Anyway, if he's not thin and the vets happy, I'd put out only small amounts and maybe warm them up just a smidge or add a tiny bit of hot water. ), .....freeze what you're not about to use.......(I'm blaming Seniorboy for that one. Since most pet cats are descended from desert-dwelling wildcats, they have very low thirst drives, so it isn't thirst. Dry food is a meal, not a snack & has all the nutrients in it. Wow! You can add petroleum jelly to your pet’s food. He's about 2 and a half so still young. Foodie fashion. Saves labelling precision. With the sachets and tins, the vitamin / mineral mix, plus ground bone, is all in the chunks so he will miss out on essentials. Oops really I meant Battersea not batteries! Do you fork it /chop it up a bit?How old is he - and does he have vet checks ? Shelton, this behavior is more common than you might think. ( better not come for dinner with me! The again I've seen him drink from a muddy puddle before so he obviously doesn't mind when he's outside! Only from glasses (I don't drink from it after!) Also means that they're getting fluid intake.We used to do that with our extremely picky dog with his dry food and it was all he'd eat too. (Put them in a clear plastic bag or poly or two, once frozen, to distinguish them. If your cat's licking seems excessive in frequency or duration, don't ignore the problem. He eats everything else (including human food and even paper), but does not like jelly and gravy. If your cat licks, sucks, or consumes objects around the home that are not food, she could be suffering from a condition called pica. Wasn't daft enough to eat the fake meat bits. 120 x 100g Whiskas 1+ Adult Wet Cat Food Pouches Mixed Fish in Jelly. All of them to a cat will lick the jelly off the lumps in the cat food and leave the 'meaty' lumps. It's worse if he's less keen on the food anyway. It is more expensive but has more meat than the cheaper stuff. Does not really like red meat, prefers poulty. There you go. Autocorrect...Thanks tabby and olmguito I'll try adding more water to it to make it more soupy. The OP doesn't need another - say - 10 years of being completely under the paw with regards to food. I Certainly dont..cozie the smug shyster (Barney is his name) is out right now but (just to prove me wrong of course) he actually did polish most of this evening's food off [we need a smug cat icon] ...so ill be having another stern word in the morning ..I might go back (yeuch) to the stuff in tins that looks like (yikes) pate , but always has horrid best not to look too closely bits in he used to eat that but once the tin was i opened wouldnt eat it again at a second or third meal , but now I know about freezing cat food in portions it might be worth trying it .. I also put out dried food along with wet food so that they have the choice. he should be ok as that's a complete food. pixielins- most cats are better off being fed purely wet food. he might be getting food elsewhere .. if so it will be 'wild' food ..and he used to eat dry food but doesn't touch it now ,,but i will get his mouth checked again (last time vet said he was fine.. and he seems fine what i can see mouth and gums look pink and healthy ..but i will try the warm water trick and a little mashing.. That's my excuse anyway. He only eats some Felix flavours. He'll lick all of the jelly or gravy from the food first before eating any of the meat or fish chunks and sometimes will leave quite a lot of the meat behind but never leaves any liquid or jelly. We put the wet food down as our cat does the same- he LOVES the whiskers stuff in soup,but we also feed dry Applaws which is the good stuff and he really likes it. Mine go bonkers for 'Gourmet' tins but they're not cheap! Talk widget showing discussions of the day & trending threads, Subscribe to Mumsnet emails direct to your inbox. Illnesses such as cancer, kidney and liver problems, and especially gastrointestinal health issues can seriously change your cat’s eating habits. Ozzy is exactly the same, so I give him good quality dry food (Lily's kitchen) a pouch of soup in the morning, and because he's a big softy, a dish of warm kitten milk in the evening. Yes he did have the gourmet tins before Snail but as you say they aren't cheap and we wanted something that was a bit more balanced for him. Does he have ready access to water?Mine really likes his wet food, won't touch dry, and is now drinking water (never used to see him doing it). The petroleum jelly works as a lubricant on the digestive tract and will make it easier for the cat to cough up or vomit the fur ball. He's a rescue cat ,8 yrs old never used to be fussy .. my cat does this too! That's all our cats will eat, with jelly/gravy stuff the just eat the jelly/lick the gravy. She has plaquey teeth, but nothing can really be done about it because she is too old for general anaesthesia; I don't know if … or the bath tap or some little dishes that we got for him and only tap fresh water (i know.. he's spoilt). Not only does the mother cat provide the kittens with food in the form of milk, but she licks them to stimulate breathing and elimination. )Thanks for your help. If you are looking for Cat Only Licks Jelly Off Food And Cat Won T Stop Meowing F Re tooth decay, you can usually smell it on the breath (foul), or I sometimes notice that our other cat sort of mouths his food, like he wants to eat but cannot quite bring