How To Entice A Cat To Eat

If you’ve been a cat owner for long, you’ve probably had to deal with him being a bit finicky about eating his food.  Here are a few things Lucyto try to entice him:

  • Change to a different flavor.  For example, my cat Marty tends to grow tired of the same variety if fed too often.  If you’ve been feeding chicken, change to beef.  This is a good idea to do every few weeks to prevent food allergies to given proteins down the road.
  • If he only eats dry, offer canned or vice versa.  It’s a good idea to add canned food periodically.  An all dry food diet can contribute to kidney problems later in life.
  • Human baby food.  My kitty Bo loved the turkey baby food, so he got that sometimes as a special treat.  Don’t go overboard on this, though, since human food doesn’t have all the nutrients cats need to stay healthy.  Avoid flavors with onion, pork or garlic.  Chicken, turkey and lamb tend to be kitty favorites.
  • A bit of roasted or boiled chicken, broken in small bite sizes
  • Add some broth to his food.  Chicken or turkey are usually favorites.  Avoid broth with garlic, onions or additives.
  • A new type of canned cat food with a strong odor.  Cats have to be able to smell their food for it to be attractive, so unfortunately, the smellier the better!

If your cat stops eating for any length of time (24 hours or longer), consult your veterinarian.  Cats can become dehydrated and very ill very quickly if they stop eating and drinking.

Written by Karen


Karen is Publisher of Fully Feline. She also owns a pet care business in Overland Park, KS called Joy of Living.