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Old 11-09-2011, 10:28 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Same brand, different kibble :(

It's been a stressful couple of days

Petunia's on antibiotics and had a fecal test sent in for having dark green poo, however I began to wonder if maybe her food was expired. I ordered it from Amazon, and simply didn't think to check the date. I looked today and saw that it had been rubbed off. Eek! I could very well be giving Toonie old food.

I went to Petco yesterday and bought some new food. The kibble looks totally different... at first I thought "Dang, this food was really stale!" But it seems like more than that. It's a different color, and the shape is not as flat.

She didn't eat it. So she didn't eat last night I suppose I'm going to have to do a slow change like I would if I were introducing a new food.

Do kibble colors and sizes vary within the same brand? These are both NB Green Pea and Duck, and the ingredients are the same.
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Old 11-09-2011, 12:30 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Same brand, different kibble :(

There can be different kibble size and shapes within brands, for example, the lite version can be different than the regular. Also, food that comes from a different plant can be slightly different so that the same formula may be slightly different. Every so often it seems companies decide to change shapes, sizes and even formulas without warning.

I personally would be nervous getting food online because I always like to see the expiry date on the bag before I buy it. I've gotten expired food from stores before but it was easy to exchange, not so much if purchased online.

Try mixing a bit of the new with a bit of the old to mix the smells. That may help her decide to eat it. Another thought, perhaps the old food is different in hardness, perhaps softer, easier to crunch.
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Old 11-09-2011, 01:08 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Default Re: Same brand, different kibble :(

Lesson learned. I will not be buying food online any more.

I'll try mixing the two in a baggie and see if that helps. If not, maybe I'll moisten the food to see if it makes it easier to eat.
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Old 11-09-2011, 01:33 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Default Re: Same brand, different kibble :(

You could probably try calling the company up, too. If you have both of the barcode numbers (or whatever they would need off the packaging) they could probably tell you if there is any difference in the product. Just an idea, if you wanted to know more about the differences in the two bags.
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Default Re: Same brand, different kibble :(

NB changed their kibble many months back. You may be able to find the thread on it, but many people had problems getting their hedgies to eat the new kibble. It used to be my boy's fav, but now he eats it as a last resort and only if I've cut it in half.

So yes, your old kibble is most likely well over the expiry date since my boy is WELL into his new NB bag.
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NB changed their kibble many months back. You may be able to find the thread on it, but many people had problems getting their hedgies to eat the new kibble. It used to be my boy's fav, but now he eats it as a last resort and only if I've cut it in half.

So yes, your old kibble is most likely well over the expiry date since my boy is WELL into his new NB bag.
Yup, this. I use this kibble as well, and have also been using the new bag for quite awhile. Lily's a bit iffy on it too now, though she'll usually still eat a few kibble from it each night.
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Oy vey. Well, if she won't eat the new stuff, maybe I should switch her to a different food all together.
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I have NB and it looks like that. It's also my girl's favorite out of her mix
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Petunia has only eaten about 10 kibble for the past two nights, even though I put a mix of the old and new (with mostly old). She even left meal worms untouched She has dropped 17 grams since Monday. She's still quite active on her wheel at night. She's passing dark green stools because of the antibiotic (or so I hope that's what it's from).

How can I get her to eat? I have yet to try to moisten her food, maybe I'll do that tonight. I'm so worried about her. Thankfully, her behavior is totally normal, but I hope she isn't hiding something serious.
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Default Re: Same brand, different kibble :(

That's a lot of weight loss.
I'm no expert but maybe a vet visit is need?
Is the new kibble harder? Maybe it hurts her teeth?
Maybe try giving her something like chicken? If she likes it rubbing the chicken on the food to get that sent?
I'm just throwing thoughts out there.
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