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addicted.

Racheal FeuersteinRacheal Feuerstein caledonia, michiganMember Posts: 115
edited 30 December, 2010 in Behavior & Training
my cat, einstein. seems to be absolutely addicted to dry food. we had decided to put him on a canned food diet, which he seems to just tolerate, after some unexplained bladder inflammation several months ago and he hasn't had a bite since. first, when my other cat was recovering from surgery, we tried giving her some dry food just to get her appetite back. Einstein freaked out and yowled from the other side of the door and tried to bolt in every time we opened it to get in and out. second, he'll randomly get sick like 10 min after he eats. i can't figure out why. to me it seems like a little bit of a rebellion. it comes in waves where he'll do it like two or three meals in a row and then he'll be fine. third, while i was out of town, i bought a small bag of evo just in case my brother, who was catsitting, couldn't feed them their canned food. turns out, einstein got up on the counter, and chewed his way into the bag which was unopened until he got to it. my brother found it all over the counter. he put everything in a ziploc bag and put it in the pantry. last night after just getting into bed after a long day of driving home, i heard a crazy scrathing noise. einstein was pawing and scratching to get into the pantry bc he knew that's where the dry food was. it's like he's on crack if he sees, hears, or smells dry food.

Comments

  • Lisa DausmanLisa Dausman Member Posts: 5,216
    edited 30 December, 2010
    What do you feed? :D
  • Racheal FeuersteinRacheal Feuerstein caledonia, michiganMember Posts: 115
    edited 30 December, 2010
    right now, his favorite seems to be the instinct rabbit, but we also do the instinct lamb and duck occasionally. he doesn't like the chicken. and we throw some wellness in there too--the ones without fish. he is slowly expanding his palate though. he's eating flavors of wellness that he didn't even try when we first went to the can food. any other suggestions? i've tried a lot...
  • Lisa DausmanLisa Dausman Member Posts: 5,216
    edited 30 December, 2010
    Bump was like that, when he was free fed Goodlife, which at the time, I didn't know was garbage, he ate like a truck driver, and would eat it all day, until, he starting having tummy issues, and judges were telling me, he is starting to get too fat. So the very long journey began, to find a quality grain free feed, he would eat. Tried about all of them, and he said, I ain't eatin that crap, I want my Goodlife, mol. Then found Blue Wilderness, its by Blue Buffalo, I get it at Petsmart. He will eat it, but was never a crazy boy about that, like he was with the Goodlife. He is also the president of the I Ain;t Eatin No Wet Food club. All mine are now sched feed, and, they eat in their carriers, and like you, the dry food has to be kept in a cubbard, he can't reach, altho he knows, where it is. If dry is all that Eistein will eat, then just feed him that, put the food in a cubbard he can't reach, and sched feed him, maybe do it like 4 times a day, so he feels he is getting more. Wet is better for him, but if he won't eat it, then there is nothing you can do about it, you do however, need to increase his water intake, and keep him flushed out, you can do this by using 1 teaspoon Gerber baby food, chicken or turkey ONLY, mixed with warm water, so its real soupy, twice a day. You can teach/train him, not to get into cubbards, and you can teach/train him, as to what is acceptable/tolerated, and what is not. Let me know if your interested, will type it out for you. :D:D:D:D:D:D
  • Racheal FeuersteinRacheal Feuerstein caledonia, michiganMember Posts: 115
    edited 30 December, 2010
    yeah... i don't know what i'm going to do with him. trouble is, before i switched him to canned food only, i couldn't get him to lose weight and he started to have the bladder issues. i guess i'm just a bit cautious to introduce dry back into his diet because i see the monster it turns him into. and lexi loves the canned food so i would love if he would just eat it, but it's been months and it always seems to be a struggle to get him to eat his whole portion. silly cat. oh, and he knows perfectly well what is acceptable as far as his behavior. he also knows when mom isn't going to be home for awhile. haha.
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