Noble is usually very enthusiastic to eat his food. So enthusiastic, in fact, that he's earned himself the nickname "Garfield". At times, I used to wonder why I didn't name him Garfield. I know it was one of the names I'd considered. Back when we fed him cheap food, he'd gobble it up despite how much meat it didn't or did have in it. Whiskas, Friskies, Meow Mix, Special Kitty, 9 Lives... When I started feeding medium (but not so great) quality, he'd gobble it up, too. Iams, Purina ONE, Fancy Feast, Pet Promise. And, then, when I made the switch to great quality, he gobbled it up, too. Blue Buffalo, Wellness, NV. I've always fed a rotation because it's easier on my budget and more convenient.
Lately, though, Noble hasn't been as interested in his food. He'll pick at it. If it's wet food, he'll leave almost the entire can. When it's dry food, he'll only eat about ten kibbles and he'll leave the rest. If it were Malik, I'd assume that he's just being finicky. Malik can be finicky. But, it's Noble. Noble has never been finicky. If it were one steady food, I'd think it's a loss of interest in the food. But it's not one steady food. Or even one steady protein source. I've discovered that he likes turkey best. And, for a while, he'd finish up all his food if it were turkey. But, now, he's not even doing that.
When we first got the cats, we free fed all our animals. That was my moms decision as, at the time, it was easier on us all. And we only had two dogs. And they never bothered each others food. As time went on, we got Lilo. Then Sakura. Then Sandy. And by the time we got Sandy, I was feeding the animals and I decided that free feeding wasn't working. So with the dogs, I started the fifteen minute rule. Now, I don't do this with the cats except for their wet food. I discovered that their wet food spoils fast when I leave it out too long. So if they don't finish their wet food within the fifteen minutes, I take it away. Their dry food is left out from the time their fed in the evening (four o'clock) to the time they get fed again in the morning (five o'clock). Usually, both of their dishes are completely empty. However, lately, Noble's is still full. Could he be trying to save it? It seems odd that he would try and save all of it, though.
I was also worrying about health problems. Is it possible that it could be health related? If so, what kind of health problems could it be a red flag for? He's a strictly indoor cat. Is never and I repeat never allowed outside. However, when Spot and Gypsy were still with us, they were allowed outside. Is it possible they brought something home that is only just starting to show? All our cats were vaccinated. They had their leukemia tests done. The works. Maybe I'm just worrying too much.
The other thing I was thinking was stress related. There has been a lot of stress in our house lately. Spot passing away, Chance passing away, Gypsy going missing, a few job losses, the works. Noble is very attached to us people. Is it possible that he's picking up on our stress? I was thinking maybe the loss of one of the animals is getting to him but to be blunt, he was never that close to Gypsy, Spot or Chance. He's always been closer to us humans.
He doesn't seem outwardly sick. Then again, with some illnesses, they don't, I suppose.
I'm getting a bit panicky here. I've tried everything. I've tried putting egg over his food. He licks at it and walks away. I've tried mixing in meat. Again, licks at it, walks away. I've tried every protein source imaginable. Chicken, turkey, salmon, beef, on and on and on and on. I know when we feed store brand food, he loved foods with cheese. Especially the Friskies variety. Can't remember what it is. Just that it had cheese. But I can't ever find any high quality foods with cheese. Suggestions? I've thought about cooking like I do for Sandy. But, gosh, I wouldn't even know where to begin with a cat! I've also thought about raw. But, once again, I don't yet know where to begin. Still got some research to do. It's just confusing and I'm rambling so I'll let you guys tell me what you think.
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