Pudding poos anyway!
As I've mentioned before, I'm usually gone overnight on Saturdays to do laundry at my parents' house, and as such, need to leave food for the cats' breakfast on Sunday in case I can't get home in time to feed them in the morning. I'd been leaving freeze-dried raw, which was insanely
expensive. I'd go through an entire $30 bag a month. That one meal a week was the most expensive thing on their menu.
I was at the pet store last week, browsing for some more financially sound alternative. Maybe a different brand of freeze-dried raw. I don't know if it's the process used to make that stuff or what, but it's all pretty pricey it seems.
So I had a moment of stupidity. I picked up a bag of Evo kibble. I thought, "Okay, it's one meal a week. The bag says it's lightly
baked, it's supposed to be one of the lowest-carb kibbles out there, it's a good brand. Maybe it'll be okay?" I know, I know, what was I thinking? We'd already tried Wellness Core back in the day, why would Evo be any different? But I wasn't thinking.
Boy. What a mistake.
I had forgotten just how bad the cats' poo smelled when they ate kibble. I left them the Evo for Sunday's breakfast, and walked into a house that reeked Sunday afternoon. Apollo had soft poo stuck to his foot. Athena's stomach was bloated. She was gassy. She spent the whole day laying around looking uncomfortable and barely touched her normal dinner last night. Probably because her tummy hurt. It was like we'd gone back in time and she was that sickly little kitten again.
I feel so awful. I really do. But if anything, it was yet another reminder as to why I made the switch to raw. It's boosted both mine and my boyfriend's already high confidence in it (and he was still a skeptic when I first made the switch).
I'm just going to buy an auto-feeder, and try leaving them canned on Sundays. Even if I need to buy two, it'll be way cheaper in the long run than the freeze-dried stuff, and probably better for the cats. They're totally fine with the occasional canned and I feel way better about giving them at least a moist meal in place of their raw that day, rather than dry.
Bottom line: Athena cannot eat kibble. Even the best, highest-quality, lowest-carb kibble out there. She just can't do it. Raw is what made her healthy. Raw is what she must eat.
Thank you guys again, for helping to point me in the one direction that is truly healthy for my cats, especially for Athena. I can only imagine how different her quality of life would be, had I never switched her to raw. It's made a world of difference in her health and her energy.