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PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2007 7:17 pm 
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Bengal Kitten

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My Bengal cat wont eat anything other than cat meat.
I've had her since Thursday and since then I've tried 4 different types of cat biscuits, but she wont touch them.
She's hardly drinking either.

At her previous home she ate anything her owner gave her.
Now she only eats the 3 pouches of meat a day that I give her (I would love to feed her more of it, but I can't afford it!)

Is there anything I can do to encourage her to eat the biscuits??
Because she crys a lot because she's hungry, but she wont even try what I give her :(

Please help, I'm so worried about her :(


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2007 7:35 pm 
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Please don't be worried :wink:

You could try soaking the dry food with boiled water until it gets 'mushy' and mix a small amount with the wet food. Gradually replace the mushy with dry and add more and more gradually to the wet until she will eat the dry food on its own.

Also, make sure you give her dry food a good shake occasionally to bring out the smell. Cats will only eat if they can smell the food, and changing to a stronger flavour may help :wink:

Good luck! :D

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2007 7:36 pm 
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Please don't be worried :wink:

You could try soaking the dry food with boiled water until it gets 'mushy' and mix a small amount with the wet food. Gradually replace the mushy with dry and add more and more gradually to the wet until she will eat the dry food on its own.

Also, make sure you give her dry food a good shake occasionally to bring out the smell. Cats will only eat if they can smell the food, and changing to a stronger flavour may help :wink:

Good luck! :D

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2007 7:42 pm 
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Ooh, thats really good advice. Thank you.
I will go and try that now! :)
Fingers crossed. :)

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2007 8:14 pm 
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it takes time hun,

it's only been a little while, she's probably still a little unsure of her surroundings & still getting her bearings. it'll take a little time before she feels confident enough with everything around her.

i'm sure with a little patience & a gradual process you'll have her eating what you want, especially trying the method that madeline has suggested, she'll get there :D


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2007 10:50 pm 
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I agree with Madeline :D

Also, just a thought - if she is eating 3 pouches of wet food a day, i would suggest that is probably more than enough food? She might not need biccies on top of the 3 pouches. :wink:

If you were going to try the dry food again, i would suggest cutting back on the wet food and perhaps only giving half a pouch at a time, 2-4 times per day (2 whole pouches max)

It may be that she is just not a biscuit eater, or she may only go for the biscuits if she's really hungry.

My 5 month old, William, is not really a biscuit cat. I keep some down for him to nibble on, but he only ever eats them if he can't find anything else. :lol:
Cats are funny creatures, when William was at his breeders, he ate Whiskas, but wouldn't touch it when he came home with me.. :roll:

Please don't be worried, it just takes a little time to find the right balance for you and for your cat. :wink:

Let us know how you get on :D

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 11, 2007 12:16 am 
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I'd recommend leaving a bowl of dry food out with plenty of water, and over a period of time gradually cut down on the wet food. I've never heard of a cat starving themselves (that isn't ill) when there's food of some sort available.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 11, 2007 3:34 pm 
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have you got her on the same dry food the breeder was giving her . as long as she looks healthy and still running around she will be ok. just add a little of the pouch to the dry and leave it down it will only be a matter of time before shes eating it. if its different to what the breeder was feeding then you will find that she will also get diarrhoea.

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I'm also going to 'big up' 'Orijen' again, as two of our cats who previously turned their noses up at dry, love it :wink:

You can introduce a different food, but gradually mixed with the original; and a teaspoon of live yoghurt which will keep small tummies settled :wink: :D

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 11, 2007 7:43 pm 
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The women I got her from wasn't really into keeping her a "healthy pedigree" and just gave her whatever cat food was on offer at the supermarket that week.
She currently eats pouches of Felix meat.
And I have tried her on Hill's, Tesco's and Sainsbury's biscuits. I've also tried another one (I can't remember the name, but it was one of the more expensive one's).

I tried soaking her biscuits in the water as suggested and mixing it in with meat, she turnt her nose up and went all night without eating until about 11am this morning she finally caved in and ate it.

Hopefully, we'll be getting somewhere soon.
She is a fussy little madam atm, but I can't help but love her still :D

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 11, 2007 8:31 pm 
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djbum_sid wrote:

Hopefully, we'll be getting somewhere soon.
She is a fussy little madam atm, but I can't help but love her still :D


they know how to win our hearts don't they? :wink: :lol:

the fact that she gave in & ate it in the end is good. after a few more times of doing that she'll realise that's all there is on offer & if she doesn't eat it, she'll be hungry.

they learn fast, & nutrition is very important for their development, so good on you for trying to provide a better varied diet, she'll get there :D

i find good quality biscuits provide all the nutrition they need (i use royal canin). the cheaper supermarket brands don't tend to be as good nutrition-wise. i give mine meat more to offer them a variation more than anything else.


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