I won't be feeding any dry.... the urinary blockage scared me too badly. Even if dry wasn't 100% the cause... I firmly believe it at least contributed.
hoofmaiden, I read your post AFTER I got home from the store and fed the cats.
I picked up three "fuzzies" and three "hoppers." I also had cut up some beef into smallish pieces and had some Wellness canned at the ready.
I went into the bathroom (where the kitties are fed so the dogs aren't in their business) armed with these foods (minus the hoppers, saving those for tomorrow). Gave each cat a fuzzy and waited. Nothing. Tossed them around a bit (used a spoon... couldn't bring myself to touch them
) Ace smelled his, bit into it, and then got REALLY excited.
Bogey poked his around with a paw and then came and smelled the spoon as if to say, "okay, where's the _real_ food, mom?"
Ace finished his fuzzy and ate Bogey's too. I was so excited to see Ace so excited about eating mice (even baby ones) that I gave him the third.
Gave Bogey some beef and he ate it without hesitation. Ace got some, too.
Question: should I go ahead and start with the cornish game hens tomorrow? Or continue the mice trend with Ace and the beef trend with Bogey? (concerned about the latter... no bones in the beef). Or maybe try to encourage Bogey to eat mice by cutting them in half? I KNOW he's eaten them before, when he's caught and killed them (small shrew-like mice) in the garage. I sort of want to buy myself time to order some mice. They are ridiculously expensive at Petco. (On that note, what size mice should I be buying? Adults: but small adults? Medium? Large? My cats are both quite large).
Sorry if I'm confusing everyone.
Is it okay to feed mice as a staple? Maybe with the occasional CGH or other meat thrown in for variety's sake?
I had been afraid to try the tough love approach before because I thought it was dangerous for cats to miss meals....
Also... should I be concerned with adding taurine?
Final question: How long will it be before I will be able to bring myself to actually TOUCH the mice?
Thanks for all the help!