Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Tasty Tuesday...Or Not

Cosmo : What's this?
It's a raw diet. Aren't you excited? 
Cosmo : Err...it says THAT BLOODY DIET. Is that supposed to be good?
Boomer : Did someone say BLOODY DIET?
Boomer : Mmmmm....That's Bloody Good!
Ling : Yup, this is Bloody Nice!
Cosmo?? Aren't you going to give that a try?
Tutu?? What's wrong?
Felix : * sniff sniff lick sniff sniff *
Coco : Err...you can have all of that, Felix
Felix : I think MOMMY should have all of it!
Meow-Me : Sorry, but I have to.....:: RETCH ::
Cosmo : Are you done playing games, Mommy? Is that my canned food dinner?
Yes it is, come and get it!
:: GAG ::
But it has your favorite Freeze Dried Chicken sprinkled all over!
Cosmo : YOU can have it
Freeze Dried Chicken for you, Tutu?
Tutu? 
Tutu : I'm OUTTA HERE!
I had recently transitioned all the cats (except for Tutu - sadly, she's become a kibble addict) to canned. Due to stomach sensitivity, I only get carrageenan-free, grain-free and fish-free canned food for them. Unfortunately that means only THREE options are available, and to make things even more unfortunate, 2 weeks after transitioning the cats, I find out that the one they all agree on will no longer be brought into the country. So I turn to Option 2 and guess what? They have not been able to bring in the food in the last 6 months due to new documentations required by our Veterinary Department. Option 3 isn't something the cats like.

As my intention was to actually get them to eat raw ultimately, I thought this would be a good time to give raw a try. This raw diet is made locally so sourcing shouldn't be a problem. But 2 out of 7 means it's back to the drawing board. Plus after eating the raw on the first day, Ling and Boomer decided that raw isn't something they like after all. Which is a pity because this is good raw food!

Looks like I have no choice but to revert to cooking for the cats again while I try a much slower process of getting them to accept raw. Cosmo will be my biggest challenge because the other 6 will at least eat pieces of plain raw chicken.

58 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

they are definitely living up to their finicky personalities! good luck!

Fuzzy Tales said...

Yeah, good luck with that. Nicki and Derry won't eat human chicken, but they WILL eat Weruva chicken and duck (has tuna as the second ingredient, though), which probably is the closest thing to real food either of them will eat (it's human grade, super-pricey).

I haven't tried raw with them in years, but the two or three times I did, they sniffed and refused to even lick it. LOL.

There ARE powdered supplements you can add to raw meat for them (for the minerals, taurine, etc.), one of my coworkers used to do that with her IBD cat (mix with raw hamburger). He loved it. It was a good interim solution for her, until she got him onto raw (not many sources here for raw, took her a while). But he used to hunt and eat his prey too, so he already was accustomed to eating "real" cat food.

Spitty-the-Kitty said...

Oh Tutu, my poor little darling Wild Woman! I'm sorry, but that stuff was *not* improved by sprinkling whatever-the-heck that was across the top of it. Is your Mommy trying to STARVE you?

Honestly, you needs your regular foods *right now* -- and plenty of it, too! XOXOXOXOXO

Tails from the Foster Kittens said...

oh Tutu, you crack addict.. trust me, you'll feel so much better once you get off it..

Kjelle Bus aka Charlie Rascal said...

Me refuse to eat anything raw too !
My mom-person have tryed to give me chick-hen wings and I just looked at her like she was a crazy lady *mol*

XOXO

Oui Oui said...

Oh, we feel for you! Those aren't good choices. We don't like raw here either, everyone runs from it. We do hope they will allow the food in again soon.

Brian said...

Well, it was a darn good plan for a little while.

Marg said...

Mom refuses to feed us raw. She has had cats all her long long life and they all have done very well on just normal foods. I would think you would have to be so careful with raw food so it doesn't go bad. But good luck Tutu, you tell that Mom of yours to give you some good food. You all take care.

Madi and Mom said...

OH ME....IT MUST BE VERY HARD TO SATISFY EVERYONE'S LIKES...ESPECIALLY WITH SENSITIVE TUMMIES.
hUGS MADI YOUR BFFF

Elephant's Child said...

How very, very familiar. And the furry tyrants over here tell me that they love a food, so I buy lots of it. And the very next time I serve it they say 'What is this? POISON. You can't really think we are going to eat THAT!!!!'
Sigh. And good luck.

Austin Towers said...

We kitties know how to exasperate the peeps! I won't eat raw either AND I love to eat the stuff that's not good for me, so it's a constant tussle!! xx

ANGEL ABBYGRACE said...

Annabelle will eat raw but the 3 seniors look at me like what is this *crap*? It needs to be cooked! Because yes they will eat cooked meats! Oh TuTu dear we know your Mommie will find something you and everyone likes!

