While cats are known for being a little bit picky when it comes to food, it can still be a struggle for a pet owner. Even worse is if you had a good eater that suddenly is finicky about eating and their food. We have some tips that could help get your cat interested in eating.
Check with Your Vet
If your cat is suddenly uninterested in cat food and you are worried it may be worth getting an appointment with your vet. They will be able to tell you if it is related to a medical condition or not. They also may have a food suggestion for you and your cat.
Texture and Taste
Cats have preferences like humans in the texture and taste of food. You may try the same brand but a different flavor of healthy cat food. Sometimes a new flavor is all your kitty needs to want to eat again.
If you recently changed your cat’s type of food, that may be an issue. If your cat is no longer interested in dry food, try feeding them canned cat food.
Warm the Food
Kittens and older cats tend to like having their food warm. For a young kitten, warm food reminds them of mother’s milk. It can be a good way to transition a kitten from milk to solid food. The only thing to keep in mind is that you are warming it not making too hot. Drastically changing the temperature will change the texture and flavor profile of canned cat food.
Wait for Your Cat to Be Hungry
Indoor cats don’t burn as much energy as an outdoor cat which may make them less hungry. If you wait until you know your cat is hungry, that may make them more interested in eating. Also, if you leave a bowl of food out all the time, that maybe the problem. Having a regular feeding schedule may increase the appeal from your cat.
Give Them Some Extra Attention
Sometimes a little praise can go a long way. Cats are always looking for ways to please you. Next time try giving them a little incentive with extra praise and attention, and your picky eater may not be so picky.
Multiple Cats Can Help
If you have more than one cat, you can get the others to help when it comes to food interest. Try feeding all of your cats at the same time. They still may need to be fed in different areas, so you don’t have any other problems. But seeing the other cats eating may perk your finicky cats’ interest.
If it is a recent occurrence that your cat is now acting finicky about eating, it could be that the food is spoiled. First, check the expiration date on your canned cat food. Next check the storage of your cat food. If it is not in a cool dry place, then that could be the cause of the food going bad. Dry food absorbs moisture and becomes stale. Which will make your cat put its nose in the air.