Okay so how long ago did I post I was looking to switch the dogs food? Like 2-3 months ago? Well I switched them to the California Natural and they won't eat it. Well not literally WON'T eat it, but it sits in their bowls for days before it is gone. Everyone said just ride it out, they'll eventually eat it, I'm turning them into picky eaters by switching foods, etc. lol. Well at what point do I raise the white flag?
In this time I have only gotten 3 bags of food and the 3rd bag of food I just opened yesterday. Great for my budget lol but not even close to the amount of food they were eating. If it weren't for the fact that they are RAIDING my house while we are gone for food it wouldn't be a big issue but in the last month alone, they have eaten a few loaves of bread, 2 lbs of butter, 1 stick I found buried in the cats litter pan, several 6 count packages of reese's peanut butter eggs, lollipops, one giant hershey's kiss which was the only thing I got in my easter basket :(, several unopened boxes of pasta, a container of parmesan cheese, a jar of peanut butter, 3 packages of cat treats, a half a box of dog bones which is about 2lbs worth, 3 medium sized and 1 jumbo sized busy bones which my neighbor bought them to celebrate Scout's 7th birthday and I was saving for a rainy day, and to top it ALL off......they even ate, God only knows WHY, several packages of pea, watermelon, and cantaloupe seeds my husband was planning on plating in his garden !!!!!!!!! Thank God they haven't yet figured out how to open the fridge !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
So who all agrees here that it just might be time to concede this battle and start the headache of trying to find yet another food for them?
I would get a couple cans, the same brand if you can. Mix a spoonful in with the dry. It ususally entices picky eaters. I feed chicken soup for dog lovers soul, and they each get one teaspoon of canned mixed in really well. My kids will eat anything I think lol.
You might want to try trading up slowly over a period of time. Obviously they're hungry, they're just being unaturally stubborn about it. You might try mixing the two dog foods together in equal portions, and over time using less of the old and more of the new. As I understand it, dogs don't have tastebuds and rely primarily on smell (which is why you can't keep them out of the cat box--they smell what fluffy ate yesterday). If the change is gradual, meal time will be like a new adventure everyday but they still smell their old food. Keep doing this until you've switched them completely over and the new food smells as natural as the old did. Theoretically. Also you might have to keep them confined and out of reach of any snak foods while you're away.
I'm lucky, most of mine are not picky at all and will eat anything...a few are picky but I have yet to ever get a dog who will not eat what we feed and I have used this food for more years than I can count.
I'd be looking around too if I were you, Stubborn babies you have, lol.
Stubborn is the understatement of the year lol ! The kitten eats more of their food then they do. I am glad you all got a kick out of my post, I did write it with a smile of disbelief on my face, as I am SURE I left out some things they have ravaged. Their weights are fine, as obviously they have been supplementing their diet, plus they were kinda fat to begin with.
The stick of butter in the litter box, I know Scout was the culprit. Awhile back I had given them all meaty bones from the supermarket and Scout decided she didn't want hers, but if she just left it out someone else would snag it, so I caught her burying that in their box. She loves butter so I am sure she is the one who put it in there.
I think I am going back to the Fromm food. They seemed to like that for the most part and even though they gained weight on it, it is almost summer and they will be going to the dog park more often now so they can burn it off. I really just don't know what else to feed them. They have eaten just about every food sold in the stores. And it may not be that they hate this food, but the kibble is kinda big, bigger than what they are used to and they don't like big kibble food. you'd think given their size, kibble size wouldn't matter but I have noticed over the years that the smaller the kibble the better they eat it.
Picky eaters I know how you feel! I have changed food three times in the last year and I am back to the one I started with. Just there better grade of food (chicken soup for dog loves soul) And they are still fighting it. They want stuff mixed in. ugg Good luck with your babies!