Several readers of this blog have commented about Tucker’s diet. Roberta and Kari mentioned Purina DM food, which is probably what the Trout Towne Tabbies were thinking about. I actually have that brand of food for Parker, my diabetic foster-cat, and Tucker likes it, too. But each cat presents me with a problem in regard to its serving.
I am trying to reduce the cats’ weight, and while Tucker does not like soft-food as much as hard, Parker does, and this gives me an opportunity to diminish his poundage by feeding him just low-carbohydrate soft-food, which of course entails the elimination of the Purina DM kernels from his diet. Tucker, on the other hand, would not eat enough soft-food to keep him going (I don’t really want to starve him to make him lose weight), so feeding him the Purina hard-food would not pose a dilemma - for him, I would not need to consider weaning him off the hard stuff. But, unlike Parker, who is kept alone in the library while I am absent - he is still having a few issues with the other beasts - Tucker is among the other cats all the time. This means that I cannot isolate his food for him. And the others do like the taste of the Purina DM. Josie finds favour with it and, being the dominant diner in the household, would consume most of what I leave available.
The challenges of a multi-cat home are great in number, as many cat-fanciers know first-hand. Even if I had enough rooms to keep them all separate while I was absent, I wouldn’t do it, as feline interaction is, I think, both beneficial and, to varying degrees, enjoyable for a cat. So I will continue to work on a practicable plan. In the meantime, I will try to ensure that neither of the diabetes boys suffer unduly because of their condition. I learn more about it all the time, and hope one day - probably immediately before my demise - to have the answers.