Food Fight

Hello!  Remember me?  Maybe you do.  I write about my cats.

The time has come for a fundamental change in the way I care for my cats.  Next month, they’ll be 1 year old and no longer kittens.  Which means… a change in both the dry and wet food that they eat.  Again, if you can search your memory banks for a moment, you may recall that Thor and Loki had a hard time warming up to their wet kitten food.  After a few days, though (and probably because they were very underweight,) they started eating.  This time it’s not so easy.

Currently, I work in customer service at a natural grocery store.  They carry several great types of wet cat food, including a store brand, Wellness (grain-free,) PetGuard, Natural Ultramix and a few others.  I’d love to get them to eat the Wellness brand, as the wheat crops in the US are ~90% genetically modified (GMOs.)  My number-one priority is to feed them something simple and natural.

But… they won’t eat any of these brands.  Each time I presented them the new types of food, they sniffed it half-heartedly and walked away.  Granted, I introduced the food alone and not gradually, which I’ve heard is the key to making a switch.  A coworker of mine put it nicely:  “You have to do it gradually.  Cats are like humans; they hate change.”

Recently, I’ve been trying harder with the Wellness brand, specifically the chicken paté flavor, which they are currently eating in the Iams Kitten brand.  I say to myself: “Hey!  This is the same type of food except BETTER!  Surely they will like it, eventually!”  Not the case.  So far I have tried:

  • Heating up the food (which worked with their kitten food when they didn’t touch it)
  • Mixing it up thoroughly with their current type of wet food
  • Sitting both types next to each other in the bowl (stupid)
  • Letting the food sit for a while in hopes that they will cave (also stupid)

So there you have it.  I haven’t even covered dry food, which I’m pretty clueless about, though I imagine that will be easier… at least I hope.  In any case, I have a pretty decent stockpile of the Iams Kitten dry food.  Do you cat owners and experts have any suggestions?  A cat-savvy coworker of mine recommended that I heat up some chicken broth and pour it over the new food.  I’ll probably try that in the next few days and report back.

I worry about Thor specifically because he has proven more fickle and is a very lean, small cat.  I want to ensure that he stays at a healthy weight and I’m already noticing that he’s probably lost a pound or so.  Loki is a dog and eats all the scraps, so he’ll be alright.

To conclude, here is maybe the greatest picture I have ever taken of my cats:

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My cats formed a heart. I solemnly swear that I did not form them like this. Cuteness overloadddddddd #### 101010101