Though all of my cats come from the same family lineage, their food preferences have all been different. Some are very finicky eaters, choosing to eat only the items they like. The foods they don’t like will be pushed out of the way, eaten around and left for another cat to eat, or bitten into just to be spat out on the floor. Sometimes, they will simply refuse to eat out of a bowl that has an item in it that they don’t like. Of course, some of the cats don’t seem to care what they eat as long as it’s available and in large enough quantities. They want food in their bowls all the time and choose to eat any time they get the urge.
The food I provide them is always the highest quality premium food on the market. Though they all are semi-feral cats, I still want them to be healthy and enjoy their food. In the early years, there weren’t many options with food. Now, there perhaps are too many options and choosing the right one can be confusing. When the cats became part of our family, I reviewed foods that are manufactured in wet canned forms, dry food, dehydrated, dry raw and whole raw. I researched whole human grade foods that would be appropriate, such as high protein meats, vegetables, fruits and grains. My research was very thorough and I now feel I am somewhat of an expert in feline nutrition. Well, I have at least enough knowledge to pass a test and receive a good grade. At the end of my research, I determined that I would use a combination of high-quality dry food with some canned food at night. I then supplement it with some cooked chicken or turkey on occasion.
Momma Kitty loves the gravy from the canned food. She’ll eventually eat the soft food later or just leave it for the others. I call her my Elvis kitty (in my best Elvis voice), "Oh man, pass the gravy, please. Thank you, thank you very much!" It doesn’t matter if she just ate her other serving of dry food or wet food. When I pop the top from the can of wet food, she’ll come running. Well, in reality, she comes waddling in. She is a very well-loved kitty, if you know what I mean.
My boy, Ash, prefers to get a few soft cat treats that come pre-packaged. He always likes to eat the treats first before eating his other food. He will eat some dry food from each bowl and then finish his meal with some wet food. However, as quickly as he consumes his soft treats, I’m sure his preference would be just to eat a bowl of them if I would let him get away with it.
My wife’s Abyssinian cat that she had briefly when she was growing up absolutely loved fruits and vegetables. In fact, anything on Kim’s plate that she didn’t like, she’d sneak to the cat when her parents weren’t looking. Since she couldn’t leave the table until she had cleaned off her plate, she LOVED that cat!
I’ve tried giving my cats a few types of fresh fruits and vegetables. I have placed baby carrots, broccoli crowns, blueberries and apple pieces in their bowls. They just look at the fruits and vegetables, look back at me and walk away disgusted. They look at the food and me like we’re aliens. Of course, all of my cats started out as feral cats and they never were introduced to healthy food until they came to live with me.
I’ve seen other cats eat fresh fruits and vegetables, including baby carrots, blueberries, baby peas and nibblets of corn. They’ll usually play with the fruits and vegetables for a while, rolling and batting them across the floor. After the amusement has worn off, they will eventually eat them.
Our cats are a lot like us when it comes to food. Some are picky and some are not. Just remember, the healthier the food, the better. Just stay away from the chocolate, grapes, raisins, avocados, bread (dough), macadamia nuts, onions, and garlic. Skip the diet drinks (since they contain Xylitol) and alcoholic drinks, too. Sorry Fluffy, no ale or mojitos for you!
What strange foods do your cats like to eat? Do they like their veggies? Share your stories and pictures in the comments!
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