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my cat has always gotten dry food and only dry food. he doesn't eat a lot when i'm not home so any time we'd leave him alone for more than a day we'd give him canned before we left and when we got back to make sure he ate. so it used to be a treat, which he'd gobble up very quickly with much purring <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
now i've switched him to canned twice a day and a little dry left out to nibble, cause the vet said he needs to lose a bit of weight. she and folks here recommended canned because it has less filler and i can control how much he eats. so i'm getting Wellness, it's pricey but very good quality, and he seemed to like it a lot at first.<br><br><br><br>
now he's decided that since i'm giving it to him regularly he doesn't have to inhale it. but he'll let it sit and then it dries out and he won't touch it. i've tried adding some water and mushing it up, he'll take a bite or two and then turn his nose up. i've tried adding a bit of fresh stuff and mixing it up. same reaction. so i'm trying giving him smaller portions more often, still having the same problem. i've tried just leaving it be, thinking if he gets hungry enough he'll just eat it.. no dice. and he barely touches the dry stuff now.<br><br><br><br>
a guy at the pet store suggested mixing dry and canned together, he didn't really go for that either.<br><br><br><br>
anything else i can try?<br><br>
i don't give him a whole can at a time, i put the rest in the fridge, and he doesn't seem to like it cold, i wonder if that's why he lets it sit for a while. so i tried taking it out of the fridge for a bit first before giving it to him so it's not so cold, but he still doesn't eat it all right away. is it safe to store it in a cupboard instead, how quickly does it go bad?<br><br><br><br>
it's expensive stuff to be throwing out <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/brood.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":brood:">
 

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What a picky kitty! I really dont know what you should do though :p I sprinkle some dried fish crushed candy bits on my cats food on occasion..
 

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My cats do the same thing with certain brands of food. They take two bites and turn their noses up. I had to stop buying certain foods because I was throwing so much of it away. And trying to starve them into submission doesn't work. They will do themselves harm before they will give in. Maybe if you mix small servings of the good quality nutritious food with some kitty "junk food" like Fancy Feast or chicken baby food. I hate to advocate buying Fancy Feast because it's crap, but if it gets him to eat...
 

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The starving kitty method works for me, but then again it could be more because I have a multiple cat household if they do not eat thier food someone else will!<br><br><br><br>
If he dosnt like the caned food cold then warm it up before you give it to him, I assume you have a microwave.<br><br>
Canned food being better quality than dried is not something I have found to be true personaly, not if you are buying a good quality dry cat food, you can not buy good quality at your local market or wal mart though you have to go to a pet or feed store.<br><br>
I use the brand Royal Canin myself.
 

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It's not about the quality of the dry food, it's about its inherent nature. All dry food, even the best quality, has lots of grain products in it, because you simply can't turn meat into crunchy kibble without it. The prevailing theory among vets these days is the "mouse diet" -- it's basically the Atkins diet for cats. While Atkins is complete BS for humans, it makes a lot of sense when it comes to cats, because they are designed to eat meat and very little else. Their bodies aren't evolved to digest grains, and it seems vets are seeing a lot of obese and diabetic cats and they believe it's because of all the carbohydrates in the average housecat's diet. So a lot of vets are promoting canned food for that reason.<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.catnutrition.org/catkins.html" target="_blank">http://www.catnutrition.org/catkins.html</a><br><br><br><br>
I'm not sure to what extent this applies to dogs as well.
 

