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PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2017 4:12 pm 
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Hey Sherry. I know what you mean about watching them refuse to eat what you give them. I tried to force Miko to eat only dry yesterday and the day before, and he only got his wet food at night, but it was just too difficult because I knew he was hungry (long calling-for-food meow's).


Yea, the whole "you'll eat what's on your plate or you won't get desert" kind of mentality that humans use doesn't work on cats. If a cat smells something and it doesn't smell like food to them, or it somehow smells like something that might be dangerous (or whatever) they will not eat it. Period. So the only thing you can do it toss it and give them something different. They will out-stubborn you everytime.

I'm not sure what to tell you about the consequences if under-feeding. I suspect that it's what a lot of people do for kittens. You are probably more fortunate to have a cat that doesn't like dry food that one that doesn't like wet food. But there will be many instances going forward where you won't be there for your cat's breakfast or dinnertime, and in those cases you'll have to figure something out. Dry food is an excellent option in those cases, so I'd keep trying.


Yeah, you're right Brian. 90-95% of the time I will be there to feed morning-afternoon-night, but the schedule would look something like this- and it would be fantastic if he is eating dry- esp. for those special days you speak of.

8 AM - Feed 1/3 can wet food
5 PM - Feed 1/3 can wet food
12 AM - Feed 1/3 can wet food

*** yes, there is a flaw with this schedule. Theres a whole 8 hours between the night and morning, and another 9 hours between morning and afternoon, Im leaving dry out for him but he's just not interested. I really hope I can find a kibble that he will eat, soon! I weighed his dry food before I served it and the next morning when I change it, and out of 40 grams, he ate 1 gram of kibble yesterday lol.

And of course, I also leave fresh dry kibble out at 8 am every day. Im going to try some different brands and I'll let you know how they work. My old foster kitten used to take Blue Wilderness kitten kibble so Im going to try that next. I am reluctant to dampening his dry food at all now because I want to just find a brand he will eat dry. Miko was a no-go for the Orijen, unfortunately.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2017 10:59 pm 
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Matt, it is imperative you find a dry food Miko will eat. Three meals a day for a new kitten is not enough! So many cat owners work full time jobs, so it is impossible for them to do any more than they can. But, having some dry food out for Miko to fill in the void will help. If not, he will be screaming for food as his tummy is empty. And ... what's wrong with your setting your alarm for 3 a.m. and getting up and feeding Miko? :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin:

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 19, 2017 4:26 am 
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Sherry wrote:
Matt, it is imperative you find a dry food Miko will eat. Three meals a day for a new kitten is not enough! So many cat owners work full time jobs, so it is impossible for them to do any more than they can. But, having some dry food out for Miko to fill in the void will help. If not, he will be screaming for food as his tummy is empty. And ... what's wrong with your setting your alarm for 3 a.m. and getting up and feeding Miko? :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin:

I am JUST KIDDING!!!!!!


Yes, Sherry, I am in complete agreement with you. Its been stressful for me at work, was wondering if Miko was hungry all day.

Say I buy a bunch of different brands- and maybe he takes a liking to one of them. Do I just introduce it immediately without mixing it in slowly over a week (as he's not even eating the old one)? Some people mix it in at 10% at a time to avoid stomach problems but:

I read somewhere that if your cat isnt eating food A (not touching it at all), then if you mix in food B with it (say at a 10 or 20% ratio), then the cat will associate the food B with food A and eventually he wont eat food B either. Is this true?

I am wondering if the problem is that he doesnt like/isn't used to the texture of dry food. I've actually never seen him eat dry food unless it was dampened (As that's what the breeder had them on since birth, apparently he never liked dry food from the beginning and was only given dampened dry and wet food/boiled chicken ever since)

Lol, I guess worst case scenario I could feed at 3 AM. I could do a 10 PM, 3 AM, 8 AM, 5 PM schedule for wet food. But we will see how it goes in the next week or two. I will definitely buy two other brands for him tomorrow and see if he likes either of them.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 19, 2017 8:01 am 
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Hi Matt

I've been in your shoes, Jagger wouldn't touch dry food initially, not even what the breeder said he ate! It did take a while, I found some he would eat for a bit and then decide he didn't like anymore, so I'd be back to square 1. Eventually I found a dry food he loves and he's been eating that for a good couple of years now with no issues.

I just started giving him the new dry food straight away as once he's decided he doesn't like something, if that something touches the food he does like, he leaves everything. Jagger has an iron stomach though unlike his brother.

You'll find something Miko will eat eventually. The food I feed Jagger is a UK brand so not sure you can get it there, but it's called Meowing Heads, Hey Good Looking just in case. All natural and good quality ingredients etc.

Is there an online company you can try? Chewy.com or something? I know a lot of the US based members use that. Sometimes these companies do trial packs.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 19, 2017 5:55 pm 
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Matt, once again, you're over thinking and over worrying! Just hang in there. Miko is going to be fine if he is eating the wet food you give him three times a day. I don't know about "mixing" dry food! I'm sure you're probably going to be dumping some (wildlife also enjoy dry cat food). But, the key is going to be the flavor. Is Miko into seafood or chicken or turkey or beef? The vast majority of cats do enjoy chicken, so give that a try. I've posted before that it would be great for stores to sell sample sizes, so you're not investing in a larger bag of food. I know I went on Chewy.com and purchased some smaller one-pound bags for Raiden -- and he didn't care for any of it! He would eat it, but it took him a very long time to get through a bag.


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So far I have tried these: Nature's Variety Raw Instinct and Orijen Adult Cat/Kitten Food. Both are mainly chicken/turkey and they both smell the same.

I bought three new ones today: Acana Wild Prairies, Acana Grasslands and Ziwi Peak Lamb flavor. Prairies is also chicken/turkey I think, but grasslands is mainly duck/lamb. And the Ziwi peak is just lamb. (And dang, ziwi peak is pricy here. $28+tax for a 400g bag lol).

Just offered a two small 15 g bowls of the grasslands and ziwi peak, but no interest so far. Will keep trying. Wish I read your post Sherry before I went to the store today, I should have tried the more expensive Venison/Fish mix that Ziwi peak does (instead of getting two lamb options).

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Update: He ate the entire dish of Ziwi Peak :lol: :mrgreen:

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YAY for Miko!!!


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