Well we got back on Monday night earlier than expected and they hadn't been fed yet. I told the sitter we feed them around noon, but I am not one of those neurotic owners who feeds them on a strict schedule. I knew she got off of work at 3 pm so I told her that time was fine. I was in the shower and when I came out, my husband said she came by to feed the cats, but saw we were already home and just dropped off the keys. She had to work late and went home to take a nap and overslept. So no big deal. They would have eaten a few hours later. But then of course I only paid for 2 days, $20 total, and she was happy with it. I knew I should have introduced her to the cats beforehand. She said Bhagwan the scaredy cat was actually ok, but from the time she opened the door, Sadhu was growling at her. (Yes, he thinks he's a dog and will even play fetch). It took him a while to get used to her being around, but was still hissing and growling. She said she managed to get Bhagwan to sit on her lap. I am truley impressed! She followed my instructions about not letting them into the bedrooms as Bhagwan likes to break into my closet and put his fur on EVERYTHING. I have clothes strewn everywhere in the guest room- part laundry and part sorting of what is getting stored in the winter clothes storage chest and what is going to Goodwill, etc. So that needed to be a cat free zone too. Kitty dishes were washed, litterbox scooped, cats fed. I was happy.
I'm not so concerned if she lost my keys or not. She works the front desk in this building so if she DID lose my keys, she could easily call our cell and we could authorize her to enter our apartment. And to be honest, I would rather have my cats go without food for three days than feed them dry food. The ingredients in dry food is the worst. Way too much carbs and cats are supposed to have a 95%+ protein diet. Cats can go a long time without food and not starve. I think it's something like nine days. Of course I would never do that, but a fast here and there is actually healthy for them to give their insides a rest and cleanse. They fast in nature when they are ill, or sometimes food is just scarce and they have to go without. I watch my cat's eating habits and sometimes they are just not hungry so I don't freak out and force them to eat (like how my mother-in-law used to be and go figure, most of her cats are OBESE. I am talking pillows on little legs type of look to them). When the weather warmed up, I noticed my cats were not very interested in eating. They also just turned three and I notcied they aren't growing anymore so they need less food. They are literally eating half of what they were and the change was overnight. That's when I went down to once a day and they are back to their original eating patterns where they enthusiasticly gulp down the food. When they were forcing themselves to eat it, and leaving behind leftovers. Every now and again, I with hold food for a day. I can tell when they need a fast because they aren't excited to eat and they won't ask to be fed. Though when they were little and growing a lot, I never allowed them to fast nor were they interested. As they slowly got older, their interest in fasting slowly increased.
That is another problem with dry food or basically anything cooked- not only are the nutrients stripped out, carbs, fillers, diseased animals, and mystery by-products added, there is sugar, salt, and other flavorings that make your pet addicted to it. And even more so than humans, they eat with their noses and will eat just because it smells good and will cause obesity. They also digest by smell so if they are constantly smelling food (which raw food has almost no smell) they are constantly digesting even if they aren't eating. It is actually the cause of health problems later down the road.
I'm sorry to hear about your baby. I worked in a no kill cat shelter and we got in a depressed cat who didn't want to eat and she was losing a lot of weight. My manager put her on Max Cat, a high calorie food that is supposed to be really tasty to encourage them to eat. She took it a lot better, but was still losing weight. We found that hand feeding her was the way to go. Hard to believe I got PAID to sit in a cage with such a cutie and feed her kibble piece by piece. So that is the only food I know of, but of course with the knowledge I have now, I personally wouldn't feed my cats that stuff. I guess keep up with whatever healthy things she will eat and keep up with the hand feeding. If I come across any other info, I'll pass it along.