For years, Ingrid King at Conscious Cat has been telling everyone to have more than one kind of cat food, just in case a shortage happens. I've heard these words, but because we had worked so hard to find a food that Chuck didn't get constipated with, I ignored the advice. Uh-oh! We may have to work a new food into their diet NOW. I've emailed the company, hoping for an estimated date of new batches of this food; we'll see if they answer.
And, we take Chuck to the veterinarian this evening, for an echocardiogram and check up. We also need refills of all of his five meds. Chuck's appetite has diminished recently, and we need that trend to turn around lickety split. Maybe introducing a new food will get Chucky noming like a fiend again! Maybe we'll make lemonade out of lifes lemons.
P.S. Sweetie and Patty O'Malley came running out of their shelter last night to greet me, in the blowing, freezing wind. This morning, the sun is out and the air is calm, and they both appear to be in good shape. Thank you all for your kind words about my annual 'my babies are outside in the cold!' freak out.
UPDATE: Per excellent comment suggestion by It's All About The Cats, I've just called Natural Balance. Apparently, the venison is sourced from New Zealand, and the demand has outstripped the supply. There is no clear estimate on when they will have this food available again. Thank goodness we found that last case of 24 cans, because we will need to start mixing the old with the new VERY SLOWLY. Sheppard's Alternative Animal Care gave me a list of their preferred holistic cat foods, and I'll find a couple that we will start working with. Now, where did I put that list?