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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-01-2016, 01:43 PM Thread Starter
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Bizarre behavior reaction to new foods

Not sure if this is right place to ask but this is my situation. I have 2 cats, one is a picky eater and I feed them both raw foods. I'm trying to get them to also like canned foods for emergency situations such as if I run out of my raw or forget to thaw out my raw (I won't use the microwave to thaw) or just to mix up their variety.

They eat 3 times a day in small portions. I place their raw foods in one dish and place about a teaspoon of canned in a separate dish to let them get used to the new smell and hopefully taste. One cat does fine with it, the picky one won't even touch his regular raw if the canned food is near it. Ok, so I take away the canned food but he still doesn't touch his raw food so put it back in the fridge. After about 10 minutes or so my picky one is asking for food. I get his raw food out, the canned food isn't anywhere around and he still refuses to eat the raw he had for breakfast yet he climbs all over me wanting food that I'm eating.

I'm not sure about how to go about this. I want him to eat but I want him to try other varieties. Forget about trying to mix the canned with the raw, that doesn't work either. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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I would stop putting the canned food next to the cat that doesn't like that. In case of emergency, he'll eat something else when he gets hungry enough, like tuna, or even cooked food, like chicken.

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My objective is to transition to different foods. I wouldn't be so concerned if it wasn't for the problem I had not long ago when both cats stopped eating for almost 4 days.

Now it's dinner time and I placed only the raw in front of Bailey, my picky cat. He took a few licks and stopped. I tried my old trick of putting down a tiny amount of dry cat food next to his raw. He'll eat a few pellets then start eating his raw but only ate a few bites. I put down some raw plus a teaspoon of the canned on the same plate for Oliver, my not so picky cat. He had a few bites of the raw but doesn't seem to be hungry but what does Bailey do? He starts eating Oliver's raw food, the plate that has the canned food right next to the raw. He ignored the canned but cleaned the raw from Oliver's plate.

I know this all sounds trivial but I went through a lot of concern a while back when they both had diarrhea and soft stools for a couple of months and it was a nightmare to get them back to normal. I'm trying my best to do the right thing and not create a problem for them.
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I understand your objective and your concerns. Hopefully someone who feeds raw will have some advice, maybe their cats have gone through this.

Clearly, your cats are messing with you.

Tomorrow, they will only eat cheese.

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Clearly, your cats are messing with you. Sometimes I think I can hear them giggling.

Tomorrow, they will only eat cheese. Bailey will eat cheddar, but ONLY if I hold it for him. Who's training who? lol
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Holy cow! Your training is coming along nicely, human!

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