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He won\'t eat, he is so picky!!!

Kelly M-Kelly M- Member Posts: 779
edited 14 September, 2010 in Food & Nutrition
I'm at a loss, I don't know what to do anymore. Hunter has never been a big eater. He is so picky that he will hold out HOURS until he eats what he wants. I have him somewhat on a rotation diet. I'm slowly adding new foods because it upsets his tummy. I am trying to avoid him being picky and its almost like I'm creating the problem. When he was a few months younger he would eat anything I put on his plate, besides Turkey. He was on wellness. He stopped eating that one day and I freaked out. So I went and bought Weruva, then I slowly added the Addiction foods, Natures Variety and now I'm on Merrick BG. He'll try something once, eat it (so to me that tells me he likes it) but won't eat it again. So I go out and buy it (because he ate it the first time), but then he refuses to eat it. He'll eat Duck from Addiction, but won't eat it from Natures Variety. He won't touch chicken from anything unless its Weruva. Will occasionally eat the Lamb from NV. Loves Rabbit from Addiction, but won't touch the NV rabbit. This is getting ridiculous. Like right now for example. I bought him Merrick BG 96% chicken and quail to try out. He liked the beef from Merrick so I thought the chicken would work out. Errr WRONG. I know hes hungry. We went to his dish, took a sniff and walked alway. He needs to eat!! So, I dumped his food bowl and put the Addiction Buffalo down and he chomped down half of it. I knew he was hungry. He is worse than a kid. I am so beyond frustrated, I don't know what to do. I can not afford to continuously throw food away. He isn't eating half of what he should. I'm lucky if he eats a whole can of food a day, and I know he should be eating more than that. Its almost like he doesn't want to eat. I get so excited when he eats a can and a half a day. Even that is like pulling teeth. A big part of me wants to just get a huge bowl and stick dry food infront of him. Another part of me is saying, if he is hungry enough he'll eat. But I really don't think thats the case. I've seen him hold out for 6 hours not eating, because he didn't like what was in his dish. What if I were to get an appetite stimulant? I read online that some people put dry tuna flakes on the food. He isn't sick, uses the litterbox fine, no stuffy nose, so I'm assuming he can smell it. He sleeps from around 12-7pm everyday because he is up ALL night. I really don't want to bring him to the vets because he isn't sick, and he will eat, if its what he likes. Maybe I have an overly picky, not really into food sort of cat? Sorry for this being so long, I've dealt with this for a few weeks now and I'm kind of at my end. I don't know what to do to make him want to eat, and eat different foods. Any suggestions, tips, treatments, things I could buy? I would really appreciate it. ~Kelly (Hunters mom) :((:((:((:((

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  • Paula K-Paula K- New YorkMember Posts: 2,244
    edited 12 September, 2010
    There are a few things you could try to get him to eat more. Look for dried or freeze dried items that don't have any additives. Bonito flakes come highly recommended or those packets of chicken and turkey. It used to be that you could only get them in specialty shops but I've seen them in Petco recently too. You could crumble one on top and see if that helps?
  • Sarah ClarkSarah Clark Ruston, AustinMember Posts: 689
    edited 12 September, 2010
    Ive got some freeze dried lamb liver snacks and Misty loves them. When there is a wet food she is not crazy about I can crush one of those and make a 'crumb crust" on top and then she will eat it (usually, at least she will lick up all the crumbs, mol!) AnnaBelle on the other hand is being VERY picky with her wet food also. Even the fancy feast she used to eat...she wont touch. The one BB food she eats semi reliably, some days she wont touch. I think shes really resistant to anything thats good for her. The kibble we have (BB spa) she will eat up. I only put down 1/2 a cup of that for the two to share a day..and Id love to get rid of it but its really hard when I can pull out 3 differnt brands/flavors and she wont touch any of them. .... so I feel your pain! Maybe try some tuna juice on/in the food? Is he a gravy guy? I know AnnaBelle is a gravy cat so one thing I am about to try is getting some chicken only stock (once I can find it- Ive seen it before, chicken and water only) and then Im going to mix in some of the stock with the wet food. She was responding to water being on it for a while but now she wont touch it. Ive also tried the chicken baby food method (mix that with some water so its soupy)...then I spoon some on the wet food. it works 75% of the time, anyways ~a~ Then theres that eagle pack probiotic stuff that Alex's mom always mentions, its supposed to also be an appetite stimulant. probably couldnt hurt to try that if hes still being stubborn. So theres some things ive tried/want to try that might help. Oh! something else ive noticed is that if I have changed dish soaps AnnaBelle wont eat that day. I have to use the same dish soap every morning, or its a no-go, even for something very tempting. Man, she sure can drive me crazy some times :))
