Both my cats are SUPER picky eaters I've wasted so much money that I don't have. Any advice to get them to eat what I buy?

Asked by Mandy

1 Answer

Log in or sign up with email
By submitting you agree to our Terms of Service
Hi Mandy, a couple of things come to mind here.

Firstly, are your cats indoor cats? If not, could they be hunting birds or being fed by neighbors? If they’re eating elsewhere they’re less likely to be interested in food at home. How old are they and how are their teeth? Sometimes an underlying problem for example kidney disease or painful teeth can affect a cat’s enthusiasm to eat. Some cats with a gastrointestinal problem such as inflammatory bowel disease have picky appetites and perhaps a hypoallergenic diet may help. What’s their body condition like? Cats that don’t appear to eat much but are still healthy and in good body condition are likely to be getting enough nutrients, even though it may not appear they’re eating much.

If none of these suggestions resonate with you then it may be worth chatting to your vet about having some tests done to see if there are any underlying health issues that may be affecting their appetite. A last resort is to try a home cooked menu but you’d need to have a chat to a nutrition service to make sure their diet was balanced, and it would be less convenient for you. | 08.04.16 @ 13:20
Comment 1  
annie3195 — The very first cat I had was a picky eater - very! Later on, I realized that it was I who made her that way, by giving in to her crying. She liked one brand of cat food, and only one of their flavors, and over time she had trained me to only give her that one food. By then, she was 17 years old and had kidney disease and it wasn't the time to change her ways - or mine. But from then on, I became more "strict" about what my cats ate. I agree with the other reply as far as getting a check up. I now give my current two cats both dry and canned foods, and if they don't eat what I put down, well, too bad. In the end, they will eat enough, and I certainly cannot afford to keep buying more and different foods for them. And you know what? Neither of my cats is picky at all. It is obvious that one prefers a particular brand, but he doesn't always get it, and yet he still eats enough. | 08.16.16 @ 20:59
Log in or sign up with email
By submitting you agree to our Terms of Service
$commenter.renderDisplayableName() — {comment} | 09.26.17 @ 00:05
Log in or sign up with email
By submitting you agree to our Terms of Service
Free LovePets Membership!

Get FREE, full access to LovePets.com

Related Questions