Cats are carnivore animals, such as the other felines. Cats need certain nutritional needs that have to be satisfied in order to develop a good health. There are good canned cat food and good dry food, you just have to pick the right food to your cat. Since cats are carnivores, generally speaking canned foods are similar to what they eat in their habitat, which is meat.
According to some specialists, though, some dry foods have less nutritional value than the wet foods. It is necessary to know what are the actual nutritional needs cats have in order to provide them a well-balanced diet, with the right nutrients to their health. According to your cat’s eventual diseases, age or weight, the Veterinary may recommend a certain type of food. It is important to ask your Veterinarian about this and perform medical exams regularly to find out if everything is ok with your cat or if he had some disease potentially conditioned to the food he eats.
My Cat Does Not Eat Wet Food
Some experts on this matter say that most dry foods available on the market are nutritionally poorer because they have less water than the wet food, a high carbohydrate level and the protein quality and balance is not the required to a cat’s needs.
Many cat owners report that their cats are very stubborn and it is hard to make them eat what they do not want to eat. In fact, dry food is tastier and for that reason it becomes very appealing to cats in general. In spite of that, some specialists argue that dry food is not as nutritive as wet food. Give wet food to a cat may be a serious problem if he doesn’t want to. You can try to mix wet food and dry food in order to make your cat eat some of it. You may try different varieties until you find out what does your cat like.
If your cat is turning your task difficult and refuses wet food, you may try to establish a schedule to meals and not to have food available all day long. If you do it when the meal time comes, your cat will be hungry and it will be easier to accept new flavours and textures.
If your cat is really reluctant and don’t like any of the wet foods you tried, consider giving him wet food with dry food. Leave your cat eating as much as he want. When he stops eating, remove the food bawl. You must be patient because it might take some time to your cat begins to eat wet food. Try to replace the dry food with wet food in small steps.
If you try enough variety it is very probable that you find out a flavour, a brand or a texture that is appealing to your cat. This may be problematic because cats are very determined and when they refuse food there will be probably lots of food going to trash. You must try to assure that the food you serve is in a proper temperature for your cat. You may also put different food together with the wet kibble: tuna, some kinds of meat, or anything your cat can eat and he finds tasty. Consider to give your cat probiotics or fish oils to enhance the wet food flavour (talk to your Veterinarian to find out if there is any problem about giving to your cat these supplements). You may add a little amount of cheese to the food if your cat likes it. If your cat rejects your attempts it is better to wait some time before insist on it. Your cat may be upset because he feels you are trying to force him to eat wet food and it is possible that he rejects it in a permanent way. Try to force a cat to do something can be a very stressful situation. Try to construct a comfortable environment when the meal time comes: you may give wet food to your cat on your hand, you may pet him, and any other thing your cat likes. You may take your cat for a walk and play with him with several toys to exercise him because this may be good to increase his appetite.
It is important to assure that your cat eats enough to keep his health. Even if he prefers dry food, if the alternative is not eating at all, you must let him eat dry food. It is a very serious situation when a cat stops eating and it can lead to several diseases and health problems. If you suspect your cat stopped eating at all, you must take him to a Veterinarian as soon as you can.
Cats have very strong personalities and it may be hard to convince them to change their habits. You must be patient and never yell to your cat or hurt or frighten him in any way! It is important to let the cat get used to new habits and tastes. Sooner or later almost every cat will eventually appreciate wet food, it is just a question of time and investigation to find out what is the ideal flavour.