TBT: After readin for the umpteenth time that unlimited dry kibble is simply bad for most cats, I decided to try not leaving it out all night and day. On the up side, they do eat their good canned food a lot better. Even flavors they have declined to like before. Well, its not like Evo Venison or Avoderm chicken is BAD for them. They just want Evo chicken/turkey or duck stuff all the time. And would you believe they don't like TUNA unless they are really hungry? I wonder about them sometimes. They eat ham and beef if I drop bits from the kitchen counter but will not eat it from a quality canned source. Hmmm. I concluded that they were getting too fussy about high quality canned food.
AYLA and IZA: Well, What we WANT is live mousies evry day! Is that so hard to get, TBT? We wouldnt eat dry kibble iffen there was live mousies ta chase and eat.
TBT: Actually, I think they would still want never-ending kibble... I even tested it. Sometimes, when there was still canned Evo left in the bowl, I would put down a small amount of kibble, and they would run over to it. Now, its not that I mind them eating SOME kibble if they enjoy the crunch. I just don't want them filling up on it all night and then being too stuffed in the morning to eat their healthier canned food. And I WANT them to eat healthier food.
AYLA and IZA: But we LIKE the CRUNCH, we LIKE the CRUNCH, we LIKE the CRUNCH!!!
TBT: Which is why I have started spreading out their meals. When I get up, they split a small can of Fancy Feast. Then a few hours later, I place a small handful of dry kibble in their bowls when they are both around to get their fair share (interestingly Ayla will only eat her portion, but Iza will eat both portions if she can).
TBT: You know that's true Iza, I watch carefully... You try to be sneaky about it, but I ALWAYS know what you both are doing. Heh-Heh. Anyway, as I was saying, I split up their meals. Some Fancy Feast first think in the morning (small can), then some small amount of kibble a few hours later, then late lunch (teatime?) of a half can of some high-quality canned food, then around dinner, some kibble (and I mean a tablespoon each), then the other half of the canned food at bedtime (mine, not theirs). And that actually spreads it pretty well around the clock.
So they are getting a good 8.5 ounces of good quality canned food and 4 ounces of kibble each day for the 17.5 pounds of them (Ayla is 6 pounds and Iza is 11.5 pounds). I am weighing them every couple of days to make sure they aren't losing any weight (though quite frankly, I will let Iza lose a pound if that happens to occur gradually - I don't call her "Pudge" for no reason). The Vet agrees that Iza would be healthier at 10 pounds (according to her skeletal size).
I really worry more about Ayla's weight. She is only 5.5 - 6 pounds and she doesn't eat as much when she is in heat, so I have to watch that more carefully. I try to keep her "plumped up" to at least 6 pounds. It is difficult though. She eats more than Iza does (I give Ayla slightly larger portions of the good Evo food)
Iza: Wait, WHAT? Thats not FAIR!
and she eats it right up but she never seems to gain more weight. And Ayla is a member of "The Clean Plate Club". She licks the bowl clean. I think I should give her a LARGER portion. I would like to see Ayla at 7 pounds and Iza at 10.
Quiet, Iza... The good news is that they are starting to see the regular kibble as "treats". That's OK because neither of them actually seem to like commercial treats. I've been using up the last of the dry Meow Mix in the lunch and the dry Hills Science Diet in the evening, and they love both.
As I have gotten older, my cats have been gradually getting better quality food (as best I can tell by reading articles about it). I probably can't give them much better food then they are currently getting. I just wish I had gotten "here" many years ago.
And I'll repeat that I am watching their weights very carefully as I change their feeding habits...