- Sep 19, 2006
- Glendale, CATifornia
Last two sentences sound like a plan. Next week should be time enough?I don't know if you remember this. But Betty came to me as a free-feeding nibbler. Probably a leftover from her kibble-addict days. It's been a huge deal that I was able to get her onto a schedule. She's always needed at least five meals a day to get enough calories. Right now, while she's either not able or not willing to eat enough in one meal, I'm basically refreshing her plates as I see them empty. With all that fat in the A/D, she must be brewing quite the hairball. I haven't been adding the Optagest because I don't want anything to get in the way of her eating right now. We'll just have to use hairball treats for now until I can get her back to a more normal diet. It is entirely possible that the A/D is making her breath worse than usual.
Second breakfast is in the books and lunch is set out. I think that will be it for her day meals. Assuming she finishes lunch, that will put her at 80 calories for the day already. Assuming last night's pace holds, she should finally reach full calories for the first day this week.
Hopefully by next week, I will have the unenviable task of trying to get her off A/D. At least the pure stuff. I need her eating it diluted once more. Because if she gets fussy again, where do we go from here? Maybe I should wait until she finishes the antibiotics first. Just in case its appeal is piercing through antibiotic-related nausea.
All of my cats have always been free-feeding nibblers. It's how most cats are, as far as I know. It hasn't been necessary to serve fresh meals every couple of hours, just to leave their food for them to finish (obviously only while it's fresh).They don't usually finish an entire meal right away, but when they do, I don't serve another until it's "time." This used to be 3x a day. It got to be 2x a day as Baby Su's appetite waned, and with hot weather.
Hoping second paragraph occurs.