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Is Your Cat a Picky Eater? Training Guide to Help Them Eat

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Why fresh food?

Before we talk about how to get your cat to try something new, let’s talk about what to feed them. There are many different types of cat food available — dry food, canned, raw and fresh — and a few reasons why fresh food is worth the little extra work of transition. 

Why the full bowl?

Cats are notorious for being picky when it comes to their food preferences (among other things). Even when offered healthy meals that contain palatable proteins, like fresh chicken or fish, there’s still a chance they’ll refuse to eat. 

Cats’ preferences aren’t always based on what’s best for them, either. The meals your cat loves could be the feline equivalent of fast food. Tasty? Yes. Good for them? Not always. A healthier diet can help support their overall health and immunity, meaning fewer vet visits and a lot more purring. So how do you get them to transition to a new diet successfully? First, let’s explore why they might not be warming up to the new food.

If your cat is hesitant to try their new food, don’t be surprised — or give up. There’s probably a good reason and it could be that: 

One last note: If your cat hasn’t been eating much of their familiar food either, consult with your veterinarian about other possible issues.

Transition tips for fussy felines

Now that you know what kind of food to feed your cat, it's time to transition. And for many kitties it takes time. If you’re noticing a lack of interest, it’s seldomly about the quality of the meal. And oftentimes more about your cat being, well, a cat. It may take some effort on your part to get them to open up but once they do, they’ll thank you for introducing their new favorite. Here are some tips to help them make the leap into healthier eating:

Successful changes happen gradually, and when you want to make sure your pet is as healthy and happy as possible, it’s worth it to learn a few new tricks. Let us know how it’s going; we’re here to help and answer any questions at [email protected]. For more on cat nutrition and feeding, check out the guides below.

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