Post # 16
Thanks for all the replies 🙂
i switched to iams grain free wet food. It had a ton of meat and no fillers which I think this little chunker doesn’t need anymore cornmeal! He will eat some, then scurry over to see what I’m making, realize he isn’t getting any of it, and stalk back over to his bowl and eat more. It’ll take him an entire day to get through a can at this rate, but it’s a start!
Post # 17
My cat is similarly bratty when it comes to food. before I started storing it in my hall closet she would chew holes in her food bag and eat out of the bottom.
You’re right about holding out on him until he eats his food. It’s not like you’re abusing the little brat lol. You’re giving him healthy food he needs to lose weight and improve his quality of life! He might give you a hard time about it, but once he gets used to the food he’ll get over it.
Post # 18
I don’t have a cat, but for animals that like human food maybe this would help. My dog was sick for a long time and we (the vet where he stayed for 2 weeks, and then me when he came home) would feed him literally ANYTHING he would eat. Chicken strips, burger meat, potato rolls (which he loooooved and he continues to be obsessed with bread…weirdo). I even made him meals with baby food (vet-approved varieties) and rice. Of course, this couldn’t go on forever and as he recovered I was looking for ways to ease him back into dog food. Dry food was absolutely unappetizing to him, and why would he want that when he was eating like a king? I couldn’t afford to have him not eating for even 1 day because he needed to gain weight, so I would soak his dog food in chicken or beef broth to make it mushy and appetizing. It worked! I slowly eased off the broth and eventually he was eating dry food again. Always ask your vet, but it might be worth a try?
Post # 19
Child proof the cupboards.
Do NOT free feed him. Is one. Second, have you tried googling raw raw food diets? You chopping up raw meats and veggies and mixing it all together for him? It sounds gross and I hope I never have a cat or dog with human food taste but….yeah, I hear it’s what some animals eat and it actually is supposed to be better for them than any kibble, taking them back to their jungle cat days :). Maybe it would work for him?
Post # 20
yes!! The instinct raw I buy is actually raw meat I have to literally buy in frozen bags at the pet store and thaw before I serve it. He only gets fed twice a day, usually in 12 hour increments (9am and 9pm I aim for). Today he actually successfully ate at both feeding times the wet food we got him! It was seafood variety so maybe he just didn’t like the raw chicken/rabbit mix? I’m gonna slowly wean him into raw though… Maybe this time tuna or salmon!
Post # 21
He is precious.
You are a great person for adopting an adult cat.
Sounds like he is doing well so far with your switch today!
My only advice is to replace all of your trash cans with lidded ones if he continues to forage. When my parents adopted an adult cat, she got into the trash because she was previously neglected and that was how she found her food. Different reasoning than your chubber, but similar motive. The lids completed eradicated the behavior within a day as soon as she realized it just wasn’t possible anymore.
Enjoy your new companion!
Post # 22
Have you tried Forta Flora? It’s probiotics for kitties. You can get it at the Vets and I’ve heard on Amazon. It’s seriously is Kitty Crack. We had a cat with tummy troubles and had to give it to all 3 cats or their would have been a gang fight in the kitchen.
Post # 23
I would recommend a duck variety if they have it available. When my cat had stopped eating because of a stomach issue, the ONLY thing I could get him to eat was duck.
Definitely keep an eye out to make sure hes eating. Cats arent the sort of animals that you can let starve themselves til they decide to eat, because they honestly wont. Cats (especially ones that are overweight are higher risk) can develop fatty liver disease from not eating for even as little as a few days.
Post # 24
I used to buy the Instinct Raw for my cat, because she too is an eater and I needed to get her to lose some weight. I stopped buying it due to the issue of having to toss the food if she hadn’t eaten it quickly enough and after hearing about a recall. When I was buying it, I remember my cat refusing to eat the raw lamb (and I noticed it had a stronger smell). I then switched to their grain-free canned food for a while, which my cat did like. However, I eventually just switched to IAMS because it was more affordable and instead cut back on her dry food intake. Limiting the kibbles is what eventually made her lose the weight (though she only had like 1-2 lbs to shed).
Another brand I occasionally switch in to her diet is Soulistic, specifcally their pouches that are shredded chicken in pumpkin soup. I was recommended that by a worker at Petco when I was buying the Nature’s Instinct, because it’s also grain-free (grains = carbs and cats are obligate carnivores and don’t need carbs in their diets) and a lot of animals supposedly like the pumpkin.