5 tips for feeding fussy cats
Sometimes there’s no way of knowing why your cat may be screwing their nose up at mealtime. While some cats will quickly take to certain foods, others tend to be uninterested no matter what you serve them. Cat owners can at times find it hard to satisfy their cat’s fussy appetites, however there are a few simple ways you can encourage them to make sure they’re getting exactly what they need from their diet.
Tip 1: Is there something else going on?
Some cats can be notoriously fussy, and can be this way since kittenhood. Sometimes though, you may notice your cat has a sudden loss of appetite and is starting to leave most of their meals unfinished. This could be an indication of something more serious than picky eating that should prompt a trip to the vet. It could be because your cat is unwell, stressed by a new addition to their environment or even a dental problem that could be causing them pain when it comes time to chew.
Tip 2: Try something new
If you’re just dealing with a picky eater, have a think about what you’re feeding your cat. Is it time to change up their diet? Should you start feeding them wet food instead of dry? Should you try food with a new texture or aroma? There are many different alternatives available for your cat to try and you’ll hopefully find something they’re continuously happy to eat. Remember too, that whenever you decide to change up their diet, it’s important to do it gradually over a week so their digestion has time to adjust. Texture plays a big part in your cat’s meal preferences. Cats can easily be turned off if they don’t like the way their food feels when they pick it up and feel it in their mouths.
Royal Canin’s new Loaf range for kittens and adult cats gives a new texture option for fussier cats that prefer softer foods. After 40 food trials with 143 cats, Royal Canin found that 20% of cats preferred the new loaf texture over wet food in jelly and gravy. This new soft loaf texture is perfectly formulated with optimal levels of proteins, carbohydrates and fats too that helps appeal to their natural preference.
Tip 3: Smells matter
Cats have an extremely sensitive nose and their sense of smell is how they primarily interact with their food. Cats have 65 million olfactory receptors (the cells responsible for the detection of scent), while humans only have 15 million, so what you’re feeding them needs to smell appealing. Wet food is a great way to tempt fussy cats as it gives off a meaty aroma they’ll be drawn to. If you mainly feed your cat dry food and would prefer to stick to dry, you can look for an option which has a special aromatic profile.
Tip 4: Smaller serves are best
Cats tend to enjoy eating smaller amounts of food throughout the day so they can nibble at their own leisure. Make sure to keep these portions small and if these meals don’t get finished, take it away. Wet food that is left out for hours on end can turn off your cat as it will dry up quickly and go stale; instead try a small serving of wet with a dry kibble that they can slowly pick at.
Tip 5: It’s not all about food
Think about where you’ve set up your cat’s eating area. If other pets share this space at mealtimes, it’s in a noisy environment or right near their litter tray, these factors can easily deter your cat when it comes to time to eat. Choosing a quite spot away from loud distractions in the home can be a simple trick to help your cat become interested in their meals. Another simple fix could be washing their food bowl between meals to stop any leftover aromas lingering.