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My finicky cat refuses to eat her prescription cat food. HELP!

HELP! My cat is prone to urinary tract infections and our vet put her on a canned food for this.  She’s extremely stubborn and refuses to eat the canned food she needs for her urinary tract health.

Any suggestions?

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4 comments on “My finicky cat refuses to eat her prescription cat food. HELP!

  1. jean faillace on said:

    get a can of tuna fish in water, and pour just a small amount over her diet food. not the tuna just some of the water from the can. Refridgerate the rest, to use again. Good luck!

  2. Taylor - Blog Administrator VetLocator.com on said:

    It’s not uncommon for a cat to resist changing their food from what they are used to. Although it can be tricky sometimes it’s necessary to address a serious health issue that requires a prescription diet to treat.

    Whatever the reason, you put out the new food and the cat looks at you as if to say – “You’ve got to be kidding!” And if you have other cats in the house who aren’t changing their diet, often the LOVE the new food while the cat that needs it refuses to even try it.

    One tactic that is successful with many cats is to make the change slowly.

    To start, mix a small amount of the new food in with the old food. Feed the mixture to your cat for 2-3 days and then start increasing the new food and decreasing the old food a little bit every day. Keep it up until your cat is eating as prescribed.

    If your cat stops eating during the increase, dial it back a bit for a few days and then start the increase again, slowly.

    Keep in mind that cats prefer food at room temperature or slightly warmer. If your cat won’t eat his new cat food, try warming the food a little to release the aroma. A cat’s appetite is stimulated by smell much more than taste. You can also try dripping a bit of tuna juice over the food to improve the smell (this trick addicted one of our cats to tuna. She now insists on tuna water a few times a week – which we are happy to provide).

    Good luck!
    Taylor
    Blog Administrator

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