- spiking his food with hard kitty treats.
- begging and petting.
- spiking his food with Kitty Crack (http://bluebuffalo.com/product-finder/cat/?facets=cat_treats)
- giving him partial portions of wet food.
- giving him all wet food.
- giving him wet food spiked with Kitty Crack.
All this worked in varying degrees, and after several false starts for now he seems happy on a full diet of all wet food. This is not as good for his teeth, but we'd rather have a properly fed cat needing his teeth cleaned than a hungry cat with clean teeth.
However, all this wet food flying around has a spillover effect. In particular, we need to also give consideration to the others in varying degrees:
- Oscar has never liked wet food, he'll walk away from kibble any where near wet food. So we can and do feed him kibble as always.
- Penwiper wolfs wet food down mixed with his kibble, and clean up Whitey's bowl when allowed to after everyone else is done. So he needs a little reasonable restraint (to avoid premature clean up) to be a happy diner.
- Billy is now making us shake our heads:
- Traditionally, he likes wet food ...
- ... The smell excites him as we serve up the meal ...
- ... Once eating, the smell will drive him to abandon his own kibble meal half way through. Never mind that he is locked in the bathroom, he still has the nose of a cat ...
- ... but if we give Billy wet food, he doesn't eat it. This is a new development in the past week.
The solution to Billy (for this morning at least) was let him eat his chosen meal (kibble) with everyone else for the dining room. He was a gentleman to Penwiper and Whitey (Oscar started and finished early enough to not be an issue), no one left more than crumbs, and everyone was happy.
Suffice to say it's all a fluid situation with the regulars at Le Cafe Matou.