We have began Charlie's food trials. Sort of. I'm not doing this the typical way so I am hoping for feedback, support, input - even if I'm totally off my rocker. As I've discovered these past few months.... It's takes A TCS Community to raise - and keep raising - a kitty. I've included some pictures below for others to see what a food allergy might look like in their kitty. In his case - chewing / licking the back of his leg raw is one of his symptoms. This is not, the first, second - or even third time this food trial has been attempted. This has been 3 years of on and off of attempts to change his food. In the past they have all ended in food strikes / starvation attempts on his part. I am determined it's going to work this time. What I'm going to do is off book, I think, at least from everything I've read or been told. If someone has a better idea then the plan I've decided to try - I am absolutely all ears. So after all the insanity. The insanity can be found here: https://thecatsite.com/threads/aggressive-resident-it-just-got-real-no-idea-how-to-help-him.378469 let the food trials begin! History: For those who don't know Charlie, he's a 6 year old Lynx Point Siamese with some issues. -Asthma -Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM - genetic heart condition. Mild. Non medicated at this point.) - Food Allergy / Sensitivity or IBD - maybe. No one is sure. Two vets are leaning towards a food allergy or sensitivity. So that's where we start. - Behavior issues. The issues above has been around long before the new additions to the home. We've also just finished 3 months and 6 weeks + 2 weeks of antibiotics getting him sorted from a kidney / bladder infection that was really bad (4/4 blood etc.) and no indication of that sort of issues. The only one - he attacked someone badly. Xrays showed inflammation in the intestines. Ultrasound showed the same and nothing else. The Plan: He eats both dry and wet food. Wet food 3 times a day. Dry a handful at night with his last wet food meal. What I plan on doing is introducing 1 new wet food a day for 1 meal until I find one I can manipulate him into eating. Every time I've tried mixing his wet food with a new one - even the tiniest bit of new wet food - it fails immediately. His one vet suggested not to bother with that since he refuses every time. So no mixes. One changed meal a day so I don't upset his tummy too bad with the changes. His dry food - This one I do plan on slowly mixing. I'm also going to stay with the probiotic for now until he's fully switched. Once he is fully switched I will have to stop the probiotic - as there is beef in it. At that stage, assuming it doesn't epicly fail yet again - it will be 8 -13 weeks of a LID of whatever he accepts. What do you all think? Results so far: The food: Feb 3 or 4th 2019: I've read enough around this beautiful site to understand that the dry food in this trial is crap food. I'm fine with that - temporarily - if it does what needs to (and gives him the nutrients he needs of course)- so we can find out - and correct what's happening. For those that don't know the dry food mentioned below is Hydrolyzed, meaning it's been broken down so that it won't trigger an allergy ... even if it's the same protein a kitty might be allergic or have a sensitivity to. Dry Food: "Royal Canin Multi Care Feline Hydrolyzed and Urinary Support" Yeah, I challenge you to say that three times - fast! I added a small amount of this to his normal dry food. Nope. Then I added the probiotic on top, just a bit and he ate some of it. So this might have a fighting chance. Wet Food: Simply Nourish - Limited Ingredient Diet - Natural, Grain Free, Ocean Whitefish and Potatoes. I had to add a few purebites salmon to get him to eat it at first but it was a miracle and a win. Problem though - looking at his wellness food - yup - there's whitefish in it so this first time ever success - off the table.