The problem is he won't eat wet food. I won't give him Whiskas (he went off it anyway) as it's only 4% meat, but I tried him on Applaws which is a really natural wet food and he looked as me as though it's poison!
I want to do what's best for him, and when I asked for advice on a pet forum today I was accused of pandering to him and it being the same as feeding a child chocolate every meal time!
The article recommended feeding him raw or fresh cooked food, but I can't see him eating that either - we can leave meat or fish defrosting on the side and he won't touch it, and he's not interested in it when it's cooked either.
Am I doing something wrong, or should I carry on feeding him something I know he'll eat?
I say do as you want and I try not to preach to people but do feed mine dry food and a BARF diet at times but only because I used to show them prior to the IVA, can't afford it now sadly although I'm going to crufts this year with a friend!
I've had cats like that. I stopped feeding dry complete after having problems (but lots of cats NEVER do have problems) and I had at least three cats that had never touched any wet food -my previous feeding regime was wet once a day and dry once a day so those cats just ate once a day. When I switched to wet only, a couple of cats lost a lot of weight as they simply did not want to eat. They did start eventually though -no animal will starve itself to death. What worked best for the worst one was Natures Menu pouches -cheaper than Applaws but complete (note Applaws can is NOT a complete food! so need supplements) and just as good -over 70 % meat. Might be worth trying that, but if all else fails -if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
Hope that puts your mind at rest Skippy, she is a champion breeder and does know her stuff I promse you x
I'm glad lesley's friend has been able to help you [:)]
I agree with if it ain't broke don't fix it! Like children all cats are different and you do what is best for the individual.
Our 2 have a mixture of dry and wet food everyday. They let me know if they don't like something and I change it to something they do like. Been doing this since day one, nearly nine years ago! Hasn't done them any harm [;)]
Hope you and Harry are feeling happier now [:)]
My friend Kerri made me laugh she said;
Bob is fed dry only and has been for as long as I've known Harry (before that Harry used to let Bob lick his plates and then put them away without washing and he used to eat whatever was available including his defrosting turkey for christmas one year ). Bob is now 18 and is still going strong, mainly to spite me as we have never been the best of friends!!
I've met Bob the cat and he is certainly is still going strong x
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