Re: Stubborn kitty only wants dry food
By your comment that he turns up his nose and goes straight to the dry food, it sounds like the dry food is out when you're attempting to feed wet. And I'm also assuming you're free feeding dry. The first thing you need to do is establish a mealtime feeding schedule using dry food...if he has a free choice of eating dry all day and you present wet, which he's not thrilled with he won't eat it...he's probably not really all that hungry. The dry food should not be available when you're trying to get him to eat wet.
To start mealtime feeding put down a specific amount of dry...about 1/4 cup twice a day. And that's it. Once you're on that schedule, replace the dry meal with wet food. If he's still turning up his nose, then you can try enticing him with 'toppers'. I've used kibble, treats, chicken, dehydrated chicken, baby food, parmesan cheese....basically anything he really likes. I've also smeared a little of the wet food on their mouth or top of the foot...sometimes they just need to taste it.
The vomiting and diarrhea may be due to the food being richer than he's used to and he needs some time for his system to adjust. When it's time to replace a dry meal with wet, try just giving him a small amount of wet. Once that's eaten, give the remainder of the meal in dry. Gradually increase the amount of wet and decrease the dry until you've made the switch...take 2-3 weeks to make the transition.
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