  • Kelly M-Kelly M- Member Posts: 779
    edited 13 September, 2010
    BK- yea I was thinking of those Bonito flakes. I think they sell them at Petco. I'm on a shopping mission today after work to see what I can get to help the lil guy out. AnnaBelle- Hunter is absolutely a gravy guy. Problem is, he doesn't like chicken. He hates chicken wet food besides his Weruva. Maybe I could try beef stock? Never thought of that. He hates Turkey too. Its really hard to find good quality wet food thats not chicken or Turkey. I find that if I put some on a spoon and he licks some first, he'll go and eat it. Also, if I put his dish in another spot for a few minutes, he'll eat some. Weird. I think what I'm going to end up doing is just buying the flavors he likes, that I know he'll eat more than once. I just have to search for wet food that doesn't contain any chicken or Turkey. He is a beef kind of guy! lol
  • Lisa DausmanLisa Dausman Member Posts: 5,216
    edited 13 September, 2010
    There ain't nobody, more pickey, than Bumpurr! He will not, at all, eat any wet food, not even BW. And the only quality dry food, he will eat, is Blue Wilderness. Maybe Hunter is like Bump, and just does not like wet food. I would try the dry. Have you tried BW, the dry? I don't believe in the rotation stuff, I know others do, but I feel it creates picky eaters. I feel, pick one food they like, and you know they will eat, and just feed them that. And with kittens, changing foods, if not done gradually, over 14 days, can upset their tummys. If you get the small BW bag, and Hunter won't eat it, Petsmart will let you bring it back, with the receipt. I cannot tell you how many bags I brought, trying to find something Bump would eat. They were so glad, when he liked BW. No icons today, down about the game last night, and Cowboy was sick this morn, but his is doing much better this afternoon.
  • ZACKandZOEYZACKandZOEY Cave Creek, AZMember Posts: 12,043 ✭✭
    edited 13 September, 2010
    Bumpurr, we don't rotate foods either. I know that is something alot of cats do now but I think moms have to do whatever works best for their cat. And everycat is different. Staying on one brand, different flavors & consistencies has worked for us. Months ago Mommy did try different brands with us and Zack's tummy was not happy even when she did it slowly. Then, when there are tummy or poopy issues, you don't know which food is causing it, so it is like starting all over. Right now our tummies are happy and we so enjoy our meals and know exactly when it is time to EAT! However, Mommy is thinking of trying Weruva as a treat and see if we would enjoy eating a little of that. It looks like an interesting food. Hunter, if you are eating a 5.5 - 6 oz can of food, I think that is plenty. If you aren't hungry for 1 1/2 cans, maybe that amount of food isn't needed. I think just go with eating what you enjoy (& is healthy) and don't worry so much about the rotation. Maybe all these different foods you are trying are confusing you and your tummy. I think it is best to keep it simple. |:|
  • Lisa DausmanLisa Dausman Member Posts: 5,216
    edited 13 September, 2010
    Zoey, I think you said that very well, not at all putting down kitties parents who do rotate, and for them it works. Kitties are not like humans, that get bored with eating one food all the time, and actually, if there was not the variety of food out there, and all we knew, was just one food, we would be happy with that. All kitties want, is their foodies at feeding times, they eat it, they are happy, they don't have the same thought process humans do. Mine get treaties, I call them snackies, and all it is, is their dry food, but they don't think/know/realize that. They just know, its a treat, that they get when its not feeding time.
  • ZACKandZOEYZACKandZOEY Cave Creek, AZMember Posts: 12,043 ✭✭
    edited 13 September, 2010
    Bumpurr, Mommy is a very boring eater and could eat the same things everyday and be totally fine with it. :)) Daddy and her were laughing that when they go to the market every Saturday, the cashier sees the exact same things in their cart. Cats like routine so they really don't need different kinds of food. But now people are thinking rotation of foods might help prevent food allergies and other problems. I think for some cats that is a very good idea, and some most likely don't have to do that. Our Angel cat, Rocky Ann was very happy eating the same food all the time and she lived to almost 19 with no medical problems at all till she was 16. Mommy use to fool her too with giving her kibble instead of treats. ;) So like you and I said, each family does what works for them.
