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WetFoodCatLover Wed 28-Oct-20 10:46:30

Is this right? I don’t rate my vet anyway but it’s the only one locally I have any chance of getting to in an emergency so I stick with them.

Vet said my cat is addicted to wet food and I need to cut down their consumption. He said to give 2x wet food meals a day, 1x dried food, and if possible swap 1 wet food meal to something like fresh roasted chicken or fresh fish.

My cat seems so hungry. She’s become aggressive since I’ve done this, but not sure if I need to wait it out. She’s never touched dried biscuits, I’m giving the Royal Canin ones the vet recommended (available in pets at home and similar) but she won’t eat them, she just whinges for food and scratches me and my furniture. She won’t eat fresh chicken, and has never liked any kind of fish. The chicken or whatever I give (sometimes pork, beef, even turkey or duck if I have it) with gravy sits in the bowl and she just meows for wet food. She only eats gravy cat food so I’ve been putting gravy I make on the food when I make hers. She licks the gravy off but leaves the meat.

So she’s living off 1 wet food meal a day as that is literally all she will eat.

Vet said not to give in and she’ll have to get used to the new diet.

She was overweight on just wet food and is indoor only so can see why the vets suggested a new diet but I feel guilty she’s only eating once per day, I wouldn’t like it.

Anything I can do? And is a wet food addiction even a thing in cats?

Will add here vet hasn’t physically seen my cat since March, I contacted him because cat was constantly asking for food even with wet food and he’s basing her being overweight on the last time he saw her. She’s flead and wormed regularly as in none covid times my job involves vulnerable people who may not keep their pets up to date and I could bring them home.

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Fairybatman Wed 28-Oct-20 10:48:27

I’ve never had a cat that are Royal Canin food, I suspect it doesn’t taste of much. Try her on different biscuits.

She won’t starve herself but you might have a battle of wills on your hands!

WetFoodCatLover Wed 28-Oct-20 10:49:56

Fairybatman

I’ve never had a cat that are Royal Canin food, I suspect it doesn’t taste of much. Try her on different biscuits.

She won’t starve herself but you might have a battle of wills on your hands!

Thank you, what can you recommend for biscuits?

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Fairybatman Wed 28-Oct-20 11:13:25

We have these but our boy has peepee problems.

PRO PLAN VETERINARY DIETS Feline UR Urinary Dry Cat Food Chicken 5kg www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B015NXJOVE/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_ajvMFbX21X8VS?tag=mumsnetforu03-21

Iams or Purina One have always been popular with their cats.

Fairybatman Wed 28-Oct-20 11:14:07

*other cats (sorry rubbish typing)

WetFoodCatLover Wed 28-Oct-20 11:25:43

Fairybatman

We have these but our boy has peepee problems.

PRO PLAN VETERINARY DIETS Feline UR Urinary Dry Cat Food Chicken 5kg ]]

Iams or Purina One have always been popular with their cats.

Thank you those look great, we tried Iams from the shop and she won't eat it. I don't know whether it's dried food in general thats the problem.

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thegcatsmother Wed 28-Oct-20 11:54:03

My cat has Natures Menu, which is fairly solid, so no gravy and is a high grade protein. He eats both varieties of their cat food.

Have you tried the cat food in jelly as opposed to gravy?

My boy won't touch dry food, so a better quality of wet food seems,to do the trick. He does however like roast chicken, and tuna in spring water.

TroysMammy Wed 28-Oct-20 11:56:09

All of my cats ate Hills Science Diet. They've never been fussy over that. You need to gradually introduce it as with all new food.

dementedpixie Wed 28-Oct-20 11:57:01

How much wet food were they eating? Wet food has fewer calories than dry.
Royal canin isn't that great tbh. It is filled grains/wheat which means it has a lower meat content

dementedpixie Wed 28-Oct-20 11:58:17

If they've never eaten dry food then you might have battle on your hands. Could you not just give less wet food?

Bargebill19 Wed 28-Oct-20 14:10:26

Sorry but not all cats like the same things. Just like humans. She may just not like dried food. She sounds hungry and I would just feed her what she will eat.
To say a cat is addicted to wet food also seems bizarre. Feral cats would be eating wet food by the very nature of what they could kill.
If she’s over weight and that’s a worry, then just spread out what she can have as snacks through the day.

WetFoodCatLover Wed 28-Oct-20 14:28:28

She used to have 3 wet food meals I usually buy pouches, 1 at 6am, 1 at 12-1pm depending when I stopped, then 1 at 7pm so roughly 6 hours between each meal.

