Will I always have to mix in canned?! Wahhh >:(
Well, so far I've only tried chicken thigh meat, chicken gizzards and liver. They like the gizzards wayyyy more than the thigh meat, but won't eat either without something mixed in. I was using tuna and/or tuna juice but I don't want them to make a habit of just picking the tuna out and it's really silly and wasteful to only buy cans of tuna for the juice. I bought clam juice and they turned up their little noses.
I've also tried a few different types of wet food. I figured chunky stuff in broth would work well, but some of the cats would just pick the "good" stuff out and leave the raw chunks. I'm currently using Wellness Turkey and Salmon (but I bought a couple other flavors to try as well) and I'm using just about a half a tablespoon for the flavor. It works perfectly with chunks of gizzard for all four cats, they'll lick their plates clean. However, a couple of them will only pick at the thigh meat. I'm a little worried because chicken is a big staple of their diets since I buy so much for the dogs. The good things is, since they like gizzard so much, I can chunk liver into that and they'll eat it without a fight. I just don't want to have to rely on canned as an enticement forever... Wellness is expensive!
I'm going to try turkey necks with the dogs tonight and I'll cut some meat off of that for the cats. We're also going to be trying beef heart within the next couple of days, so we'll see what they think of that, too. Once they're used to using their teeth and jaws a bit more, I'll try to find an inexpensive source of quail. And what's a cheap cut of beef I can try?
Someone please tell me I won't have to use canned food or tuna or clam juice, etc. forever!