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Cats Can Drive You Crazy Sometimes

Cat Crazy Newsletter

By Petplace.com

I LOVE cats, but they can drive you crazy sometimes…

For example, some cats are finicky and other cats are really, really finicky. There are times I have opened 3 or 4 cans of food for a cat to eat until I finally found the right one. 

Has this ever happened to you? (If not, don’t worry; it will happen sooner or later).

I’ve sent you some previous emails about how to deal with finicky cats – as far as topping off the food bowl, offering fresh food, and watching closely to make sure that your cat is not just sick (that he is playful, normal urination, normal bowel movements, etc).

What else can you do?

Here are a couple more tips.

Sometimes offering food in a different location can make a difference in a cats desire or willingness to eat. This is especially true in cats that have been ill and are regaining their appetite. Cats are funny and can have a “memory” of being sick with a particular food or in a particular location. Sometimes the location can be a different room as well as a different location on the floor or counter.

Another thing that will stimulate some cats to eat is a different bowl. This sounds too simple but some cats will really have a preference as to the style and substrate of a bowl. Some cats prefer a very shallow bowl or dish so their whiskers are not stimulated while they are eating. One thing you can do is take your cats current food and offer it in his regular feeding bowl, a deeper bowl, a more shallow bowl or a flat plate. See which one he goes to.

Some cats really like for you to offer different foods. If you are feeding dry, sometimes offering a different dry or canned can stimulate some cats to eat. If you are feeding canned – offering a different canned or pouched food can help your cat to eat. Hills® Science diet has a new food called Tender Chunks in Gravy .  This food contains real chunks of fish, chicken or beef and seems to appeal to many cats.
To learn more about this food go to:

So…if your cat is not eating well, make sure he is not sick. If you have any doubts – see your veterinarian for a check-up. So things you can do are:  offer some different foods, feed in a different location or try some new or different types of food bowls or plates.

Until next time,

Dr. Jon


May 13, 2008 - Posted by | Feline Behavior

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