Why Some Cats Are Finicky About Food

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Cats may show reservations toward certain types of foods, if you try changing their diet out of the blue. Of course, if the formulation of the food that you usually feed your cat has changed, thereby affecting the texture, flavor or shape, then you will have too look at switching to an alternative food; especially if your cat does not find it palatable anymore. Sometimes, a medical condition may call for a specialized prescription diet. Either way we take a look at what causes some cats to be picky eaters, and how you can resolve the problem.

Evolutionary cat food habits

Let’s take a look at the eating habits of cats that are not domesticated. These cats are opportunistic eaters; that means they eat when they find a prey, eating many times a day- about 10 to 20 meals, on some days. If your cat is showing finicky habits then it is not following its natural food habits. You will have to explore further to see what is causing the issue.

Reasons why your cat is not eating right

If your cat is hesitant about switching over to new food, then do not be surprised, this is quite common with indoor cats. Since the cat is accustomed to a certain food, switching to a new food routine means change, which the cat naturally sees as a threat. You don’t want to introduce unfamiliar foods out of nowhere into your cat’s diet for this reason. You want to gradually introduce it, to avoid rejection. It’s also important to do this to prevent stomach upsets in your cat. Take a week or two to gradually increase the quantity of the new food in your cat’s diet.

If your cat is the outdoorsy type, chances are he is already grabbing a snack outside before he gets back home. This could be why he’s not hungry when it is lunch time.

In cases where there are many cats in a household, your cat may not be eating due to acts of bullying. If the food bowl is in a location that the cat cannot easily approach, due to the presence of other cat/cats, he may refrain from going near it. You want to make sure that the food bowl is in a location that offers a sense of security to your pet. They also like seclusion when they eat.

If your cat shows a sudden change in its appetite and eating habits, it could also be due to an underlying condition. If your cat has a respiratory condition it could affecting its sense of smell, while it may not be eating as it finds it difficult to chew due to tooth problems. Either way, it’s a good idea to see a vet if the problem persists.


Foods That You Should Never Give Your Dog

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From table scraps to common fruits and vegetables, there are some foods that your dog is better off without. We know that you just melt and give in when he looks at you with those puppy eyes, but these foods that are seen to be healthy for humans are unhealthy, and some even toxic to canines. The effect of these foods, again, varies based on the breed and size of your pet. Even so, your dog can enjoy a longer and healthier life without these foods in its diet. Be sure to take special care to ensure that your dog does not get access to any of these foods.


A sweet and even comforting treat for humans, chocolates can be downright toxic to dogs. Chocolate contains methylxanthine compounds- theobromines and caffeine, which are known to cause dehydration, vomiting, seizure, irregular heart rate, abdominal pain, increased body temperature, and even death in some cases. Dark chocolate is believed to be the most toxic of all chocolates. Be sure to stock all those chocolates at home out of reach of your canine.

Raisins and grapes

Raisins and grapes are toxic to dogs, although scientists are yet to figure out which of the compounds in these foods are responsible for the toxic effects. These foods can initiate rapid kidney failure, and it takes just a couple of grapes or raisins to do the damage. Some symptoms that canines show when they are affected by grapes and raisins include loss of appetite, diarrhea, vomiting and dehydration; not all dogs show these symptoms. A kidney failure can cause dogs to die within a couple of days.

Garlic and onions

Garlic and onions damage the red blood cells in dogs causing anemia. The symptoms of anemia show up as breathlessness, vomiting, weakness, dullness and loss of appetite. Your dog may develop a lethargic tendency and may not actively move around. Garlic has worse effects than onions for every ounce consumed. In case the condition is severe, a blood transfusion may be required. Bottom line, garlic or onions should not be given to dogs in any form, whether it is raw, cooked or powdered.


The next time you are feeding your dog scraps from under the table as you enjoy your breakfast, you want to make sure that bacon is not on the list. Bacon contains a large dose of fat which can cause pancreatitis in canines. The condition causes inflammation of the pancreas, ultimately impairing its ability to function. Dogs will have difficulties with absorbing nutrients and digestion problems due to which they become weak.

Keep these foods off your dogs’ diet and help them lead a healthy life.


Food Your Cat Will Never Say no to!

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Dogs are essentially pack animals and their early survival was dependent on scavenger food hunts. But cats have emerged from smaller desert felines which hunted birds and mice. The natural prey for cats was available in abundance and was not very challenging to catch. Therefore, they did not develop the need to gulp down any food that was given to them. So it is not unnatural for your kitty to refuse a bowl of food that is laid down in front of it and walk away simply uninterested. Here is some help in understanding the foods that cats love and will never say no to.

Top foods for feeding your pet cat

Include these delicious delights in your cat’s daily feed and keep them healthy and happy!

  1. Tuna

    As soon as you open that can of yummy tuna, you will know why it’s ranked high in the ‘favorite cat food’ list. There is no need to do anything fancy with the canned tuna. You simply have to offer some pieces to your cat to earn the brownie points from them. Alternatively, you could also prepare tuna cakes. But you have to be careful because several cats are intolerant towards mayo. Also remember to avoid spicy tuna as it might not go down well with your cat. Plain tuna is ideal for serving to your kitty.