himself to. This should leave only the liquid in the bowl and at this point you have made home made chicken stock but it also works really well as a gravy for dry cat (or dog) food. He's always really excited when we're putting it in the bowl and runs to his food when we put it down but then just licks it dry. I keep telling him he'll go back if he dont behave , but he just looks at me .Hes also got no fangs (he didn't have bottom ones when we got him and since then has lost the top two fighting i think , hes a real outdoor country cat , but a neutered tom ) The vet says the tooth loss probably due to bad health as a kitten ( was only a year or so old when we had him . DH is too soft. He has kibble out at all times, but he spends his whole life convincing me to feed him more jelly. A good way to prevent hairballs is to make sure that you brush your cat enough so that they are not licking off too much fur when they clean themselves. No tuna isn't great for them.he doesn't get it that often. Step 2: If vomited material is bloody or has a foul odor, contact the veterinarian immediately. The only way to find out if any of the above could be responsible for your cat going off their food is to put everything back to how it was and then see what happens. I didn't expect any replies so thank you for taking the time to respond to me Zebra I don't chop it up but it is very small and soft so wouldn't be difficult to eat I'd have thought. Glad someone else does this too though. Everywhere but a bloody water bowl in fact. I wouldn't give in and go to the Gourmet too too easily, mooomeee. Our ancient cat used to do that with normal adult food but would eat "senior" food properly. This is page 1 of 1 (This thread has 24 messages.). To use this feature subscribe to Mumsnet Premium - get first access to new features see fewer ads, and support Mumsnet. My Mum's old cat had to have dry food only, the gravy and jelly gave him runny poos and dry food helped stop this. He also gets dry biscuits too every day. $38.77. 5. My cat, who is a spritely 20, seems to only really care for the jelly part of her cat food, usually licking it off and leaving most of the meat. I have a theory that it's when they don't like the food. Thanks though. Hipsters have their broth, and cats have their soup it seems. Change of Food. (I'm a dreadful labeller.)). I think this is a common occurrence, our three toms do exactly the same given a chance, but are all still over 4kg! Put a large colander in a larger bowl. I've put it down to his age. Just thought of another thing that worked great when ours were off their food after they'd been spayed. Causing the cat to vomit is usually not wise under these circumstances, as the cat may contract aspiration pneumonia, a potential and very serious side effect of vomiting. They are all around 8 yrs old and only go out to wee during the day poor old boys, but still catch the odd mouse to lovingly present to me ... Ok this morning I left for work only leaving one sachet in his bowl so he was hungry when i got home ,and this evening he is getting his food a quarter of a sachet at a time.. and seeming to eat it like that .. Is pissed off with me though.. maybe i've been giving him too much choice. Dunno if it's relevant but he's a batteries kitten, tabby boy. Even with those he'd eat half of whatever we gave him.I'll def have a look in to the cat soup stuff Zebra, I'd never heard of it before. My cat laps it up and eats quite a lot of the solid stuff at the same time. To not expect neighbour to use washing machine overnight, To wonder if anyone has used a male prositute, Share your tips for saving on your energy bill with ESB Energy, Toilet training expert answers questions on bathroom habits and routines, Talk widget showing discussions of the day & trending threads, Subscribe to Mumsnet emails direct to your inbox. hmm id definitely have to learn to label things better or it could be cat food con carne for us! Texture - Many cats have a preference for foods served in gravy or jelly, whilst others like pate style foods which can be easier to eat and are great for adding extra water to. only eats Whiskas ,, wont touch the gravy stuff, its driving me mad.. A war of attrition, How can I get him to eat the ruddy food?Mind you hes not thin, that cat , is the jelly all sugar do you think? Since she also vetoed having any other cats after DCat1 died, she was an only cat for all that time too so it was easier to buy the damned senior pouches than to fight her about it. It is the pets at home own brand stuff. Go for canned wet food that’s packed with nutrients and calories for him to get going without him eating too much. Many cats show a preference for the juicy part of foods with gravy. I recommend Whiskas soups. I was so sick of wasting other food - he would just not eat it! We use cookies to give you the best possible experience on our website. OK, so DCat was 11 or 12 before she asserted her inalienable right to senior food - but she did live to 22 . The younger one actively leaves gravy/jelly in the bowl. He licks his dry food before eating. If your cat has problems vomiting hairballs, use the following cat care tips:. My dh thinks i give him too much so he just eats the 'nice bits' .. ive found though that putting down half a sachet doesn't make much difference to jelly -licking.. Add ½ tbsp of petroleum jelly to the cat’s food, once per day until the cat eliminates the hairball. You need to ensure you leave dry food out all day as cats are grazers and the wet food is more of a treat than anything else. It helps cats poo not be as bad either. Wolfie I think he prefers the wet as when we fill his dry food bowl he's usually non plussed but with the wet food he's at our feet mewing and purring and can't wait to get stuck in.. but just for the gravy.Dame Yes I was interested in raw food, which brand do you use? They seem to eat cat food that has slithers of meat rather than chunks a lot better. My heart sinks whenever I see 'New Improved' on his beloved Felix! 