Monday, May 21, 2018

More Than a Treat - #ChewyInfluencer

We continue talking about the challenges of getting Truffle to eat her prescription food because of her bladder stones. It's been seven (7) weeks since her diagnosis and surgery and she's getting a little better each day. We are also working with Brulee eating the prescription food because she showed a little variance in her ph balance at her wellness checkup. What are some of the things we've done to help them adjust to a new diet?

Brulee waiting for Mom Paula to open the HALO® Liv-a-Littles® treat jar

The vet was very specific that Truffle needed to change her diet for the rest of her life to a prescription diet. We've had a couple of different opinions from different vets about what she needs to eat. For the first month after Truffle's surgery and subsequent infection, she's wasn't eating much of anything - not even her regular food.

We've been fans of Halo® Liv-a-Littles® protein treats for a long time and have reviewed them in the past. Mom Paula always breaks up the freeze-dried chicken pieces into smaller parts because Truffle will inhale them and tends to get choked. One of the results of freeze-dried treats is that they do tend to crumble and Mom Paula has learned to save the "dust" to sprinkle on top of our food to entice us (especially Brulee) to eat our wet food.

Truffle eating her prescription food with some Halo® Liv-a-Littles® crumbs sprinkled on top

We've gone through all three brands of prescription diets and all of the various recipes and textures. We've finally found one that both Truffle and Brulee will eat, but they still need motivation to eat this food. Brulee has become very tentative around mealtime because sometimes Mom Paula will feed her some regular food and Truffle smells it and leaves her food and pushes Brulee out of the way to eat the regular food. Mom Paula even tried putting Brulee in a different room with the door closed so she could eat her food, but this didn't work because Brulee thought she was being punished. (We do have an idea with a product we saw at Global Pet Expo that may work). Mom Paula had to find a way to keep Truffle at her food bowl and to keep Brulee in the same room and comfortable eating.

Brulee wishes she had opposable thumbs so she could fish out a piece of the chicken breast.

One frustrating day while Mom Paula was trying to figure out how to get both girls to eat the food, she spied the container of Halo Liv-a-Littles treats that were almost empty and noticed the crumbs at the bottom and and idea hit her! She shook the container which immediately got the girls' attention and she sprinkled it on top of their food and both began to eat without bothering the other. A temporary solution was finally found! Mom Paula did ask the vet if it was okay if Truffle ate treats and he told her yes, as long as it wasn't her main diet. 

The Halo Liv-a-Little treats are available from Chewy.com in both chicken breast and wild salmon. We've tried the salmon, but don't like it as much as we do the chicken. Mom Paula has about 3-4 of these treat jars throughout the house and when she wants us in the same room as her, she just shakes the container and we come running.

Brulee trying to be patient on the Halo Liv-a-Little treats

We admit that Mom Paula is still alternating some of the regular food with Truffle's prescription food in order to avoid her getting bored with one flavor (like many cats do), especially since she only really likes one flavor. We're thankful we can enjoy the Halo Liv-a-Littles as both treats and a food topper. 

The treats are appropriate for both dogs and cats and run approximately $9.00 for a 2-oz container at Chewy.com. The container lasts longer for us because we do break the larger pieces into smaller pieces and now we can use the crumbs/dust as a food topper on our wet food. 

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  1. We all love these! And I have been trying for WEEKS to figure out a way to break into that plastic jar.

  2. Ingenious and I am so glad its working!

  3. We love these treats too! And the mom has been using them as a topper to get Zoey to eat more. They really work!

  4. We have not had those treats but we bet everyone would like them. We like the way they are packaged so that some cat, who shall remain named Ichiro can't just pick it up and tear through the plastic as he runs through the house with the bag...

  5. Oh, those things are quite yummy!

  6. We love that all of you are feeling better! We tried those treats after getting a container at the conference, and Bear refused to eat them! WHAT?!?! Ellie didn't mind getting the treat for both of them!

  7. That is a great idea to entice them to eat.

  8. Just a thought, Paula, since Luna and I struggle with getting her to eat the prescription food too. Luna really likes the Hill's SD dry kibble we used to dissolve her struvite stone. I still give her some mixed with the CD kibble to balance out the non-prescription canned food -- since she refuses the prescription canned food completely. My vet was ok with that because Luna is underweight. Also I sprinkle nutritional yellow flake yeast on her food sometimes -- it's full of vitamin B.

    Keep trying!

    1. Thank you for the advice. They do prefer the Hill’s CD Multicare kibble. They seem to like the Royal Canin SO Morsels in Gravy wet food. It is getting better.

  9. I'm glad you've found something to keep both cats interested in their food!

  10. We are big fans of these as well. I like them because both Rosie and Ruby can enjoy them - they both come running when I get them out. We have only tried the salmon ones. I never thought about sprinkling the dust on the food. I will have to try that, too.

  11. That is a great idea! I'll have to try these treats for Paisley & Webster. :)

  12. I'm happy to hear you've found a way to work through this issue. I get special-special, myself, on account of my two bouts with the crystals, way back when. The peeps were SO RELIEVED when they found I liked my dry special-special. The wet stuff? BLEH! But the dry, I love, so gettin' me to eat it has never been a problem. Of course, those two long-haired freaky brothers of mine like it, too, and are always tryin' to steal it. MOUSES!

  13. This is such a great idea! Mommy brought home some Live A Littles from BlogPaws and we both LOVE them! I bet I would eat my food with some sprinkled on top.

  14. Boy does The Tribe of Five understand this issue. As the Alpha and at 14 years of age my sister Jasmine and I have special diet needs. We are both very canny in figuring out that the humans are trying to trick us. For instance, we figured out pill pockets ages ago. Those treats sound yummy and we have requested that our Purrsonal Assistant read this post and get us some of those treats!
    Purrs & Head Bonks,
    Tucker and The Tribe of Five

  15. I'm glad you found something to get her to eat! It's so worrisome when they're not feeling well and not eating.

  16. I love freeze dried treats for Layla and also sprinkle the crumbs on her food when I see she does not want to eat and its a great temptation.

  17. I love freeze-dried food and treats and find my dogs also drool a lot when I bring them out. So glad that she is eating well, whatever it takes!

  18. Freeze dried treats are huge hit around here too. When I transitioned my cats to raw the freeze dried treats as a topper made them a lot less suspicious.


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