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Q: My ? on getting cat to eat S/D Prescription food

November 5, 2008 | By Gail | 11 answers | Expired: 2220 days ago

Gail

Maybe I didn't make it clear in my original question which was as follows:
"My Cat, Oliver was put on Science Diet S/D today for a UTI and crystals, and i CAN'T get him to eat it. He is used to eating dry cat food and doesn't seem to want anything to do with the S/D wet...any ideas???"

I Understand that under normal circumstances I would do a GRADUALLY MIX the food, however, I was advised by my vet to IMMEDIETLY take Oliver off his old food and put him on the S/D wet for 14 day and then switch to Prescription C/D dry food. He just doesnt seem to like the S/D wet...he needs the wet immedietly because it will speed up the process of disolving the urinary crystals, and then hopefully maintaining his diet on the C/D will avoid the reaccurance of crystals...now that I have cleared that up, does anyone have any ideas on how to get him to eat it...it has been 2 days and he has not even eaten 1/3 of a can and he weighs almost 13 pounds, the vet says he should eat 1 1/4 cans per day. I am not worried he will starve, I am worried he is not getting what he needs to disolve the crystals.

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Kelly
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Nov 17, 2008

I only have one eating the canned prescription food & she usually loves it but can tire of it occasionally. On those occasions when she turns up her nose, I give her the regular size serving of the prescription food & then take some other canned food that she used to like that is really soupy & just trickle the bare minimum of the "bad" food over the top of the other. Then just tap down into a little. She thinks she's getting a treat of regular food like everyone else is getting & she gobbles it right up.

I don't know what kind of crystals your cat has different food ingredients have to be avoided depending on the type of crystal but you should be okay as long as you're just adding a tiny bit of "bad" on top for flavoring. There are other prescription foods too but again, the type of crystal may weigh into whether or not they are even an option. Your vet should be able to tell you if there's an alternative food.

The others seem to have covered everything else such as diluting it. I have found that sometimes mine eats better when its soupy. I'm sure it has something to do with her entire disease process & how she's feeling, but I don't know. If you do water it down, use filtered or bottled water though.

Good luck.

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Rhonda T.
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Nov 16, 2008

That is really odd. Our cat Bootz is on this and ALL the cats stand in line to eat it. It is almost comical. I am not sure what you can do but I will think on it for a bit. Good Luck!

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Katie C.
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Nov 07, 2008

I just re-read your question & the answers.. I agree with Veronica, subcutaneous fluids might be necessary.

You might try mixing the wet food with low-sodium chicken broth, some cooked chicken, tuna, or something else he likes, IF the vet says it's okay. Otherwise it might be time to dilute it and use a baster/dropper... no fun.

For the future-- Does he drink much water? I have friends who got a water fountain for their cats after several crystal infections-- the cats drink much more and it seems to have helped.

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Katie C.
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Nov 07, 2008

I'd ask the vet about alternatives, and also look into different foods yourself that people have had success with-- possibly with supplements, or homemade. There should be plenty of info since crystals are a common problem.

I had the same issue when my cat had a bowel problem-- she wouldn't eat the Science Diet Rx food. I don't think they prescribe it because it's actually that effective-- more likely a marketing result.

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Jan H.
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Nov 06, 2008

Call the vet and see if there is an alternative. When my cat had problems I was given samples of Hills c/d and Purina UR. My cat prefers the Purina.

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Veronica (Ronnie) G.
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Nov 06, 2008

I had the same problem. My cat had UTI and would not eat either food. That was over a year ago. She was losing a lot of weight, so ANOTHER vet said to keep her on the food she was used to. Well, I did that but also looked in the pet food store for more tasty alternatives, good for her kidneys.

So maybe a good search in a very well-stocked pet store might find something that will suit your kitty. Talk to the store manager, most of the time they are knowledgeable. And carefully read the dry food bags and wet food cans.

Another suggestion, maybe you will need to feed Oliver the S/D wet (diluted) for awhile by syringe? Until the crystals are cleared up? No fun, I know.

I also found that giving my cat subcutaneous fluids, 100 ml/day, helped tremendously.

I wish I could help more. Just some suggestions. I guess you might have to keep trying different ways to get the crystals cleared up. And different ways to get the food into Oliver.

Keep us informed, please.

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Sheltervt
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Nov 06, 2008

I stand by the answer I gave you the first time you asked...

Talk to a naturopathic vet (or at least a nutritionally progressive one) about alternatives to the Hills prescription diets. IMO and IME, S/D and C/D are mostly useless, flavorless, filler-ridden nastiness. There are better, easier, healthier ways to acidify the urinary tract.

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Linda T.
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Nov 05, 2008

Heating the food a little, start scratching your cat at the base of his tail to the point that your cat gets a little upset make sure that you have some of the food under your cats nose, often upsetting your cat will cause them to eat.

I would also talk with your vet, they may be able to give you an appetite stimulant. I wouldn't add anything to the food it might change the dissolving properties.

I hope this helps.

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Jessica P.
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Nov 05, 2008

I'm sorry I can not be that helpful either....Some cats are just fussy, maybe try heating it up first, this will help increase the smell and therefor your cats appetite. Also, cats don't like to eat when they don't feel good, so when they are sick it is extra hard. Make sure your cat can't get any other food or treats. Play with your cat, get him really moving. Then offer some warmed up food, remove the food after a several minutes if he doesn't eat, and try again in 30min-1hour. Also is your vet against mixing the dry prescription with the wet? That may be worth a try....most animals like children, won't starve themselves, eventually they eat whatever is available....That being said I agree that if I were you I would worry about the crystals not dissolving, check with your vet to see if their is anything else you can give. If it can be given in a pill
Pill Pockets are amazing at getting even picky cats to eat their pills no problem. Good luck!

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Melissa  O.
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Nov 05, 2008

Try putting a tiny bit of tuna juice on it to make it more appealing. Cats will become anorexic. If they do not like something they just do not eat .

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