1. He is a "high needs" cat and always wants to have me around when he's eating. After three to four weeks, kittens will start to naturally wean themselves off of milk and onto solid food, as long as you provide it for them. Meds get given by head, he is quite tormented and does not argue when i have to give him tablets! Obviously let it cool a little, but the hot water seemed to "bring out" the smell and they were much more inclined to tuck in. If your puss is a bit sniffy about the biscuits and likes "smooshier" food you could try boiling some water and mixing it in with the biscuits so it's like a porridgey texture. My supermarket fallbacks are Sheba fine flakes (he eats the flakes as well as the jelly) or Sheba classic terrines. I think you need to have something in reserve for tempting a jaded palate if he's ill or needs meds. While it is easy to think your cat is becoming too choosy, you cannot rule out the possibility that she could be sick and has lost appetite as a consequence. He also loves kale and spirulina.. he obvs knows whats good for him!TabbyLady yeah maybe I' just going to have to shop around a bit until we find something that he consistently likes. If you cannot point to any other reasons why a cat won’t eat dry food on this list, then it is time to take her to the veterinarian to rule ou… I've had 4 cats over the years and they have always licked the gravy first, 2 never ate the cut all meat. Maybe I'll try and cut it all so its smooshed together then he won't be able to lick the gravy off. Hopefully that's more up his street.Thanks again for all the advice and suggestions. might see if theres something wetter out there there's all the soup stuff - have you tried that? He's not a 'gobble it down in one go' kinda cat he normally eats throughout the day. he will also steal the dogs dinner and lick all of the jelly off. The trouble is, stealth, that he's only 8. I mostly use them if I have to hide meds in them or after illness. Have you tried putting dry out for him too, to help his remaining teeth stay healthy? All the brands seem to have them, and lots of retailers are bringing put their versions too. Many cats live off dry food alone. But he's is very addicted!! Pica in cats is the act of eating objects that are not food. It may be something to do with his teeth.. although I have checked them and they seem fine. 120 x 100g Whiskas 1+ Adult Wet Cat Food Pouches Mixed Poultry Jelly. To use this feature subscribe to Mumsnet Premium - get first access to new features see fewer ads, and support Mumsnet. so we have to buy her "ocean feasts".She won't eat regular felix, or any of the wet pouches in fancy brands.When she was an outdoor cat (she's indoor now after her sister got run over right outside our house), she would bring in mice and eat all but the heads so I have no idea what the picky little monster's problem is! To comment on this thread you need to create a Mumsnet account. I'm worried he might be missing some important nutrients by not eating the meat. My current kittens are 7 months old now and will eat the meat but not when it is put down, usually about 3 hours later when it is dried up - weirdThey live aplaws and rush to get their tea, if its fish it disappears within minutes, for. I must dance attendance upon him at all times or he huffs Both cats were rescues, we got them as older kittens. FOr one of ours, we have to mash it up REALLY well with the back of a fork, or he'll just lick the jelly off. I switched him to only pate-style wet foods which are all one consistency, and after a few days of resistance (only eating his dry food) he caved - problem solved!I bulk buy mostly online, including brands such as Hi Life, Feringa, Smilla, Animonda Carny, Ropocat, Granatapet, mostly from zooplus.co.uk or the Happy Kitty Company. and then he goes off it and just licks the damn thing!Fluffy you may be on to a winning formula there ha! If not, proceed to Step 3. Free shipping on many items ... 7% OFF. Chicken flavour it takes longer and some may get left.They have dry biscuits as their main food the wet food is a treat. I give in quite a lot of the time to Seniorboy but he has to have timed meds in his food so I'm a bit stuck. Cat food freezes really well. I don't see an issue with your cat's behavior. 