Feeding a picky cat
Is yor cat picky?
Cats are considered picky and selective eaters. However, it's often a matter of habit, as new smells and tastes can seem suspicious to a cat at first. There can also be many other reasons for pickiness.
Cats are generalist predators, meaning that in the wild they adapt to the food they find in their habitat and eat a wide variety of protein sources. However, cats have their own taste preferences, and knowing these can make it easier to feed a picky cat. Learn about the natural diet of a cat.
Variety and diversity are important in a cat's diet, which is why it's a good idea to get your cat used to eating a wide variety of foods as a kitten. A varied diet will help prevent various types of deficiencies and ensure that your cat gets all the vitamins, minerals and trace elements it needs to support its well-being.
Getting a cat used to a new food can take time and requires both patience and planning on the part of the cat owner. See our guide on how to teach your cat to eat new cat food.
Remember these when feeding your picky cat
- Do not force the cat to eat new food by keeping the cat hungry. The cat's body cannot withstand fasting, and permanent damage can occur after just over a day without food.
- Even if the cat likes the new food straight away, make the change gradually. Cats have a delicate digestive system, and a change in diet too quickly can upset the cat's stomach.
- If your cat prefers dry food to wet food, remember to make sure your cat gets enough water. PrimaCat's Soup and Fillets supplementary foods are ideal for supporting your cat's water intake.
- Remember to exercise restraint, especially if you have been feeding your cat a high-carbohydrate diet rich in grain or added sugar. Although cats do not need carbohydrates, especially sugars, they can easily become addicted to them. In this case, it can take longer than usual for your cat to get used to sugar-free food.