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Old 09-02-2019, 01:14 PM
 
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Now I know, as a 7 yr -- raw only-- feeder this is contradictory but my cat only sometimes as of now, eats her remaining RadCat or even significant amount of it. No idea why? over past months or so she favors junkier food


So, I'm asking for ideas here. I tried Organic Castor Pollux brand Chicken pate as THE best of the backups I can use. Really a semi no go tho as she turns away from it. Have 3 cans yet left & 1st 3 were a bust &so feral ate 'em.



It seems when I got the feral the Friskies 13oz cans in few flavors (for feral only), our cat came to yell she wants some. Bad idea, bad habit, my fault & now an addicted mess she is due to me


Anyway, since her major eye removal surgery (due to r eye Glaucoma on 8/16) I'm trying not to be so v hard on her & giving her what she wants--not what I want.


She lost another 1/2 lb since July (on 8/16 at pre-surg weigh in) as result of eye pain of unknown duration or severity. Obviously it was severe pain to stop eating anything for few days. Concomitantly, my g/f went toxic on her meds just prior just by a wk stopping me noticing our cat stop eating. I thought in response to a wk or so w/out g/f (& thus cat in depression as she is v close to g//f daily) as she was in hospital already a wk.



No, emergency vet said it is due to pain & -- feed her anything she'll eat to rebulk her as lb loss for her health far more critical than what type. So long as it is predominately canned -- not dry, go for it. Stop being a food nazi to her & allow her (of unknown age ) to enjoy food she wants not that YOU want only. Again think of her in birg picture not just micro manage her & restrict any food she might eat more of. It comes down to, give her less of what she wants --her raw -- or let her gain lbs back. Vet errors on gain lbs back vs starving her & causing even more issues due to that.


Your folks take on this? I'm lost & buried in ideas of what is really ok in emergency/crisis situations. I try to enforce perfect eating, so to say, but vet says knock it off -- as this is no time to force her & thus have her lose more lbs due to your OCD & heavy handedness.



TY for understanding my problem here, folks.
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Old 09-02-2019, 01:45 PM
 
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I feel your pain. Try Fancy Feast Classic.
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Old 09-02-2019, 02:21 PM
 
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I feel your pain. Try Fancy Feast Classic.
TY as i had a horrible month of Aug. I hope Sep gets better. It can always be worse & that is the fear for both g/f & kitty. Man, tough times test character & grace under pressure. thought I was about to lose both of the most important gifts to me in my life.

Still traumatized a bit as all hell just broke loose at basically same time. G/f remains in hospital yet w/ tentative dishcarge of 9/10-11. We'll see as not holding breath as these docs aren't quite sure what they're doing in my opinion.

But then again, who am I is what they're saying/thinking -- I just know it when I call hospital for updates

Unreal.
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Old 09-02-2019, 02:51 PM
 
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Even a few days of not eating enough can cause a cat to develop liver disease. Better to survive in Taco Bell than to starve in Eleven Madison Park. You can always transition to better food when the cat's in better shape.

Some of the more "junk food" pet food producers are actually more assiduous about doing feeding tests and monitoring nutrient content than the boutique brands, if it makes you feel any better.
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Old 09-02-2019, 03:02 PM
 
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Even a few days of not eating enough can cause a cat to develop liver disease. Better to survive in Taco Bell than to starve in Eleven Madison Park. You can always transition to better food when the cat's in better shape.

Some of the more "junk food" pet food producers are actually more assiduous about doing feeding tests and monitoring nutrient content than the boutique brands, if it makes you feel any better.
Yes actually it does & gives my wallet a chance to begin paying off nearly $3,600 total emergency vet & eye surgery bills in 24hrs on 8/16. TY
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Old 09-02-2019, 03:08 PM
 
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No prob. Fatten that cat (and your wallet) up!

After years of feeding my dogs high-end foods, I've gotten weary of recalls and whatnot, and most recently this DCM (diet-linked heart disease) scare, and so switched to a Purina kibble. Both dogs are doing great on it, healthy as can be.
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Old 09-02-2019, 04:07 PM
 
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No prob. Fatten that cat (and your wallet) up!

