? OTJ since 2015, is there ever a time we can start dry cat food?

Discussion in 'Honeymooners / OTJ' started by Sarah and Baby, May 16, 2019.

  1. Sarah and Baby

    Sarah and Baby Member

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    I know, I know! But hear me out!

    Kitty has had not sugar related incidents in 4 years. We were concerned about the quality of fancy feast, so we've switched to several different single serving wet foods, including Sheba, Novo, Crave, and Novo Wilderness. We tend to rotate brands.

    The issue is that she spreads her eating out over about 12 hours, which has always been how she self-regulates her sugars. With the very high quality wet food, it goes rotten very quickly and she can't wat it all. We're usually out of the house for around 10 hours during the day or we'd feed her half and half.

    We're concerned about the quality of her food because she's started puking a lot more than she was when she first switched to wet food, and nothing seems to help that. She's also 13 years old now.

    Could we ever switch her to a really high quality dey cat food that would last all day long or all night long?
     
  2. membeth

    membeth Member

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    Personally, I wouldn't risk feeding dry food. Remission is fragile and a cat that seems to be solidly in a non-diabetic BG range can get knocked out of it after months or years by some change, like an infection, a higher carb diet, or medication. Pants had 15 months of remission and then a couple of doses of steroids knocked her out. After five months on insulin, she's back in remission, but ugh, that was a mess.

    You should be fine leaving wet food out for 12 hours without it going bad, even if it's higher end canned. I do that for Pants, and it's always been fine. So that's probably not the cause of the puking. There are a bunch of other things that could cause frequent vomiting, from food allergies to IBD, so you may want to have her checked out.

    Also, if wet food sitting out really is the issue, a bunch of other users on the site have had good luck with feeding smaller, more frequent meals using timed feeders that have ice packs to keep the food fresh. I don't know what brands of timed feeders folks like as I haven't used one -- if you're interested in trying that, maybe post over in the main forum and ask?
     
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  3. Noah & me (GA)

    Noah & me (GA) Well-Known Member

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    @membeth just wanted to sneak this in. This isn't the greatest photo of Zoe (Noah's momma) but she could have been Pant's sister. Just the most beautiful female cat we've ever had and our first orange cat.
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  4. membeth

    membeth Member

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    Awww, she's adorable.
     

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