|Purred: Mon Apr 22, '13 8:20pm PST |
|Oh, do I feel your pain! It took me literally about two years to get my Coopurr off the kibble.
When I brought him home as a kitten, I made a huge mistake. They say to give them some of the same "comforts" they had in the shelter. Start with the same litter. Food. Coop had both wet and dry in the shelter, although I"m a huge advocate for a wet-only diet. I tried to wean him off the dry, but he was SO stubborn. Eventually, though, I did just take up the dry completely. But that didn't work either. He would fuss and fuss with the wet food. Sniffing it. Trying to bury it. Walking away. And a lot of times, he just wouldn't finish his meals.
He, too, got to the point where I had to bribe him -- putting his Temptations treats in his wet food to get him to eat. Then he gained two unnecessary pounds, and I got slapped on the wrists by our vet.
I remember, we went home that day, and I decided that it had to be tough love or nothing. No more cookies during the day -- only a couple of treats at night right before bedtime. The first couple of days were rough. All he would do is bug me and badger me for treats. I stood my ground.
By the end of that first week, he figured out that bedtime was cookie time and ran to his dish every night as I turned out lights. By the end of the second week, he was eating a wet-only diet.
Just be firm. The bonito flakes are a good idea. Just use them in moderation.
And I really wish you luck. I know how difficult they can be. And you're just trying to do what's best, but they don't understand that at all.
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