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« on: January 07, 2012, 09:01:25 PM »

My guys normally eat the 5.5 oz Chicken and Herring just fine, but lately have been refusing it (7WCHS4 26 SEP 14).  Instead, they've been very keen on the 5.5 oz Turkey (7WTKS4 02 SEP 14).  Which is a bit odd because they'd been shunning the turkey previously.

We're still working on finding a homemade recipe with the Alnutrin that my Lucy will eat.  Then we'll be off the Wellness completely (she's the only one who isn't wholly on board with the raw and clings to her canned).


Maybe try a home-cooked recipe for her/them. Alnutrin can be used in cooked food as well.
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« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2012, 05:03:23 AM »

My guys normally eat the 5.5 oz Chicken and Herring just fine, but lately have been refusing it (7WCHS4 26 SEP 14).  Instead, they've been very keen on the 5.5 oz Turkey (7WTKS4 02 SEP 14).  Which is a bit odd because they'd been shunning the turkey previously.

We're still working on finding a homemade recipe with the Alnutrin that my Lucy will eat.  Then we'll be off the Wellness completely (she's the only one who isn't wholly on board with the raw and clings to her canned).


mikken,

The transition to homemade food can be a challenge.  Have you tried adding some "yummies" to the food as an inticement?

Here're a few suggestions that worked for my gang.

Chopped clams - drain and rinse the clams, then chop them and place a few pinches on top of food.
Forti Flora - seems the whole gang likes digest.  Place a few pinches on top of food.
Beech Nut chicken baby food
Cooked chicken, chopped - my gang prefers white meat.
Their usual food place on top of the new food - it's the familar smell thingy.

When we were first transitioning, my kitties refused homemade and wanted to hold out for kibble. They're fed on a schedule, not free choice, so each morning when they were the hungriest,  I served up the homemade and waited.  When they didn't eat, I picked up the bowls and waited about 30 mins.  We repeated this process several times.  If they just wouldn't eat, they got their kibble.  No way would I let them get too hungry, but, in this case, a little hungry is a good thing.  Slowly, they began to sniff at the new food, then they would lick it.  Finally, they took a bite.  They now eat homemade with gusto.

Good luck. Be patient, and let us know how it goes.

        
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« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2012, 08:47:04 AM »

Thanks, 5CatMom.  My Lucy is kind of a special case - she's got feline hyperesthesia and chronic pancreatitis along with a VERY narrow definition of what's edible in the world.  Because of the pancreatitis, the FortiFlora is out.  None of the other things are on her "edible" list.

She does like Whole Life Turkey treats if they're crushed over something.  I'm hoping to come up with an Alnutrin recipe that she deigns to be food...
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« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2012, 08:54:47 AM »

Hi mikken,

That's tough when kitty has special needs.  Have you contacted Marta at Alnutrin?  She's always been helpful with my questions.  Maybe she could suggest something that would work.

Good luck to you and Lucy.

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« Reply #4 on: January 09, 2012, 07:04:27 PM »

5CatMom,

Yes, Marta has been very helpful!  Our Lucy is just...special.  She's going to take some time to sort out.  But I am patient and willing to go round the rosemary bush as many times as it takes.

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