(Closed) Picky Little Beast

posted 5 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

It won’t hurt her to miss a meal or two (provided she is otherwise healthy).  Put down her bowl.  Give her 15 minutes to eat her food.  If she doesn’t eat it, the bowl gets picked up.  Offer it to her again at the next meal time.  She will learn to eat it when you put it down, or she will go hungry.  Do NOT give in and doctor her food for her, as this will just encourage her behavior.  

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Disney

Have you considered switching to human grade food? Do you have a hollistic pet store near by?

I feed my cats completely grainless. The little boy gets either meat scraps with a little veggie scrap, or canned human grade cat food which is essentially shredded meat witha  little veggies and juice. It is expensive but he likes it, it has no chemicals, its fortified, and its lower calorie than most pet food which means less problems with weight in the future.

Both kitties get a grainless free feed dry food which has mostly meat in it and then veggies.
My motto is this if I wont eat it, or it wont go in my food kitty isnt eating it. Kitty also isnt suposed to eat grains so he doesnt get those either.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@stardustintheeyes:  I’m very picky about what people food our dog gets. I hate when people think it’s ok to just feed him whatever they feel like. My mom used to do this, but has gotten better after my complaining about it. He gets veggies, and some meats (depending on how it’s cooked).

But anyways, have you tried something with a more exotic flavor? Our dog used to be the pickiest eater and had a sensitive stomach, but we started feeding him grain free with more interesting flavors and he’s always excited to eat now. there are brands that make a bison flavor, and right now he’s eating “wild game bird” haha. Good luck!

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@dewingedpixie:  +1.

I’ve had great success with feeding Halo (both dry and wet food) to my dogs, who I had to feed human food for awhile because they had terrible allergies from the crap the shelter feed them. I don’t feed grain or anything with animal byproducts. I throw in human food like salad (no dressing or onions or avocados) and potatoes and yogurt into their food as well – my vet actually recommends it.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Disney

@atlbride2013:  My little cat likes potatoes and shockingly pumpkin! I open a can he comes screaming! So whenever I bake with pumpkin I give him a teaspoon as a treat :).

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I agree with Miss Apricot, the dog will not starve to death. Eventually, she will learn that there is no second choice meal and will eat what is given to her. 

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@dewingedpixie:  My kitty loves pumpkin guts! I haven’t tried with canned pumpkin, but she goes bonkers when we carve pumpkins.

Anyway, it’s been said already, but your dog will not purposely starve herself. She will eventually eat.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

When we adopted our sheltie, he was coming from a home where he had been fed pizza, hot dogs, coffee etc. by his previous owner. We switched him over to a raw diet and he was SO STUBBORN. We would put his bowl down, wait 15 minutes, and then pick it up. He held out for 5 days, turning his nose up at the bowl until he realized there really wasn’t any pizza coming. Now he absolutely adores his raw food and does an excited dance when it’s time to eat. He genuinely enjoys his food and is incredibly food motivated. You just have to wait them out and make it clear that there really is NO other food coming. 

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