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

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Captain Butt Stinky/Sir Whines-a-lot

These are my two amazing nicknames for Thor.  He seems to be slightly stinkier than Loki and he also meows all the time.  He sometimes cries when he’s hungry or wants to play, but most of it is just random vocalizing.  It’s hard to distinguish when he actually needs something.

Anyway, in lieu of a longer post, here are a few happenings from the last few days:

  • I’ve started a toy rotation for Thor and Loki.  I hope doing this will keep them interested in the myriad of toys we’ve bought them.
  • Loki is a little ankle-biter.  He follows me around and nips at my feet… it’s pretty hard to substitute that behavior.
  • I bought them a scratching post with a dangling toy and perch at the top.  The boys really seem to like it and the post encourages good scratching behavior.
  • I also bought them two chewing toys made from jute.  They seem to like them but have yet to really chew them.

AND:

GOOD NEWS, EVERYONE!

After talking to the vet, I heated up the wet food and Thor and Loki liked it!  Yay!  I wish they’d eat a bit more of it, but this is a great step forward.