Q: Why won't my cat eat fish flavored food?

June 28, 2010 | By Mary T. | 1 answer | Expired: 2041 days ago

Mary T.

Wouldn’t you think a cat would love (mine doesn’t) the taste and smell of fish-flavored cat food? How can I get him to eat it?

Chosen Answer

If your cat won't eat fish-flavored cat food, maybe those fish fingers are too cold for your finicky cat’s taste.

Almost as much as taste and smell, cats’ food preferences depend on other factors — such as freshness, texture, even size and shape. Cat food makers know their feline friends (descended from fierce hunters in the days of yore) respond best to food served at body temperature. That would be the body temperature of freshly slain prey. And even though tuna is a warm-blooded fish, it comes out of the can cool.

Warm that fishy food, before serving, to prey body temperature (a mouse is 98.6 degrees F).

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