Over the past few weeks, I've worked on a number of different flavor combinations, and I've hit on some innovative dishes that this guy really likes. While not all cats might like the same menu he does, here are a few meals that seem to be big winners in this household.
Kibble with Lunchmeat SprinklesBeorn seems to find the crunch of cat kibble really satisfying, but he won't dive into a meal unless there's a little something extra to spark his long-term interest. If I put about a tablespoon of shredded turkey or roast beef on a standard helping of kibble, he'll lick his plate clean. Without the topper, he'll walk away after a few nibbles.
Good options: Solid Gold Indigo Moon Dry Cat Food
Novel Cat FoodTypically, cats eat the same diet with few variations. But sick Beorn has become a bit of an adventurer. He likes to try different flavors of the same brand of cat food, or different brands of the same flavor of cat food. It's something new, and it seems to remind him of a time when he really liked meals. I'm lucky, in that I have a great pet supplier with a massive supply of different foods to choose from. Otherwise, I might run out of options!
Good options: Weruva Best Feline Friend (BFF) OMG Variety Pack
Boiled Chicken with PotatoesThis meal came about accidentally, when I had a few nibbles of a meal left on my plate at dinnertime. I put that out for Beorn, after he'd turned up his nose at his cat food, and he gobbled that meal right down. Now, this can be a risky idea, as not all foods people eat are great for cats, but when the ingredients are simple and the spice and salt load is low, leftovers can be great for picky kitties.
Canned Clams in JuiceThis sounds totally disgusting, I know, but a can of clams can do wonders. The contents are spectacularly odoriferous, so just a tablespoon on top of almost any meal can entice a cat to eat. And the juice can go into a bowl of water nicely, and that can encourage cats to drink, too.
Good options: Bar Harbor All Natural Chopped Clams
Baked, Organic Organ MeatA good friend of mine has a farm, and she raises both chickens and pigs. She's been gracious enough to provide me with organ meat from her farm, so my freezer has been stuffed with unmentionables like livers, hearts, gizzards and lungs. I think it's totally gross, but if I bake it and chop the meat into little bites, I can sprinkle a few on Beorn's meals and watch him swish his tail with delight. He just loves this stuff, especially if it's warm (ew!).
That's what I'm hoping for, anyway!