- Aug 7, 2013
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Thanks for responding. They have been on a schedule yes. I would feed about 8am wet food 1/4 wet food split into two for each of them then I would give half a cup of dry. They were on vet food. The dry was out all day but they didn't get anymore until the evening. So the half was for the day. Then I would do the same in the evening. If they still had dry in the evening then I would wait until it was empty to give the next serving.Do you feed the dry food on schedule? If you don't, I recommend that you do, so you can watch out for how much they are eating.
My babies are 18 months old, and I used to free feed grain-free dry as well as wet kitten food twice daily. When they turned a year old, I transitioned to two meals of wet only. They were pickier when it came to wet food, as kittens, but they now eat pretty much most of the wet food I give them. They are always hungry and gobble up everything I give them and want more lol!
The boy is a bit picky when it comes to treats, but that's not that difficult to deal with. When I switched them over to adult cat food, I tried out quite a few brands and flavors to see what they preferred.
I think it's important for your kitty to first get used to eating mostly wet food while making sure they are eating enough of the dry, so that they would not be starving themselves if they don't like the wet you give them. Have you tried out different kinda of dry food? I've only fed my Taste of the Wild, and luckily, they loved it from the start. Some pet stores give out samples.
I know some cats are just picky and stubborn about what they eat. I think it's trial and error like you said. It will probably take you a while to figure out the best combination.
One trick I have used before when mine were being picky was to sprinkle some fish flakes as topping to make the food smellier and more appetizing. Some people have done that with fortiflora and Parmesan cheese. Maybe you can experiment with some topping options the bonito flakes work on my cats like a charm every time.
I have read a lot about toppings on food but then wouldn't they expect those all the time or do you gradually stop putting them on and then they would still eat the wet once there is no topping?
Off to get more sleep before I feed the cats and my four year old wakes will write more later! Thanks