Hello, I am new here and I just had to tell someone, this was a hard fought battle.
Hubby and I adopted our little tortie girl (our first female kitty after years of only boys) just over two years ago. She came home with a bag of Science Diet dry and I changed her over to Wellness Core. Well as we had always free fed the boys without them becoming fat hubby fell for Cali's little hula dance every time she was hungry and he would feed her.
Well you know what happened, a few months later she was now on SD r/d to lose weight. And she did but after two years I had to get her off of that stuff.
I slowly transitioned her to Blue Buffalo Freedom which she liked but still...... I wanted to try again with the canned food.
You see, I had tried to get her onto wet food after we adopted her, I tried all the brands and she turned them down cold.
Two weeks ago I decided to try again, this time with cans of Blue Buffalo Wilderness, Merrick BG chicken etc, basically all of the pate' varieties. And she wouldn't touch them. The skunks ended up eating well instead.
On a chance I picked up Blue Buffalo chunk chicken and Wellness cubed chicken, both are in a gravy which I really didn't want to buy. (I want to also add that several years ago i did have her try some Fancy Feasts in gravy and Wellness Healthy Indulgent pouches that a neighbor gave me, she didnt touch any of it.)
Well to my utter amazement she ate them like she had never enjoyed her food before. Hubby and I were pleased and shocked, after all this time we found food she loves.
We started out with one meal a day of wet, the other two being dry then Sunday after she puked her dry we decided to go with all wet. You see she takes atenolol twice daily as she was diagnosed with HCM in October and after her 2nd ultrasound in April the cardiologist put her the med. Fortunately she loves pill pockets and there has been no issue taking her meds in one of them, in fact it is the first thing she eats =D>
So as of Sunday morning she had all three meals wet food but this is where I am a bit confused. I have noticed that she is peeing more, I mean she used to go about twice a day pretty good size pees and now I am counting three to five, some are smaller than they used to be but not ridiculously small.
Also she scared me by having no bowel movement from Monday morning until this morning (Wednesday) when she has always gone once a day. It was nice and firm though, no signs of the runs at all.
I also noticed that she didnt drink water from her bowl while eating the wet food. I always refill several times a day with Brita filtered water
I had to give the dry food this morning because of a thunder storm that wouldnt move on and I had to get her med dose into her quickly between rumbles. Sure enough there she was at the water dish twice.
I know that the foods with gravy are not the best choice but if that is the only canned food she will eat what am I to do? I really want her off the kibble and it's taken years to achieve that, I should be happy and relieved yet here I am a mass of nerves.
I guess my questions are do kitties on all canned food pee more? Do they poop less? I am careful with her calorie consumption (we use a measure cup with the kibble) and she just had her complete vet checkup w/blood work in late March it all came back fine.
Sorry to make such a long first post but i am only trying to give this little girl the best life possible. She spent her first 5 years in an abusive home with people who did nothing but yell and kick at her. She didnt even know how to play and it took a good year before she learned how to love. I love her so much, I hope I am not hurting her by trying to help her.
Thank you all for listening