Friday, September 28, 2007

Wet Food - They Just Won't Eat It

Our food situation is terrible right now. I have always fed the boys a mix of wet and dry food and they have always been very picky about which wet foods they would eat. It has gotten to the point where there is only one wet food they will even sniff and that's Solid Gold Blended Tuna.

Before the pet food recall, I used to feed the boys Nutro packet food and they would lick up the juice from it. Now I wouldn't even consider feeding them Nutro packet food.

I hear that it is bad to feed cats tuna on a frequent basis so I'm at the point where I don't give them wet food every day. They won't touch any other wet food I've given them and I've tried so many great brands. I tried every flavor of Weruva, tried all kinds of Merrick, Abady, Spot's Stew, etc. If you name it and it's a decent brand, I've tried it. They won't even touch other brands of tuna!

I've tried adding all kinds of flavoring and condiments to the wet food we have. On the advice of a guy at the pet store, I bought a box of Liv-a-Littles and crumbled them up into the wet food without success. I tried mixing tuna flakes into the wet food and Beowulf just picked out the flakes and left the food. I bought a bottle of Grizzly Salmon Oil and sprayed it on the food. I tried mixing Solid Gold Tuna with other canned foods, but that didn't work either. I'm at an impasse.

As for dry food, I had to give up on Orijen. I liked Orijen's nutritional info a lot, but Arthur wouldn't eat it so right now all the boys are eating is California Natural Chicken and Brown Rice. What can I do to get them to eat something else? Or should I just be happy that they have dry food they like?

21 comments:

Muse said...

I don't think it matters, i only feed my cat a little wet food in the morning at night because i read it gives them water that they don't get enough of drinking. Cats apparently don't drink much in the wild. Mine will only eat Fancy Feast Medleys (not the regular, but the garden medleys..lol) I give her 1/3 a can in the morning, then evening so a can lasts a day and a half.

My last cat I fed dry food her whole life. And probably for MOST of her life it was a cheap storebrand called Deli-Cat. Then i switched to the expensive stuff. She lived until she was 18.

Riley & Tiki said...

Have you tried the new Wellness pouches? The look a LOT like Nutro, but have no wheat gluten in them. I have been alternating this with Sheba for our two. So far they really like it.

Riley & Tiki's Mom

Amy said...

If all your boys will eat are the tuna ones, have you tried Tiki Cat? It's made from Ahi grade tuna, no byproducts, etc. And not associated with Menu Foods in any way.

http://www.petropics.com/

http://www.onlynaturalpet.com/products/Tiki-Cat-Premium-Wild-Caught-Canned-Cat-Food/249000.aspx

souvenir kattunge said...

My kitten licks off the gravy in his wet food too! For the longest time I was so worried about him not eating the chunks in his wet food but he does eat dry food and is very active. From people's advice, it will be ok.

PeterNewPiper said...

Maybe you're overfeeding them. They'll become a lot less picky if they're hungry!

We feed ours a quarter of an 85 gram tin of wet food per day, and a sprinkling of dry food. We change brands and flavours regularly, and from time to time we substitute raw kangaroo or chicken meat (similar quantities).

They'll accept pretty much any food they're offered, and enjoy it.

Of course, they supplement their diets by begging for food during the day!

Anonymous said...

Hello,

I have a cat and it is the completely opposite story. He wont eat any dry food...:0(...

For your wet food problem, did you try some home made recipies? There are plenty of websites that are full of recipies for cats. My grand mother makes all her cat food at home, and her cat seems pretty happy :)...

If you are interested here are some guidelines: http://www.ehow.com/how_12698_make-homemade-cat.html

Good Luck

Lyza

Erin said...

I have the same problem, my two will eat one brand and flavor of wet food (wellness chicken and lobster)and they eat Felidae dry food. I read about fish being bad for them so wanted to get them on a different wet food flavor, preferably grain free but Neko will not even taste another, it was hard enough getting them to eat wet in the first place but it's just so much better for them than dry. Tricks I've been told to try are : adding water, preparing the food differently (cutting it into blocks instead of mushing it up) and adding dry to it at first. For me I have to cut it into blocks for them and when I first started I had to pile dry onto just a small chunk of wet food so they'd accidentally eat it and discover it's not so bad. Now I can sprinkle just a tiny bit of dry and they eat most of their wet. Still can't switch them to another flavor though. If you feel like taking it on, you could try feeding a raw diet, but make sure you do your research!

