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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-01-2011, 05:08 PM Thread Starter
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They just stopped eating all their raw food...

So, all of a sudden my cats won't eat their raw patties.

We were trying to slowly faze out the canned/cooked Wellness. We finally got down to none, and they just stopped eating the raw all together. After a couple days of them not eating the raw, we put a tiny amount of the Wellness back in the bowl, and they just ate the Wellness and left the raw.

Now we have gone back to the full can of Wellness and 2 raw patties, but they barely eat the raw. Cheeks and Yoshi will pick at it, but Riku and Nermal (who are normally the pigs) won't touch it. We tried getting new flavors, smaller patties... mixing the canned and the raw... no luck.

Why is this happening? I am afraid of starving them, but I don't want to feed them just canned. Their health has improved so much since switching to raw.

But, Riku and Nerm seem to be puking more lately, I'm not sure what to do. They always loved their kibble, never had issues with that. And they hadn't had issues with the raw until now. That's been about 5-6 months now.

Anyone else have this issue? If so, how do we fix it? Poor kitties.... Riku even tries to eat plastic bags now. It's like she is losing her mind!

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One strange addition to this though... is that both Riku and Nermal (The 2 that don't see to eat the raw food) have gained weight in the last month. That is super weird considering they eat way less.

Nermal has gained 1 lb since 1-9-11 and Riku has gained 3 lbs. Where Yoshi and Cheeks have maintained the same weight. Super confusing. But Nerm and Riku go around meowing and pawing @ me like they are starving to death.

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Maybe something in this particular brand isn't sitting well with them (thus he vomiting) or maybe it's temperature-related? Obviously the raw is cold if it's been defrosted in the fridge. Do you warm it at all? One of my cats (Athena) vomits if her food is too cold and got to the point where she will not eat it cold, so I always warm it in a plastic baggy in a bowl of warm water before feeding.

Also, if you're using the same flavor, it could be they just got bored. Apollo did this. He loved raw at first, but then just stopped eating it after a little while. I discovered he's willing to eat it as long as I rotate flavors regularly (using 3 flavors of Primal right now, and occasionally add some grain-free canned).

You may want to try offering them a different flavor or even a different brand (if you have more than one available) or alternate between raw and canned and see how that goes.

I'd give them a few days on just the canned before trying the raw again. If it's a flavor pickiness thing, that should help. I gave Apollo canned only for a few days, then started slowly reintroducing the raw, at first he was eating mostly the canned and leaving the raw, but eventually he got to the point where he was picking out the raw again and leaving the canned.
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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-02-2011, 12:22 PM
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I thought the same thing, about it being too cold. I take mine out to thaw on the counter in their individual covered bowls, and have yet to have a problem. If it's a bit to cold yet when I feed, I microwave it for about 4 or 5 seconds. I read somewhere that cats will puke more if they are eating cold foods.
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Thanks guys! I tried that this morning, and no pukes! But, still won't touch the raw Might have to go through the while transition process again with the dehydrated raw.

We use Stella & Chewy's raw food. It's a new brand our local pet shop brought in. They loved it at first... now meh... whatever. Maybe I should give a different brand a try?

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Yes, try another brand, and see what happens. Can't hurt. Maybe something in the ingredients upsets their tummies.
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post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-02-2011, 01:45 PM
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I'm sorry, I don't have any advice (see my "Learning about Raw" thread.) I'm going through the same thing.

I feel your pain.
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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-03-2011, 12:13 AM
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Dalsoo pukes up beef. I heard some cats vomit up beef. To warm up food, i usually baggy in the tepid water, then add some warm water. I avoid using microwave.
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I don't use the microwave either. Well I put the bowl with the warm water in there because Cheeks will try to help himself to dinner inside the Ziploc baggy if I don't put it where he can't get it lol.

But so far... we are good again... eating both the patties and the canned food!!!! (And since warming the patties/canned food... no more barfing.) We changed their eating schedule... went from 3 feedings down to 2, so I am wondering if that just made them mad or confused their little internal clocks for a bit... but are now getting used to it. (Crossing fingers)

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