Photo Cache said...

my kibble eating twosome can be finicky too esp emma. i've been giving them canned food alongside the kibbles but emma is too picky with flavors. she cares less for beef and we try to steer away from tuna too.

hey, tutu come over here for dinner, we have crunchy smelly kibbles.

emma and buster

Patty Woodland said...

I'm sorry you are having such difficulties with your furballs. I hope it sorts itself out for you and them

da tabbies o trout towne said...

guys....we noe eggs act lee how ya feel....cooked, raw, fried, barbee qued, minced, diced, poached, canned, sliced, ore flyin over head


just say NOE ta chckn burd !!!

N sorree ta yur mom, we noe her trooly iz tryin but we HAD ta get a burd dizz in.... ya noe.....

♥♥♥♥♥

Furry Bottoms said...

Boomer's face is excellent, full of character and curiosity. I love it. Tutu, of course, has the most expressive face of them all as far as I can tell. Her eyes are mirrors of her soul!!

Pretinha said...

Gatos são muito exigentes, espero que você consiga encontrar um alimento que agrade a todos e não seja trabalhoso como cozinhar.

Mr Puddy said...

Tutu, I'm fuzzy too !
I don't do wet food but dried kibbles.
I love raw beef but it have to be so fresh otherwise I won't touch it. I love cooked prawn & fish. When I smell it, I will Meow out loud ;)
X

Sometimes, Cats Herd You said...

Oh, those dismayed faces! Ashton did that when she was first offered the duck raw food. Apparently, it doesn't measure up like the chicken does. She walked out of the kitchen and started howling indignantly about it.

BeadedTail said...

We haven't tried raw food before but we're very picky and will like a food for awhile until we know that Mommy bought a case of it then we don't like it anymore!

Tamago said...

It is too bad your first option is no longer available and second one is having difficulty coming in the country.
I was lucky as it was not too hard for my boys to transition to raw diet. During transition, I got freeze-dried raw food, hydrated it and mixed it with can. And switched can portion to regular raw food. Eventually fully transitioned to regular raw food. I think it takes much patience, especially you have many kids. It's very hard to get something everyone likes!

The Island Cats said...

There's only 3 of us, and we all seem to like something different. Or one day love a food, next day turn our noses up to it. Then the next day we can't get enough of it. It drives the mom crazy.

Angel Prancer Pie said...

Our Mommy says we never like the same thing two days in a row. She says it drives her crazy. Heh-heh.

Annie Bear said...

I love all the pictures! You are trying so hard for your kids. It's a shame about the canned food. I really enjoyed reading all the comments. It seems Annie isn't so unique after all. I hope you find a good solution that works for all the kitties (and you too!).

I got a kick from seeing the different kitty expressions.

Spitty-the-Kitty said...

Hi Tutu, you WW you! I hope things will start to cool off for you guys pretty soon! Maybe someMommy can make you an ice bed when you get your electricity back!?!

Gattina said...

I always say that I have a restaurant for cats ! Pookie only eats Gourmet can food now since she has no teeth anymore, before she only ate kibbles, Arthur eats both but only eats Felix can food and some kibbles. Rosie only eats kibbles from Hill's "sensitive stomach" and nothing else not even a piece of chicken ! And finally Kim who prefers Whiskas can food. The only one who eats what is served is Mr. G !

Gattina said...

I forgot to mention that our vets in Belgium are against raw food ! To heavy for the stomach of house cats !

Clooney said...

Oh Boomer, the look on your face when you said "Bloody Diet" is quite something! We are sorry to hear that their favorite foods are not available to you now, that is sad and frustrating. Wishing you luck with finding a good food that they all will like.

Mollie said...

Yuck, I hate raw too, nice and slow cooked for me, with a little jui :) Mawahwhhhwaa xxoxxx

Mollie and Alfie

Jobi Harris said...

I have had cats for over 40 years, and never had problems with any of them being finicky. I do now! All three (even Scooter who was never finicky when Wart was here) are super finicky! A sniff or one bite and they all agree to eat or not eat. I can't believe they ALL agree so quickly. I am going nuts. Is this some sort of a cat revolution? conspiracy?

Hannah and Lucy said...

Mum cooks chicken breasts for Hannah which she eats at lunch time (one lasts a couple of days) but she has Sheba wet food (chicken flavour) and steamed and tender Sheba sachets (chicken flavour) plus dreamies treats. Lucy will only eat Sheba cat food - the chicken flavour plus the turkey flavour in white sauce.
She rarely eats more than 2 or 3 treats and neither of them will eat anything fish flavour. They have no interest at all in human food.
Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

Coccolino B said...

