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« on: December 27, 2011, 10:37:12 AM »

After many months of happily eating Wellness cubed chicken, my cat decided that she's had enough of that and now won't touch it anymore.  We go through this sort of thing every few months with wet food and the hunt is now on (pun intended) to find something else she likes.  I've gone through several brands, textures, and flavors this past week only to watch her bury the food bowl with that same vigorous paw motion she uses to bury her poop, so there's no question about what she thinks of the new food.   In the meantime I've increased her dry food to try and make up for the caloric deficit.   Last night I gave her Fancy Feast turkey & Giblets and she promptly ate the entire bowl while I was in bed sleeping.   Now, I have always preferred to buy her the all natural grain free healthy and expensive brands, thinking they were just somehow better for her, but I'm wondering if the FF T&G is really such a bad thing ?   A quick Google of FF turns up all kinds of interesting reading about sodium nitrites, rendered by-product slop ingredients, bowel problems, and even seizures in older cats, but there are also a number of success stories with people feeding FF up until cats were 22 years old with no health problems.  Do you all think I should keep trying to find an all natural product that's a hit again ?  Or just leave her on the FF ?  
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« Reply #1 on: December 27, 2011, 12:34:42 PM »

We use the classic(only) FF turkey and giblets (only) to budget-supplement the way more pricey stuff and also as one of our cats (Bugaboo) turns her nose up at some foods the others like -but when all else fails she will eat the FF.  I too have reservations, but if it is used in a rotation or fill-in and not every meal it should be ok.
Maybe your kitty would like variety, I try to rotate different flavors of the non-FF brands and try to please all the food critics around here. I think cats may get bored with the same food, just like we do.

 If your kitty likes pate style, the Instinct flavors may be acceptable. Our 4 cats havent tried to "bury" a can of Instinct rabbit yet! Weruva has a good selection, too.

I think you may just have to keep trying different brands, there's usually something they will like besides FF.
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« Reply #2 on: December 27, 2011, 01:16:02 PM »

What I've noticed is that sometimes cats who have eaten a food for a long time will suddenly not like it any more (I agree maybe they get bored?).  In my experience, they will sometimes then accept the food again after several months.  This is one of the reasons I feed a variety of foods and rotate, so that there will always be something available that they will eat, and I'm not "stuck" if they start not liking something.

A caution about FF:  Because of the flavor enhancers, some cats find this food addictive, and if you are concerned about the ingredients, you may find it difficult to get the cat off of FF.  I'd recommend introducing other options ASAP if this is your long-term plan.
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« Reply #3 on: December 27, 2011, 02:19:05 PM »

You guys make a really good point about the rotating.  I haven't been doing that so that's probably why she eventually refuses things after a few months.   Tonight I will put something out before bed that she really liked 8-10 months ago instead of another FF T&G and see what happens.   Also, thanks for the warning about the FF and possible addiction to the flavors.  If that's the case, then the FF is probably best used sparingly during recovery from an illness or a dental issue then, not as an every day diet.
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« Reply #4 on: December 27, 2011, 04:53:55 PM »

I do use some FF when Punkin is being really picky, but also rotate it with homemade,raw & multiple other brands & types of food. I don't think it will hurt to keep using it as long as its 1 of many.
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« Reply #5 on: December 27, 2011, 06:01:09 PM »

 Shocked Came home this evening and she has diarrhea pretty bad. She's got it tracked all around the place from scooting across the rug so I've been busy for a couple hours with that orange oxy stuff.   I'm keeping her confined in the guest bathroom close to her litter box for the night.   Will probably stay in there with her so she doesn't cry.  
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« Reply #6 on: December 27, 2011, 06:37:53 PM »

Oh-oh.  Do you think it is from the change in food that she has diarrhea?  Maybe it didn't agree with her.  Poor girl. Sad
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« Reply #7 on: December 27, 2011, 07:10:26 PM »

A second reason they can suddenly refuse a familiar food is if there is something they sense that is "off", maybe some difference between batches at the factory (doesn't always have to mean it's "bad" , it can be just different).
 
I hope kitty's diarrhea clears up quickly, poor thing. ps what is the food?
 
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« Reply #8 on: December 27, 2011, 07:15:43 PM »

It very well could have been the new food last night (FF).   She seems otherwise happy and not in any way sick acting.  She had plenty of dry earlier today so tonight probably will just leave water down and she should be okay by morning.
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« Reply #9 on: December 28, 2011, 03:33:41 AM »

I've been up all night comforting the little girl, cleaning up behind her, changing old towels I put down on the floor, etc.  Left a voicemail at her vet explaining the situation.  I'm hoping they can see her right when they open up this morning.  I feel really bad for her.
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« Reply #10 on: December 28, 2011, 06:02:33 AM »

I'm sorry to hear that the diarrhea continued.  I hope the vet will be able to make her feel better quickly.
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« Reply #11 on: December 28, 2011, 07:32:12 AM »

Update: She's over at the vet's for the day getting fluids, medicine, and stool cultures.   Gosh who would have thought that just changing foods around would cause all of this ?
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« Reply #12 on: December 28, 2011, 08:04:11 AM »

rbauer, Im sorry to hear your girl is sick but am glad you took her to the vet.  Maybe it is the food, maybe it isnt.  You had indicated she wasnt eating well before this so maybe something else is going on so its good that you are getting her checked out.  Are they going to run labwork as well? 

As far as food goes, its probably a good idea, if you are changing diets, brands, etc,  to transition slowly by giving just a little for a few days and see how they handle it and if all is well, move up to larger amounts slowly.  Some kitties seem to be able to handle any sudden diet change, others cant.  Keep us posted on how she is doing. 
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« Reply #13 on: December 28, 2011, 08:33:29 AM »

Sorry to hear she had to stay, but I'm glad you were able to get her in to the vet!  I wonder the same as Sandi; maybe something else was causing the food refusals.  While she's there, it might not be a bad idea to get routine blood work, too.  I hope this will turn out to be something that is easily resolved.  Any chance that she could have eaten some sort of foreign object?  Christmas tree needles?  House plant?
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« Reply #14 on: December 28, 2011, 12:17:14 PM »

I don't think she ate anything she wasn't supposed to that would make her sick.  She doesn't get any table scraps either.  I might know more when I go pick her up in a couple hours.  I really hope they got the diarrhea under control so she doesn't have to stay in the bathroom again all night. 
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