Monday, June 1, 2015

Cat hunger strike! Tempting a cat to eat when you're gone on a trip

cute cat

Troy spends most of his day right here. That empty chair behind him is where I sit. Last week was a rough one for him, as that chair was empty every day. I was off at BlogPaws with Sinead, and he was here with the rest of the pack (including my husband).

Troy put said husband through his paces, as he decided to stop eating. He'd nibble at his breakfast, tap his lunch and sniff his dinner, but he wasn't coming anything close to finishing his meals. And that's a shame, as Troy needs to gain a few pounds. (He always has; see more about that here.)

Since I was at a pet blogging conference, I came home with a ton of food samples. And even though Troy has a history of being an incredibly picky eater (more on that here), I thought I'd try out a new food on him, just to prompt him to wolf down some kind of nourishment.

This is the food I tried (Please note that this is an affiliate link):  Best Feline Friend Cat Food, Tuna & Shrimp Sweethearts Recipe, 3-Ounce Cans (Pack of 12). It's made by Weruva, as a secondary brand (and "BFF" apparently stands for Best Feline Friend). I wasn't paid for this review, BTW. I got the sample for free.

Troy was somewhat ready to eat, as he was thrilled to see me. But he really went wild for this food. That's not awfully surprising, as the base protein is tuna. That makes for a very stinky meal. The scent alone probably drove him to snack, and as he was eating, the others got a whiff of things, too, and they came to investigate.

cat eating

See Eamon in that red box? He's photobombing his way toward that bowl.

But notice how empty that bowl is. And that's amazing. So far, I've tried other canned cat food, baby food, straight tuna, goat's milk and lunch meat with Troy. He's never shown any interest in any of that. But this BFF stuff? He's gone crazy for it.

I'm a little sad to think that Troy misses me that much when I'm gone. I want him to be happy whether I'm here or off on a trip. But it's good to know that I may have a secret trick I can use to keep him eating, even when he's lonely and wondering where I am. That makes my absence worthwhile!


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6 comments:

  1. That is always my fear when I leave my two at the pet hotel when we travel. BlogPAWs was their first road trip and they behaved like such little gentlemen (for the most part) that we will probably not leave them as often as we have in the past. Weruva has a tasty line of food so I am glad the tuna was a great catch!

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    1. Thanks for the note! I'm glad you were able to bring your two to BlogPaws. Maybe Troy will come with us next year! We're road tripping, rather than flying, so he might be able to come along. We'll see.

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  2. Oh, sad to hear that Troy was so upset about you being away. I've never been away for more than 8 hours, and I'm definitely nervous about my first overnight. (I got my cats some weeks ago, so that's why I've never been away yet)

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    1. Congrats on the new cats! I wish I had good advice on helping them to adjust to a long trip away from home, but clearly I am no expert on the subject! Do let me know how it works out, and what you did to make it work, okay?

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  3. Aw poor Troy! The Weruva does sound like yummy food. I bet Callie would love to try some one day, but so far she's mostly just had Fancy Feast.

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    1. I've heard that Fancy Feast is pretty high on the stinky-food scale, too. I think I've used it as a topper to tempt picky cats to eat, if I remember correctly.... Best of luck with Callie!

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