So it was off to Pet Food Express with recommendations in hand. We knew we were in for an interesting experience trying to find a food that our finicky crew will eat. All of them but Lucy, will walk away from turkey giblets and chicken or meat scraps. But if I sit down with tortilla chips or Triscuits I've got a couple of them begging for some. Weird.
Fortunately, Pet Food Express has a return policy for food if your pet doesn't like it. We were assured that we could bring back an empty can and get refunded if our kitties didn't like it. If they didn't like the dry food, then we could bring back the uneaten portion in the bag. Hey, this trial and error phase wouldn't be quite as painful to the pocketbook as we originally thought. We were relieved. So we came home Monday with a number of dry and canned options (we're going to feed them a combination of both everyday).
Things went smoothly at first with the dry food. Except one brand had little round kibbles that kept falling out of the kitties' mouths when they tried to eat it. That one is out. The other dry food is one that they seem to like. And the tummy issues have diminished dramatically since the switch. So that's a good sign.
The canned food is a bit more problematic. They liked the chicken mix I gave them on Monday and Tuesday. On Wednesday, the kitties weren't too thrilled about the chicken and lobster mix I gave them. But they tried it and ate a bit before heading off for kitty bathing sessions and a nap. They also nibbled a bit at the salmon and trout mix I gave them later, but it was clearly not their liking.
Then came today when I apparently committed a major no-no--I tried to add fish oil to each bowl as suggested by my friend. I broke open a capsule of omega-3 fish oil into the bottom of each bowl, and then put a helping of a chicken mix they've heartily eaten earlier in the week. Well, these kitties wouldn't have anything to do with that! I put down the bowls and they ALL literally turned up their noses and sat in dismay looking at me as if to say, "Um, excuse me? You expect me to eat something that smells like that?"
Thomasina finally stuck her nose into one of the bowls and licked a bit, but not much. Not even our "Lunch Mouth" Lucy wouldn't touch the stuff. So now I've got 8 tiny bowls of practically untouched food that will go out to the Oreo the garden kitty (and Mooch the neighbor's cat) later this evening. Hopefully, she'll eat it with Mooch's help.
I must have the weirdest cats on the planet!
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