Anonymous said...

I also have two cats, but no food problems. The key is discipline.

When I got them from the local shelter, they were at different levels of finickiness and surely tried to show their character by refusing certain foods and/or flavors. But from the very beginning, I established several rules:

1) They are to be fed twice a day at the same times (scheduled meals). Snacking between meals is to be reduced to minimum. If I want to treat them, I give just a little bit. That way, it doesn't kill their appetite for the next meal and keeps treats special.

2) They always get the same portion size: 3/4 of a 3-ounce can, or 3/8 of a cup of dry food. (I found out that this is the optimal amount, because if I give less, they ask for more; and if I give more, they don't finish it)

3) If the food is refused, it stays in the bowl for half an hour, after which it is taken away. The rebellious cat gets nothing else to eat until the next scheduled meal. When the time of the next feeding comes, the cat receives the same food of the same flavor.

As a result, my cats eat everything I give them and I make sure it is high-quality balanced food that contains all the nutrients they need.

Anonymous said...

I agree that you should not give in too much to them if they are begging for dry but you also have to make sure you don't let them hunger strike for more than a day or you risk giving them Hepatic Lipidosis (Fatty Liver disease) so you have to make sure they eat SOMETHING.

ancientgirl said...

I don't know how old your post is but I just found it. Before I added my 5th cat to the mix, I had 4 Fancy Feast addicts who also loved dry. To offset the fact I didn't think dry was great for them to eat alone, I had them eating a really good quality dry. Evo by Innova and sometimes Organix. I was able to switch them slowly to canned Wellness grain free. I did this by mixing both. In the beginning I'd give them the Fancy Feast, mix with Wellness at a ration of 3/1. I did this for about 2 weeks, then mixed 2/2, another 2 weeks of this then the mix would go from 1/3 until I was able to take out the FF completely.

I also little by little took away their dry. They each get what equals an entire can a day which is satisfying without being too much food. Their weight is steady and they aren't ravenous at mealtime. Now and then as a treat I give them tuna or sardines. I also now and then give them their beloved dry as a treat.

cami said...

I've always fed my cats dry food only, and occasionally wet food as a treat. I was going to stick with this method for our new kitten until her vet said to feed her wet only. She recommended Medi-Cal Development Formula, distributed by Royal Canin but made by Menu Foods.

But after looking at some of your older posts and following some links, I've decided to switch foods. I don't want to use anything made by Menu Foods, and that includes California Natural and Medi-Cal.

I'm going to give Orijen dry food a try since I live in Canada and can buy it easily and it's NOT made by Menu Foods :)

Anonymous said...

We have 13 cats. We have 9 in the house and the outdoor cats are feral. They all eat in the morning and evening. I feed the indoor cats Evo because it maintains their weight and there are all different weights here. They don't get any wet food.

The outdoor cats get Purina Life and Friskies canned in the morning. The reason I give them canned is because this is when I and them commune. I can put flea prep. on 3 of them. I have been able to cut matted hair on one while he is busy eating.

I have one indoor cat, I give her a supplement of Science Diet Chicken and Chicken Liver. She eats less than a teaspoon.

I have not met a cat that does not like canned Friskies, no chunks though.

Anonymous said...

Regular tuna for people has too much murcery in it for cats. Long term use will make them ill. It is recommended that cats eat the tuna that is prepared for cats only.

Anonymous said...

My cats love the Sheba gold rounded cans and I think they are all human grade meats. They are kind of expensive but my cats love them!

Anonymous said...