Oh that sounds a bit complicated, sorry to hear the one food they all like isn't going to be a possibility anymore! One of our cats requires a bit of special attention and it makes it tricky because the other doesn't. Good luck!

Caren Gittleman said...

wishing you the best of luck! I don't think I would care for raw either if I were a cat

Colehaus Cats said...

You go, Tutu! We feel the same way about those kinds of foods and think... Oh LOOK! Kibble! *nom nom nommity noms....

Cathy Keisha said...

I’ve read that raw isn’t the best diet for cats. Keep us posted how it’s going.

Smile With Your Tail said...

Oh dear, now we eat raw but we are GREEDY doggies!

Good luck

Slobbers

meowmeowmans said...

We're all kind of particular here, especially Moosey. He loves his kibble, but finding a wet food that is healthy for him and that he will eat is always a huge challenge. Good luck!

Marty the Manx said...

wow, good luck! These guys, even the dogs don't eat raw, they will eat cooked or rare at least.

Kitties Blue said...

Good luck, Mom can't get us to all like the same thing, especially Fiona and Giulietta who are super picky. Must be hard when you have so few options. Hope you kitties don't starve. MOL! We know your mom won't let that happen. XO, Lily Olivia, Maurico, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

Spitty-the-Kitty said...

Hi kitties, Thinking of you all with all the heat, and power outages and now pet food shortage!!! Let us know if you need us to ship you foods!!! We can be the Kibble Express when ever you need it! My email is spittythekitty@live.com. Sorry we can't help with the power or the weather, though! XOXOXOXOXOX

Joy E. Saga said...

Hi, i have barf (raw chicken) that you can try. I would like to give it to you. You can email me at joyelia@hotmail.com.

Cheers,
Joy Saga

Maxwell, Faraday and Allie said...

Tutu, I'm with YOU! Kibble ROCKS, I just don't understand why momma insists I earn to eat WET. ~Maxwell

Nerissa said...

Yeah... some of us do that, too. Like somethin' ONCE and then never again. It's kind of a cat thing. Don't know why we do it. Just know that we do.

Purrs,
Nissy #Niss4Senate

SquirrelQueen said...

Good luck with the transition.
All of my cats get Hill's Prescription diet. The little fosters have always been the problem with sensitive stomaches and associated problems. I recently found a dehydrated food which is pure protein from Stella & Chewy. It comes in a variety of meats and the kittens not only love it but can easily digest it.

unikorna said...

Oh God I am laughing with tears here...:))) poor kitties..they don't like it. My kitties like kibble too, like Tutu, but they also adore canned mean...Good luck sweetie..

Katie Isabella said...

Admiral said I could eat it...she wasn't going to and Katie on one try only said she'd sooner watch me and she'd follow me with the retching pan. xxoox

Katie Isabella said...

Boomie, you look so heartbreakingly handsome there with your intelligent face and gentle inquisitive eyes. xxoxoxoxoxox

Mark's Mews (Ayla, Iza, and Marley) said...

While we get a few chunhy kibbles as treats at dinner, we love our canned food.

The Cat From Hell said...

Me has gotten rather picky in my old age and me will only eat fancy feast. Me even prefers their crunchies (but they is hard to get)
Me has told Mommy that me is NOT picky, me LOVES Kentucky Fried Chicken!
Mommy says she is just happy that mes will eat!
Kisses
Nellie

Nerissa said...

Any more of you decide to try it?

Purrs,
Nissy #Niss4Senate

Oui Oui said...

Thank you so much for posting and commenting yesterday and helping to make our PAWS fundraiser such a success! Do you know Tutu was at the Tabby Cat Club flirting with all the tabbies? MOL Purrs, sweeties!

Terri said...

My aunt used to poach chicken and turkey for her cats. Perhaps with a supplement that would be a choice?

Maggie M said...

It doesn't look like you all are too happy about the raw diet. We don't think we would like it either. Hugs and nose kisses

The Church Cat Family said...

Our kitchens become kitty restaurants more and more!! It's so hard when we have to juggle and other people affect our choices. I hope eventually everyone will settle into their favorites!

haopee said...

LOL. Sorry to hear you're stuck again. I used to cook for the dogs. Then the meat got expensive... so we're back to kibble and home-made food. Sigh...

Spitty-the-Kitty said...

Darling, I saw you got your durian! It doesn't LOOK like it would smell awful ;-)

Katie Isabella said...

Boomie, your face! I know I said something the other day but that is the sweetest picture of you EVER! I have my heart of your furs in mom's and my bedroom! I can look at it and dream of you. xxoo

Sushi said...

If we have that good raw food here, Mom will surely get those fur me. Unfortunately, the ones available are just canned foodies and very expensive.