Like people, cats have their own set of dietary wants and needs. While cat nutrition is easy to overlook, it’s often what sets your cat up for a long and healthy life.
Finding the best cat food may seem easier said than done, particularly when you have a picky eater on your hands, but getting your finicky kitty to join the “clean plate club” often starts by asking yourself a few key questions:
- Is there a particular ingredient that is causing your cat to react negatively? (i.e. upset tummy, excessive hair loss, lethargy)
- Does your cat dislike the texture, taste or temperature of the food?
- Are you giving your cat the right portion of food?
Texture and taste play a huge role in conquering your kitty’s picky palette. If their usual bowl of food remains uneaten for a majority of the day, it’s best to start exploring other options in terms of texture and flavor. As natural hunters, your picky kitty will probably love wet, protein-rich food.
Another quick tip? Cats have an aversion to cold food! So if possible, bring your cat’s food to room temperature before serving.
Lastly, it’s important to understand how your picky eater likes to eat. Is your kitty a “grazer” who nibbles throughout the day? Or does he or she like to chow down all at once? Understanding how your cat enjoys his or her meals may also help determine how much food to put out at one time. It’s important to distinguish lack of hunger from true “pickiness.” Also, be careful not to overfeed your cat; serving size is a crucial factor in maintaining your cat’s health.
Premium cat food may sound like a splurge, but by providing your pet with a nutrient-rich, well-rounded diet, you’re investing in their overall health and longevity. Once you do find the purrrfect food for your finicky cat, mealtime will be a breeze!