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Is Your Cat A Picky Eater?

Friday, June 19, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

My cat Millie is a very picky eater. She’s eats very small amounts at a time and will not eat when food is put in front of her. After 15 years, we’re used to her behavior. Our Atlantis is another story. He does have some medical problems and usually is crying by his bowl for food in the morning but sometimes like this morning he does not eat. I always become concerned that there is something wrong. He’s fussy and prefers wet food with a lot of moisture in it. I do leave their food out all day and spoil them with snacks at night. This could also have to do with reasons that he sometimes refuses food.  Pedmd.com has put  together some reasons for picky eaters.

If health problems are not an issue, you might need to consider that your cat has acquired some bad habits. Feeding your cat extra kitty treats during the day that are tastier and more interesting than his normal diet, for example, can cause a finicky appetite to develop over time. If there are many people in the household that like to give your cat extra treats or slip him some special foods during the day, it can lead to some serious issues, including obesity.

Some cats will hold out until they are given something that just tastes better than dry cat food. Here is where you need to make some changes and stop reinforcing the bad behavior. Human foods and excessive treats only cause weight gain and don’t provide balanced nutrition. Your cat needs to eat nutritionally balanced food in proper amounts every day to maintain health. So, in this case it’s time to make some changes.

Stop feeding extra foods and special treats and stick to a daily scheduled feeding routine. If possible, put down a small amount of food several times a day, as cats tend to be grazers. Put down the proper amount of food at a regular time each day and wait. If your cat won’t eat the offered food, try again later. If he just won’t eat, and as long as he’s in good health and not an obese animal (or diabetic), wait things out a day and hopefully hunger will take over. This will help encourage his appetite for his cat food and after a short time he should learn that this food is the only food he will be getting every day.

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