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post #1 of 27
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Its been about a week now since I've added wet food to Harley's diet - in the beginning he had 1 pouch in the morning and one at night and then he had dry out all day.

Well, lately, when I come home at noon, he's been sitting by his dish that he gets wet food in daily and meows til I feed him. I've noticed that he isn't really eating a lot of dry food anymore either. I see him eating a few times at night time, but thats about it.

Is it okay that he's eating so much wet food and not so much dry anymore? He just LOVES the wet food so much - I want to make sure its okay that I'm feeding it to him more.

Thanks for your help.... again!
post #2 of 27
It should tell you on the pouch how much to feed for body weight. Mine used to get 3 pouches each before I switched to raw.

By giving in to his meows you are teaching him a bad habbit, hard as it is to ignore them lol Wet food is better for him than dry anyway.
post #3 of 27
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Originally Posted by missymotus

By giving in to his meows you are teaching him a bad habbit, hard as it is to ignore them lol.
I know that - but its like he's hungry - cuz he eats it when its given to him - so its like he's telling me that he's hungry!

I just need to know if he should be eating more dry or not?
post #4 of 27
Many cats are on a wet only diet. It shouldn't be a problem.
post #5 of 27
How much does Harley weigh? Bijou and Mika share 1 can of wet food morning and night and about 1/2 cup dry per day. Mika eats mostly dry and Bijou prefers the wet. I put down 1/2 a can per serving and when that is finished I put the rest of the can down so it doesn't just sit there and get icky. Bijou is 16 lbs and Mika is 8 lbs.

I think if you are giving him 1 pouch morning and 1 pouch at night with dry in between that should be enough - depending on the amount in the pouch of course.

Also, they will eat less of better quality foods.
post #6 of 27
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Harley weighs about 9lbs - but he's not fat at all, he's so active all the time!

Its like he doesn't like to eat the dry at all anymore - he'd rather have the wet!

I'm feeding him the Meow Mix pouches BTW.
post #7 of 27
My two get a pouch or can in the morning and another in the evening. They have dry food available 24/7, but you should hear the backtalk I get from Chichi as soon as I get home! I'm like if your that hungry, eat the dry food! Murphy has no problem eating the dry, but miss princess jeez! Oh, and BTW ignoring her does not work!
post #8 of 27
wet food thou better is lower in fiber and if Harley is not eating much dry he is hungry mid day ... Harley is under a yr right?? If so I would still feed him under kitten guidelines.. which would be up to 8 pouches a day , the surf n turf says 1 to 2 pouches per 4.5lbs per day for an adult ..... I say try a spoonfull at lunch and see if that works otherwise another pouch wont hurt
post #9 of 27
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Originally Posted by sharky
wet food thou better is lower in fiber and if Harley is not eating much dry he is hungry mid day ... Harley is under a yr right?? If so I would still feed him under kitten guidelines.. which would be up to 8 pouches a day , the surf n turf says 1 to 2 pouches per 4.5lbs per day for an adult ..... I say try a spoonfull at lunch and see if that works otherwise another pouch wont hurt
Are they really small pouches - 8 pouches sure seems like a lot.
post #10 of 27
Atleast he will eat wet food,
Mine turn their nose up at every brand!
post #11 of 27
If I'm remembering correctly, Harley is still a kitten?
He may continue to grow and need "extra" food until he is 18 months old. All of our bengals grow and need more food up to 2 years.
My personal opinion is that you should give kittens and adolescents as much food as they want to eat until the age of 1 year. Then monitor the situation and feed less if activity levels drop and there is any indication of fat developing.
Since Harley is an active kitten, feed him as much as he wants. You know of course, he is training you to feed him what tastes best to him.

I also think most wet foods are better than most dry foods. I think raw is best, followed by canned wet and dry as the last resort.
post #12 of 27
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Originally Posted by Yosemite
Are they really small pouches - 8 pouches sure seems like a lot.
there 78 grams or 2.75 ounces
post #13 of 27
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Originally Posted by Kai Bengals
If I'm remembering correctly, Harley is still a kitten?
He may continue to grow and need "extra" food until he is 18 months old. All of our bengals grow and need more food up to 2 years.
My personal opinion is that you should give kittens and adolescents as much food as they want to eat until the age of 1 year. Then monitor the situation and feed less if activity levels drop and there is any indication of fat developing.
Since Harley is an active kitten, feed him as much as he wants. You know of course, he is training you to feed him what tastes best to him.

