When a cat refuses to eat, one suggestion is to slightly warm their food. It’s never a good idea to offer food straight from the refrigerator, and gently warming food not only  makes it easier on a cat’s tummy, but can also enhance the food’s smell. Another hypothesis is that warming makes the food resemble “prey temperature.” Dr. Mikel Delgado takes a look at a recent study that explored whether warming a cat’s food increases its appeal. Visit What Your Cat Wants to read more about the study.

If you missed any of the stories featured on the Conscious Cat this week, here’s a recap: on Sunday, we celebrated Halloween, on Monday, we launched our 2021 Holiday Gift Guide, on Tuesday, we explained why you should consider pet insurance, on Wednesday, we told you about one of Allegra’s favorite toys and also mentioned a fantastic sale on Basepaws DNA tests, on Thursday, we shared information about a study looking at whether cats find their human’s scent comforting, and on Friday, we reviewed Pawmistry: Unlocking the Secrets of the Universe with Cats.

I can’t stop watching today’s video of a kitten suddenly discovering that he has four paws – enjoy!

Have a great weekend!

Photo by Kerri Lee Smith, Flickr Creative Commons License

4 Comments on Mews and Nips: Do Cats Prefer Warm Food?

  1. One of my cats vomited when I gave him some wet food from the fridge. Room temperature is best for both our kitties.

  2. My vet told me once to warm the food a little. I had never thought about it prior to that, but it made a lot of sense. They sure did gobble it up quicker. I love the video of the kitten discovering his four paws.

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