Cat ONLY eats Temptation Treats

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Last week I got an 8 year old cat from a lady who has left the cat in her condo for 3 months while she has been in hospital. Friends have fed the cat since August- Fancy Feast variety and Purina One Indoor Advantage dry and Temptation Treats. When I rescued him they told me he was not z big eater, but now I find he only eats the treats and nothing else.

The vet checked him, hydrated him and gave him a B12 shot- she looked at gums, tempetarure weight and he appears healthy and he is a prince. Not hiding and comfortable
I am beside myself with this eating. I tried Hills Diet dry, Taste if the Wild, whole hearted wet turkey and a few others. Nada. I even tried mixing the Temptations with other food and he walks away. I am afraid he is going to starve himself and I am going to go bonkers. I suspect he senses my frustration when I follow him around with a bowl. Help!!!!!
 

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He may be on edge being new to your house and just not comfortable eating there yet. Don’t follow him around with food. Put it in his dish and leave it and him. Most cats, if hungry enough, will eat. I would mix mostly temptations with a little wet food and just let it sit there for a few hours. If he doesn’t eat, remove it and in a few hours try it again except with a little dry cat food mixed into the temptations. He may just pick out the temptations in which case I would break them up to make them mix in better and keep trying a blend of the two and then gradually decreasing the temptations.
 
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I do know that I have been following him around with food samples like he has at a cocktail party. I will stop with that. He has adjusted so well, even sleeps with me. But after 6 days of minimal nutrition I am worried. Part of the problem is he is feeding into my anxiety. But a cat can’t live in Temptations 😂
 

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Hi. The Temptation treats do have some of the essential vitamins/nutrients in them, including taurine, so not an entire loss on nutrition. These are made by Whiskas, so maybe pick up a bag of their dry food and see if the taste might be similar to the treats? Once you getting him routinely eating again, you can start to 'test' other products for a gradual change over to something better.
 

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Try some shaved deli turkey to at least get some protein in him, or a homecooked roast or cut up baked deli chicken. Then try to wean him off onto wet food. You might have to go back to cheaper foods, many cats prefer them, like Friskies shredded turkey and cheese, or Fancy feast gravy lovers. my cats have never refused Whiskas Purrfectly Chicken, it is a pouch food and smells good enough for us!
 

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Since he's used to Fancy Feast, have you tried that? Since you have turkey, try beef or tuna. Good luck.
He refuses FancyFeast. I may try beef
 
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Hi. The Temptation treats do have some of the essential vitamins/nutrients in them, including taurine, so not an entire loss on nutrition. These are made by Whiskas, so maybe pick up a bag of their dry food and see if the taste might be similar to the treats? Once you getting him routinely eating again, you can start to 'test' other products for a gradual change over to something better.
I may take that Whiskas suggestion. He just ate about 12 treats and I tried to sneak in a Greenie treat and he knew. Refused it. Glad to hear he is getting some nutrition
 
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Try some shaved deli turkey to at least get some protein in him, or a homecooked roast or cut up baked deli chicken. Then try to wean him off onto wet food. You might have to go back to cheaper foods, many cats prefer them, like Friskies shredded turkey and cheese, or Fancy feast gravy lovers. my cats have never refused Whiskas Purrfectly Chicken, it is a pouch food and smells good enough for us!
I tried with the fresh meat. He would not have it. I will check out your other suggestions
 

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Temptations seems a rare instance of a brand that lives up to the commercials. Cats love those flipping things. Maybe he thinks that you'll give more if he holds out.

Find out the schedule the absentee feeders used, use that, and I suspect the cat will eat. Dry food has a lot of calories, a cat doesn't need a huge volume of it. What percent of a can of fancy feast and how much of a cup of dry has he been eating?
 
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Temptations seems a rare instance of a brand that lives up to the commercials. Cats love those flipping things. Maybe he thinks that you'll give more if he holds out.

Find out the schedule the absentee feeders used, use that, and I suspect the cat will eat. Dry food has a lot of calories, a cat doesn't need a huge volume of it. What percent of a can of fancy feast and how much of a cup of dry has he been eating?
The problem is the owner is pretty much out of it and the lady who fed him came before work and stayed 1/2 hour, felt sorry for him and gave him treats. She told me she would come in the morning and saw that he eaten only a tad of dry but continued to waste the Fancy Feast but would scarf up the treats. I assume this is a behavioral challenge since the vet says he looks good.
He is so smart and I am an anxious mess. He isn’t at all. 😂
 

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Well, there is something not adding up here. Temptations says their treats are less than 2 calories a piece. And cats need 24-35 calories per pound of cat. So how has the cat survived for 3 months without shedding tons of weight? Was this woman giving him a bag of treats a day? If you think about a human toddler that for three months was surviving on pizza, ice cream and cookies, it would likely be pretty dang hard to get him to eat baked chicken and there would be a transition period. So if thsi cat was getting a crazy amount of treats a day, I guess this becomes understandable.
 

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Does he like catnip? I think a lot of treats have catnip in them. My catnip love likes most treats but the other doesn't like catnip or treats. If he likes nip try putting a spoonful of wet on a plate with a sprinkling of nip.
 
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Well, there is something not adding up here. Temptations says their treats are less than 2 calories a piece. And cats need 24-35 calories per pound of cat. So how has the cat survived for 3 months without shedding tons of weight? Was this woman giving him a bag of treats a day? If you think about a human toddler that for three months was surviving on pizza, ice cream and cookies, it would likely be pretty dang hard to get him to eat baked chicken and there would be a transition period. So if thsi cat was getting a crazy amount of treats a day, I guess this becomes understandable.
I don’t know. I can only report what I have seen and the lady who fed him. She was not giving the cat extraordinary amounts. I have had the cat since Tuesday
 
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Good news. It appears that the cat prefers his kibble on a dish rather than a bowl. On Monday after a weekend of no eating except Temptations, I put his kibble on a plate and was a happy guy. He is doing fine now, eating well. I have been frugal with treats
 

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That's excellent news! Thanks for the update. :yess:
 
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