  • Lisa DausmanLisa Dausman Member Posts: 5,216
    edited 13 September, 2010
    Actually, I could eat Lloyds baby back ribs every night of the week. They are kinda expensive, so I get them when they are are sale. And alot of yrs ago, think the co was called San=Brite or something like that, they made these frozen pork patties, and my oh my, they were so good, ate them every night, I loved them. Only reason I stopped eating them, is I can no longer find them, anywhere. I also feel, another reason for feeding one food, like you said, is if there is a medical or tummy issue, the first thing they look at, is the food. If the kitty is eating more than one food/brand/flavor, it makes it harder and takes longer to determine if it is the reason, and/or eliminate it as a possible cause. When Smokey was sick, first thing my vet asked, did you just start on a new bag, nope, then she said call the co and see if they changed the formula, nope they didn;t. So eliminating her food, was was easy and quick, would have been harder and tooken longer, if she ate a rotation, and with her issue, time was critical, she was sent from my vet to the specialist on an er basis. But as we always say on the horse board, what works for one person and their horse, might not work for another. With Cowboy being sick this morn, my vet determined right away it was the food, because he only gets the same exact thing every day. The store was out of his flavor, so got another flavor, same brand, he got sick. She told me what to do for him, thru out the day, and he got 1/2 his normal ration for supper, he's been fine since he ate tonight, was even running around with Cruiser. I usually just get enough for the week, but went to the store this morn, and they had his normal flavor, and got a few extra cans, just in case. My vet called tonight, on her way home, to see how he was feeling, she said that was a good idea. If, he had been fed a rotation diet, it would have been harder to eliminate the food as a possible suspect. Since he eats only one, it was simple, to figure it out.
  • ZACKandZOEYZACKandZOEY Cave Creek, AZMember Posts: 12,043 ✭✭
    edited 13 September, 2010
    |:| Purrs for Cowboy. Yes, it sounds like it was very easy for your Mommy to figure out what was bothering him. Hope he feels back to his self very soon. |:| :r Oops, sorry Hunter, we sort of took over your thread. Back to helping out Hunter's Mommy!
  • Hannah RoseHannah Rose ChicagoMember Posts: 167
    edited 14 September, 2010
    Mommy dosent rotate our food, yes mommy is boring when it comes to our food. we eat the same food everyday which is wellness dry food and merricks canned food. mommys rule is feed us what we like and dont rotate. we did try the rotation diet for awhile and it just made more picky than they already are.
  • Sarah ClarkSarah Clark Ruston, AustinMember Posts: 689
    edited 14 September, 2010
    Hunter, if you decide to do a broth/stock thing for gravy you might have to make your own becuase nearly ALL store bought kinds contain yucky onions in them. Some also have carrot juice. ill take the carrot over the onions though! Im going to keep looking because I KNOW theres some out there thats just chicken (or beef) and water and thats it. I picked up some chicken baby food tonight for AnnaBelle and the other furless I was with has not stopped giving me strange looks over it.
  • Kelly M-Kelly M- Member Posts: 779
    edited 14 September, 2010
    Well I'm about to give up really. I've pretty much had all I can take with the lil squirt. He won't touch chicken. Besides Weruva. HATES Turkey with a passion. Won't touch the stuff. Loves beef but it has to be certain brands. So I'm going to buy what he likes. And stop with the rotation. But it will be rotation because it'll be different brands/flavors but I'm not going to introduce anything else for a long time. It would be a lot easier if I saw him eat at one sitting. Instead he 'grazes' he'll eat a bit, walk away for maybe an hour, eat more, walk away again. I've seen him do this like 3 times per meal! Anyway, I think I'm going to do what I think is best for Hunter. Buy foods he likes, keep the kibble for extra calories (God knows Wellness core has enough of them)and stop introducing new foods. It was so much easier when he liked and ate the Wellness. They had like 5 different grain free flavors to choose from. He just stopped eating it, I mean completely refused. Thats when I started the rotation and it seems like he is getting pickier and pickier as he gets older. Yea well thats going to stop. I'm done with it. Thanks for the advice everyone. Anyone know of a good wet food that has lots of beef flavors? Hunter wont eat chicken or Turkey.
  • Sarah ClarkSarah Clark Ruston, AustinMember Posts: 689
    edited 14 September, 2010
    Sounds like a plan. Do whats best for hunter.
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