What the heck do I feed my cats to keep them from getting sick? Their tummies are obviously not happy with the new food. Should I switch back to the old unsatisfactory food, or try to find another new food?
We have two of the Best Cats Ever
. (Most people on here have one of those, I've noticed!). They're both male, littermates, a year and a half old, and part Siamese. They're what we watch instead of TV. :)
We prefer to feed our cats free-choice dry food with the occasional supplement of wet food. Right now they're slim and athletic; if they gain weight in the future, we'll move them to actual portions and increase the wet food %. Our cats are indoor cats with the occasional leashed foray into the great outdoors.
Our cats used to eat Wellness Core
. It's a grain free food (more on that in a moment), but they never really liked it. Also, a substantial portion of the bag was always dust & crumbs. They wouldn't eat the crumbs, and they also seemed to have a hard time picking up food from the inevitable pile of dust at the bottom of the bowl. As a customer, I was not happy with the food and would have preferred not to buy it if I had any other grain-free choices available in our former tiny town.
[The grain-free may be important - they had months of terrible diarrhea issues as kittens. The vet was unable to make a diagnosis; he tried several types of anti-parasite goop and a couple rounds of antibiotics, but nothing changed. We started to wonder if it was a food allergy. We were feeding Wellness Kitten
, then tried Blue Buffalo Kitten
, then when they were old enough for big kitty food, we tried the grain-free Wellness Core. The problem cleared up shortly after that - stool was normal, fur became shiny and soft, and the one that was skin and bones gained weight. I have no idea if it was coincidence or what, but they've been eating that ever since.]
We moved two months ago, and in the new pet store I found grain free Evo
cat food. I added some Evo to their food bowl to see if it was acceptable - next morning, there was a dent where the new food had been while the old food was untouched. So we switched to the Evo over a week or so.
The problems began about a week after the introduction of the new food (two weeks ago). We're back to loose stools - sometimes they're neatly left outside the box, and once one of them was obviously trying to make it to the box in time and wasn't able. The front half of the cat was in the box, I think. We've never had litter box issues before - they have a Litter Robot, so it's always clean in there. I suspect this is just a symptom of "My tummy hurts!"
We have also had a couple episodes where the food came back up in the middle of the night. I don't know if this is one cat or both.
They have remained incredibly active through this whole thing - if anything, they're running and jumping and playing more than they were before.
What should I do? I just want them to feel good and be happy.
Should I get a bag of the old food to maybe get them back to normal?
Is it possible that the old issue never really went away, firm stool and shiny coats notwithstanding?
Do we need to go to a vet? We'll have to find a new one due to the move, but that would happen anyway when their shots are due.