Is Your Cat a Finicky Eater?

Is your cat really a finicky eater, or could it be something else? There are many factors to consider when you notice that your cat isn’t eating as usual. If this occurs, take a closer look at exactly what your cat is eating during a day's time. Does he or she eat just a few table scraps or treats? These extras can drastically alter your cat's normal intake of cat food. It is similar to the feeling you get after eating too much candy or potato chips. Are you interested in a full meal afterward? Neither is your cat.

Feeding Tips for the Truly Finicky Cat

Cats normally eat to meet their energy requirements. There is a tendency for humans to think that cats need variety in their diet, but this actually is not true. Cats are carnivores whose ancestors ate meat in the wild. It is doubtful that a cat would choose to eat fish one day and chicken the next. Cats thrive on routine and should not tire of one particular flavor of food.
However, IAMS® recognizes that caring cat owners want to have the option of feeding their pet a more varied diet. IAMS cat foods offer a number of nutritional choices for your cat, including dry and canned foods, naturally preserved diets, and options for overweight cats or cats with reduced activity levels. All IAMS® cat foods are complete and balanced for specific lifestyles and lifestages. Consult your veterinarian or a Pet Professional at The IAMS Company to discuss the best selection for your cat.

More Feeding Tips

  • If your cat starts eating less, do not assume that he or she is tired of the food. You may want to look for another factor that could be causing stress. Has another animal been added to the household? Has a family member left or died? Have the cat's surroundings changed, such as a move to a new house? When the stress is removed, your cat will probably go back to a normal diet. If your cat seems healthy, happy, and lively, and has a good coat and clear eyes, there is little cause for concern.
  • Cats have an uncanny ability to smell changes in the world around them. Even a new bowl can disturb a cat's eating habits. Some cats refuse to eat from a plastic or hard rubber bowl.
  • Medical factors also could contribute to a change in your cat’s eating habits. The only way to verify this is to visit a veterinarian. If the medical examination does not verify that a problem exists, your cat may be manipulating you in grand style!

What Every Cat Needs

  • Regardless of which food you choose to feed, your cat must have plenty of fresh, clean water available at all times. We suggest placing the water 3 to 5 feet from the food to help prevent your cat from gulping water and air in addition to food.
  • Make sure that your cat has a quiet, comfortable place to eat.
  • And remember, your cat needs to visit the veterinarian regularly. Regular visits help keep your cat happy and healthy!