Q: My cat won't eat new food. What should I do?

June 27, 2010 | By Mary T. | 1 answer | Expired: 2042 days ago

Mary T.

My cat won’t touch the new special food I have to give her for medical reasons (okay, she’s obese). Why can’t good food taste better?

Chosen Answer

Diet changes for cats work best when they’re phased in. Try maybe fifty-fifty old-new at first, then two-thirds new and one third old for a while. Try a little “seasoning” such as canned tuna juice or clam broth dribbled on the new food.

Pet food makers do their best to make all their products palatable (it sounds like the food that made your cat fat tasted too good!), but change can be hard for all of us. Weight reduction foods have different proportions of ingredients, to make them less fattening but still supply vital nutrition, which is another reason to introduce change gradually.

Dietary change can be a shock to the system. Go gradually.

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