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Fri May 14, 2021, 11:03 PM

Gawd save me from this dramatic cat!

We’ve been out of dry food for two days so I’ve been feeding the kids all canned. They usually only get canned maybe a 3 times a week as a special treat, one can split between the two of them. Needless to say, they’ve been pretty darn happy the past two days.

This afternoon we only had one can left, which they had for lunch. Before leaving for work at 1:00, I split a can of tuna into their dishes to tide them over (short shift today, planned to buy a bag of food on the way home... and I’d feel guilty knowing they had nothing to snack on).

As soon as I walked in the door, I opened the bag and filled the dry food dish. Leo, who was apparently starving and mere seconds from certain death (as always ) took a huge mouthful, stopped, looked me dead in the eyes, and then literally spit the food out across the floor.

Ever since, he’s been stalking me around the house and giving me the stink eye. Actually, he’s alternating the stink eye with the pitiful woe-is-me face.

He’s sneaking into the kitchen when he thinks I am not paying attention. If I walk in the kitchen while he’s “secretly” snarfing the food, he’ll spit it out and walk away.

Pooper, on the other hand, is a sweet little appreciative joy, as always. She’s just happy I am home from work.

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Response to happybird (Original post)

Fri May 14, 2021, 11:11 PM

1. Keep the tuna and sardines coming,... forget the dry stuff.

Once spoiled,... always spoiled.

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Response to magicarpet (Reply #1)

Fri May 14, 2021, 11:41 PM

6. I wish I could feed them only canned!

It’s so much better for them and they love it so much. Leo has food allergies, so can only eat premium, grain free, expensive food. Canned only would be over $200 a month, so it’s either that or my power bill.

They seem happy with the canned food treats a few times a week.
(until they get spoiled for a couple days, that is... He’ll be over his little snit by morning)

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Response to happybird (Reply #6)

Sat May 15, 2021, 12:47 AM

10. My DVM is against dry cat food

What can I do? That’s what she likes.

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Response to ailsagirl (Reply #10)

Sat May 15, 2021, 01:50 AM

13. My cat's vet is against canned food, except as an occasional treat.

She says dry food is better for the cat's teeth.

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Response to wnylib (Reply #13)

Sat May 15, 2021, 10:45 AM

17. Yes dry is better for cat's teeth,... and male cats are susceptible to,...

... urinary tract infections. Canned cat food often uses ash as a filler in canned cat food and this is a contributor to the cat's urinary tract infections. Can food once in awhile,... dry food regularly is best.

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Response to happybird (Original post)

Fri May 14, 2021, 11:15 PM

2. Could this cat be having tooth problems? Or something?

When I worked at an animal shelter, there was a cat who refused to eat dry food. One evening, I suddenly realized she had tooth problems. I ran out to my car and got her a can of cat food, and she frantically ate a ton!

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Response to raging moderate (Reply #2)

Fri May 14, 2021, 11:30 PM

5. He's okay on that front

Thank you for checking!

We’ve gone through hell with his dental issues.
In the past two years he’s had 4 separate dental surgeries/extractions (at $1400 a pop. Ugh.) They eventually took all his teeth out and also did a biopsy on a spot that turned out to just be severe irritation from his teeth in that area being bad.

He was a stray and likely very malnourished for a few years, the poor guy. The vet thinks that is why his teeth were so bad.

He’s been with me for about 5 years now and is a spoiled little butthead. He (usually) loves his dry food and had zero problems eating it 3 days ago. I don’t think he chews, just snarfs the tiny kibble down whole. He is a pig. A pig who looooves canned food. And drama.

He’s also got food allergies and hypothyroidism, so he’s the whole package, lol!

I adore the little, high maintenance drama king!

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Response to happybird (Reply #5)

Sat May 15, 2021, 06:20 AM

15. Isn't it amazing....

...how quickly a stray can get spoiled!