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yep that's pretty much the theory i'm going with here. cats in the wild don't eat wheat and corn and rice. they eat critters, critters, and more critters.<br><br>
i had been buying loose cans in all different flavours, and he liked all of them about the same. so i bought a case of all one flavour<br><br><br><br>
i'm starting to wonder if he just doesn't like to eat alone. if i feed him and then start cooking or doing dishes so i'm in the kitchen for a while, he'll sit and eat quite a bit. if i feed him and then leave the room, he'll take a couple bites and then come sit with me. he's so attention-hogging lately, he's at my side ALL the time! if i'm at the computer he's either on my lap (he's lying on my lap with his head pressed up against the arm of the chair right now, purring loudly) or he's sleeping on the bed right behind me. if i'm watching tv he's either on the couch beside me or in "his" chair or by my feet. if i go to the bathroom he has to come in with me. if i go in the basement he sits at the door and waits for me (he's not allowed down there). as soon as i get home from work he's greeting me at the door, runs up the stairs in front of me (great fun in the dark) and parks himself wherever i end up.<br><br><br><br>
so i think what i will try is hanging out in the kitchen for a bit after i feed him :/
 

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Although it sounds like "starving them into submission" what seems to work is to give a picky eater 10 minutes to eat. If they dont eat it, you take the bowl away, and then allow them to try again 4-6 hours later. After a while of this the cat will realise that if he dosent gobble it down when he gets it, he wont have another chance for awhile. Yes this method actually does work. If it is a healthy pet who eats decent food-- a day without food wont harm it at all. When my cat is just eating wet food and ignoring the dry, I take away the wet food for a few days and introduce it back gradually.
 

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One of our cats was a really picky eater, and the other would just sit with her head in the bowl(s) eating until she ran out of food...we switched from the cheap super market brand to Hill's Science Diet (dry food), and both problems resolved (well...the one is still a little piggy...but not as bad). It seems that using the higher grade food really helped (plus litter box use became much less stinky). I'm not sure if this will help in your situation, but it really helped use.
 

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It's probably a consequence of changing your cat's food. My Nana has this problem with one of her cats because she kept giving her all sorts of food and now she'll only eat the one she likes the best out of all of them, which is some human food that she never should have given her in the first place.<br><br><br><br>
I know everyone's against the dry food, but if that's what your cat was happy with I'd go back to it. You might be able to increase exercise if you're worried about weight, most cats will respond to something moving quickly across the floor.
 

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re: food quality. as i mentioned, he's getting Wellness which is just about as good as it gets. human grade meat, no byproducts, nothing artificial. expensive.<br><br><br><br>
re: dry food, i leave some out and he picks at it when he's being fussy about the canned stuff, but i won't go back to strictly dry. the fillers they put in that stuff is what made him fat. he excercises plenty on his own. he's very active.<br><br><br><br><br><br>
so i tried microwaving, he picks at it a bit and then leaves it. now when i get it out of the fridge i cut it up into bitesized pieces into his dish. he seems to handle that better but ends up flicking a few out of the dish by accident and won't eat it once it hits the mat under the dish. so now his mat is a mess lol.<br><br>
i wonder if it's a schedule thing partly. i feed him when i get up, and as i make breakfast and sit down and eat, he'll stay in the room and is more likely to eat. i get home pretty late, and by the time i feed him at night he's more content to just sleep at my feet than anything else. i think what i need to do is train my fiance to feed him in the afternoon/early evening <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> that will be the hardest thing. it's wierd, he'll go with an empty bowl all day and never once bug my fiance for food. as soon as i walk in the door he gives me heck til i feed him. he doesn't seem to realize that hubby does have the ability to open a can as well.<br><br>
silly boy<br><br><br><br>
i'm getting worried now that he's losing weight too fast. i don't want him to lose any more than he has already. he seems ok, energetic, not having any problems that i can see, but i worry <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I would suggest finding a crunchy food that your cat likes. When I worked at the shelter, this is what we would feed the cats (reccomended by vets of course):<br><br><br><br><b><span style="text-decoration:underline;">-2 Times a Day-</span></b><br><br><b>1/8 cup of dry food</b> (because they lived sedentary lifestyles, give more as reccommended on the bag of food for your cats activity level)<br><br><b>1 tbsp wet food</b><br><br><b>1 dollop vanilla low-fat yogurt</b> (for skin and coat - and because it tastes good to them!)<br><br><br><br>
This is also good if you have to ever give meds. You can hide liquid meds or crush pills and hide in the wet food and yogurt
 
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