Cats have a reputation for being fussy about what’s in their bowl. Many have favourite textures and flavours, and quickly turn up their noses at anything unusual.
However, fussiness can be the first indication of disease so always contact your vet if your cat’s appetite decreases.
As well as following any veterinary advice, there are additional ways to encourage cats to eat.
- Create more privacy at mealtimes. Switch feeding time until after the rest of the household has eaten, and feed in a quiet area.
- Make sure their bowl is clean. Many kittens won’t eat out of a bowl that has bits of old food in it. Wash food and water bowls after each use.
- Some cats prefer to use saucers rather than deep bowls.
- If they normally enjoy dry food, try replacing the food. Dry food absorbs moisture and becomes stale, especially in warm weather.
- Try to serve wet food at room temperature, as it smells more attractive and is easier to digest.
- Stronger smelling food may help tempt the fussy cat.
- Vary food type (dry and wet) and flavour.
- Cats that spend lots of time outdoors have plenty of opportunities for snacking. By dinnertime, your cat might not be hungry. A higher-quality food may help encourage them to reject outdoor alternatives.
- Hot summer days further suppress the appetite, but always check with your vet that there is no underlying medical problem.
If the fussiness continues
If your cat’s fussiness continues, consult your vet as there may be an underlying disease stopping your cat eating. A full check-up is advised as there are many reasons why a cat’s appetite may decline.