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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-20-2011, 12:36 PM Thread Starter
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Finiky Piper, Softy Mommy...

Well... It can be a question, or just complaint...

It always has been a battle to get Piper to like wet food.
Since I stopped the dry food, Piper eats more of her raw food (well... you know, she should be hungry), but it's still a struggle.

I do not want her losing weight, so this week, I started mixing in very tiny amount of Royal Canine can food that she goes nuts for.
She seemed very hungry this morning, so I skipped it.

Well... she sniffs the food and look back at me and meows. Rather than opening the fridge to get some topping for her, I sat down and told her to eat. She goes round round around me meowing, rubbing my hand for some goodies... After realizing that I wouldn't move she "drinks" the ground food but left the chunks in the food.

As usual, Dalsoo finishes the left-over. He's one happy cat with raw-only diet.

More so nowadays, I think about what is happy life for my Piper. Whether I am pushing her for my own interest...
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-20-2011, 05:40 PM
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Although I've never had much of an issue with my own cats, I've heard others express similar concerns, and I can certainly sympathize with the way you're feeling. I've always thought of my cats much I do young children, fairly autonomous, but lacking complex reasoning capability.

Ex: You adopt a young child that has been in foster care for some time. This child has been allowed to consume the most unhealthy garbage you can imagine, and is even fairly obese. Although he HATES everything even remotely healthy and would much rather eat McDonald's until he explodes, you insist on improving his diet for his own benefit. You then continue to impose your better judgement on him until he is old enough to make decisions for himself.

I feel like the only real difference between kids and kitties is that our cats never really grow up to be capable of making good decisions for themselves, and that's why we need to do our best for them as long as they stay in our care.

Besides, much like there are many different vegetables that you can try to get kids to eat, there are many different protein sources that you can offer to Piper. I don't know what you feed exactly, but pork and rabbit in particular have proven to be huge hits with MANY cats! Keep at it, and don't feel guilty. Remember the benefits of a healthy diet, and feel good about what you're offering your kitties. She'll probably come around soon.
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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-20-2011, 09:01 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the sympathetic reply.

I feed ground recipe with some chunks in it, turkey, chicken, rabbit, and lamb.
She likes turkey and lamb, doesn't seem to be crazy about rabbit. I am not really sure.
Even the meat she tends to like, she sometimes just decide not to like it any more...

I don't think it's anyone's fault. It's all me. I know I made a finicky cat under the name of love and care.
I cannot resist following her around, trying to get her to eat anything sometimes... When she struggles with chunk meat, I cannot resist getting the scissors and cut it to pieces so she can eat it.
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