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Old 07-23-2006, 05:25 PM
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I am attempting for the last time to switch my cat to a good quality food.

In the past I have tried EVERY high quality food.

The last try is FROMM... well she has eaten only a few kibbles in the last 4 days.

She also refuses any nutri-cal.

My question is, how long can she go without eating?

Should I give and give her back her BAD food, or just wait it out?

I feel like a horrible parent, even though I am trying to do what is best for her...grrr....

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Old 07-23-2006, 06:04 PM
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Can you maybe do it gradually by mixing some of the 'bad' stuff with the new stuff? Maybe that'll work..
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Old 07-23-2006, 06:14 PM
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I orginally tried the mixing method and she picked out "her" food and refused to ever touch the other kind...

This is the pickiest, most stubborn cat on the planet.
Shes just lucky shes cute and lovable or she would be in another home

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Old 07-23-2006, 07:23 PM
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Cats can easily turn themselves anorexic which can be very dangerous for them. She needs to eat SOMETHING every 24 hours, even if it's just a portion of what she's supposed to get in a day. If she's at all overweight I wouldn't risk any longer than that at all.

Are you free-feeding or meal-feeding? I've found to get fussy cats to decide to eat something new, they need to first be eating at timed meals. By the time mealtime comes around, they are hungry and more willing to try something new. Put food down for 20 minutes or so, and what's uneaten back up. Try first with 3 or so meals a day on the food you know she'll eat. Then start introducing the new food at mealtimes. If she doesn't eat by the 24 hours, feed her a small portion of what she will eat, and try again the next day. Feed her what will sustain her but will keep her a little hungry (it's the natural feeling of hunger that will convince her to eat the new food).

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Old 07-23-2006, 07:59 PM
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She is absolutley overweight and has only eaten a little turkey and steak today, both of which she took off my plate

My problem is if i give her ANY of the old food at all, it will only give her the will to hold out even longer, because she thinks she will get it again at some point in time.

Ugh... I dont know what to do... I really dont want her eating IAMS anymore and I found hair in it last time...YUCK

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Old 07-23-2006, 08:11 PM
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My problem is if i give her ANY of the old food at all, it will only give her the will to hold out even longer, because she thinks she will get it again at some point in time.
If you're only giving her enough so that she doesn't get sick, it shouldn't be a problem as she's still hungry. But granted, I know how stubborn cats can be, it took me 6 months to convince mine to eat raw!
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Old 07-23-2006, 08:15 PM
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How much is enough so that she doesnt get sick?

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Old 07-23-2006, 10:11 PM
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I found this article, it might help you out! It's designed to help transition to canned food, but the same technique can be used from kibble to a better kibble.

http://www.catinfo.org/#Transitionin...o_Canned_Food_
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Old 07-23-2006, 10:35 PM
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Thanks very much for the site, it was very useful, i gave her a little of the food she likes and she threw it up...GRRR... Now I am worried she could be sick from all this... Ill have to see how things go tonight and tmrw.

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Awww.. good luck hun! Hopefully it'll get all sorted out soon.. cat's can be too picky for their own good sometimes..
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