|Purred: Wed Jul 6, '11 7:50am PST |
|Well, first of all, to you, for being so committed to improving your cats' diets. That's awesome.
Secondly, as Alex said, the better quality foods might just be too rich for your one cat's system right now. Often you'll find that when you improve the quality of the food, you will feed less quantity. I absolutely 100% know this to be true in terms of kibble for dogs, and it stands to reason it would be the same with canned food. It's the same reason why the animal's, er, output, decreases when on a better quality food - because they can utilize/absorb more of what they're taking in, so less is excreted out as waste.
In any event, for your older kitty whose system is a bit sensitive, it seems like you'll have to take things more slowly. If she eats a can of Fancy Feast, empty out the can into her bowl, then remove one forkful of the FF and replace with a forkful of whatever else you're trying to feed, and mix it in well. Do that for a week. Next week, remove two forkfuls of FF, and replace with two forkfuls of the other food. The following week three, and so on. It will take several weeks (or longer) to completely eliminate the FF and be feeding the new food, but that's ok. Any progress, no matter how little, is still progress. It took me two full years, or thereabouts, to convert my two adult cats to a raw diet, from canned food, and I consider it time well spent. So long as we kept moving forward, I was happy, though certainly frustrated at times.
Of course, if you get any stomach upset at all, backtrack to the previously accepted level of new food to old food, and stay there for at least another week before trying to move on. Take your cues from the kitty, and just do baby steps. You'll get there. Good luck!
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