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Not eating wet anymore

post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 
Lately Phenom has only been licking the gravy off the wet food and leaving the rest. I was giving her nutro and she started this so I switched her back to the whiskas I was giving her before. It doesn't look as if she eats any of it. It just sits there and gets hard over night. She still eats her dry and seems to love it. Is this okay for her? I know cats should be eating more wet than dry but she just wont.
post #2 of 19
have you tried meow mix??? it is mostly shredded with some gravey
post #3 of 19
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Originally Posted by sharky
have you tried meow mix??? it is mostly shredded with some gravey
Harley wont touch anything but meow mix - I tried Whiskas but he doesnt like it - he likes the shredded stuff more.

Have you mixed some wet in with her dry? Maybe she'll eat it that way?
post #4 of 19
Or add a bit of water to make a bit more soupy??? Mush it with a fork???
post #5 of 19
Thread Starter 
I haven't really tried anything yet. I will tonight when I feed her. I might try meox mix. She ate Whiskas and Nutro just fine when I started her on the wet stuff. I don't know why all of the sudden she won't eat it. But if I don't give her a fresh pack of wet everyday she stares at me and meows as if to ask where is my gravy?
post #6 of 19
Is it loaf wet food? I know all my kittens will not eat loaf. Try giving her the sliced or shredded. it may have more juice and wont be as dry.
post #7 of 19
Thread Starter 
Its the little pouches of wet with the little formed squares. She eats the gravy and leaves the rest.
post #8 of 19
If she was eating Whiskas and Nutro before, try another brand of wet food. Some cats will stop eating a brand after a few months (I've got a notorious brand-switcher right here). You might have to rotate foods to get her to keep eating the wet. In other words, try the Meow Mix, or another brand, and if she eats that for a while and then stops, you can go back to Nutro, etc..
post #9 of 19
I'm having the same problem, especially with R&R. One wet food I find they do like is Friskies shredded, I find it in turkey and cheese, and and chicken & salmon.

I also try to trick them (and it works a little) by adding some warm water to the food and mushing it up with a fork, so there's more "gravy" and they get more food in them while they're lapping up the gravy.

Can they be pains or what? LOL I also feed them the wet separately, then put out some dry later so they don't always have the choice right there and then.

With my guys, mixing in some dry or putting on top doesn't fool them. lol
post #10 of 19
I recently got the IAMs pouches only because they were on sale and just a $1 more then the Whiskas. The first set of pouches were GOBBLED down in an hour by all 4 cats, whereas it took them all day with the Whiskas.

Hmmm...I wonder though, is like dry food where you have to ease them into the new wet food? Or does this only apply to dry?
post #11 of 19
Of the square chunky kinds mine seem to prefer iams over whiskas.
post #12 of 19
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Originally Posted by lunasmom
I recently got the IAMs pouches only because they were on sale and just a $1 more then the Whiskas. The first set of pouches were GOBBLED down in an hour by all 4 cats, whereas it took them all day with the Whiskas.

Hmmm...I wonder though, is like dry food where you have to ease them into the new wet food? Or does this only apply to dry?
I do a modified switch for wet mixing 50/50 for a day or so ...
post #13 of 19
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Originally Posted by Phenomsmom
Its the little pouches of wet with the little formed squares. She eats the gravy and leaves the rest.
Twitch does the exact same thing. I alternate(2 meals a day) between Nutro Gourment Classics, Merrick, Nutro pouches, Meow Mix(they have new stuff in cups they mine like better) EVO, & Eagle Pack. I have all kinds of differnent flavors of each brand. They seem to like th Gourment Classics best right now. They ar emore cube shaped than flat rectangles like the Nutro pouches.

Another thing you can try. I am long-term dog sitting a Rat Terrier(what a terror!). So, I stand with her on a leash near the cats & give her a bone. She isn't interested in their food, but it gets Twitch to actually eat the wet. I've finally gone off the deep end...
post #14 of 19
All 5 of mine are like that as well. I have found they like either beef or beef and salmon FILETS from friskies are their favorite. They will actually eat a little of the food after they licked the gravy.

I wish they would just sell the gravy separately. I even emailed that question and got a resounding "NO" lol.
post #15 of 19
My cats don't like anything with chunks. They will lick the gravy and leave the rest, so I have to give them pate style wet food. I do notice that they will get more excited over certain brands though. As a treat I sometimes give my cats Purina Pro-plan chicken and liver or Purina pro-plan salmon and ocean fish and they seem to like those the best. But to prevent finickiness as well as give them variety, I alternate between Iams, Nutro, Pet Gold, and Purina Pro-plan. I want them used to different textures, not only for the sake of variety but just in case I might have to change their diet in the future. Cat foods that have more broth in the can to pour over the food tend to be the most palatable to my cats. Perhaps the reason they like Purina Pro-plan is because it has an oily fatty broth that they like so much.

I think cats are more likely to eat what you put in front of them when you spoil them less. For example if they know you're going to put down dry food soon and they prefer the dry, they may just hold out for the dry food. Try reducing it to the point of training your cats that they must eat or go hungry but don't over do it. You don't want them to go without eating for too long. Don't let them skip more than a meal in a day's time. I noticed it worked with my Spotty reducing his dry food. He used to be very much a dry food kitty, and at heart he still is, but dry food is no longer free fed to my cats. I only put out about 1/3 of a cup dry food spread over 2 small meals for my cats to share and they don't get that treat until they eat their wet food. So twice a day they get canned food with a small side order of dry. So Spotty hungry in the morning and evening has learned to eat his wet food. He eats it slowly and he's a grazer but he eats it because he has learned he must eat what I put down in front of him to meet his energy needs. Plus he seems to enjoy it now. Actually, he likes to eat, period.
post #16 of 19
should cats eat wet food too? Mine do fine with their dry and they drink lots of water. What is the reason for making them eat wet food?
post #17 of 19
My three have a tendancy to lick the aspic or gravy off their food too, so I mush the meat with a fork so that it's all mixed and then add the dry cat biscuits over the top!
post #18 of 19
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Originally Posted by reddicequeen
should cats eat wet food too? Mine do fine with their dry and they drink lots of water. What is the reason for making them eat wet food?
I'm sure if you do a forum search, you'll come up with plenty of information on the advantages of wet food. http://www.thecatsite.com/forums/sho...hlight=wet+dry
Basically, cats eating dry food, even if they seem to be drinking plenty of water, aren't getting enough moisture. Also, canned food is closer in consistency to their natural prey, and usually contains fewer carbohydrates.
post #19 of 19
Thread Starter 
Ok I switched to Fancy Feast for a while and I bought some meow Mix too. She ate the fancy feast all weekend no problem. I just don't like giving her the junk food! I would rather she ate only nutro but that darn picky cat!! Maybe if I try mixing some in with each can she will eat it!
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