Cat. Wet food. Nothing is easy.
September 3, 2013 9:48 AM Subscribe
is having UTI issues and needs to go on a strict wet-food-only diet. After buying more brands and flavors than I can count, I think we've found some he likes. BUT, he never eats enough of the wet stuff and at this point supplementing with dry needs to stop. How do I help this cat!
posted by Tequila Mockingbird to Pets & Animals (30 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
We've reached an understanding between "Don't fuck with me this isn't food," "I'll push this goo around but then give me the real stuff," and "I guess this isn't poison after all." At the end of the day he enjoys some Merrick's and Weruva flavors and I'm pretty happy with that.
He's only eating 1/2 of a 3oz can/pouch at each meal though, 4 times a day. No matter how much or little is piled on his dish (no matter what kind of dish, raised or not, or if the food is warmed up or not), I can't get more into him. So at the end of the day he's eaten maybe 140 calories of the wet food, and I've been giving him a measured portion of omgomg-Orijen-crunch-particles before bed, to get that number closer to 230. (He's 12lb and calculators I've used pointed to roughly this amount.)
Is the problem that I still haven't found his Holy Grail of wet food? We really need to stop feeding dry, but I'm worried about him not eating enough if we just cut him off. For the record he'll happily gorge himself to death on Orijen alone, and he's never been a grazer.
(Turns out our younger cat will eat any wet food you put in front of him, beyond his needs even. We just need both cats like that!)
What can I do to up Nickel's wet food intake? Am I going about this the wrong way maybe? It's my first experience with cans and pouches as well, so everything is new!