I have to switch my cat's food, this ought to be fun (not), 1/2 of them have special dietary needs. I need to give them a mixture of wet and dry. I was thinking dry in the am and wet in the pm. Half have to be put in crates at feeding time because they can't get to the others food, so I cannot free feed or the others would always be in a crate. I have a small space and I already have a few cats in my room that don't get along with the others. Any help, even point me in the right direction, will be a big help. Thank you in advance.
I do sympathize with you. I cannot imagine having half of mine on one thing, and the others on something else.
I free feed the dry, and feed canned morning and night and in between as I have an old cat that wants to eat all day and night, and she doesn't touch dry food.
I had a cat years ago that needed the Hills SD in the can for at least a week to dissolve the crystals plugging him up. I had to take him in the bathroom a few times a day with this awful stuff. It smelled like dog food....ewww but it worked.
THEN, he needed to be on the hills CD for 6 months, and the others were eating it too. 36.00 for a 10 lb bag, 20 years ago or close to it. So after that, he went on Hills feline maintenence, and he was fine, until he climbed up to eat the others food, and then we started over again.
You don't say what the special needs are, how many are on it, or how many are on another kind of food. I would be frustrated to feed them in crates or put some in crates and feed the others their food. I would be afraid of something happening to me, and the cats not eating. I guess these are the large wire crates?
Sometimes putting the same perfume on each cat will cut down on bad feelings among them. Don't use it if they go out. They would attract wasps.
I do have a cat that was plugged up when he first got here. It was just suppose to be some kind of a plug, but the vet didn't say stones. I put my cans in a bucket in the morning, and at night, I set out their plates in different areas so that they don't all run into each other. There are 3 cats around him. I make sure the canned chicken or turkey goes on all those plates, and I have the fish eating cats in the kitchen area. That works for me.
CATS like to eat high up, can you utilise any shelves that you may have, the other thing I do is, my three cats all have their own dishes, and eat at the same time, they do , do a kind of musical feeding bowls, but they all get what they need, because they leave a small amount on each dish, our intruder cat usually manages to sneak in and hoovers up left overs.
Now mini will not eat with the others, at least not comfortably, so I have two seatings, Mini usually last, she feeds happily in the knowledge, that the others are out, and the kitchen door is closed to allow this, and keep the other 3 out for a short while. the cats are fed wet food for tea, and a small top at supper (mainly to get them in.
I leave dry food and water in the lounge, I have one of those puzzle feeders, the cats learned to put their paws in to knock biscuits out, they only get a few at a time, but it works, even Mini loves it, my dried food has never lasted as long, it is funny to see them quequeing to get biscuits, but they do, only Eric, discovered hey , i can eat them out of the top!!! then they line up for the water fountain, so Rhonda, i would reccomend 2 sittings, and wet food in the evenng definitely, helps them settle with full tummies, but keep to a routine, it will work, dont give in and feed them earlier, cause they seem hungry, or you will be ever so nicely manipulated lol , good luck xwendy k x
I love the puzzle feeder idea. They have many things to jump up on. 5 now 4, eat the same food. Big bowl on top of the deep freeze, they love it. Some need to lose weight, some throw up when they eat other food. So 4, now 5, have to be kept separate. I have 3 in my bedroom, 1 eats regular food but he doesn't get along with the other cats. He ends up in my cabinet, pretty much quaking with fear. The other 2 are sisters and they are terrified of going out with the other cats. They hid under the bakers rack and peed on themselves. That doesn't happen anymore and the smell is out (I've gotten very good at that. They're all fixed.) And the 2 dogs, of course, have their own food that I cook for them. They've been eating fruit tonight, apples, peaches, and melons, no seeds. The vet, it's my backup vet, mine was on vacation, said I need to change their food. I think all of them could eat Eukenuba (sp?), but I don"t know if it should all be dry. I have detailed instructions for my fiance or son and they're large wire crates, gotta have room for that litter box and to stretch out. Thanks very much for the input.
Mine always loved Eukanuba, but I don't have the money for it anymore. I would say you need to find an acceptable canned food too. Don't want to ruin their kidneys with just dry food. OH, mine HATE food for sensitive stomachs and they hated the Proplan urinary diet. Mine also like Purina one chicken and rice.
My cats LOVE Friskies Fillets, but I can only get so many cases for the month. I have to get the 9 lives mixed cases of 48. The Friskies comes like that, but they are 5.00 more per case. I try to get a few cases but it looks like my new health insurance is going to take up that extra money for the Friskies, I also liked to buy them rotisserie chickens once a month. AND, I have a handful of raw chicken drumsticks cats. One gets burned up if I only have a thigh. He knows the difference. I buy a case of the perdue drumsticks/ Last month there was one package, and no cases.
I have had real good results from all of my cats feeding Blue Mountain grain free both dry and canned. What particular dietary needs do your kitties have?
Good luck Ronda, I know it is difficult when situations like this occur. I don't have the answer. I am working on a little different problem with food. Chewy, dog, is very overweight because he steals cat food. My Tom who was 22 couldn't jump up for food and Kenny who I still have can't jump either so he was going to starve and Chewy die of obesity and at the very least he would be crippled. It's a little easier now with just Kenny to feed separately. Everyone else eats high up, on the table or counter top. I'm having a problem training Kenny to go to the sewing room which I can block off with a kitty gate leaving enough space underneath so Kenny can go in and out but Chewy can't. I guess it's harder to teach a cat new tricks!!! Every time I feed Kenny in the kitchen I have to sit right beside Kenny or Chewy comes up and hangs his head and watches every bite Kenny takes and Kenny says if you are that hungry, take it! Chewy doesn't take it by force, just acts starving and pitiful. That's Chewy's only fault. Chewy has a few tricks. He will go to the door or window and act like something bad is out there, then when I come to check, he runs to the food and gulps as fast as possible. Right now he is on a strict diet and is starved!!!!!
There is always problems of some sort, right. Again, good luck. You will find the answer.
I settled on Blue Grain-free dry, and canned food every now and then, more now than then. The other is on science diet, prescription for now and he's so much better. Thanks!
to you too Sugar. They sound a lot like mine when it comes to trying to manipulate Mommy. Good luck!
hmmm? Never thought of that. Sounds good, thanks
all their food. It went seamlessly, thank you all. And Jazz, my newest kitty, is unblocked, still on meds and he's eating and drinking
That's great to hear Rhonda!!
That's great news Ronda, I am glad that everything is worked out. I am happy that Jazz is unblocked now and I hope he continues to get better. Thanks for the update.
Great news Ronda
When my cat that blocked up was alive, I always kept 4 lrg cans of Hills SD on hand in case he got blocked up again. It usually took 2 of them to unblock him in case he got into the others food.