  2. Ham

    For those who like eating ham, be prepared to serve some bites to your cat too. It is not advisable to offer them the typical meat ham as it has a high amount of harmful nitrates and other additives, which might not be good for the cat’s health. If your cat savors ham, give it fresh ham instead.

  3. Dairy

    Even though cats love milk, very few people know that these animals also like yogurt and ice cream! These are milk-based products and therefore offer the same kind of pleasure to the cat’s taste buds as dairy milk. In addition to this, the probiotics present in yogurt help in easing the digestion process in case the cat is lactose intolerant.

    It is a good idea to serve plain yogurt to your cat, instead of picking artificially flavored varieties. Similarly, if your cat is an ice-cream lover, try giving it coconut milk-based varieties or organic ice-creams. These not only taste good but are also very healthy for your cat.

    Other foods that have been ranked popular among cats include eggs, canned salmon, sardines, chicken, fish sticks etc. Some cats also love food prepared in coconut oil. It is important to remember that your cat’s daily feed should be nutritionally balanced in addition to being tasty.


Food For Cats Based on Their Breeds

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A good diet and nutrition are essential for your cat’s health. Cats have specific nutritional needs depending on their inherent breed. The anatomy of cats varies by the breed, depending on how they had adapted themselves to the environmental factors presented by the habitat in the ancient days. For instance, cats that originated in colder places used to have longer hair when compared to those that lived in an arid climates. Similarly, the behavior and disposition of cat vary depending on the same factors as well. These physical appearance and characteristic features, in turn, affect the nutritional needs of cats, and here’s how you should use it to plan your cat’s diet.


The structure and skeletal make-up of cats will play a deciding role in how the joints are exerted. This, in turn, determines the cats susceptibility to osteoarthritis and joint-related conditions. Pure cat breeds like Ragdoll or Maine Coon, have a lanky and bigger frame when compared to other cats. They are also more prone to bone and joint-related disorders. A diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids, chondroitin and glucosamine can help manage these conditions better.

Fur coat

Certain cat breeds like Persian cats have thick fur or long fur. These cats should have a diet that is rich in amino acids and omega fatty acids to make sure that the fur coat remains shiny by locking in moisture. Some cats may also have a tendency to accumulate hairballs from constantly grooming themselves; this is especially seen in the case of Persian cats. It is essential to have a fiber-rich diet for these cats, so the hair can easily make its way through the intestine and not form hairballs. Prebiotics and fibers help the cause.

Jaw structure

Persian cats have a flat-faced brachycephalic jaw structure, while Maine Coons have strong jaws. The jaw structure plays a pivotal role in their capabilities to grasp food. Cat owners should take this into consideration while choosing food for their cats. For instance, if the jaw structure of the cat makes them work extra hard to grasp food, then longer kibble bits may be a good choice, so the cat can easily grab hold of the food with its tongue. Similarly, if you have a speedy eater like a Siamese, then you want to make sure that it does not suffer from stomach upsets or regurgitation as a result. Tube-shaped kibble is a good pick for such cats.


The lifestyle and habits of your cat are also an important consideration while choosing food. For instance, a cat that naps on the couch all day does not require a diet that power it with as much energy as one that is always on the prowl would require.


4 Ways to Slow Down Your Cat’s Eating

Some cats get a little too excited when dinner time rolls around and devour their food at lightening fast speed. This is sometimes a problem in multi-cat homes; one cat inhales their food and then moves on to their sibling’s share. It’s not only a frustrating situation, it can also result in tummy upset for your little speed-eater. In fact, fast eating is one of the most common causes of cat vomiting. And a cat who sucks in air while gobbling may suffer from hiccups, too.

So how can you get your cat to hit the brakes when their bowl hits the floor?

Tip #1: Put a Ball in Their Bowl

Put a golf ball, ping-pong ball, or some other type of ball into your cat’s food bowl. The cat will have to eat around the ball, which will force them to slow down. Just make sure that the ball you choose is a large enough size that it can’t be swallowed, and wash it regularly to avoid bacterial growth.

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Tip #2: Use a Muffin Tin

Separate your cat’s portion into the cups of a muffin or cupcake tin. Your cat will have to move from cup to cup and take their time to get the food out of each individual space.

Tip #3: Stuff a Puzzle Toy

Stuff a puzzle toy like the Kong Wobbler with your cat’s portion (keep in mind that this only works with dry food). Your cat will have to knock, spin, or drop the toy in order for it to dispense pieces of food. Using a puzzle toy not only slows your cat’s eating, it also provides them with some exercise (which most cats don’t get enough of).

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Tip #4: Make a Scavenger Hunt

Another way to slow down your cat’s eating? Tap into their natural desires to hunt and explore. Hide food in different places around the house and then send your cat off to track it down. Your cat will feel like they’re on a mission, and you’ll feel good knowing that your furry friend’s meal will go down easy.

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