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)