Sodium free bone broth powder for making soups is actually the same thing without the medical elements. I've used it on occasion mixed with plain rice when my cats have diarrhea.FortiFlora….I’ve been reading, this is also used for cats that have diarrhea but my cat doesn’t have diarrhea and I don’t want to get her to be constipated if I use this appetite stimulant.
I only give her the baby food when she gets really bad at not eating. I know it’s not complete nourishment for her so I don’t feed it to her every day
I meant more that you can use stock instead of FortiFlora if you need it for the enticement properties rather than the probiotics.My cat doesn’t have diarrhea
This is very good!International Cat Care Guide to Inappetence
Yeah, the expensive stuff I'll have to put off til August. I have $20 cat claw cutting clinic tomorrow, $300-$400 second blood panel on Wednesday, plus $30 bag of Hills Urinary Care C/D from the SPCA pharmacy...so July budget is pretty much shot. Baby food is off the shelves, and when it does come in, it's confiscated by the hoarders. I have grated Parmesan/Romano cheese...does the Romano disqualify it? I have no idea what Bonito flakes looks like, but go to Chinatown often, so if the package is in English I can find it. I called Trader Joes and they sell the tuna; it's on my shopping list. I doubt chicken has any chance (already tried boiled chicken thigh and chicken soup), but I'll bake a couple thighs, and turn them into chicken salad if Buddy snubs it.Great idea, tabbytom !
Getting Kitty to Eat
- Making a buffet to give kitty choices
- Warming food
- Sprinkle food with :
If enticements don't work, you could consider:
- FortiFlora — It’s a mediocre probiotic but it’s very appealing to cats because it has animal digest as its first ingredient, the same thing that coats dry food. Most cats love the taste of it.
- Grated Parmesan cheese
- Crushed crumbles of dry food — There are some higher protein/lower carb/grain free brands such as Dr. Elsey’s Clean Protein.
- Bonito flakes — Can be found at Asian markets or sometimes in the Asian food section of a large grocery store.
- Freeze-dried treats or freeze-dried raw food — Crumble into dust or small pieces over food. I use Stella & Chewy’s freeze dried Duck Duck Goose, Pure Bites chicken treats and Northwest Naturals liver treats, but there are lots of choices. If you use Pure Bites, it’s actually less expensive to buy the dog treats and they’re the same thing. For freeze-dried raw, Northwest Naturals may also work. Primal is another choice.
- Pour a little water from tuna in water over food. Use no sodium added (I buy it at Trader Joe’s) as other kinds in water have veg. broth and I assume that means onions, which are toxic to cats. Also it shouldn't contain soy; check labels. I dilute the juice with more water, too. It’s more the smell than anything.
- Baby food — Beechnut or Gerber Stage 2. You want a baby food that is a protein only although the Gerber contains cornstarch. It should have no onions or other additives. Please read labels carefully.
- Plain cooked ( boiled or baked ) chicken breast
- assist feeding (syringe or make little meatballs and place in mouth)
- and/or talking to your vet about appetite stimulants
Buddy is oddly similar. He will eat half the wetfood, then come demand either a brushing or massage, and if satisfied will go back and eat the other half...otherwise not even me holding the saucer and sweet-talking him will get him to eat the rest. Since he is now down to a quarter of the 2.8oz can per meal, a half of a quarter ain't much. He will still eat a shot glass (0.5oz size) of dry food several times a day, but that still don't seem like enough to me. On the other hand the urine clumps and poo seem okay, so I could just be paranoid.Molly is a cuddle cat, and when she first transitioned to being entirely indoor she responded by clinging so tightly to me that she wouldn't eat. For her, I found that sitting on the floor, legs out straight and together, and putting her in my lap with her food on my knees and petting her with both hands got her to eat. Eventually, I could sit near her and she'd eat, then as she got used to being inside and me being consistently available, she started eating normally. (Actually a bit too much, now she's on a diet...)
I've also got a semi-feral kitten I'm taming right now who has decided that she only wants to eat when being petted, so...apparently I have the magic petting makes cats eat fingers? For best results, I find laying the hand(s) flat over the cat and stroking with just the thumbs and fingertips works best when trying to encourage them to eat.
I already tried bacon, both crispy and rubbery...both only got a sniff before rejection. Other things; Chicken liver fried, beef liver fried and raw, ground veal fried and raw, chicken thigh (boiled, soup and fried), hamburger raw and fried, pork chop fried, ground lamb raw and fried, turkey thigh baked, and both whole duck and goose baked. Cannot find rabbit or mutton around here, so I think that about covers it.Here’s an idea from Dr. Lisa Pierson at catinfo.org (be sure to buy nitrite-free bacon):
One suggestion for very picky cats is to add a bit of bacon fat to individual meals to see if that helps them eat it.
I baked 18 ounces of the fattiest nitrite-free bacon I could find and it yielded 16 TBS of fat. I used a broiling pan to catch the drippings. Cook it slowly until the bacon is dry and crispy. That way, you will collect the most fat from the bacon. The dried bacon makes nice bacon bits for non-vegetarians. Or you can feed them to your cats as treats. Nitrites in cured meats is a controversial subject so I opted to purchase nitrite-free bacon from Whole Foods Market.
1 teaspoon of bacon fat is 38 calories. I would not feed more than 1 tsp/day and you may be able to use less since a little bit will go a long way to adding a bit of flavor to the food for a picky cat.
Here’s what they look like. Tiny, weightless shavings of dried fish. The bag I bought was full of these smaller bags. They look a lot like some tropical fish food I’ve seen, but much cheaper.I have no idea what Bonito flakes looks like, but go to Chinatown often, so if the package is in English I can find it
I had to toss it through the cats' blender for them to eat it.I’ve tried Weruva brand….looked decent and like real food when I opened the can BUT my cats wouldn’t eat it….I wish they would