My cat, a himalayan, is a very picky eater. She will not eat meat, fish, canned food. The only thing she eats is some cooked tuna, and Royal Canin persian. She will actually go without food when I try to feed her anything else. She will lose weight. I'm at a total loss here.. I have heard so much bad stuff about kibblediets, and I am genuinly scared for her health in the long run.
Anyways, do you have any tips on what I can do to make her start wanting meat? I've tried switching slowly, but then she'll eat the kibble, leaving the rest. I've tried prosessing it, so it's not a big, boney scary mass, but more like mince with boney bits, I'm tried actual mince with bonemeel. What do I do? I so want the best for her, but she refuses to accept it!
You can start by adding just the tiniest bit of canned food in to her kibble. I mean, small, small amount. Feed her a tiny bit less kibble and mix that canned food in with it, just a part of it.
For example, take a tablespoon of kibble, take a half tablespoon of canned, mix that together. Then put it in a bowl and put unblemished kibble all around it and a bit on top. What you are trying to do is get her to "accidentally" eat the canned.
Keep doing this, don't give up if she doesn't do it the first, second or third time. Keep doing it.
In time, you may find she will eat that small amount of mixture. When she does, keep adding that amount of mixture for awhile until she's used to it. Then up the amount, very, very slowly.
Eventually you want to get her to eat all canned food.
Once she is happily eating all canned food, start adding the tiniest, I mean minuscule amounts of raw meat mixed in to the can. Like, one bite size, or even smaller, of a piece of raw chicken.
Repeat process as you did with dried to canned. Eventually make that piece larger. Then you can start adding more, very, very slowly.
Work your way up to full on raw. It can take some time...it can take a long time but if you persist and do not give up, you can do it.
Also, if she has kibble out all day long, stop that right now. Feed her two or three times a day and take that bowl away after about 15 minutes. That way she won't have kibble to eat on all day long. That is probably the most important step in the transition.