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Arri April 26th, 2013 08:40 PM

Cat will not eat wet food
 
Not sure if this is the right place to post this but, my oldest cat (Dante` 9 yrs old) will absolutely not touch wet/canned food period. He will only eat dry. We have tried every type/brand/flavor we could find and he will not touch it. He sniffs and walks away. He doesn't come back and eat it when we're gone either, it sits and goes bad. Why??????

sugarcatmom April 27th, 2013 08:39 AM

Good for you for trying to introduce some wet food into your cat's diet! I don't have time right now to get into too many details about how to go about it, so I'm just going to link you to 2 video clips by Dr. Karen Becker that do a good job explaining some methods that work for most cats:
[url]http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2010/03/10/how-to-transition-your-cat-to-raw-food-diet-part-1.aspx[/url]
[url]http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2010/03/17/how-to-transition-your-cat-to-raw-food-diet-part-2.aspx[/url]

Main thing is, don't leave dry down for free-feeding and start scheduled mealtimes.

Longblades April 27th, 2013 09:06 AM

We had the same problem. Some things you can try.

First, don't let it sit and go bad. Put it down, remove it if not eaten. I know cats like to nibble so down a few hours is OK, but not all day.

Try only very, very tiny bits at first, not a whole meal. Put it into small drops, sort of kibble shaped, that he can easily pick up.

Try a flavour he is already eating in dry food.

Mix a small bit in with the dry. Or, put a small bit in the dish beside the dry. Or put a small bit on a separate plate beside the dry. Decrease the dry while you try these but give it back later if it doesn't work. Some people report success with the small bit on the plate beside. You throw a lot out for maybe a couple of weeks but it seems they get used to having it beside them and eventually take a bite. Maybe.

Honestly we had limited succes with all of these with our cat who needed the wet food the most. What marked success for us was an off chance comment from the Vet that she loved the Recovery food they fed her during a stay there. A stay, by the way, prompted by very bad constipation which the dry food contributed to. We bought several cans of expensive Recovery wet food and that was how we transitioned her to store bought canned. It was not easy but our girl was quite old and used to eating dry for years and years. Hopefully if your boy is only 9 it might not be so ingrained in him. Good luck.

Arri April 27th, 2013 03:41 PM

Ok thanks for the tips. We'll give it another shot. Oh, and we don't leave the food there til it goes bad, usually throw it away after a few hours. This cat is very frustrating....and he weighs 28lbs! He also pukes a lot and always in the worst possible spots. And yes, he's been to the vet and he says he's healthy :shrug:


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