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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:
Hey! Anyone out there still? That’s okay. I’m okay with talking to myself.
Thor and Loki are huge now. Not only do they rival Godzilla in size, but they are wising up to some of my tricks. They still run out of the door when either of us try to leave/enter the apartment, which is a huge pain; we usually use the laser pointer to distract them so we can run out quickly before they do (cats rule the house.) Now, they’ve learned to ignore the laser and every time they hear a door open or the jingling of keys, they plop down in front of the door.
In short, I’m having trouble outsmarting my cats. This proves to me that I’m not ready to be a parent. For at least another 50 years. Someday I’ll be smart enough to counter their tactics. Maybe I should buy a really fancy laser pointer. Or just cry until they feel sorry for me. Do guilt trips work on cats?
That’s about all I have to report for right now. Thor and Loki still need two rounds of booster shots but after that they’ll be set. I’m also trying to figure out whether I need to give them flea/tick treatments every month if they never go outside. Stuff’s expensive.
Happy Thanksgiving, to cats and humans alike. Give your pets a piece of chicken or something.
Hey, so, it looks like I’m not very good at remembering to update this blog. I’m sorry! I’ll try to be better, but no promises. In lieu of a post (which I am once again too exhausted to write) here are some pictures of the cats! All sparkling and new! They’re getting huge. Also, they got their rabies shots. Yay. Big thanks to the Indianapolis Humane Society and their low-cost vaccine clinic. They also sell flea and tick treatments for WAY cheaper than most vet offices!