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Unread 07-25-2009   #1 (permalink)
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Default Cat won't go onto adult cat food

Hi folks, my cat is about 12months old (exact age isn't known). His diet consists of chicken, eggs, ham, etc along with kitten food.

The reason he still eats kitten food is that no matter what I do he won't eat the tinned adult cat food. I've tried the types in jelly / gravy.

I've tried mixing the kitten food with adult food but he just picks eats the kitten food and leaves the adult food to the side.

Anyone got any advice on how to get him onto the adult food?
 
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Hello and welcome! Is Inky your cat's name?

the first thing to do is to stop feeding him human food. <in edit>Ham especially is bad for cats, much too salty and fatty.

Human food does not contain all the nutrients in the right amounts that a cat needs.

Once he is not filling up on ham chicken and eggs, he may be more willing to eat adult cat food.

What brands have you tried?

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Yes his names Inky.

I've tried Whiskas, kit-e-kat and a couple of the other popular brands here.

I was looking at the cat food recipes on this site. I'm thinking perhaps i'll try some of them. They look good!

The reason I joined this forum is I've just finished trying to force him to eat the adult food by making it the only thing I put in his bowl for the past 2 days. 48hrs and he hadn't eaten a thing until about 20mins ago!

I had to give in.
 
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Have you tried kibble?

Look for a kibble that has meat proteins as the first two listed ingredients and the fewer grains the better and no "by products".

It's true that a cat, if he doesn't like it, would rather starve than eat, but for his own good he's got to get off the people food.

Cats have to have specific nutrients especially taurine, Their bodies don't make taurine it has to be added to their diet. If they lack taurine their eyes will suffer, they will get lesions on them, and possibly go blind.

I have to go now but will keep thinking about your problem, and be back later.

I know there are others here who may have some ideas and tips for you to try, too, so do check back in.
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Why don't you try mixing his kitten food with the adult food and then slowly remove the kitten food.

Oh and you should try better brands that contain more nutrition. Like Wellness, Hills, Royal Canine, etc.
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The op did try that, Katrine.

The main problem is Inky's appetite has been spoiled by the human food, but don't despair, we will help you get him on a good healthy adult food.

I have had an idea. Often when switching foods, cats need a probiotic anyway.

Here's what I am thinking. Most cats really like the taste of the probiotic Forti Flora.

If you could get some of that either at your vet or from this link: (if your vet, or a pet store has it you might be able to get just a couple packets at first, to make sure it will work)

Amazon.com: forti flora feline

Stop all human food now, and feed kitten food until you get the forti flora. Is the kitten food kibble?

When you get the forti flora stop all kitten food and go with a high quality kibble.

Each time you feed a meal of the kibble sprinkle some forti flora on it first. How much depends on how often you feed him.

For example twice day? Half a packet on each meal. (one packet a day)

After a week or so gradually stop adding the fortiflora.

Later you can worry about getting him back on at least some canned food.

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Aha. Oops. I can see that now. Yesterday I really wasn't wearing my glasses
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Hi to you and Inky (what a cute name !) ,,
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