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Old 01-20-2012, 10:30 AM
 
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In my continued struggle to get my cats to like more than just Wellness Canned Cat Food, I have found they both will eat Before Grain, but only when the can is just opened. I have noticed any left overs of the 5.5 ounce cans obviously are now the same once they are refrigerated as the consistency is harder.

Curious if anyone else uses the 3.0 ounce cans instead? Grant it cost a little more, but if they are more receptive to eating it....
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Old 01-20-2012, 12:36 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh area
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I always buy 3oz cans but then I have just one cat. The one I'm buying most often right now only comes in 3oz. But when they also come in 5.5 or 6oz then it's a significant cost penalty to get it in 3oz. Someone else suggested freezing bits of the leftovers so you might try that. Also experiment with temps. You may need to warm it a bit out of the fridge. Not hot but dead mouse temp. ;-). Amber is weird and likes cold things but most cats don't I think. You can get Wellness I think in 14oz cans!
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Old 01-20-2012, 02:44 PM
 
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Granted the 3 ounce cans are the most expensive for what you get, but when it comes to BG, I have found both my cats love the consistency when it is first opened. However, after it sets in the fridge and thickens up, they don't like the texture as much.


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I always buy 3oz cans but then I have just one cat. The one I'm buying most often right now only comes in 3oz. But when they also come in 5.5 or 6oz then it's a significant cost penalty to get it in 3oz. Someone else suggested freezing bits of the leftovers so you might try that. Also experiment with temps. You may need to warm it a bit out of the fridge. Not hot but dead mouse temp. ;-). Amber is weird and likes cold things but most cats don't I think. You can get Wellness I think in 14oz cans!
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Old 01-20-2012, 03:45 PM
 
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If I had only one, I might use 3 ounce cans too, since cost would not be as much of a factor

However, before you decide, try this:

(works best with glass or ceramic dishes)

Run hot water over the dish to warm the dish. Leave a little of the hot water in the dish, put the food in and mix it up with the water.

If this does not sufficiently warm the food, place the dish of food in/over another dish of hot water, giving it a warm bath, so to speak, for a few minutes, then stir again before serving. Test the temperature with the back of your finger.

I warm ALL my cats' meals this way, even freshly opened.
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Old 01-20-2012, 03:47 PM
 
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I always warm up my kitties canned food if it has been refrigerated. I stick it in the microwave for 15 seconds.
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Old 01-20-2012, 06:42 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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My cats are the same way. They only like freshly opened. I have 2 fifteen lb Ragdolls and I give them each half a 5 oz can for breakfast at 6:30, again around 2- 3 and at bedtime they share one of the smaller cans as a bedtime snack. I think they would eat all day if I was willing to feed them but sometimes they only take a nibble and then of course won't touch the stuff after about an hour of sitting in the dish.

Economically speaking it would be better to buy the larger can, cap it and keep it in the fridge but who wants to warm cat food in the same microwave the family food is in. It smells horrible. So the tiny cats are perfect for how we feed here. I think in the long run I save money since they won't touch leftovers.
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Old 01-23-2012, 02:11 PM
 
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Have heard the microwave is not a good idea.

I have been using catsmom21's approach and it has been working well so far.



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I always warm up my kitties canned food if it has been refrigerated. I stick it in the microwave for 15 seconds.
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Old 01-23-2012, 08:16 PM
 
Location: Talmadge, San Diego, CA
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I mix the wet food with a little bit of warm water. I used to put it in the microwave, but I found that warm water works better.
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Old 01-24-2012, 06:52 AM
 
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I use the hot dish trick too. When its warmer its giving off more of a smell. That makes cats go gaah gaah. LOL.
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Old 01-28-2012, 08:01 AM
 
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I have tried the warm dish approach, but the few drops of warm water seems to work better.

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I use the hot dish trick too. When its warmer its giving off more of a smell. That makes cats go gaah gaah. LOL.
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