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Feeding Finicky Cats

Taste is an individual thing, even for cats. One will prefer fish, another meat. Your cat will tell you what she likes... by eating or not!

WHISKAS® Food for Cats has many flavors and textures your cat can't resist. You might even try feeding your cat a range of WHISKAS® pouch, canned and dry foods over the course of a week. Just like humans, cats often like variety, and doing so can actually train your cat to be less finicky and enjoy a wider range of flavors.

At times of stress, however, most cats will prefer the familiar. Your cat might lose her appetite if she feels that the natural order of her life is disrupted. For instance, if she's boarded in a strange home or if a new piece of furniture arrives in "her" home, she may become upset and stressed. In these situations, give her plenty of love and attention, and she will regain her sense of security and appetite.

Cats don't like cold food served straight from the refrigerator. They prefer their food at room temperature, which is closer to their own body temperature and to that of fresh prey. If you keep opened food in the fridge, take it out and let it reach room temperature before you serve -- or give your cat WHISKAS® in a pouch, the perfect size for single-serve dinners. Sometimes, if your cat refuses to eat, warming it to about 95F will restore her interest in dinner.

If you need to feed your cat a new food, possibly on the advice of your veterinarian, introduce it gradually. Mix the new food into one the cat likes, increasing the proportion of the new to the old daily, until you have switched her over completely to the new food. Changing a cat's diet can be a challenge, but with persistence and patience, it almost always can be done.

Finally, but equally important, don't forget to keep your cat's feeding dishes clean. The smell of stale food is a turnoff for cats, and humans.

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