How do I get my cat to eat wet food?
Topic: How do I get my cat to eat wet food?
July 16, 2019 / By Avice Question:
My 2 yr old cat will only eat dry food (wich I only give them at night) except for Friskies or Royal Cannon Wet food (which is more expensive) I've been feeding them Science Diet & Soulistic Which my other 7 month old kittens love. (and it's cheaper). I thought Luna only liked Chunky but she won't eat the science diet.
Best Answers: How do I get my cat to eat wet food?
Abigail | 5 days ago
Those foods aren't that healthy. I would change your cat food.
California Natural, Wellness, Blue Buffalo, Innova, and EVO are all healthy and high quality cat foods. They don't contain grains or by-products.
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Originally Answered: Odd Cat Behavior - Cat suddenly wants to eat dogs food and my food and wet food, but not his own dry food.?
You are feeding your cat too much fish, no matter how high a quality it is, and as a result your cat is looking for some nutrient replacement not available in her current food. While cats will eat fish, it is NOT a natural food for them and you should be aware of some concerns with serving your cat too much fish. The high levels of polyunsaturated fatty acids in a heavy fish diet will deplete a cat's supply of vitamin E. You should also be aware that carnivorous fish like tuna, salmon and swordfish are more likely to contain higher levels of mercury than cod, halibut and flounder. Being your cat had fatty liver disease, I'm surprised your vet signed off on such a heavy fish diet.
One of the biggest issues with a cat eating dog food is the taurine levels (one of those ingredients at the end of the list). While there is usually some taurine in dog food, not enough for a cat's well being. However, as your cat is still eating his wet cat food, he should be getting enough taurine. Cats and dogs have different amino acid requirements, and depending on how the food is processed, could not have the right mix for a cat.
Which comes back to the poop issue and constipation. You can generally ease any constipation by regularly mixing in a little psyllium (Metamucil) with his wet food, or in an emergency let him lap up some milk -- the lactose usually helps soften stool in cats.
If you're interested in getting a pet food suitable for dogs and/or cats, look into Wysong. http://www.wysong.net/pet-health-and-nut...
Added: Remember, your cat is 18 years old. Just like Grandpa, they do some weird stuff when they get older.
I have found that many vets think dry food is okay as long as there is plenty of fresh water also.
Also I would warn against the grocery store bought wet food as these seem to have a lot ingredients that could eventually cause kidney (renal) failure or other problems later on. Personally I think that Royal Canin dry and wet is the best food on the market. It is more expensive but in the long run (again personally) more healthy for the life of your cat. I have saved 3 cats and 2 have lived to 15 ...the one I have now is 17-1/2.
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Figuring how to feed a cat depends on the age, activity level and health status of your cat. I will address your concern by giving you advise base on the assumption that your cat is generally healthy and have no special dietary or medical needs.
If you have been feeding your cat dry food around the clock with a food dispenser, the first thing to do is to stop slowly. Kibble addict resist changes and it's not a good way to cut them off dry immediately. They are used to the smell of dry kibble - where food manufacturer trick their senses with addictive coating to entice them to eat. Also, your cat is used to the crunchy texture of dry kibbles and will resist eating wet.
What you need to do is a gradual transition - introduce her to wet food slowly. Start off with a mixture of what she is eating now and mix it with the wet food.
If your cats eat both wet and dry, you can eliminate the dry almost immediately. On the other hand, if they are kibble addicts, you need to go slow. Feed more times, less quantity because kibble addicts are used to having food around 24/7 (if you free fed).
A normal healthy and active adult weighing at about 6-8lbs would need about 6oz of wet food a day. For kibble addicts, you need to upped the number of feedings at the beginning but each time, serve only a smaller portion. Since they are used to eating all the time, you can try feeding them up to 6 times a day. This is just a very extreme recommendation because once your cat has established a wet food appetite, you can greatly reduced the number of feeding and increase the quantity.
Once you got your cat to eating wet food, you can now feed either 2-3 times a day. Always monitor your cat's reaction to the food. If after four weeks or so, you find that your cat seems to have grown a little more chubbier, reduce and the opposite is correct if she seems to be hungry at all times.
Sometimes, when switching to all wet using scheduled and portion control feeding method cat owners feel bad when they see their cats begging for more food. Resist the temptation to give in. Cats can very well go a few long hours without eating. Stick to your routine. But never starve a cat into eating.
The decision to switch to wet food is the correct one and I am glad that you have taken a step forward in ensuring your cat gets all the proper nutrition and species appropriate food.
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Dry food is better for your cat's teeth, and keeps the litterbox from smelling awful. If the cat likes dry, you should stick to that, and Royal Canin is a good quality food. As long as the vet doesn't feel she is underweight, she's probably getting enough food.
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Originally Answered: Why is healthy food at fast food restaurants more expensive than regular food?
Because the ingredients in the unhealthy food are so cheap they're actually cheaper than the healthy stuff.
In the past fruit & vegetables always used to be cheaper than animal products, but thanks to some modern inhumane intensive farming methods and new methods of carcass processing (for example "mechanically recovered/separated meat" etc) its very cheap to get a bit of animal on your plate these days.
What part of that animal though is another question (its not even technically meat most of the time), but when its all processed into a nice nondescript paste which is then cooked up in a shape with some flavourings & additives etc people don't seem to really care!
But yeah. I know farming, i know food factory work. I've lived/worked in both and i've done a lot of research on these matters too, and long story short my advice is: Save your pennies up for the better quality healthier food and avoid such processed foods (chicken nuggets, cheap sausage meat, burgers etc) like the plague! You'll be doing your health a big favour- its not just gross & fattening a lot of what they put in junk/fast food, there are major concerns over the long term health implications over a lot of the other things they add to food.