I also think most wet foods are better than most dry foods. I think raw is best, followed by canned wet and dry as the last resort.
Yes, Harley is still a kitten, he will be 1 in June.

He may seem large for his age, but he is just really long, and not fat at all, and he's still so incredibly active, its unreal!

He just loves the wet food, and he seems to love to get them 3 times a day -
he only nibbles at the dry one in a great while.
post #14 of 27
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Originally Posted by sharky
there 78 grams or 2.75 ounces
Is that enough for him then? Or should he be getting more than just one of those pouches? I didn't know if 2.75 ounces per meal would be enough?
post #15 of 27
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Originally Posted by babyharley
Is that enough for him then? Or should he be getting more than just one of those pouches? I didn't know if 2.75 ounces per meal would be enough?
My turn to *try* to help!

The amount a cat eats depends on the age, activity level, & well...the cat. Harley is active kitten, so I would give him at least 2 pouches a day. If he doesn't like the dry, then give him all the wet he wants. I don't think he'll overeat. Lily gets a wet food "snack" at noon. Kittens should get 3 or more meals a day. If you were to try something higher quality, then Harley might not eat as much. I would wait & get him settled on Meow Mix & get a routine established before chaging, though.

You could try giving Harley 1 1/2 pouches per meal & see if that cuts out the noon snack.
post #16 of 27
My cats get fed the wet twice a day, with free fed kibble, which the eat when they get hungry. 2 of the cats live for the wet food- Cookie and Zakk, and go crazy when they think it is feeding time. Suzie enjoys the wet food but she doesn't go crazy- her shyness prevents that. Rocky has the odd taste of wet but doesn't LOVE it. My four, two of which are about Harley's age, maybe a bit younger get the equivlant of 4 pouches a day or 2 regular size cans. Any more and it goes to waste. The only cat that doesn't like wet, is Rocky and he is the only cat that has a weight problem, also he has dandruff. I would try to see how much he will eat in a sitting without the food getting dry and yucky. BTW have you tried Trader Joes cat food? If it is available in your area it is a decent price and has better ingredients that meow mix IMHO, plus has that strong fishy smell that they like. It's about 50 cents a big can, which is about 1/2 as much as meow mix which is usually 45-50 cents a pouch, maybe cheaper in 12 packs, but still.
post #17 of 27
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Originally Posted by zak&rocky
My cats get fed the wet twice a day, with free fed kibble, which the eat when they get hungry. 2 of the cats live for the wet food- Cookie and Zakk, and go crazy when they think it is feeding time. Suzie enjoys the wet food but she doesn't go crazy- her shyness prevents that. Rocky has the odd taste of wet but doesn't LOVE it. My four, two of which are about Harley's age, maybe a bit younger get the equivlant of 4 pouches a day or 2 regular size cans. Any more and it goes to waste. The only cat that doesn't like wet, is Rocky and he is the only cat that has a weight problem, also he has dandruff. I would try to see how much he will eat in a sitting without the food getting dry and yucky. BTW have you tried Trader Joes cat food? If it is available in your area it is a decent price and has better ingredients that meow mix IMHO, plus has that strong fishy smell that they like. It's about 50 cents a big can, which is about 1/2 as much as meow mix which is usually 45-50 cents a pouch, maybe cheaper in 12 packs, but still.
wow your area is $$ ... the pouches here ave 39 cents ... I wish I had a Trader Joes
post #18 of 27
It's totally fine. Wet food is much healthier for them. The only problem you may be cultivating is behavioral - by teaching him that if he yells loud enough, he can get you to do whatever he wants.
post #19 of 27
Makcenzie, have you tried Meow Mix's Market Selects? It's the same size containers, but in round little bowls instead of pouches. They don't get fancy names, & I don't know if its the same flavors or not, but so far, Damita & Chico prefer the Market Selects. I was paying $6 for a 12 pack of pouches(Shopko), but I can get a box of 12 Market Selects for around $4.50 in Kmart.
post #20 of 27
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Originally Posted by babyharley
Harley weighs about 9lbs - but he's not fat at all, he's so active all the time!

