I'm at a loss what to do. Skeeter almost never eats anything but dry food. Lindy eats (or has eaten in the past) both wet and dry food. Lindy gets very picky at times, and at one time I kept a record of everything I fed her and how much of it she ate, so I could be sure to buy the kinds of food she likes. Now she doesn't seem to like any of it.Since Skeeter is now on KD, they are both eating that - the dry kind. Lately, Lindy has not been eating the canned food at all. The dry food is down all the time, and I try to feed Lindy the wet food at around 6:00. Every day she starts pestering me about 5:00, and keeps pestering until I go out and put the dishes on the floor. (I always divide it into two dishes so Skeeter won't feel left out, even though she almost never eats any) When I put the food down, Lindy will sometimes lick off any gravy, and occasionally she will take a nibble or two.

Sometimes she won't even go near the dish, or goes up to it and gives it a disgusted look. Then she wants out. I leave the dishes down until bedtime and then pick them up.
I'm getting tired of spending the money on food she doesn't eat, especially since KD is so much more expensive than Friskies. I'm tempted to stop putting down the canned food, but that would probably mean she would keep pestering me until bedtime.
Any suggestions?
Joy
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Yes she would most likely pester you but, if you can stand it don't put down the food. After a few days she might stop looking for it. I have never had this problem but why put food down that is not going to be eaten. Have you thought about just giving her a cat treat and not the food .

Ann
I like the idea of the cat treat. I usually give her a few last thing at night, so I know she likes them. That might do the trick.

Joy
No suggestions, but lots of purrs and best wishes for your problem to solve itself somehow. Does the vet have any ideas regarding this?
Polonca & Soncek
> I'm getting tired of spending the money on food she doesn't eat,
I'm at a loss what to do. Any suggestions? Joy

Amber went through the same thing when I switched him to dry Nutro. Unfortunately, Sheba ate what he barely tasted, along with her own, and ended up diabetic. After that I quit buying canned food for Amber. He would always come and beg but I would only give him a treat sometimes. Then he started sneaking the bits of leavings Sheba left. I think he only wanted it because he thought it was special and he ought to have all the special food! He is satisfied with her leavings and the occasional treat and sometimes a bite of my food.

CATherine
Stop free feeding the cats and feed them on a 12 hour schedule. If they have food availble all the time it is impossible to monitor how much they are eating and makes it more difficult to get them to eat when you want them to. Since you have a cat with kidney problems, you should be trying to get him to eat "more" canned food and eliminate the dry. Eliminating the canned food for either cat is a bad idea. Canned food is healthier for cats. If you want to educate yourslf about canned food vs. dry you can read more by clicking on the link and scrolling down to the canned vs. dry section:
http://maxshouse.com/feline nutrition.htm
I feed my cats a mostly canned diet on a schedule and don't have any eating issues. They finish everything in about 20 minutes. If one is sick I know immediately when they don't show up at mealtime.

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All cats, like all people, are not alike. Some eat on schedule, and some are grazers. To start withholding food from 10-year-old cat who is a grazer would be cruel, IMO. My vet thinks the dry food is sufficient.

It is possible that if you start with a kitten, you can train them to eat what, and when, you want. However, trying to change the eating habits of a 10-year-old cat does not seem like a good idea to me. I was apprehensive about switching to the KD, but fortunately she likes that. I'm not pushing my luck.
Joy
All cats, like all people, are not alike. Some eat on schedule, and some are grazers. To start withholding food from 10-year-old cat who is

I agree.
a grazer would be cruel, IMO. My vet thinks the dry food is sufficient.

But have you asked if s/he thinks canned food would be better? Canned food is indeed a better food for all cats, particularly those with ailments.
habits of a 10-year-old cat does not seem like a good idea to me. I was apprehensive about switching to the KD, but fortunately she likes that. I'm not pushing my luck.

And it's great that you're doing what you think it's best for your cat.

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I'm at a loss what to do. Skeeter almost never eats anything but dry food. Lindy eats (or has eaten ... putting down the canned food, but that would probably mean she would keep pestering me until bedtime. Any suggestions? Joy[/nq]I suggest that you stop free-feeding and begin a scheduled feeding, preferably with canned food. Since you are feeding KD, I assume that one of your cats has kidney problems. It particularly important to monitor that cat's eating habits. I noticed that you expressed concern (in an earlier response) about shifting cats that are happy with their current eating habits to another system. I had the same concerns. My cat, Holly, is a little more than 8 years old.

She is very healthy, but she had put on an extra pound of weight over the past year so, after 7 years of optimum weight, I could now see the possibilities of her becoming overweight. At about that same time, I adopted Duffy. He is blind and was in a shelter for several months prior to adoption. He was much too thin at that time and clearly needed better nutrition. His estimated age is 5 years. Both cats were used to free-feeding on dry food. After doing a lot of reading about the subject and talking with some Internet friends, I decided that I should feed premium canned food to try to achieve a healthier diet.
I faced one of the dilemmas you described that is, both cats clearly preferred dry food, and I felt cruel for trying to force them to adapt to a different diet. At the same time, I felt that it would be much healthier. I didn't try to do it "cold turkey." Instead, I made the transition over a period of two or three weeks. However, I did remove the unlimited amount of dry food that had previously been available to them and began to put out appropriate portions, along with their canned food.

My cats now eat Wellness canned and Felidae canned foods. Each cat receives 1/3 can of food twice a day (I use the small 5.5 or 6 oz. cans because I only have two cats). I schedule their feedings for 12 hours apart, or as close to that as possible. I originally just fed "morning and evening," but the cats often seemed hungry and would beg for food. Switching to a 12-hour schedule which is still morning and evening but on a much more regular basis had a remarkably positive effect.

Suddenly, the cats seemed satisfied with their meals and no longer beg for food in-between meals. Their coats look beautiful, they have energy, and they are now at optimal weights. Oddly, Holly lost her extra weight and Duffy gained his; but now they both hold constant, steady weights. (I did use Innova canned for Duffy for the first month because he was much too thin, then switched to the diet I just described.) Much to my surprise, they also have fewer furballs!! Approximately every 3 days, I put out 2/3 cup of Wellness dry food as a "treat" and just leave it until it is gone (1/3 cup in each of two separate bowls, although either cat will eat out of each bowl).

They now take occasional nibbles of the dry food, and it usually lasts for 2 or 3 days.

I have found that this diet is not as costly as it sounds because the cats consume less of this food than they did of "cheaper" food, yet they are satisfied and their weight is good. It does take some time to complete the transformation, and that period is when I went through such guilt pangs. I love my cats and wanted the best for them, and I certainly wanted them to be happy. Well, that transition period is very short; and I think a healthier life for them was well worth the effort. If your cat has kidney problems (as I suspect from the KD), then that is something else that needs to be carefully considered in your choices. It would be a good idea to completely eliminate dry food under these circumstances.
MaryL
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