My used to eat a can of wet food each day and the rest of the day she'd eat dry food or nothing. She is a very dainty eater. Suddenly, she's decided not to go near the wet food, not even the organic chicken that I cooked for her. She doesn't like fish, turkey, or chicken. I even tried to give her baby food and still nothing. So, at the moment, she eats wellness Compleat Health. She's 18 years old and has never weighed more than six pounds. Persians tend to be skinny but all the fur makes them seem fatter than they are. She has never been sick. The only time she ever got sick was when I took her to the vet for a three year checkup and she almost died from a distemper shot. Never again.
Anyway, don't be concerned about what they eat as long as they eat. Just make sure you feed them quality food with lots of nutrients and little to no ash.

Anonymous said...

i'm going through the same process with my extremely pick kitty... i've been searching the internet for different 'tricks' and came across an amazing site... www.catinfo.org that explained so much about cat diet stuff I had serious questions about... worth checking out for sure

John said...

I have 2 seven month old kittens. They are really fussy about their food. I have tried at least a dozen brands of wet food and they snubbed their little noses at all of them. I throw away more than they actually eat. Right now I have them on Feline Holistic Select and I have seen a little improvement but not much. I was concerned they were not getting enough protein in their diet so I put them on a high protein dry food, Wellness Core. They love it! I just wish they would eat more moist food. My vet told me I was feeding them too much dry food and that I should cut back on it. Eventually, he said they will eat whatever wet food you put in front of them.

Kitti E Prahm said...

They will eat it when they get hungry, take away all other food and just give them one type of wet food, they should take to it after a day or two. I know this sounds mean but I foster little kittens (birth to 6 weeks) that do not have a mother, and when they are old enough to eat wet food I use this technique. I also used it for my older cat when she gained a lot of weight and became overweight, after a few days of refusing to eat the "low fat food" she finally gave in and has been eating it fine ever since, with a treat for a reward every now and then.
Hope this helps,
Kitti E. Prahm

Anonymous said...

I have 3 cats my young Main Coon girl eats around 5 to 6 pouches a day with some dry food but not much she is fit and at 15Lb very healthy (1 year old) the 18 year old male eats around 3 pouches a day and dry as well he is only 11Lb and my baby Main Coon boy is 5Lb eats 1 to 2 pouches and some dry, They will not touch whiskers or any brands on offer i suspect the brands switch recipie when they go to offer 2 for 1 etc.

Marc

Anonymous said...

Unlike dogs, cats have been known to starve themselves if they are not given the food they like so don't listen to these people talking about discipline. I read this fact in a library book. I know about finicky cats. I have a FLUTD cat and it is difficult to get her to eat her special c/d food. I have to put a bit on my finger and she usually licks it and that whets her appetite enough to eat more. You can keep feeding them dry food if they don't require special diets. If you are concerned about water intake, add a drop of chicken broth or cat food broth to water. Go easy on the chicken broth because it has too much salt in full strength form. It is too bad about the salt because Swanson canned chicken blended in a blender was all my cat would eat when she wasn't feeling well. I guess it was better than her starving. Also, she refuses leftovers even if the opened portion was covered, refrigerated immediately, and warmed to room temp before eating.The vet acts like that is unheard of because the vet thinks hill's brand is so great. The fact is it can be expensive and lots of hard work feeding finicky cats. Discipline and 2 meals a day isn't the answer though convenient for humans. In the wild, cats eat 20 small meals a day. So your best bet may be to free feed dry food and see if they will lick water off your finger or drink water if you add broth to it. Also, use filtered water because tap water with all the minerals can cause bladder stones. Feeding after playtime may also help. Of the canned food, my finicky cat liked canned science diet beef when she was allowed to eat that, before her special diet. My other cat who isn't finicky doesn't have FLUTD. The Flutd one is long haired and may be predisposed to the disease. If your cats are persian or himalayan, you may find it worth the effort to get them to drink more water. Oh, what we do for our kitties who brighten our day. Good luck.

Anonymous said...

I'm trying to switch my 2 13 yr old cats to wet food because one of them is showing signs of another tract issue. Crystals. It happened before 8 yrs ago and it's an expensive fix. Back then they recommended switching to wet. I never had a problem before. They used to love Whiskas pouches but both are just licking the gravy and leaving the chunks. I've tried just about every shelf brand to no avail. So I have their usual dry as a back up so they don't starve but I don't get it. I can't afford the pharmaceutical brand wet food either...