Felines are proud and meticulous; traits that make them wonderful pets, but can also make them a bit of a pain, especially when it comes to eating. They tend to be discriminating when it comes to their tastes, which means that if they food that they are offered isn’t palate-pleasing, chances are they’re going to turn their noses up. Finicky eating can be a real frustration for cat parents.
Constantly trying to find a food that your cat will like, only to find that it doesn’t suit her tastes can be a major source of aggravation; you can’t help but wonder why you bothered spending money on yet another cat food that’s going to go to waste. More importantly, however, you’re probably worried about your kitty’s health. If your feline friend isn’t eating right, she won’t get the vital nutrition that she needs, which means her overall health and well-being will eventually suffer.
So, how can you handle a finicky eater? Here are some tips to help you select a cat food that even the pickiest cat will eat.
How to Handle Picky Cat Eaters
First, consider the foods that you’ve previously offered your kitty that she wouldn’t eat. What type of ingredients did it contain? What was the texture like? What did is smell like? Keep these things in mind when you’re shopping for a new food and avoid formulas that are similar to previously offered foods. For example, if your feline friend consistently turns down food that contains chicken, or that’s super crunchy, she may not like the taste of chicken or the crunchy texture. Instead, opt for a different source of animal protein and a different texture; something that contains salmon and something that has meatier morsels, for example.
While selecting a recipe that contains different ingredients or offers different textures may help to solve your cat’s fussiness problem, do keep in mind that you should always select a recipe that is made of premium-quality ingredients. Never select foods that don’t list a named animal protein (chicken, beef, salmon, lamb, etc), and avoid recipes that are made with gluten-based carbohydrate fillers, such as corn, wheat, soy, or rice; instead, look for recipes that contain healthy carbs, like green peas or sweet potatoes.
Be prepared to purchase new food on a semi-regular basis, as it may be hard to find something that your feline friend will actually like. With that said, stick to small bags or just a few cans of food until you’re sure that your kitty actually likes it. The last thing you want to do is spend a lot of money if your cat is going to turn her nose up anyway.
In addition to changing out the food you are offering your cat, try switching up the way you’re feeding her. For example, always make sure that the bowl is clean; don’t just top off a bowl that your cat previously ate out of. Cats are meticulous and it may end up being that she’s not picky about what she is eating, but how she is eating.
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