If your cat is fussy and you have to give him different foods, this is the time for you to know that your cat doesn’t like the changes in their food.
Many of us feel frustrated when our cats don’t want to eat. Maybe it’s because your cat doesn’t feel well or needs a different menu, trying to encourage him to eat can be a difficult thing to do. Many cats who suffer from kidney problems, diabetes, or food allergies also need to eat a new menu. Introducing a new menu requires a little creative effort. This can be more difficult if your cat feels unwell, especially if you have a cat that has kidney problems.
If your cat is unwell, you should immediately contact your veterinarian and seek medical advice and treatment. Many unhealthy cats become lust for food and become more difficult to eat even with self-made food recipes. This article does not discuss true medical attention if your cat is unwell. If your vet has done everything and now your cat is recovering and doesn’t have enough appetite, we have a few tips to overcome it.
Why does my cat not want to eat?
You will get help from your veterinarian to find out the reasons why your cat won’t eat (mouth pain, nausea, viruses and digestive problems). Cats are animals that have a habit and according to the evolutionary side, they are not the type who likes to experiment with food, not like dogs. For cats, variation is not important. They will enjoy eating mice every day, they don’t need change. Some basic principles that must be kept in mind when changing their menus include:
Cats who experience nasal congestion often refuse to eat because they cannot smell their food. Heating food until it reaches body temperature can make the smell of food taste better. Cats basically have a favorite menu when they reach 7 weeks of age, after their mother teaches them about food, and what is safe to eat. Therefore, changing food for adult cats can be a problem.
Cats will have a favorite menu in terms of texture and appearance, so try to make new foods look and feel like old food to help their transition. For example, if you want to introduce a raw chicken neck, first cut it up to the size of a biscuit and sprinkle with biscuit crumbs as ‘seasoning’, then do larger cuts regularly.
Not wanting to eat can also occur because of something that was previously eaten by your cat and usually he will feel unwell after eating the food. Many pregnant women with morning sickness also experience the same thing, or maybe this is the reason you can’t stand Malibu or lemon!
Signs of nausea
A nauseous cat often licks his lips, spits out a lot of saliva or goes to a food bowl then leaves after sniffing it. Your doctor may be able to help treat nausea and there are also appetite stimulants that help your pet in the recovery period. If cats don’t want to eat, trying to give different foods can help. It usually takes 2 to 4 weeks for your cat to tolerate food again. Ask your vet if there are different types of food that can be tried, or suitable home-cooked foods.
Make changes regularly
If not recommended by a veterinarian, all changes to food must be done regularly, at least for 7 days. Your pet has enzymes and bacteria that have adapted to digest old food, so sudden changes in food will cause diarrhea and sometimes vomiting. During the first three days, add 25% of new food to the total food given. Two days later, 50% of food must contain new foods. On days 6-7, 75% of food must contain new foods.
Sensitive to smell
Cats are very sensitive to smell. They often refuse to eat new food if it’s not heated to body temperature, instinctively, they like to eat fresh prey that is still warm. Try heating the food with a microwave until the food is rather warm, pay attention to the hot spots in the center and never feed with soft bones.
Change food from dry to wet
If you have a cat with urinary problems or diabetes, your cat is better off eating high protein foods or wet foods. Many cats like dry biscuits, so transitioning to wet food can cause a hunger strike. Follow the advice above with a periodic transition and start mixing biscuits with a little wet food. Applying biscuits crushed to wet foods can also help. You can start with a few extra ‘spices’, and periodically reduce the amount.
Another option is to wet your cat’s biscuits, adding water every day. Add warm water to the biscuits and leave for 20 minutes.
Encourage your cat to eat raw meat or bone
If your vet has suggested that you start feeding your cat with raw meat or bone for dental health, there are some smart tricks that can encourage trying new things. Cats are often reluctant to eat cold meat taken directly from the refrigerator, so leave the meat until it reaches room temperature first. You can also heat the meat on a very hot Teflon, making sure the meat is hot for a few seconds, so the bones are still raw.
For extra tricks, try cutting the meat and bone into small pieces, crushing dry food or mixing with a little wet food. Make as much as possible with your cat’s food beforehand and mix old and new foods, periodically reduce the amount of food from time to time.
Additional tips for fussy eating cats
Some cats will eat if you stroke it near the food bowl. A gentle touch from head to tail when he is close to food can increase his appetite.
Push your cat to play, then serve fresh food afterwards. A little exercise can stimulate appetite.
Occasionally put food on your finger and let your cat lick it to start to eat again.
Ask your vet what food your cat can eat, if roasted chicken is allowed, maybe you can try serving it without skin. The smell of grilled chicken is very tasty and will arouse the appetite of fussy cats.
Adding probiotics to cat food can increase delicacy and overall improve intestinal and digestive health. Ask your vet if probiotics are suitable for your cat.
Add a few low-salt broths without onions to your cat’s food as flavorings. Cats are usually not sensitive to salt like us, but broth can really add flavor. You can do the same with a little Vegemite mixed with water.