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rhett o rick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-06-09 09:07 AM
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My cat wont eat soft food. she will lick up the gravy but not touch the moist
food. I waste a lot of money trying to get her to eat the soft food. Is there a healthy recipe for the gravy that I can make?
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Why Syzygy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-06-09 02:46 PM
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1. I'm interested in the answer to that question too.
Edited on Tue Oct-06-09 02:49 PM by Why Syzygy
http://hubpages.com/hub/Bad-Cat-Food-Worst-to-Best-Cat-...

I had heard/read that a lot of pet food contains HFCS, and assumed Fancy Feast did (it doesn't). I thought that might be why my kitty is addicted to it. The above list might come in handy.

Boogie likes the sauce much better than the 'meat'. When I feed him, I dump the greater portion in one side, and turn the can upside down in the other half of his food dish. After he's licked all the sauce off, he knows there is more under that can.
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tencats Donating Member (226 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-07-09 12:10 PM
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2. What is this "soft food" you are feeding your cat?
Is it canned food or is it one of those soft foods in a foil pouch?
Just for one cat?
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blueraven95 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-07-09 01:14 PM
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3. one of mine is the same way
only eats the gravy. I've tried many varieties of soft food, too. Nothing seems to work.

The other one won't eat any kind of dry cat treat, I have no idea why. Of course, she's more than happy to get into whatever "human" food she can.
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City Lights Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-07-09 02:31 PM
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4. Have you tried the soft food that's not covered in gravy?
Ours also used to lick the gravy and leave the rest, so we switched to the non-gravy canned food. They love it. We feed them the Wellness brand.
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rhett o rick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-07-09 07:48 PM
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5. She does eat a small amount of the Wellness turkey. But not much. nt
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ginnyinWI Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-08-09 12:29 AM
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6. my cats don't like the chunks or shreds in gravy either.
I only buy the loaf kind now--or some brands call it pate. If I accidentally buy the kind in the gravy, I mash it all up with a fork so they don't know the difference.
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mockmonkey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-09-09 07:03 AM
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9. My cats ...
are the same way. They won't eat chunks or shreds they just lick the gravy.
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badgerpup Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-08-09 05:12 AM
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7. Got rather grouchy, looking for the 'pate' stuff...
It's hard for them to lick up the 'shreds' and bits.
Chunks aren't so bad, they can get their teeth into them.

MHO is it's a purely mechanical issue....sorta like the Aesop's fable about the jokey fox who invited a stork to dinner and served him a flat plate of thin soup.
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ginnyinWI Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-08-09 11:05 AM
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8. to me it seems like a rip-off to buy stuff in "gravy" anyway.
It seems like you're paying for water rather than food. Friskies makes a good pate cat food, and I buy it by the case--48 small cans for $18 and some change at Sam's Club (yes I know, I'm a sell-out). I recently bought a case of Member's Mark there for $15--so far the cats like it fine.

But you know what their all-time favorite, kitty-crack, Christmas-Morning, To-Die-For cat food is-- it's Trader Joe's "Tuna for Cats" --the stinkiest, most wonderful cat food evah!!

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david13 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-09-09 09:15 PM
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10. I think it's tooth pain. The teeth are bothering them. Mine will do that
sometimes, I think it may at times be gum malady, or a sore tooth, or tooth sensitivity.
But then he will eat the hard food and get the teeth back in shape.
But mine just likes gravy, and many times he just doesn't want to use his teeth. He wants me to hand feed him little pieces, which he then just slurps down, no chewing involved.
dc
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glinda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-10-09 09:48 PM
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11. Is your cat very old? Also, I might suggest that if a cat prefers only liquid too
frequently, that there may an underlying health problem such as kidney disease. Cats who only drink the fluids sometimes have kidney issues. Normal harder foods make them sick to their stomaches. I would suggest that if you do not find a good quality soft food that kitty likes, you might take him to the Vet for urine testing. Been there too many times so I had to say something.
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