After years of feeding my dogs high-end foods, I've gotten weary of recalls and whatnot, and most recently this DCM (diet-linked heart disease) scare, and so switched to a Purina kibble. Both dogs are doing great on it, healthy as can be.
Yep will do.



I think I took it as far as I can go. I will still try to feed raw as I can but if raw does not get eaten as well, then need to just build calories in the next best way. The only concern I have w/ dry kibble is kidney stress on cats. Other than that, I know male cats suffer the most w/ poss kidney fail, I'll just blend in & out Purina w/ whomever other brand she'll eat. Fattening up is THE key goal.
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Old 09-02-2019, 04:13 PM
 
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No prob. Fatten that cat (and your wallet) up!

After years of feeding my dogs high-end foods, I've gotten weary of recalls and whatnot, and most recently this DCM (diet-linked heart disease) scare, and so switched to a Purina kibble. Both dogs are doing great on it, healthy as can be.

This is the cat section. Cats should not be fed kibble, ever.

Purina is a corrupt multi billion dollar organization that does not care about pets and their low quality diets are often subject to recall..

However my response to the OP is, feed her whichever wet foods she will eat. Feed both Friskies and FF, (both Purina products) and feed other brands too if she will eat them, that way the risk is reduced if there is something wrong or missing from either one.

The Rad Cat you have must be getting close to it's expire date, and that may be why she is rejecting it. Not that there is anything wrong with it at all (as long as it is stil within date), but the flavor may be affected as it sits in the freezer for so long.

My last tub (turkey) has the expire date 1/24/2020. The cat who always ate RC turkey daily for years has been refusing it for some time. The other cat is eating it, two meals a week, but she did not get this flavor when I was using it all the time, so she possibly doesn't notice any difference, where as the other cat, who ate it for years, notices a difference, since she was used to it always being much fresher than that.

Maybe. I am only guessing of course.
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Old 09-02-2019, 04:25 PM
 
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This is the cat section. Cats should not be fed kibble, ever.

Purina is a corrupt multi billion dollar organization that does not care about pets and their low quality diets are often subject to recall..

However my response to the OP is, feed her whichever wet foods she will eat. Feed both Friskies and FF, (both Purina products) and feed other brands too if she will eat them, that way the risk is reduced if there is something wrong or missing from either one.

The Rad Cat you have must be getting close to it's expire date, and that may be why she is rejecting it. Not that there is anything wrong with it at all (as long as it is stil within date), but the flavor may be affected as it sits in the freezer for so long.

My last tub (turkey) has the expire date 1/24/2020. The cat who always ate RC turkey daily for years has been refusing it for some time. The other cat is eating it, two meals a week, but she did not get this flavor when I was using it all the time, so she possibly doesn't notice any difference, where as the other cat, who ate it for years, notices a difference, since she was used to it always being much fresher than that.

Maybe. I am only guessing of course.


U know what the situation is & u know I don't like any choices other than Organix. I'll retry it soon. Still have 3 unused cans & let's see if she is hungry enough, & I wait it out instead of being ansty that she won't eat it, then maybe she'll give in.

I see no reason why she wouldn't but again, I see no reasons other things shoulda fallen apart & look where it got me.
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Old 09-02-2019, 04:40 PM
 
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U know what the situation is & u know I don't like any choices other than Organix. I'll retry it soon. Still have 3 unused cans & let's see if she is hungry enough, & I wait it out instead of being ansty that she won't eat it, then maybe she'll give in.

I see no reason why she wouldn't but again, I see no reasons other things shoulda fallen apart & look where it got me.

There is no point in trying to "wait it out" and force her into eating something she doesn't want to eat. This is just too dangerous to do with cats. Feed her wet foods she will eat.

Later, when she's fully recovered from her surgery and all the stress, you can start working on improving her diet again. Right now, wet food or raw food, whatever kind she will eat, is what's best for her.
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