i've had several kinds of premium kibble around the house, and have been dissatisfied because zack never seems to like any of them, he just eats them begrudgingly. I had settled on California Natural lamb and rice. but i decided to do one of those taste test things like they used to have on TV commercials, like where people were blindfolded and ate different kinds of butter.
since he doesn't love his kibble, there's always some sitting in his bowl, most of the day. he does finish it each day, about a half a cup twice day, but it sits there for a while. So, i got another (identical) bowl (i have a bunch of identical bowls that came with the air tight containers i have) and put Royal Canin in right next to his bowl with CN Lamb and Rice. He perked up and ate about half the Royal Canin. but then, he left it there and later finished the CN, and the Royal Canin just sat there the whole next day while he continued to eat the CN. OK, so check off the Royal Canin.
Next i put Canadae all life stages in a bowl next to the bowl with the CN. Again, he showed more interest in the new food but didn't finish it and later finished his CN. The Canadae sat there into the next day, so i got rid of it, and marked it off the imaginary list. Actually the second one i tried, before the Canadae, was Grammys Pot Pie Merrick kibble. He didin't even touch that. So, good bye Grammys.
Yesterday at the pet store i got Innova Evo, the Chicken/Turkey one, for him to try, and i put it in a bowl next to the bowl with what was left of the Canadae and what was left of the CN, so now there were three bowls on the floor. He just wolfed down the Innova. Way different from how he reacted to the other kibbles. I waited to see if he would eat the other brands, since he was acting hungry, but he didn't. They have sat there until today. I gave him a little more Innova last night and he ate it all. I gave him more this morning and he ate most of it. this is the first time he didn't eat just part of a new kibble and then return to the CN.
So i'm happy about this, because i kept thinking "Isn't there a healthy kibble that will taste good to him?" i wanted to give him something healthy that he would enjoy. So, since he seems to really like this kind,
i can now adjust how much to give him so he won't overeat and gain weight.
it may be premature, we may be in a honeymoon phase with the Innova. but i think i'll stick with it from now on anyway based on its good reviews and the philosophy behind it.
Coincidentally, when i first got Zack, the woman i got him from was feeding the dogs Innova and i bought some on my way home with him, but i don't remember now if she used the Evo or a different Innova. At that time, one Innova was the same as another to me, and the people at the store sold me the Innova Puppy food. Because he had diarrhea from the beginning, i ended up trying all these different kibbles. but i never tried the Evo. I think i'll get the red meat version and switch him off between the two kinds of Evo for variety. He sure seems to appreciate variety.
uh oh. while i was writing this, i smelled something awful. It smelled like somebody pooped in the house. I got up in trepidation to go look, and as i got up, zack came out from behind the chair. Gas!! It looks like Innova Evo gives him gas. He's never had gas before.
i was going to get some Evo for the cat too...
now that i think about it, he had a big poop this morning. I thought it seemed kind of soft... ok, i'll stay tuned and play it by ear.. or by nose. maybe he'll adjust, or maybe it's back to the CN.