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Kitty only eating wet

Nitro

and his servant, Paul
#1
My recent feline acquisition does not seem to be touching the dry food - he's gobbling up the wet food easily, but I left out only half a cup of dry, and 24 hours later, it still measured at half a cup. Since then, my feeling is the only dry leaving the bowl is the same dry on the linoleum.

For the moment, I'm making sure he's getting plenty of wet food, but based on the wet/dry prices, I'm concerned that his food bill could be 4x more than both of my Bengals when he reaches maturity.
I am using the exact same type of dry food he got at the breeder, and I even tried mixing a small amount of wet in with the dry.

Do you think this is nerves related? Any tips to encourage him to go for the dry?

P.S. He is getting plenty of water even without eating canned food.
 
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shelby

Guest
#2
My recent feline acquisition does not seem to be touching the dry food - he's gobbling up the wet food easily, but I left out only half a cup of dry, and 24 hours later, it still measured at half a cup. Since then, my feeling is the only dry leaving the bowl is the same dry on the linoleum.

For the moment, I'm making sure he's getting plenty of wet food, but based on the wet/dry prices, I'm concerned that his food bill could be 4x more than both of my Bengals when he reaches maturity.
I am using the exact same type of dry food he got at the breeder, and I even tried mixing a small amount of wet in with the dry.

Do you think this is nerves related? Any tips to encourage him to go for the dry?

P.S. He is getting plenty of water even without eating canned food.
I have found that they all go through stages of eating dry or canned. The trick may just be a matter of adding a tiny amount of the kibble to the wet and increasing it as time goes by. You might also try letting the kibble sit in water for a few minutes to soften it for now...before adding the canned to it. Later you can stop;>) I am sure you will see many changes in the foods he desires. They are masters in training their humans to feed them what they want...when they want it;>) LOL
 

Laura W

Savannah Super Cat
#3
When Dolos came home, she was eating kibble and can both. Started eating 2 cans and stopped eating kibble, so I mixed kibble with warm water and she returned to eating it also. Now, just a couple weeks later, she won't eat can or her kibble and will only eat Echo's Evo Kibble and I make chicken for them as treats. Honestly, I don't care what she eats as long as she's eating, drinking and not losing weight. She's 15 weeks and 5 lbs and full of herself so she must be healthy!
 

Brigitte Cowell

Moderator
Staff member
#4
They really can be difficult and decide at various times what they want to eat and be very stubborn about it! It depends on how hard you want to work to make sure your kitten eats kibble! Did the breeder say he DID eat kibble, or is that the kibble that all the kittens had access to? I've one F1 that she was ~6 month old before the breeder realized she didn't eat ANY kibble! Missy just doesn't recognize kibble as food (she tends to think it is litter).. she'll eat canned or raw but no kibble. My F2 at 6 months decided he would only eat raw chicken drumsticks, but relented in later life and now likes raw rabbit or beef, canned food or kibble.... so their food choices may not stay static...
 

Nitro

and his servant, Paul
#6
It sounds like stubbornness runs in the cattery. I just heard that Nitro was indeed eating the dry. "He would lay next to the food dish and eat it". Lol, talk about a lazy kitty! Sounds like she had similar issues with another Savannah she's been long-term babysitting, and he's now eating a different dry.

I just mixed Wilderness (my Bengal's primary food) with his Solid Gold tuna, and I do hear him crunching down on some of the dry. My present opinion is it's a good thing I only got a small bag of Indigo Moon.

On another note, this kitty has the most awesome purr engine. I started petting him last night, and it kept going for 30 minutes! That includes 15 minutes of laying between my legs while I was laying down!
 

admin

Paige
Staff member
#7
LOL...sounds like Nitro is training you ;) Also sounds like he is really settling in nicely - great job!