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Lollydaydream Tue 11-Apr-17 09:37:05

Hello moggy lovers! We've just got an approx 18 month old rescue moggy who we're finding out is a fussy eater, when we had cats before they would essentially easy anything so they had biscuits and cans and later on dental biscuits and our biggest challenge was reducing food intake to maintain a good weight in one while making sure the other ate enough. It seems this cat will only eat wet food and pretty much only the pets at home chicken pouches , and fresh cooked chicken which we gave him when he seemed to have an upset stomach. He had four of the pouches with the chicken in sauce yesterday which seemed a lot to me (he's quite petite) and I don't think this did his stomach much good. He was looking for food in addition to this for most of the day but just looks at biscuits, including 'treat' ones, as if they've come from outer space. He looks at Felix pouches in much the same way , and I thought these were an upgrade from what we gave our previous moggies, when pouches had only just started! He did try some pets at home chicken in jelly but didn't seem too fond. How much of the pouches should be have? Does 4 seem excessive, especially if they are all the same type and does it matter for his teeth if he won't eat biscuits?

dementedpixie Tue 11-Apr-17 15:13:16

What does the pack say about portion sizes?

dementedpixie Tue 11-Apr-17 15:15:26

Which food are you offering (wet and dry)?

ElizaDontlittle Tue 11-Apr-17 18:50:21

I think it's done by weight - I weighed myself holding the cat and not... because surprisingly she doesn't get on the scales!! Mines a tiddler relatively so she has two with a small amount of biscuits. She only eats cat food in gravy and she only has 2 teeth so I can't help with that one. Could you put lickelix on top/ mix them together???

Lollydaydream Tue 11-Apr-17 18:55:12

We giving the pets at home seriously good pouches, which is what the rescue volunteer had been giving him. The pack says 3-4 pouches a day, it just seemed to be a lot to me and his stomach seems unsettled. He has rejected Felix pouches and purina dry food, which were what the lady in charge of the rescue had said he would have been fed on. Apparently there was no sign of cat food in the home he was rescued from and he liked fresh cooked chicken so I'm speculating that he may not have had much commercial cat food. He also rejected dreamies and other biscuit treats. I really don't know much about pouches as they weren'the around last time we had cats; it seems very wasteful in packaging terms to be opening up three or four plastic pouches for a similar amount of food to a can but I can see it is better food

dementedpixie Tue 11-Apr-17 18:57:59

They seem quite expensive. I have been using feringa kitten food from bitiba and zooplus but they do cat food too. It comes in tins and is probably much cheaper than what you are using

dementedpixie Tue 11-Apr-17 19:00:11

Mine also like the AVA dry food which is from petsathome.

Lollydaydream Tue 11-Apr-17 19:11:29

Yes it is expensive!! I wouldn't buy bargain basement but it's definitely more than I anticipated. What does the Ferringa look like, I tried mixing a bit of Felix with the seriously good and he just picked the white meat out and left the browner bits from the Felix so I'm assuming if it's not like chicken breast he's not going to touch it! I tried putting a few biscuits in and next to the bowl yesterday and he just looked baffled.

dementedpixie Tue 11-Apr-17 19:24:07

It's more pate style but is 70% meat content. I just chop it up a bit.

Qwebec Tue 11-Apr-17 20:14:24

If your cat will not eat dry food, how do you feel about raw?

DumbledoresApprentice Tue 11-Apr-17 20:23:56

I think the seriously good looks better value than the felix if I'm honest. There is a difference in price but there's also a huge difference in quality. There are also good-quality foods that come in cans that can be ordered from zooplus. They are often better quality and work out cheaper than the pouches you are buying at the minute. The Feringa food that the PP mentioned is good quality and would work out quite a bit cheaper. Animonda Carny is also meant to be pretty good.

Lollydaydream Tue 11-Apr-17 20:26:49

I have no clue about raw; do you mean for example just cutting up some chicken? What are the benefits? I've previously given cats wet and dry, with dry being convenient to leave out for the cat to help themselves to over the day and also being good for their teeth.

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