Kitten at heart, not a Top Cat
- Oct 24, 2021
Thanks. I wish it was more peaceful.Beds can become real areas for territorial issues, because of all places in your house, the bed smells most like YOU. The fact that they are peacefully sharing that space with you says that you have done a fine job of introducing these guys.
Sounds like Fancy finding the treat bags in my room. Thankfully she left the bags...What an amazing difference.
I think things will improve once Fancy gets over her food insecurity issues. As I've mentioned Ruby was food obsessed when I adopted her. She wanted, and searched out food ALL THE TIME. I once left a muffin paper on the counter, just long enough to go into another room to eat it, and when I came back, the wrapper was gone! Since I didn't find it anywhere, it could only have been in Ruby's stomach.
Thank goodness yes. The last 3 weeks have been nightmarish. But now I have errands and doctors appointments, so I'm trying to get in as much time as I can.You on Christmas break now? If so, that'll give you lots of time to spend with both your girls.
What I find weird is that the rescue said she was 6 pounds. I wonder if she was 6 when she was turned into the shelter, then wasn't eating much when they were just feeding her kibble there and at the rescue. When I brought her home I gave her some of the kibble they were giving her and she barely ate it.Yeah, it's going to take Fancy a bit to really understand that she will be fed regularly...and looking again at those two photos, I can so understand her food issues! She starved for so long!
So now that the kitten has a clean Bill if health can you lock your not amused resident cat in your bedroom & let the new comer out for half the day? That way they can start smelling each other, your new cat won’t get such bad cabin fever & both cats can start owning your place. Expect it to take months. When introducing adult cats, slow is the way to go.
I try to avoid fish when I can. Delilah gets looser and smellier stools. Fancy definitely prefers wet to kibble - she only eats the kibble if she's really hungry (she seems to like the Fromm). But I can't leave her much kibble now that the gate is down, because Delilah likes the Fromm kibble too. I want to get Delilah off the kibble, which should work with the new feeders. I'll deactivate the kibble drops, but leave the feeder in case I'm running late (like a late day at school).About the food, kitten food will help her gain weight. Even kitten dry food. Now if she just dislikes your dry food, blue Buffalo wilderness (& other dry foods) come in salmon flavor. My tuna obsessed boy loves to visit his brother & pig out on the dry food there. Weirdly enough eating more wet food rarely if ever will give a cat the runs but changing dry food or eating more of it can give your cat the runs. Whatever food changes you make, I suggest gradual ones. (Wet food instead of dry can help your plumper cat loose weight.) When my boy was a kitten I stuck him on daily probiotics for 3 months and it helped with his occasional runs from pigging out on dry food. (Now when he visits, all the cats get an extra meal & no one gets the runs.) Oh and my boy gets fed 2 fancy feast cans a day and a tiny amount of dry food. He really only needs the 2 cans calorie wise but I was never able to get him completely off dry food. He gets 4 meals a day since I’m home all day (& cats are grazers.) Your vet can help you calculate how many calories per day, each cat needs; based on their weight.
I totally understand how that would be difficult to figure out as, of course, they'll both want the food they're not supposed to eat. I'm sure other cat parents have had this issue before. Maybe post a new thread in the Cat Nutrition so that different members might see it and post with suggestions.Otherwise I have no idea how to keep them out of each other's food.