She doesn't like Jelly Cat food, I've tried her on it before and she'd rather not eat at all.

Vet suggested that she have 1x wet pouch in the morning, dried biscuits at lunchtime, then a "proper" meal of fresh chicken/meat at night or wet food if what I'm having isn't suitable. So she's only eating the wet food in the morning.

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WetFoodCatLover Wed 28-Oct-20 14:29:58

I also rarely give treats, and nothing between meals unless I absolutely have to.

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Bargebill19 Wed 28-Oct-20 14:43:08

I was thinking along the lines of give her what she will eat - but spread it out through the day, more frequent but smaller meals. I don’t think I worded my pp very well.

dementedpixie Wed 28-Oct-20 14:56:20

Are you sure she's overweight as 3 pouches isn't a huge amount if they aren't eating dry food. Did you say the vet hasn't even weighed her?

thegcatsmother Wed 28-Oct-20 15:15:45

My 17 year old feline overlord has a Sheba fine flakes in jelly for breakfast. He gets topped up with Sheba rabbit in sauce, or chicken and lamb chunks at lunch if he asks, then has half a roasted chicken leg with his meds, then Nature's Menu for dinner, either a Country Hunter or an adult complete meal, and if he is signing the song of the starved before I go to bed, he has more aluminium tray Sheba to keep him going.

I can tell the weather is on the turn as he is eating more to build up his fat stocks for winter, despite having lived with me for almost 11 years with central heating, fleece blankets and cat food on demand.

WetFoodCatLover Wed 28-Oct-20 16:00:55

dementedpixie

Are you sure she's overweight as 3 pouches isn't a huge amount if they aren't eating dry food. Did you say the vet hasn't even weighed her?

She was weighed in March and was slightly overweight not massively she’s supposed to be something like 4.5kg and she weighed 5.1 or something I can’t remember exact figures.

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WetFoodCatLover Thu 29-Oct-20 15:06:41

I managed to get her to eat the chicken and gravy last night so I'm happy to keep pushing that I just don't want to keep pushing biscuits if she's not going to eat them. Is there an alternative to the biscuits that's not wet food?

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eddiemairswife Thu 29-Oct-20 15:24:51

Mine has 2 pouches a day; when I get up and about 7 in the evening. Doesn't drink water, except for the odd puddle. She will steal anything tasty that is left out. Doesn't seem overweight, has a catflap, but stays in most of the time (except for wees and poos) and is very sedentary. Typical cat I suppose.

WetFoodCatLover Thu 29-Oct-20 15:55:31

eddiemairswife

Mine has 2 pouches a day; when I get up and about 7 in the evening. Doesn't drink water, except for the odd puddle. She will steal anything tasty that is left out. Doesn't seem overweight, has a catflap, but stays in most of the time (except for wees and poos) and is very sedentary. Typical cat I suppose.

Mine has the option to go out on a private balcony but never does, sticks her head out the door occasionally but thats it.

I think I'll keep up with 1x wet food pouch and 1x proper food meal (like chicken or beef etc) or wet food if what I'm having isn't suitable.

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HelpMeh Thu 29-Oct-20 16:03:12

I wouldn't be feeding my cat plain "human" chicken/beef. They need the extra blood and guts minerals that are in cat specific foods.

I have the opposite problem and mine are biscuit addicts. I don't think it's healthy. Wild cats don't eat biscuits.

What wet food are you feeding? She might fill up better if you buy a higher quality one. 3 packets isn't a particularly excessive amount of food.

A lot of vets have their own sales agenda - particularly with Royal Canin...

dementedpixie Thu 29-Oct-20 16:04:20

Human food won't contain all the right nutrients for cats. You'd be better with cat food for both meals

Prestel Thu 29-Oct-20 16:25:25

Have you tried introducing biscuits by mixing a few with wet food? Combining a new food with an established food is usually the best way to introduce a new food. Having said that, it's just advice. I don't think it's worth worrying about too much, just feed according to the pet food instructions for the weight you're aiming for and swap out for treats where appropriate and wanted.

TooManyDogsandChildren Thu 29-Oct-20 16:31:04

I have fussy cats who only like purina one. Whilst it's not the best quality it is cheap and I do like them to have one biscuit meal a day for their teeth. Worth a try? (a small pack is about a fiver). Many bags of Iams, Hills etc have been spurned and passed on eventually to friends with less fussy cats.

Try popping three or four Dreamies in top of the dry biscuits too.

dementedpixie Thu 29-Oct-20 16:46:28

Mine eat thrive dry and encore dry. I buy them from amazon

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