Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Getting a Picky Cat to Eat

Many cats will eat anything. Cat food. Cheese. Bread. Broccoli. An old sock. Whatever it is, they'll eat it. It can be amusing to see what foods these cats will eventually turn down.

However, some cats are so picky that they rarely eat anything. Oh, they'll prance around as if they're starving, but once you fill their bowl, they just walk away or stare at you like you're trying to poison them. Your cat may have a variety of reasons for not eating, but whatever the reason, it can drive you just a little bit batty as you search for something your cat finds acceptable. If you're faced with a finicky cat, try these tips for dealing with him or her.
  1. Cats like privacy, so feed them away from children, dogs, and loud electronics or appliances. Find a quiet corner and don't stand there and stare.
  2. Cats experience stress in much the same way people do. Some cats will eat more when stressed, some will eat almost nothing at all. A sudden change in the household may be the problem, so try to calm your cat before a meal.
  3. Food should be served at room temperature. This will help mimic the temperature of a fresh kill, encouraging your cat to eat.
  4. Cats like fresh food, so don't leave a can or bag of food open for long periods of time. Canned food should be consumed within 24 hours of opening and bagged food should be stored in an air tight container.
  5. If your cat doesn't like to have her whiskers touched, get a bowl that is shallow and wide. The bowl should also be heavy and not move around as she eats. This way she won't be scared away by having her whiskers unexpectedly touched.
  6. Cats get bored. If you ate a tuna sandwich three times a day every day, you'd probably start hating tuna sandwiches. If you've been serving your cat the same food for a while, try something new. Your cat may simply be bored with that particular meal.
  7. A cat that is suddenly not eating may not be picky at all. Examine the mouth and teeth of your cat, looking for any areas of inflammation . You may want to have your cat seen by a vet.
A cat who is finicky can be stressful for both you and the cat. Get creative and be patient with your feline friend. She may be trying to tell you something.

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