I'm new here. I needed to find a place quickly because I needed some help with my cat and I found you guys.
Anyway, here is the scoop: I have 3 cats (around 5 years old) and 1 kitten (not really sure how old she is, she's super tiny.) Anyway, on 10/20/08 I decided to change my cats over to just canned food. Prior to this all they have had was dry food. They've been eating Purina's Urinary Tract Infection dry and they, of course, loved it.
I switched, Blade, first and mind you, I found him on the streets when he was 1 yrs. old and he would eat just about anything people would give him.
Of course, NOW, he's giving me a hard time about the canned cat food (I thought he would be the easiest, boy was I wrong.)
From what I read online, a cat should only lose 1 to 2% of his weight a week. Well, Blade is losing a lot more than that and it's because he's not eating. He started at 20.2 lbs. on 10/20 and I just weighed him this morning and he's 18.6 lbs.
I give him a 1/2 can in the morning, which he doesn't touch, and a 1/2 a can in the evening, which he'll eat 50% to 70% of. I tried putting parmesean cheese on top and that doesn't help.
I tried putting little bit of his dry food on top and that doesn't help.
I just put tuna fish on top and well he ate all of the tuna fish off lol but that was it. I don't know what to do to get him to eat.
I just spotted him this morning eating a tiny, tiny bit, but he stopped. Then I added tuna and of course he ate all of the tuna, but nothing else. I was happy to see him at least attempting to eat this morning because he hasn't been eating all day, he only ate after I went to bed.
Any suggestions? I'm trying realllly hard not to give him his dry food. I know they say it takes patience to switch some cats to canned food, but I'm not having a problem with being patient I'm just having an issue with him losing too much weight and starving himself.
We were thinking of doing a 1/4 cup dry in the morning, then the canned food at night?? A part of me thinks that would be awesome because he'll at least start eating again, but then I'm thinking that it will keep the dry food addiction going even more.
So I'm stuck. Any thoughts?
Thanks in advance,