Originally Posted by semiferal
I rotate between a variety of extremely high quality foods. A major goal for me is to keep them from getting picky. I also avoid grocery store brands, both because of the quality and because they are much tastier than most premium brands so again they tend to encourage finickiness.
Pretty much the same philosophy here, though Jamie is extreme in his desire for variety. I have to have at least three different dry foods available for breakfast at any given time, i.e., every week, and replace them after about three months (he's currently alternating between Felidae, Nutro and Eagle Pack Holistic). He gets canned in the evening - a variety of flavors, and several different brands, mainly European. His criteria are: small cans only (2 or 3 oz)., and meat and/or fish in spring water or jelly, with no more than 1% or 2% natural rice.
ZsaZsa got one food only in her previous homes, but once I started to feed her, she also developed a liking for variety and small cans only.
I've experienced brands becoming completely unavailable in Europe (Innova and California Natural) or unavailable for weeks or months (Solid Gold, Serengeti, Dick van Patten's, and at one time Nutro), so even if the cats didn't want variety, I'd have to insist on it.