For 17 years I’ve been blessed with a very easy-going cat who basically would eat anything I put in front of him. So I guess I am past due to get a finicky eater in his senior years.
Over the past 16 months, I’ve been struggling with Mole Negro’s diet, trying to find the right combination of vet-approved renal care food and “normal” cat food that he will tolerate. It hasn’t been the most fun part of owning a cat. Lots of cat vomit, Mole crying at me at all hours, and very expensive cat food going to waste in his bowl. And most alarmingly, Mole has dropped 3 pounds in weight, which is a LOT for a cat.
So many times I’ve put out a bowl of the extremely expensive, vet-approved cat food for him, he has sniffed it, and then cries at me for something else.
“Dude, you have to eat this or you will DIE,” I remind him.
But he never listens.
This past month, I finally gave up. I decided to feed him one can of his vet-approved food, and then give him the normal food the rest of the time. The trade off is that while he won’t be getting the BEST diet for his various health conditions, he will be actually eating something.
And it’s already starting to pay off. He has started gaining weight again, and eats almost all of his food that I put in front of him. I almost never have to deal with cat vomit. And he generally seems a lot happier.
At the end of the day, you do what you can, and hope that it’s enough.