How to Help Your Finicky Cat to Eat More!



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While dogs eat almost anything, cats are known to be finicky about their food. Some cats are inherently good eaters, while other cats will suddenly turn away from their favorite food or ignore a new food that is healthier or just different. If your cat suddenly decides that your food isn’t appealing, there is usually a reason. If your vet rules out any medical condition, then you need to find some ways to get your cat to eat.

Below are some tips to help your finicky cat to eat more!

Many cats become finicky eaters from eating the same food over the long term

Many cats who have been fed a very enticing single food long-term can develop a food preference for that specific kind of food. While your kitty might enjoy it year after year, it can become problematic if the food’s formulation changes (which they often do) or if your cat needs to be placed on a prescription diet for a medical issue. It’s always recommended to vary your cat’s diet by offering various flavors, textures, shapes and types of food.

Cats love a food with a strong scent

It’s the scent that draws cats to food. Those intensely fish-meat-poultry aromas wafting from cat food bring felines running at the first hint of the pop-top can. The smell of chicken or beef broth is especially enticing to the finicky feline. Try spooning some broth over dry food to gives your kitty an appetizing meal. Few cats can resist a taste of freshly cooked chicken, liver or beef.

Cats love food with the right temperature and freshness

If you feed your cat food directly from a cold refrigerator, the food can become unappealing. If your cat food is cold, your kitty might not think its fresh! Cold food also releases less aroma so there’s a decreased scent appeal. Wet food should be served at room temperature or slightly warmer. Dry food should be room temperature.

Try doctoring up your cat food

In order to get your finicky kitty to eat, you might try mixing in some goodies such as chicken, tuna or some other tasty morsels. Always do this moderately as you might have now increased your cat’s taste expectations and he or she will be less likely to eat your regular food without the added treats.
Below are some other treats you can try to add to entice your finicky kitty:

  1. Sprinkle freeze dried chicken or salmon on top.
  2. Drizzle a little bit of tuna or clam juice drizzled over the food
  3. Add small pieces of cooked meat
  4. Spread a spoonful of meat-based baby food (make sure it doesn’t contain onion or garlic powder) on top of the meal
  5. Add chicken or beef broth to your food
  6. Canned Parmesan cheese can be spread over the food
  7. FortiFlora (a probiotic) is enticing to some cats. Sprinkle just 1/4 or less of a package on top of a meal.

Make sure to have a consistent feeding schedule for your kitty

If your cat has been eating free-choice (or whenever he or she wants to), try feeding your kitty two meals a day. Most cats are hungry after not eating for twelve hours. They should dive into the first thing you put down after a twelve-hour fast, which should be a small portion of healthy canned cat food. Real hunger is a stimulant and your kitty will probably devour your food on sight!

If you change your cat food, it needs to be done slowly

When it comes to most things in their lives, cats don’t like change. When your cat goes to her food bowl at mealtime, she can become totally thrown off by the aroma, texture and taste of a completely unfamiliar food. Further, abrupt food changes can also cause intestinal upset. New foods should be introduced gradually to your kitty’s current food to avoid an upset stomach.

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