Butt-kicker of- all other cats
|Purred: Wed Apr 24, '13 4:36am PST |
|Yay! It is a huge victory that he ate some of at all!! I can't tell you the hell I went through when I tried to convert my kibble addict. My cat did not even take a bite of canned food for the first week. What I did was just offer a small amount, like 1/4 cup of dry food in the morning, and then put a small amount of canned food out. I just put small amounts out at first, since I figured it would most likely go to waste. So I made sure there was access to canned food all day, I periodicaly would change it out, but left just small amounts. After almost the whole week of this food standoff...lol, Beep finally broke down and took a few bites of the canned. By the next week, she was eating some of the canned food. We did this same thing, fed the small amount of dry and left the canned food out, for at least a month or maybe even longer, I can't remember the exact length of time, but she did start eating more canned. The funny thing is, now, 4 years later, I still give Beep about 10 tiny little kibbles of food at bedtime. It is more of a treat than a meal, but she looks forward to it so much, so I still do it. But she eats two meals of canned now, morning and evening, canned food with some warm water mixed in it, and then the 10 little kibbles at bedtime. She lost 5 pounds in a year after being off the kibble! Went from 14 to 9 pounds. She learned, and WE learned, that they don't need 24/7 access to kibble, but rather set mealtimes are better for their health.
Also, I don't think it's so much the brand of food right now....although I think only die hard piggies who will eat anything will eat EVO, it has never been a favorite for my cats. When I was trying to convert Beep, I actually used (I know....this sounds shocking!) fancy feast classics, because that stuff is like crack to cats, LOL!!! I actually do not like ff, but for purposes of conversion, it might actually be an easier food to get them to eat than most. You might have luck with Weruva, the chicken ones, too. I feed my outside feral cat ff...the only thing she will eat, and on occasion when we have run out of Beep's Wellness, we give her a small amount of ff and she goes crazy now over it! This was the cat who would not touch canned food. She was very reluctant and over all ticked off for many, many months about eating canned food, you could see it in her face.....in fact, she would not touch the food if I was looking, only when I was not around to see her consume the food. Stick with it! THe important thing is DO NOT give in and start giving more kibble, other than two times a day, the small amounts, and that is just to make sure they do not starve. Once they start eating the canned food, for sure, even if it is only half the amount and you KNOW they are eating something....you start cutting back on the kibble. Then it's just a few little pieces in the bowl in the morning. It will happen, if you are persistent and you don't give in and start giving more kibble. Hang in there!!! I have been where you are, it is stressful, but it is SOOOO worth it in the long run!!!
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