In order to own a healthier cat, you have decided to change your cat’s food diet after much pondering and discussion with your veterinary. But knowing that you own a finicky and choosy cat, you wonder if there is anything you can do to help your cat likes its new diet.
First, you should introduce the food slowly and steadily, sudden and abrupt changes can force even the most easy to please cat reject her food for a day or two even when she is hungry. This is the last thing you want because experts feel that a starved cat is at a higher risk of developing fatty liver disease, and the fatter the cat, the higher the risk.
Apart some a gradual change of food, here are a list of things you can do to improve the taste of your cat’s new food:
1. Add a dash of salt.
2. Food with a strong odor is enticing. Mix a little odiferous cat food or some meat baby food (no onions!).
3. Add some moistened cat treats.
4. Change the texture slightly, if it is ground, add some meat chunks, raw meat, or fish (mackerel, salmon, tuna).
5. Mix a teaspoon of old food, or change out old food, food left out loses preferred odor and texture.
6. Add warm water, homemade beef or chicken broth and warm the dish in the microwave or by steaming.
8. Try adding a different flavor or formula or add a little canned food with beef tallow in it. Mix different consistencies – wet and dry, canned pumpkin, minced sardines, tuna or clam juice.
9. Dab a little on his paw to get him accustomed to the taste as he cleans it off.
10. Top dress with cottage cheese.
Food aside, you can try changing the feeding dishes. Some cats prefer eating from a flat dish (don’t ask me why!), some don’t like plastic or metal material and prefer ceramic, others might just like heavier dishes that stay put on the floor as they eat.
If your cat is usually not a picky eater, there could be some other reasons why she is not eating as much or showing little interest. She could just be sick – down with a mouth disorder problem which makes eating painful and difficult or maybe a troubled digestive system.
The above cat food taste improvement tips should work fine if your healthy cat is refusing her food. Visit your veterinarian if she refuses to eat the new diet for a day, try not to go beyond 48 hours. The worse possible situation is to go back to her old diet food and change her diet from there gradually.