Its like he doesn't like to eat the dry at all anymore - he'd rather have the wet!

I'm feeding him the Meow Mix pouches BTW.
i would say...once you've determined the optimal amount to feed him... that you should feed on a schedule. Cable will eat wet food anytime i put it down. but i only feed wet in the evenings, so she doesn't even meow for it in the mornings. once i get home, however, it's a different story! she jumps up to follow me into the kitchen every time i go until it's actually time for dinner. the whole time i'm preparing it, she & Chip are circling, meowing, etc.
post #21 of 27
Actually, it's great that Harley wants to switch to wet food entirely. Dry food is tasty, and convenient for us humans, but not exactly "natural" for cats, and all brands contain grain. I'm not familiar with the Meow Mix pouches, but 3 doesn't sound unreasonable, and kittens normally need 3 meals a day, not two. (Young kittens do well on four meals).
post #22 of 27
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Originally Posted by jcat
Actually, it's great that Harley wants to switch to wet food entirely. Dry food is tasty, and convenient for us humans, but not exactly "natural" for cats, and all brands contain grain. I'm not familiar with the Meow Mix pouches, but 3 doesn't sound unreasonable, and kittens normally need 3 meals a day, not two. (Young kittens do well on four meals).

I gave him a cup of dry food at the beginning of the week, and most of it is still there!

He loves the wet food - I do have him on a schedule as well - he gets fed at 8AM, noon, and then at 5PM - everyday - and he is now eating a full pouch at each sitting, I'm so happy!

I went and got him some wet food last night cuz we were out, and I picked up one pouch of IAMS wet - and he wouldn't touch it! So, I think we're going to be sticking to the Meow Mix. I've heard that it really isn't that bad of a wet food anyways - so I think we're okay for now!
post #23 of 27
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Originally Posted by white cat lover
Makcenzie, have you tried Meow Mix's Market Selects? It's the same size containers, but in round little bowls instead of pouches. They don't get fancy names, & I don't know if its the same flavors or not, but so far, Damita & Chico prefer the Market Selects. I was paying $6 for a 12 pack of pouches(Shopko), but I can get a box of 12 Market Selects for around $4.50 in Kmart.
I haven't heard of those? Are they bigger chunks of food? Cuz I picked up IAMS last night (as posted above) just to see if he would like the bigger chunks of wet food, but he wouldn't touch it!

I might have to go and check out KMart and see what they have, thanks for the info!
post #24 of 27
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Originally Posted by babyharley
I gave him a cup of dry food at the beginning of the week, and most of it is still there!

He loves the wet food - I do have him on a schedule as well - he gets fed at 8AM, noon, and then at 5PM - everyday - and he is now eating a full pouch at each sitting, I'm so happy!

I went and got him some wet food last night cuz we were out, and I picked up one pouch of IAMS wet - and he wouldn't touch it! So, I think we're going to be sticking to the Meow Mix. I've heard that it really isn't that bad of a wet food anyways - so I think we're okay for now!
The only reason I'm not familiar with the Meow Mix pouches is that the brand isn't sold in Germany. I have read some good reviews of it here.
post #25 of 27
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Originally Posted by jcat
The only reason I'm not familiar with the Meow Mix pouches is that the brand isn't sold in Germany. I have read some good reviews of it here.
I have read good reviews on it here too - which makes me even happier that he likes a good food!

I'm so glad that he's liking the wet - I know its a lot better for him!
post #26 of 27
I really wish I could get Jamie to give up his beloved dry food. He started eating the dry left out for his mom to free feed from when he was 4 weeks old, and I've been battling to wean him off the dry for almost seven years. I guess I should be grateful that he condescends to eat canned food half the time.
post #27 of 27
I think of normal Meow Mix pouches as almost a gorund up texture. The market selects isn't very big chunks. Much smaller than Iams bites, IMO. Twitch even ate them this morning(she has trouble eating Nutro bites which are bigger). There can be a few bigger chunks, but nothing too big. The only problem I've had with it is everyone gets so excited for it they dive in before I can get it in a bowl, they just eat out of the cup.
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