Are there alternative forms of food for cats?

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Are there alternative forms of food for cats?

Postby Getalas » Thu Jan 17, 2019 5:06 am

I've brought this up at the cats' twice yearly vet visits, and I intend to again when their shots are due in January. When my two cats were kittens, they both ate canned food. When they were about nine months old, Hills changed the formula of the food they were eating, and Enoch stopped eating canned food altogether.

He doesn't have any health issues, though the vet and I are carefully watching his weight. There appears nothing physical preventing him from eating meat. But he's giving me all sorts of clues he wants something that I can't figure out. He eats only one flavor of one brand of dry cat food, and hasn't shown any interest in anything else I've ever set in front of him. He doesn't like any form of treat, be it cat milk or the various packaged dry, moist, or dehydrated varieties. He won't eat real chicken, turkey, ham, or roast beef. I've tried (though, thankfully, he's rejected) hot dogs, hamburger, pork chops, ribs, and various steak varieties. Neither cat likes fish. About the only thing I haven't tried is a live mouse (which I won't).

Bear still eats canned food, and Enoch shows interest, but can't bring himself to eat it even when Bear isn't around to hog the dish. I will occasionally find Enoch nibbling at the shriveled remains of Bear's food, and god help any flying thing that gets inside the apartment. All the instincts seem to be there, they just don't seem to be kicking in.

I don't intend to force Enoch to eat anything he either isn't required to eat or doesn't want, but are there any other types of meat/food I might try?
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Re: Are there alternative forms of food for cats?

Postby ghosthunters2002 » Sat Jan 26, 2019 8:40 am

This isn’t a cat website XD
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Re: Are there alternative forms of food for cats?

Postby Gormagon » Sat Jan 26, 2019 12:01 pm

I use the "eat what's available or get out " method. We have a 22 year old cat that still catches and eats mice, granted I don't like cat's but it was my late son's cat and, I can't bare to get rid of it. we buy purina cat chow and, that's the only "SPECIAL" food it will get.
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Re: Are there alternative forms of food for cats?

Postby HippieLizards » Fri Feb 01, 2019 5:47 pm

My cat Eats a mix of wet and dry food. The brand of dry foods I feed her are Crave High protein Cat food, She seems to really like it, Sometimes we also occasionally get The purina mix but she has seemed to like the crave the most. https://www.google.com/aclk?sa=L&ai=DCh ... ECM&adurl=

For wet food, We get the Sheba perfect portions Wet food, I really like feeding it to her because it's convenient, quick, and easy to prepare. She Loves her wet foood. https://www.googleadservices.com/pagead ... EDQ&adurl=

She also eats whatever woodland rodent she catches outside when hunting, and those are her little treats.

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Re: Are there alternative forms of food for cats?

Postby Gormagon » Fri Feb 01, 2019 6:04 pm

Here is a picture of that 22yo cat....has no name just called kitty!!!
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Re: Are there alternative forms of food for cats?

Postby HippieLizards » Fri Feb 01, 2019 9:47 pm

DANG 22?? Wow!! That's amazing. :o The oldest cat that I met (who is still living to this day) is my relative's Cat Mcgonagall, who is 17 years old. But dang 22 for a cat is old!! That's awesome. :)
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