What to do if the cat is too spoiled?
Cats could hardly be more different. While one kitty devours everything that is put before her, the other does not touch the bowl anymore after a change of food. Especially domestic cats are considered spoiled and picky.
The days when the cat was satisfied with leftovers are long gone. On the one hand, that's good, because in the long run our food leads to diseases and overweight in the cat. On the other hand, the kitty of course should not refuse her cat food, just because it does not meet their wishes.
The cat and her favorite food
A common problem: the cat eats only the food of a certain brand. The cat food of another company, even if the same ingredients are included, the new food is not accepted. If the feed is now changed, the cats respond in something like this: the meat chunks are slid past the cup, nibbled the nose and threw a crushing look in the direction of the personal can opener. A new food? Yes, from a cat's point of view.
A changeover can have good reasons: the known food was taken out of the assortment, the ingredients have changed or the owner wants to feed a high-quality cat food in the future. In some cases, the cat must follow a diet for health reasons, for example due to renal insufficiency. But now the cat sits there and does not touch the carefully selected meal.
Why does the cat do that?
Even though, as a cat owner, sometimes you can have the impression that the cats know exactly how they can drive us crazy - they do not stop eating to annoy us. Cats depend on nature to eat only what they know so they do not accidentally eat something toxic. Your skepticism is therefore mainly due to a healthy instinct. But how do you get the your cat to eat the new food?
The cat must not starve
A food change is tedious. Nevertheless, you must not despair or try to enforce you with stubbornness against the kitty. They prove an astonishing stamina in feeding refusal and even harm themselves. So it's all about patience. Just because the cat does not dare to eat a new food within a few days does not mean that conversion is completely impossible. Some cats can be outsmarted by gradually replacing the old food with the new one. So it will be mixed step by step larger amounts of previously foreign cat food under the known. It works particularly well when changing the feed, but not the feeding. So if, for example, instead of the known now another wet or dry food is given. The conversion from dry to wet food or from conventional cat food to BARF is more difficult.
Also recommended: Do not educate the cat to a gourmet, but quietly serve a variety food from time to time. Of course, you should be careful, after all, your pet should get no stomach upset and too frequent food changes are not healthy. At least with the fed varieties may and should provide some variety. It does not always have to be fish - provided you do not have a small allergic person at home.
Spoiled is not spoiled right away
Just because a high-quality cat food ends up in the bowl does not mean that you're dealing with a spoiled babe. Healthy diet is one of the most important factors in long-term cat life. So do not let the cat decide what it tastes best - that can also be dry food with all sorts of additives - but select the most natural and balanced food for your protege. At best, you make this decision before the move of the cat and informs you about different feeding variants.