4.Wipe the canned food on the roof of the cat's mouth and allow it to lick and swallow for a minute. We only give him half a sachet every other day and we store the the other half in the fridge in a sealed bag. I have to lock the kitchen door if i open a tin for myself. To comment on this thread you need to create a Mumsnet account. If he's eating mice, rabbits etc. We have just got another rescue cat, now she will only lick the gravy off the cat meat, levaes all the meat, same with the jelly, she does eat her biscuits though, I have tried her with everything bought chicken, tuna, salmon you name it she just turns her nose up … We did this with the royal canin chicken ones and it worked a treat. My cat is hungry, but only licks the liquid and eats very little solid food. failing that he gets nothing else! Cats have a high thirst threshold and dry food is not good for them as they don't drink enough to compensate. I copied an idea I saw posted in these forums to mix Nature's Menu (which is good quality and quite a solid pate) with warm water to make a sort of soup. My cat only eats the jelly on his food - any ideas ? Imagine if these cats knew what we went through for them eh. Step 3: Treat the cat by placing one or two teaspoons of white petroleum jelly on the cat's mouth and paws so it can lick it off. This is page 1 of 2 (This thread has 30 messages.). As long as your cat is also eating biscuits (and dreamies ) I wouldn't worry too much. Hello everyone,Need a bit of advice here. Thanks in advance. Gah Olinguito should have looked at newer replies! Pour the contents from the pot into the colander. My middle aged lady would only lick gravy until we got her on these and after four months she hasn't tired on them - highly recommend. OH! other wuse hes in good health and has his other teeth and can chew and crunch ( given he likes the odd Dreamie and seeing the mouse remains we find) Anyone here with any advice or good knowledge ? My cat licks the jelly/gravy off wet food too. Fancy Whiskas on toast as a starter any one ? My 18 year old cat has been licking the juice and leaving the - Answered by a verified Cat Veterinarian We use cookies to give you the best possible experience on our website. Have you tried him on senior food? Yeah, ours lick the gravy / jelly off but only sometimes eat the actual meat. Vaseline in excess may cause diarrhea. He has a tendency to get sick off of food that is new to him. Have you tried him on something 'wetter' like a gravy pouch? May have to look into applepaws too.TheWay Thanks for the brand suggestions, hadn't heard of that website so I'll have a look in to some of the other options.Gleam His wet food is pretty..wet! Madam would eat crunchies happily, except the ones that had green vegetables in. Needy Boy was quite sick for first few months and I spent lots of time with him, spoonfeeding him to make sure he got all his medication. He's always really excited when we're putting it in the bowl and runs to his food when we put it down but then just licks it dry. This method also works for nutritional paste or gel. GoJo. First off, well done on trying to introduce your cat to wet food. Licking comes naturally to cats, but sometimes this normal grooming urge crosses the line into obsessive behavior. My cat (called Monkey) only licks off the jelly/gravy from his wet food and leaves the meat alone. Get the best deals on Cat Wet Food when you shop the largest online selection at eBay.com. I give mine wainwrights pouches and there is no gravy/jelly and they eat it fine. You've probably done this already, but have you tried mashing the food? Another possibility is the type of cat bowl or dish. If you have this suspicion take your cat to a Vet for a checkup to discard this possible health issue. He hunts (were in London so it's normally mice) but never eats them. We use wet food very much as a supplement to dry food for that reason. He gets gourmet for nothing. My cat (called Monkey) only licks off the jelly/gravy from his wet food and leaves the meat alone. Oriental cat breeds, such as the Siamese cat, are commonly affected by pica and it is believed to be a genetic disposition. By continuing to use this site you consent to the use of cookies on your device as described in our cookie policy unless you have disabled them. Another vote for soup from thecakes so I think I may have to invest!I think we tried the wainwrights one dementedpixie but he didn't seem to like it for whatever reason. We all knew you weren't really under the paw. How can we encourage him to eat the meat?! Lift the colander out of the bowl. Step 1: Remove all of the cat's food and water immediately. He's on the Royal Canin Instinctive food. I started buying them felix marinades and they scoff the lot. Mine isn't fed any dry at all as I prefer to raw feed. (Save any little lidded pots you or your family and friends can find and freeze what you're about to use immediately. Think I'm going to stick it out for this one for a while whilst I experiment and then try something else if he is being really stubborn. Felix Meaty Loaf. If your cat seems to have trouble eating, then it may be time to transition from dry food to wet ones. I think i've spoilt him .. Mostly thick liquid with soft bits of fish / meat. Just doesn't seem to like wet unless its actual tuna, Arrrgh ours did this for ages and we tried everything until we found that she will eat the Felix as good as it looks pouches. Just realised it reads like I hardly ever feed my cat! It is important not to overfeed the cat, especially if he or she has been off food. The chunks are formed from ground muscle, offal, bones and extras like vitamins, starches etc., formed, steamed, cut, added to the pack and gravy or jelly dosed in as a liquid, before autoclaving.Lidl and Aldi do the pate in tiny trays so that might be worth a go. 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