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Give me strength- VERY fussy cat!

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fruitloopsandfruitshoots Thu 06-Nov-14 15:41:46

I love my cat, but he is driving me MAD! He has always been quite fussy (he's 5 years old), but over the last year I just cannot find a food that he will eat. I have tried everything from expensive top of the range wet foods, top of the range dried food, cheap wet food, cheap dried food- but he turns his nose up at everything that isn't freshly cooked chicken- I can't afford to feed him fresh chicken every day.

The other day I gave him a whole piece of fresh salmon, and he looked at me like I had just pooped in his bowl and refused to touch it. He is hungry ALL the time, but wont eat anything I give him. Occasionally we stumble across a brand that he likes (last week it was the whiskers braised meat in gravy), so I buy a big box thinking FINALLY we're on to a winner, and then he'll eat two from the box, and protest that he no longer likes it. I even sometimes buy a variety of brands so that he has something different every day, but still no luck. We have a big bag of IAMS dried food that is constantly in his bowl, and sometimes I refuse to feed him anything else, but it always makes me feel so guilty as he eats it and looks at me like he is hating every mouthful.

Does anyone else have a fussy cat? I just don't know what to do with him. I have a toddler that will eat anything, and a cat who turns his nose up at everything...this makes no sense!

cozietoesie Thu 06-Nov-14 15:47:03

......but it always makes me feel so guilty as he eats it and looks at me like he is hating every mouthful.......

Uh Huh - but he eats it, Yes? You need to get out from under that paw.

Is he a healthy lad?

Hexiegone Thu 06-Nov-14 15:47:40

How often do you feed him? You say he is hungry all the time so are you offering him something every time he asks for it? If you put down meals twice a day (leave the food out for ten minutes and take away what he doesn't eat) and nothing else in between at all he should soon learn what's what. I wouldn't give him any more chicken - he's a cat, he'll hold out for that all the time wink

fruitloopsandfruitshoots Thu 06-Nov-14 16:03:04

Haha- get out from under that paw! Yes, I think I probably do. I just can't help feeling so mean. I enjoy my food, so I'd rather that he enjoyed his- he just never does!

He protests so much that it is so hard to ignore him, he whines and whines and whines, and is so persistent. Probably because he knows i'll give in and give him some chicken or ham or something!

He has a bowl of dried food down all day, and he usually has 3 sachets of wet food too (providing he will eat whatever brand I happen to have got!) He has no full up indicator though- he'll finish a sachet and then scream at me for more. One time I did an experiment to see how many pouches he'd eat if I let him, and I gave him 5 sachets before he decided that he'd had enough! FIVE!

He is a very healthy boy. He had a bit of a weight problem about 3 years ago (before his fussiness set in!), so I put him on a diet and he did well and is now a perfect weight.

I think you're right, two meals a day is the way to go isn't it- i've got to show him who is boss! I wouldn't mind if he just had a couple of brands that he was adverse to, but to turn his nose up at everything is just getting ridiculous!

cozietoesie Thu 06-Nov-14 16:19:02

I've always felt as well that I need to keep some known favourite in reserve in the event of a need for illness-appetite-titivation or as a special treat for some reason. If you're already trotting out your best wares from the get go, you've removed that possibility.

I'd simply calculate how much food he should be getting and give him that spread out over the day as fits - if he doesn't eat it, tough. Just scrape it away and move on to the next scheduled meal. (That sounds wasteful but it doesn't sound as if you're a stranger to waste at the moment and it shouldn't last for long once he realizes that Mum means it.)

One concession I would make is to ensure that the food at each scheduled meal is always fresh and to vary the flavours. Cat food freezes fine so if you haven't room to rotate pouches/cans in the fridge, bung it into little pots and freeze them if you have a freezer. (Any little lidded pots will do as long as you don't attempt to heat them in the microwave if they're not the right plastic.)

Good luck.

fruitloopsandfruitshoots Thu 06-Nov-14 16:38:48

Yes very sensible to hold onto the good stuff in case of emergency!

Okay I will try feeding twice a day and taking the food up if he doesn't eat it. I think a bit of routine would be good, at the moment he thinks the kitchen is a buffet restaurant and i'm his waitress! Naughty kitty.

He's lucky he's cute or else he'd be sleeping in the garden!

fruitloopsandfruitshoots Thu 06-Nov-14 16:39:25

Thank you for all the help smile

Blithereens Thu 06-Nov-14 16:44:22

My Nan's cat would only eat chicken breast. If she took some leg meat off the bone - without letting him see - he somehow knew, and wouldn't eat it. He also had a whole room (!) to himself and only slept on a special cushion throne in front of his fire.

When Nan died, the people who gave the cat a home sent us some pics. He was lolling on someone's old fleece on the floor and tucking into actual cat food! grin Cheeky beggar, he'd had my Nan well and truly wrapped around his paw!

fruitloopsandfruitshoots Thu 06-Nov-14 16:53:09

Haha, that's hilarious! Naughty thing. He certainly got pushed off his pedestal!

Blithereens Thu 06-Nov-14 16:59:00

He was a lovely Persian thing. My Nan just adored him. But he did rather fancy himself Lord of the Manor! grin

I have to say I've had that 'going off sachets within a few days' thing with almost every cat I've had. I've always had better luck with a good quality dry food, sometimes with some experimentation to find the one they like. Sounds like yours will eat the dry if he has to - but he'll give you a hell of a guilt trip while he does! They are such clever, pesky animals.

teenagetantrums Sat 08-Nov-14 19:10:28

My kitties have dried food down all day and share a wet pouch in the morning, they will eat if they are hungry i wouldn't pander to his demands just leave food down, he wont starve himself, 3 pouches sounds like lots.

Solaia Sun 16-Nov-14 10:31:35

I have a fussy little princess too. We have tried her on every brand of cat food from aldi to applaws...

My tricks for getting her to eat:

- she seems to eat far better if it is in her bowl in tiny portions. So one spoonful at a time of wet and dry. When it's just one spoonful in the bowl she seems to eat it, more than that and she doesn't bother. It's a bit easier to monitor her intake as well.

- we have three bowls for her in different locations in the house. I'll split the pouch or tin between the three bowls (one spoonful in each) and she responds to that well. I think it makes it more interesting for her when she happens upon some food that isn't in her 'usual' place

- if all else fails she will eat almost anything (except fish) if I mix Webbox chicken yoghurt through it. She doesn't really like treats (she turns her nose up at dreamiest etc) but she goes wild for the yoghurt. It's available in all the supermarkets, if you've never tried it.

alpacasosoft Sun 16-Nov-14 10:40:09

Oh good grief - what a faff!

Put food down at breakfast and dinner time -stop watching him you might be putting him offgrin
Seriously though cats feel vulnerable so stop watching him and give him the recommended portion- mine have dry food weighed out (vet recommendation) and one pouch of high quality per day.
Leave for an hour remove and don't feed him until dinner time.
It took my fusspot 2 days to realise that was the new routine .
I would just put him outside if he whined < heartless> or play with him.

Nothing more, no treats, no begging

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