I'm not going to win this one, am I?

(18 Posts)
Puffinitee Tue 22-Nov-16 21:30:51

We've had PuffinCat for three months now. We bought three 3kg bags of kibble when we got her, and she's only just finished the first (we checked that she liked it first). She is now leaving more and more of her kibble each day, whilst mewling her head off for her wet food in the evening. I delayed her dinner tonight and she did eat a bit more of her dry food.

Is there any point fighting this battle? She's just telling me the obvious isn't she? It's always been good enough and it was on offer, so she's gone off it grin. I'm screwed...

PinkSparklyPussyCat Tue 22-Nov-16 21:42:59

I've got the opposite problem, Harry is leaving his wet food and will only eat dry. I've discovered in the past that if I give him what he wants for a few days he'll then eat the pouches for a few days.

Fluffycloudland77 Tue 22-Nov-16 21:49:04

I bought a 2kg bag of applaws once! he went off it immediately. I've given up on biscuits now.

hugoagogo Tue 22-Nov-16 21:53:29

I always buy our puss two different sorts of biscuits and alternate them or she gets bored. As would I to be honest!

So I would get another kind of biscuit, give it to your cat for a few days and then start alternating to use it all up.

cozietoesie Tue 22-Nov-16 22:04:24

Ah. A potential Jack Sprat situation.

Maybe Puffin and Pink live close to each other? wink

In my own experience, some cats like wet and some cats like dry. A wonderful few will eat whatever is placed in front of them. They all seem to enjoy variety though.

But - No. You likely won't win. You made the basic mistake of buying a lot on offer because she had indicated that she enjoyed it. I'm afraid that cat honour now demands that she either turn her nose up at it or eat it only under (voluble) protest!

Do you have a rescue nearby? smile

Puffinitee Tue 22-Nov-16 22:38:41

Shuddup cozie wink Yes, plenty of collection points for food nearby. Am going to try alternating it with a different flavour before I give away 20 quid's worth of food though! It had never occurred to me that she'd want change - Madam FancyPants! I could be forgiven for thinking that a cat that was taken from the streets upduffed wouldn't be so fussy! smile

TheWayYouLookTonight Tue 22-Nov-16 22:46:58

I'd try mixing it in with a different flavour of dry. I mix ordinary kibbles in with dreamies to make them go further tight fisted mummy that I am

At least I'm hoping that still works, as Mr T is having a wobble about his applaws right at the end of a 7.5 kg bag, just after I bought another 7.5 kg bag confused He eats 2/3 wet to 1/3 dry or thereabouts so it lasts ages.

mirren3 Tue 22-Nov-16 22:53:08

See that's where you went wrong, she wasn't taken in....she chose you as her slave and you've let her down, badly, by not knowing she was going to change her mind grin

Weedsnseeds1 Wed 23-Nov-16 09:00:11

I sometimes think a cat food swap meet once a month would be a great idea, so that owners could rotate rejected offerings between them. Mine will eat one flavour of one particular brand of dry food and nothing else. If it is ever discontinued, or the formula changed, I can imagine him parking his massive backside next to the cat bowl, while I desperately offer everything from Felix to guilded lark's tongues in aspic served on a silver platter, and stoically starving himself to death.

iloveeverykindofcat Wed 23-Nov-16 14:53:53

Maybe mix it into the wet? Wet is better for them anyway.

TheCakes Wed 23-Nov-16 15:16:41

I've got a surplus of Wainwright's, if anyone's interested? I fed him emergency Whiskas and now he's not interested in anything else.
That's the feline equivalent to the golden arches, isn't it?

Puffinitee Fri 25-Nov-16 22:36:43

So today PuffinCat vommed up clear liquid after eating grass, which guilt-tripped me into giving her more wet food. Also called the vet's, who suggested having her checked out as she'd only gone off her dry food, not her wet. There is nothing wrong with her cheeky mare was good as gold at the vet's but attacked me several times at home, but the vet suggested feeding her boiled fish and boiled chicken for a few days to let her stomach settle. Apparently cats are very good at associating discomfort with food. I still suspect it's general fussiness/ a battle of the wills, but PuffinCat will be getting boiled hooman food for a few days.

TobleroneBoo Fri 25-Nov-16 22:41:06

Try wetting some of the biscuits? When my silly arse cats knocked over their biscuits, followed by their water, I had a fight on my hands trying to get them away from it! They went crazy for the soggy biscuits!

cozietoesie Fri 25-Nov-16 23:12:48

Why not just give her wet food? (My cats only eat that.)

NotAPuffin Fri 25-Nov-16 23:15:19

I watched a documentary recently which said that studies have shown that cats instinctively seek variety in their diet to keep them healthy, and that formerly stray or feral cats are even more prone to it. Maybe just rotate different brands a bit?

cozietoesie Fri 25-Nov-16 23:18:55

Seniorboy has to have four flavours of food rotated to keep up his interest in it, certainly.

hollinhurst84 Fri 25-Nov-16 23:58:19

Mine only has wet food, he's on natures menu and sometimes Tesco premium tuna loin cat food hmm
Anything he rejects, stable cat eats. Although she rejected forthglade so that must have been REALLY disgusting. Given she eats soup, cereal, cups of tea....

Room101isWhereIUsedToLive Sat 26-Nov-16 00:04:48

The last cats I had were kittens from a rescue place in new jersey. They would only eat dry food presumably because that was all they knew. Offered them prawns, tuna, ham, roast beef, roast chicken, butter, cheese. They turned their noses up at everything apart from kibble. Loved them anyway.

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