Post # 1
I’m looking for some help on how to deal with my newly adopted spoiled brat. He’s a 6 year old domestic short hair who I’ve had for almost a week now. When I adopted him I was already aware that he’s very much overweight… 18 pounds! Yikes! But I’ve had plenty of cats growing up and I know how to slim him down with diet, portion control, and designated meal times. HOWEVER. Upon further inspection I can now tell WHY he is overweight. He begs for human food every chance he gets. He whines and leans on the cupboards and mews all over the kitchen. I actually woke up to him knocking over my kitchen trash can to get into scraps!
Im currently feeding him Instinct Raw food by recommendation of a vet tech at a natural pet store. A combination of cans, refrigerated bites, and the kibble, however no matter how I serve it he is completely uninterested and hardly touches it. OF COURSE though he loves the instinct raw freezedried treats I bought. I keep telling myself that if he’s hungry enough he’ll eat actual cat food, but I also feel sort of guilty and neglectful if he is refusing. Thoughts?? 🙂
Post # 2
Try mixing a few of the freeze-dried treats in with the actual food. My cat refused to eat a new brand that we got her, so we just slowly starting mixing in the new food with the old food, until she was eating 100% of the new food. Maybe something like that might work?
Post # 3
Hello! First, congrats on adopting, especially an adult kitty!
As far as the issue though:
First, cats are not like dogs. If kitty doesn’t like his food and isn’t eating it, he likely won’t. Picky cats will starve themselves. I have a cat that gets bored of her foods and will just stop eating. Some cats have really strong protein preferences (I have one cat that loves sea critters and one that hates sea critters) and can have very strong wet vs. dry preferences. What was he eating at the shelter? You may need to do a slower transition from his old to his new. You may need to just try a different food all together.
Once you have his regular food issue sorted, the begging thing might just stop. If not, you really just need to ignore him. Don’t talk back, don’t look at him, don’t give in! You may need to do things like tape the trash lid down, keep cupboards shut, and just keep all food out of his reach for a while.
Hope this helps!
Post # 4
If he gets hungry enough, he’ll eat his food.
As far as getting him to stop begging for people food, I’ve heard water in a spray bottle works great for cats. A quick spritz to the face isn’t harmful and will correct the behavior.
Post # 5
A cat that does not eat for over 48 hours is at risk of fatty liver disease, a severe and often fatal disease. Obese cats are at a HIGHER risk than healthy cats.
Cats WILL refuse to eat if they don’t like their food. You might have to try a few different brands nefore you fimd a match. Try putting parm cheese in top of his wet and dry food, or heating up his wet food a bit.
Post # 6
umm where are the photos of the kitteh haha
Post # 7
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
Yeah let’s see this chunky cutie! 🙂
I second the PP’s suggestion about the spray bottle to discourage begging / trash can poaching / counter surfing, etc. We use one to keep our cats off the kitchen counters, and it totally works. They very very VERY infrequently get up there anymore after getting shot in the face a few times, and now when they do get up there, I just have to reach for the spray bottle and they’re out of the room.
Post # 8
A picky cat will absolutely starve itself versus eat food it doesn’t want to, and as previously mentioned a morbidly obese cat is at higher risk of fatty liver disease if they miss a few meals. I’ve treated a few cats for fatty liver disease who simply would not eat when the owners switched the type of food.
Find out what the shelter was feeding him and get him back on that food. You can very slowly transition to the food you want to feed long term (25% new food for a week, then 50% for a week, then 75% for a week). Some cats can have very strong preferences for flavour and texture of their food, so he may never eat the raw diet and you may have to try something else.
Post # 9
Thanks for the ideas! They were feeding him science diet at the shelter but they only had him for 2 weeks before I adopted him… they hold animals as a rule for 14 days before putting them up for adoption so I got him the day he became available. I will definitely try to slowly wean him onto new food by mixing it with a bag of that and see if it’s any better. I also got a free vet voucher for a wellness check up from the shelter so if anyone from the upstate NY area has anyone they absolutely love let me know!!
and per request!
This is Lucifer making himself comfortable in my bed this morning 🙂
Post # 10
is there any way for the shelter to contact the original owners to find out what they fed him? If he’s overweight he obviously liked that food lol
Post # 11
Fatty boombalatty! So cute. Good luck weaning him onto a new diet!
Post # 12
I wouldn’t spray him with water – I think it’s mean and it doesn’t always work.
I would try to gradually get him interested in cat food. I would also get the kind he was eating at the shelter, because I doubt he didn’t eat anything while he was there or they would have said something to you.
Cats can be picky but I think if you go slow and be patient he’ll get better.
Post # 13
So Cute! I’m not sure if cats will eventually eat the food or not. I feed my cats Wellness core grain free wet food and I tried the wellness core grain free dry food and it seemed that they wouldn’t eat it so I switched them to Royal Canin 26. I am mixing in some of the wellness core dry to get rid of it and they will eat it mixed in. But these are good brands that don’t have the high levels of animal by products that most pet foods do and are closer to human grade food. So – I am recommending you give these a try!
Post # 14
He’s a sweetheart! Try Tiki Cat. My kitty loves it. It’s basically shredded meat in broth.
Post # 15
Cats can be a pain! I have three cats and one has to be on prescription food for uninary tract issues. He HATES this food. So the vet recommended that I mix the food he likes with this food (as long as it was low protein). My advice is to try and get sample sizes from pet stores or buy from a store with a return policy (petsmart & petco). Then try a few different foods and let kitty pick.
My other two both HATED blue buffalo and wellness, I tried Orijen and they loved it but at their next vet check I was told it was too high in protein. So THEN I got five different foods and they chose Iams. Vet was happy with that! Congrats on getting a kitty!! Mine are my kids and they make my life so much richer, no matter how much trouble they may be 🙂