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What To Do If Your Cat Is A Picky Eater

Cats are obligate carnivores, or hypercarnivores. This means they need a diet that has a lot of meat, which is different from dogs who eat a combination of meat, plants, and grains. Cats tend to be pickier than dogs because, unlike canines, cats can’t taste sweetness. But, they can taste food that’s sour, salty, and savory (like meat).

In general, cats don’t taste as well as humans or dogs. Humans have 9,000 taste buds, dogs have 1,700, and cats only have 500. However, they make up for it with an exceptional sense of smell. If you’re ever noticing unnatural eating or drinking patterns, make sure to consult with your vet before making changes to your cat’s diet and routine.

At Yummers, we make it easy to please choosy cats with a variety of tasty recipes filled with flavors felines love. If you’re struggling with feeding your cat, here are some tips to help keep them eating every bite so they feel their best.

Consistency is best

Because cats are creatures of habit, it’s recommended to maintain the same flavor and texture of food. If you’re transitioning them to a new food, make sure to do it gradually.

Keep their bowl fresh

Cold or stale food is a turn-off for cats since they’re natural hunters. When feeding your cat, keep their bowl fresh and appetizing so they stay interested.

The more moisture, the better

Cats have a low thirst drive, which means hydration is extra important. By adding some warm water to their food, you can help them stay healthy while also boosting the smell of their food.

Minimize competition

If you have more than one cat, it’s important to supervise them while they eat or put them in separate rooms so they don’t feel stressed when they’re eating.

Clean daily

Wash your cat’s bowls every day and make sure they always have access to fresh water. This will help prevent a build-up of bacteria and also make their food and water more appetizing.

Feed meds separately

If your cat takes medication, feed it to them before or after mealtime depending on what your vet recommends so they don’t start associating food with pills (which could make feeding more difficult).

Keep the litter box away

Another way to entice your cat to eat is to separate it from their litter box. If their bathroom is too close to their food and water, your cat may avoid eating and drinking because of the smell.

Mix in Yummers

Whether your cat eats wet or dry food, Yummers is a great way you can encourage them to eat. Simply mix in their favorite recipe and watch them have their best. Meal. Ever. 

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