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I have a cat who turns her nose up at fish!

post #1 of 11
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We buy fresh fish 2 or 3 times a week. Persi I guess is a "normal" cat and gets up on the trash can top which is even with the kitchen table and looks so pathetic at me until I finally break down and give him some of the fish. Alley meanwhile is off in another room somewhere. So DW says Don't you feel like you are not being fair, not giving Alley any. So I take a small plate of nice fish, cut up into various sizes and set it in front of her. She never touches it. She is also not interested in Pounce or anything else but the dry food I freely feed her. You might tell me you know of other cats like this but let me tell you that Alley came from the streets. She was literally found in the dumpster, fending for her self. She sure wasn't finding dry food in the dumpster! Gee, I have no complaints, I suppose somebody is going to tell me they have a cat like her, but one that was feral? I just can't figure it out.
post #2 of 11
My Maia hates fish! She almost makes a "disgusting!" face if I offer it to her! She also hates every cat treat I have ever offered her, may eat a little chicken if I am, but snarfs down her dry food and begs for it all the time!
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Maybe Alley associates the non-dry food with what she had on the streets and believes she derserves better? Or, while out there, she came upon some truly disgusting fish and now she gets grossed out by it?. Or perhaps she has recurring nightmares of guppies chasing her?

Daphne is young and not feral but only eats dry. Isn't at all tempted by any other food.
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I suppose somebody is going to tell me they have a cat like her, but one that was feral? I just can't figure it out.
I thought she was friendly with you and slept on the bed? That would mean she was only stray, probably lost or dumped on the street, not feral. Believe me... if she were full out feral and you tried to pet her or hold her you'd think she was possessed.

For years Sho would not touch pieces of chicken or fish offered to him, he did like cheese. It wasn't till I got Tomas and the kitten showed Sho that it was ok to eat it and that he was missing out, did Sho decided it was food.
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[quote=strange_wings;1732854]I thought she was friendly with you and slept on the bed?
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That would mean she was only stray, probably lost or dumped on the street, not feral].
Believe me... if she were full out feral and you tried to pet her or hold her you'd think she was possessed.

For years Sho would not touch pieces of chicken or fish offered to him, he did like cheese. It wasn't till I got Tomas and the kitten showed Sho that it was ok to eat it and that he was missing out, did Sho decided it was food.
Of course you are correct, I have my terms mixed up. But again, that is exactly why I am on The Cat Site!
post #6 of 11
I have three who would not give you the time of day for fish in any form. They do eat wet food, but certainly not any fish variety. Heaven forbid! Try that, and you get the "What spaceship did YOU just get off, Mum??" treatment.

My RB old lady Shasta was like your Persi. Whenever I bought fresh fish, I bought the whole fish, had it cut to my purpose, and brought the whole thing home -- head, tail and, if available, backbone were Shasta's, and she was a complete pest until they were cooked and the flesh removed from the bones for her. Her mates, RB Gryphon and RB Nibs, didn't care for fish in that form, but loved sardines as a treat.

My current lot aren't really into treats, either. Occasionally something will appeal to one or another of them, but nothing like SG&N.
post #7 of 11
Fish is not in their natural diet anyway so it doesn't bother me if they don't eat fish.

Nana is a picky one, she'd eat salmon, tuna, but not sardine, and mind you, only freshest salmon, if it's not fresh she turns her nose up. Even cheese she has a preference, she'd eat black diamond but not kraft, and she'd eat good quality cheese from cheese stores.

I guess they r all have different peference so don't worry too much.

Try givng her chucks of raw chicken or beef (those you buy from supermarket fit for human consumption), if she used to be a feral she'd probably like meat.
post #8 of 11
Not unusual. When raising rex kittens, I fed them beef, chicken, turkey, lamb, and liver - very very limited on fish. So they were not used to eating fish stuff and most times would turn it down.

Fish can be too addicting for a cat - they will get hooked on it (tuna) and not want to eat other meats - so I didn't feed it to kittens.

With out cats, they still do not get fish cat food - only a bite or two of fish we cook for ourselves (left over) - the dog gets a sample, so do the cats.
post #9 of 11
She DOES NOT LIKE SEA FOOD!
One of my cats LOVES vegies! The other will NEVER tough them.
Cats have different tastes.
Clint will ONLY eat chicken and beef. Zephyer will eat vegies and seafood.
If you REALLLLLY want him to eat seafood..... get Nori from Dominicks or Jewel in the ethnic area. Its seaweed that my cat can NOT get enough of.
God Blees.
post #10 of 11
My girls won't eat fresh fish of any kind, steak, chicken or turkey. Put any of those down to them and the look of disgust i get as they walk away from it is unbelievable

They like a bit of tinned tuna though
post #11 of 11
My Alley was very picky too. She wouldn't eat tuna, any kind of human food, no canned food and would only eat 2 different dry foods. Nothing else. She wouldn't even try a bite of anything else, lol.

Some cats are just fussy I guess.
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