We've managed to thoroughly spoil a feral cat who lives in our back yard. After six years he still hisses if we get too close, but he still shows up on our porch every morning expecting some wet food (there's dry out in the garage shed for him 24/7).

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Response to happybird (Original post)

Fri May 14, 2021, 11:18 PM

3. Tough to put the genie back in the bottle on this one (nt)

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Response to happybird (Original post)

Fri May 14, 2021, 11:22 PM

4. Rinse the tuna in a sieve and don't feed it to them very often. Lots of salt in that.

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Better yet read about it online.

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Response to applegrove (Reply #4)

Sat May 15, 2021, 12:05 AM

8. They rarely ever get tuna, even though they love it

Maybe once a month, when I am making tuna for myself, or in emergency, “oh, crap! we’re out of food” situations like today.

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Response to happybird (Reply #8)

Sat May 15, 2021, 12:18 AM

9. Me too. They like it so much that any time I use the can opener they

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jump on the counter, well one of them does, and the cat-wailing is pretty loud.

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Response to happybird (Original post)

Sat May 15, 2021, 12:01 AM

7. Ahhh -

that's why we love them??

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Response to happybird (Original post)

Sat May 15, 2021, 01:16 AM

11. maybe you could mix in a bit of the wet food with the dry food once a day

just to make things interesting

i do that with my little dog

for her dinner i add a bit of water to a teaspoon of turkey stew (bought at a little dog store that cooks all kinds of stews for dogs) and then pour it over her hard nibbles. (i buy a container of it, divide it up into little containers & freeze them and keep one container in the fridge; it usually lasts about a week). she finds it amazingly tasteful. (she also gets a side bowl with a teaspoon of pure pumpkin for her digestive issues--and she's crazy insane for that pumpkin.) so she gets thanksgiving dinner every night i guess. lol

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Response to happybird (Original post)

Sat May 15, 2021, 01:33 AM

12. Not that I condone this lol,

But if you give them a taste of their own 'fuck you, IM SPECIAL' medicine, they'll figure out that they CAN go outside and murder their own meals hahaha.

Presuming you let them out, I understand not everyone does. As kids, we put out food for our cats as a courtesy more than anything, on the off chance that there happened to be nothing to kill in the yard THAT DAY.

Many times, a week or more would go by before we had to refill the dry bowl..and we had 3 of those monsters in the house!

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Response to happybird (Original post)

Sat May 15, 2021, 05:41 AM

14. My boys love dry food

Got them (brothers) as kittens from a family that only fed them dry Purina Kitten Chow. Our vet prefers they eat wet food especially as Charlie is a bit “portly” and, like people, the carbs in dry food can add weight. After trying countless varieties of wet food we found they’ll eat Fancy Feast Naturals Chicken and Gravy, so they get 2 cans a day of that and a bedtime snack of .5 cup of dry (Purina One Indoor Advantage). DH is in charge of the bedtime snack and they start following him around early in the evening to make sure he doesn’t forget. They gobble it down like they haven’t eaten in weeks. Unless he gets to the bottom of the bag and there’s crumbs in it. They hate crumbs and will pick at it gently til one of us realizes the problem and opens a new bag. Picky, picky.

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Response to Freddie (Reply #14)

Sat May 15, 2021, 06:30 AM

16. Fancy Feast is like kittie crack

But even more addictive (and hideously expensive) are these tiny cups of thick broth called "Lil Soups". We buy them because they are a critical component of keeping Peace in the House.

We have six cats (all rescues), but one of them isn't entirely sociable with other cats. Willow manages to tolerate all of them except one -- who she loathes. She and her nemesis can't be in the same room together because she'll try to kill him. Fortunately, he's still got a strong feral streak and prefers to spend all day outside. Come night time, we use a Lil Soup to convince Willow that spending the night in the basement is a good idea. Once she's locked up, we can let the cat she hates into the house (he always enters warily, afraid she'll be waiting for him).

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