Feeding Your Fussy Cat

cat eating bowl of popcorn

Feeding a fussy cat can be a real chore, especially as they are such proud and stubborn creatures by nature. Some cats will even turn their nose up at the most expensive of foods.

You may be asking yourself “what do I do if my cat won’t eat?”. We’ve got some helpful tips to help get your feline friend back on their food and feeling fabulous!

Are they healthy?

ginger cat eating a banana

Sometimes your cat’s refusal to eat their food is nothing to do with preference and can actually be them trying to tell you that something is wrong. Over time, you may learn the difference between feeding a fussy cat and a poorly cat.

Having a fussy feline can be very frustrating, but it’s your cat’s way of trying to communicate a message to you. This may be more common in older or chronically ill cats and can be a sign of infection, gum disease, or organ failure, to name a few. As soon as you see your cat’s habits change towards their food, it is important to get in touch with your vet. It’s better to be safe than sorry after all, and leaving it too long can cause more damage.

Creating a routine

Having a routine can really help when it comes to feeding a fussy cat. Using their hunger to your advantage sounds a little harsh, but won’t harm them in any way. Try giving them two meals a day, spaced 12 hours apart. By the time it comes round to dinner, they should tuck straight into their food without question. 

If this doesn’t work, it may be a hint that simply being fussy isn’t the issue, as explained above.

Play with them before their meal

cat playing a game

It may sound silly but getting them to work up an appetite is a great help towards feeding a fussy cat. Get out their favourite toy, have a play for 10 minutes and you’ll find that they may be more keen to eat when you put their food down.

Choosing the right food

cat eating a stack of pancakes

Our So-fish-ticated Salmon pouches are perfect for feeding a fussy cat. We believe in using no added artificial colours, flavourings or preservatives. This means that your feline friend will be happy to tuck into some tasty, healthy food as soon as you put it down for them.

Do you have a fussy eater at home? Have you got any tricks that have helped you get them to eat? We’d love to hear them! Tweet us at @meowingheads or head to our Facebook page.


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*The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your veterinarian or other qualified pet health provider with any questions you may have regarding your pet’s health*