It’s happened to us all. Our cats love their food. They eat and eat, and then all of a sudden, they don’t care for their typical fare. Picky kitties can be frustrating. Finicky felines can cause their parents undue stress and anxiety. If your fussy cat is refusing to eat, there are ways to you can encourage her to eat with a few tips and tricks.
Why Are Cats Such Picky Eaters?
Most cats are not chow-hounds. This is because cats are instinctively more choosey when it comes to what they eat.
Cats are strict carnivores. Wild cats survive on animal protein from the prey they catch. Animal protein provides cats with amino acids that keep them healthy and energetic. When hunting, cats burn a lot of energy that needs to be replenished. This develops into a cycle of hunger.
All cat parents will tell you their kitty is weird. Their odd dinnertime behavior can be linked to how sensitive they are about their diet. Unlike most dogs, cats care about the size, shape, texture, and feel of their food. If your cat’s food manufacturer slightly changes the recipe or size of the food, your cat can suddenly refuse to eat it.
Cats also have extremely sensitive sniffers. Food that’s not fresh or has a slightly off odor may deter them from eating as well.
These factors make cats a bit more difficult when dinnertime arrives.
How to Handle Your Fussy Feline and Encourage Eating
- A sudden lack of appetite can be a sign of illness.
If you’re worried your cat might avoid eating due to health-related reasons, you should always take your cat into the veterinarian. This could be a symptom of a dental issue, stress, other health problem.
It’s best to find out what’s going on health-wise with your kitty before trying other tips.
- Spice up your kitty’s dinner by changing it up.
Does your cat smell her food then walk away? Add a bit of tuna juice or chicken broth to her food for an irresistible scent.
- Make mealtime a treat.
Sprinkle a few tasty treats in with her food to ramp up her appetite. Slowly reduce the number of treats you add to keep your cat healthy and trim.
- Add a bit of water or pick up a can of cat food to see if variety can help entice your kitty.
Sometimes cats want variety when it comes to texture. This can also soften food that may bother your cat’s teeth. The simple change of adding water is free and can encourage curiosity.
Cats need a lot of water if they’re on a dry food diet. Make sure you have a bowl that will help hydrate your cat give her a spot to wet her whistle as she dines. Check out our adorable Big Head Bowl for the perfect water spot for your kitty.
- Warming up your cat’s food can also encourage her to eat.
Be careful to not make her food too hot. You don’t want to accidentally burn her mouth. Feel her food with the back of a finger to test the temperature.
- Make sure your cat’s dish is clean.
As we mentioned earlier, cats have powerful (and adorable) noses. If your cat’s dish isn’t perfectly clean the smell of bacteria may bother her.
Ceramic and glass dishes are better than plastic. Plastic is porous and can retain smells and bacteria easier. Try alternating between two dishes as you clean them. Our Buddy Feeder and Mykonos Elevated Feeder are perfect for this.
- Check Your Kitty’s Comfort Level
Cats are naturally crouch feeders. Sometimes if a bowl is too low, your cat’s joint can begin to ache or hurt. Having an elevated bowl can encourage healthy eating since it is more ergonomic for your cat. Our adorable Ceramic Q Bowl can help your cat eat in a comfortable position that reduces stomach stress.
- Wait to see if your cat gets hungry.
Indoor kitties don’t use all their energy sometimes. This can result in your cat not feeling hungry. Set up a schedule and only feed your cat during these times.
- Try switching your cat’s food.
Buy a small package of new food to see if your cat likes it better. You can donate your other food to a shelter if your cat decides she’s ready to move on.
Remember to be patient and persistent. If your vet says your cat is healthy, she may just be bored and enjoying watching you suffer through the confusion of her lack of appetite.
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