin to reduce the dry food from their diet. Your feedback on how to feed enough canned food to sustain health will be appreciated too.
Thanks so much.
Originally Posted by Pat & Alix
Please post what they are hooked on
and what you have tried to switch them to?