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What to Do When Your Cat Won’t Eat

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Cats can be finicky eaters. Some cats simply decide from one day to the next that they no longer like a food they’ve been happily eating before. This can be frustrating for cat parents, and it’s not something to take lightly. A cat who stops eating is always a concern, and a cat who hasn’t eaten anything for more than 24-48 hours may be developing hepatic lipidosis, a potentially life-threatening condition also known as fatty liver disease.Continue Reading

Nutritional Yeast: A Secret Weapon to Get Finicky Cats to Eat

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There aren’t many things that are more frustrating than a cat who is fussy about her food. Getting finicky cats to eat can try even the most loving cat parent’s patience. There are a lot of different things you can do to entice a finicky eater. Nutritional yeast is one of the least known, yet potentially most successful weapons in your fight against finickiness (I’m not sure whether that’s a real word, but it should be!) Continue Reading

Ask a Cat Vet: How Do I Transition My Cat to a Healthy Diet?

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Guest post by Fern Slack, DVM

You have done your research. You know that cats are obligate carnivores who need meat in their diet not just to survive, but to thrive. You understand why cats should never eat dry food. You’ve found the right premium grain-free canned or raw diet.

Now you have a case or a frozen bag of this great new food – and your cat “won’t eat it.” He puts up his nose and walks away, and you are left with a stack of useless cans or bags and a strong sense of annoyance. You feel frustration, because you are now acutely aware of what you should be feeding, but just exactly how are you supposed to convince your “finicky” cat that it’s good for him and that he needs to eat it?Continue Reading

How to Get Finicky Cats to Eat

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If you’ve read The Conscious Cat for any length of time, you know that cats should be eating a species-appropriate diet of raw, grain-free canned or properly balanced home-prepared food. Cats should never eat dry food, and the money you invest in high-quality, premium food will result in better health and lower vet bills for your feline family members. I’m always delighted when I hear from readers who have switched their cats from a low quality and/or dry diet to a healthier diet because of something they’ve read here on my site.

Sometimes, switching a kitty off the human equivalent of junk food can be challenging. Understanding why cats are finicky, and knowing how to safely make the switch to a healthier diet, or encouraging fussy cats to eat, is an important step toward better health for your cats.

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Review: Kitty Sprinkles from Lincoln Bark

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Cats can go through finicky phases where they will turn their little noses up at a food they’ve been eating for months. This can happen when a cat is not feeling well, but it can also happen when a manufacturer has changed the formula. One of the ways to avoid this is feeding a rotation diet using different proteins, textures and flavors) so your cat doesn’t become dependent on any one brand or flavor. But sometimes, you just need a little extra help to tempt finicky felines to eat. That’s where flavor enhancers come in.

You can try sprinkling freeze dried chicken or salmon on top of the food. A little bit of tuna or clam juice drizzled over the canned or raw food can also help. Other “bribes” can include cooked meat, cut in small pieces, a spoonful of meat-based baby food (make sure it doesn’t contain onion powder). Some people have good luck with grated parmesan cheese (yes, the stuff in the green can).

When Lincoln Bark contacted me to see if I wanted to take a look at their newest product,Continue Reading