My Cats are Fat, Picky and Addicted to Kitty Crack

Guest post by Kimberly Gauthier from Keep The Tail Wagging.
I’m a dog mom. I talk “dog” so much that many people don’t know that I have cats too.
Jaffrey and Cosmo. They’re 11 and 9 this summer and the easiest cats in the world. The only thing they demand is a daily ear, belly and back scratch and then they demand that I stop immediately, and being brushed. And they love their kitty crack aka an inferior kibble brand that they’ve eaten all their lives.

After 2 plus years of researching dog nutrition and learning about ingredients on SlimDoggy, I thought I was a savvy pet owner until I turned over the bag of cat food I was about to buy again. The first ingredient was corn. And this was supposed to be a good food. There’s “natural” on the bag!
I’ve spent the past year trying to upgrade our cats’ food slowly.


Raw Food for Cats

I had the audacity to set a raw meal in front of my cats one day. Cosmo looked at it, took a sniff from a distance, and then walked out the room without even looking at me.
Jaffrey gave it a shot. He licked it. Twice. Then he looked at me and after a few beats, I got the “meow,” which translates to “what the…?”
The dogs love their raw, but maybe it’s too soon for cats.

Better Kibble

By now, I’ve been told repeatedly that kibble is terrible for cats. I need to give them raw, but if raw wasn’t an option, then I need to give them canned food. I was also the told kibble was great for cats, how else are they going to get clean teeth?
So I walked into the pet store hopelessly confused and purchased a higher quality kibble from the same brand and the cats loved it.
Hooray! I’m savvy again.

Quality Kibble

I was savvy until I started following cat lovers online and learned that my cats are fat, because I free feed, that they love their kitty crack, because it’s still fast food, and I really needed to step up to a quality kibble.
But they don’t like anything. I’ve tried. They just walk away. I thought if they went without eating for 3 days, their digestive system would shut down.
Calgon! Take me away!!!! Or at least tell me what to do!

Then I connected with the cat blogger behind Paws and Effect who gave me a simple plan to transition our cats to a new diet and it worked – 5 days later, their old food was completely forgotten.
Our cats now eat grain-free Petcurean and I sprinkle Stella and Chewy’s over the top in the morning and canned Petcurean in the evening. They love their food with or without the topping. The reason the switch went so smoothly was because I started with the salmon Stella and Chewy’s which has a strong smell that our cats couldn’t ignore.
Now they march bravely downstairs, ignoring our 4 obnoxious herding dogs, to ring the dinner bell with a loud “MEOOOWWWWW!”
It’s been a couple weeks, the weight is vanishing, the cats eat 2x a day, and they’re currently addicted to a healthier, quality kitty crack with an impressive ingredients list.
The new diet has a lot more pieces – kibble, dehydrated, and canned – but it didn’t change my cat food budget much– I spend a few dollars more a month, which was a pleasant surprise.
If you need help with what to feed your cats, go to the experts – the people who write about cats with the same passion I have when writing about my dogs.

Guest post by Kimberly Gauthier from Keep The Tail Wagging.

See Kimberly’s Bio on our SlimKitty Contributors page.




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  1. Cute kitty’s, glad you found a diet that works and one that is helping them shed some pounds. Congrats.
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  2. Aaaaaw Dat’s pawsum. Meez so glad yous got yous kittys on a gweat food. They will be much healffiew fw it and yous will save in da long wun on VET bills. Wees be da poow as a church mouse folks, but mommy sez wees eat only high quality noms cuz hers can’t affowd da VET bills ifin wees don’t. MOL

    Luv ya’

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  3. Ours eat high quality dry food only, twice a day. Mom doesn’t like canned food as it is messy and it make a mess in the litter box. None of us pets get wet food. As for switching, the cats get the new food mixed with the old for a couple days and then they only get the new and they do eat it even if they did not like it at first.
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  4. five days, that is pretty impressive! 🙂

    I always cringe when people say ‘my cats are picky’ – it isn’t that they are picky, it is they were designed to be wary of new foods, since they had a very limited range of foods in the wild. their digestive tract is designed to be very specific to digest just the foods they are used to eating.. so switching willy nilly will cause digestive upset..

    anyway, great post, thanks for sharing
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    • I always say if the get hungry enough, they will eat.
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      • that is actually a very dangerous tact to take when implementing food changes..
        Page four: On the other hand, do not attempt to withhold food for long periods of time (greater than 24 hours) with the hope that your cat will choose the new food. You need to ‘convince’ them that a high quality canned food really is good for them, rather than to try starving them into it – which does not work anyway.
        Allowing a cat to go without food – especially an overweight cat – for a long period of time (greater than 48 hours) can be quite dangerous and may result in hepatic lipidosis (fatty liver disease).
        Hepatic lipidosis can also develop when a cat consumes ~50% or less of his daily caloric
        requirements over a period of many days
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  5. Wow, great job doing your research and getting that figured out! We have had no problems with switching food, we mix the new with the old and the cats don’t care. They are a little more particular about canned foods, but we’ve found plenty that they like.
    I had also wandered around the pet supply store in total confusion….it’s much easier to get information about dog food than cat. But as you said, you just have to go to the experts!
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  6. My kitty free feeds, but she is slim. She came from the rescue eating a certain kibble and loath for me to try to change it. She is doing well on it and she is almost 9 years old so I don’t plan to change unless problems develop. She also gets a small amount of wet food 2 times a day. That is her crack…lol.

    Glad you found a diet that is good for your kitties to loose some weight.
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  7. We get Stella & Chewy mixed into our grain free canned foods. It’s seriously good stuff.
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  8. I recently made the move to feed my pets better, and it makes a huge difference. Thanks for sharing your experience. – Petnet(io) Anu

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