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"ew! this food is poo!" - says Pouncer

post #1 of 7
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Yesterday my mom and I went out and bought a 6.5 lb. bag of Eukanuba kitten kibble for Pouncer. She's been eating wet food these first 6 months of her life, and I decided it was time she got kibble into her diet. We also wanted to start her on a routine where she could eat wet food for breakfast, we could put out a small bowl of kibble, and she would eat kibble whenever she got hungry, and my grandmother (who's rather old and feeble) wouldn't have to walk to our house (it's just across the street, but still) just to feed her lunch. Then mom would feed her another portion of wet food at night.

Well... I didn't introduce the kibble properly, I know now. >_< When I set out the bowl of kibble yesterday morning, she went straight at it and nearly ate all of it right then and there, despite that she'd JUST had breakfast.

Well, I set out a much smaller bowl of kibble this morning, about two hours after breakfast... and to my surprise, she sniffed at it and did the movements she does when she's covering up her poo in the litterbox. She did this about three times, and then walked away, much disgusted.

So... I'm guessing she doesn't like it? Could anyone tell me why, after she went with such a zest at it yesterday?
And... what do I do with this big bag 'ol kitten food now?
post #2 of 7
You may have mistaken her actions. When a cat wants to save her food for later she 'buries' it. It is to save it from predators in the wild. My cats often eat a bit from their bowls then do the 'scooping' motions round the bowls and walk away. But it actually means they like it. So don't give up yet.
post #3 of 7
Yes all my cats bury their food, its normal. She probably was just excited about new food the first time. Now she's decided she'll save it for later. The buyring behavior indicates this.
post #4 of 7
Thread Starter 

thanks to both of you for that useful tidbit. i never knew cats were somewhat like dogs in that "burying food" thing. i hope the case really IS that she likes the food that much, and she's just not currently hungry (otherwise, seriously, what would i do with this bag of kibble? lol). i've never seen her try to bury her wet food, so this "scooping" action around food was new to me.
post #5 of 7
I have to agree! My cats do that same thing!
post #6 of 7
I agree with everyone else. But may I suggest switching foods? Eukanuba is a very low quality food and unfortunately they (the parent company of Proctor & Gamble) do animal testing. It contains many bad ingredients such as animal by-products (beaks, feet, feathers, etc.), corn, brewer's rice, poultry (what is that? Parakeet, canary, roadkill, ostrich, what?),"meat" by-products (could be any meat under the sun, really), wheat, etc. It's sad, because their kitten formula is one of the best they have. And of course the animal testing just piles onto that. Just look at these ingredients:

Eukanuba Kitten Chicken & Rice Dry:

Chicken, Chicken Liver, Chicken By-Product Meal, Brewers Rice, Fish Meal (source of fish oil), Corn Grits, Chicken By-Products, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of vitamin E, and Citric Acid), Dried Egg Product, Dried Beet Pulp (sugar removed), Natural Chicken Flavor, Brewers Dried Yeast, Calcium Carbonate, Potassium Chloride, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin, Ascorbic Acid, Vitamin A Acetate, Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Thiamine Mononitrate (source of vitamin B1), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (source of vitamin B6), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement (source of vitamin B2), Inositol, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid), DL-Methionine, Choline Chloride, Minerals (Zinc Oxide, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Potassium Iodide, Cobalt Carbonate), Rosemary Extract

Eukanuba Kitten Chicken Cuts in Gravy Canned:

Chicken Broth, Chicken, Poultry Liver, Wheat Gluten, Dried Beet Pulp (sugar removed), Meat By-Products, Natural Flavors, Guar Gum, Fish Oil (preserved with mixed Tocopherols), Salt, Fructooligosaccharides, Potassium Chloride, Minerals (Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Cobalt Amino Acid Chelate, Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Sodium Selenite, Potassium Iodide), Sodium Carbonate, DL-Methionine, Caramel, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Vitamin A Acetate, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate (source of vitamin B1), Niacin, Calcium Pantothenate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (source of vitamin B6), Riboflavin Supplement (source of vitamin B2), Folic Acid, Biotin), Choline Chloride, Sodium Phosphate, Taurine

Foods I highly recommend are Innova EVO, California Natural, Felidae, Solid Gold, Natural Balance, etc. Compare Eukanuba's ingredients with these:

Innova EVO Dry:

Chicken Meal
Herring Meal
Chicken Fat
Turkey Meal
Natural Flavors
Cottage Cheese
Dried Chicory Root
Herring Oil
Rosemary Extract
Viable Naturally Occurring Microorganisms

California Natural Chicken & Rice Dry:

Chicken Meal
Ground Brown Rice
Chicken Fat
Sunflower Oil

As you'll see, the ingredients in foods such as Innova and California Natural are far more superior than Eukanuba. I'm not forcing you to switch, but please take into consideration. Good luck! btw, Pouncer is so adorable!
post #7 of 7
My cat also does the burying thing, but strangely, the opposite of yours! She only buries her wet food, and only if it has been warmed up a little.
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