Originally Posted by moggiegirl
Some cats just learn not to eat wet food when they become accustomed to eating dry food which has flavor enhancers that are addicting to cats. But I have read that every cat can be switched to wet food with the right approach and with plenty of patience. Fancy Feast is good to start with. If you look at Dr Lisa Pierson's article she has plenty of tips. www.catinfo.org
Cats that are free fed dry food are not going to get hungry enough to try something new so first you have to stop free feeding dry and switch to scheduled meals twice a day. You can start with dry food and then start to replace one meal with wet food. Get your cats used to going 8-12 hours between meals in which no food is available so they can actually work up an appetite. Try baby food. Use tuna juice but be sure to wean them off the tuna juice once they are used to eating the wet food with the tuna juice. Give them some cooked meat. Get them used to food that does not crunch. Cats that have been fed dry food their whole lives and not wet learn not to even recognize food that does not crunch as food. They've been conditioned.
Also keep in mind that if the pet food companies didn't spray this addictive meat juice digest spray on dry food cats would not even eat it. That's why you can with persistence and patience switch them to a diet that is carnivore appropriate. Be prepared to waste lots of canned food at first but don't give up.
MEAT juice IS NOT an ingrediant
... for those WHO seem to be reading info from 20-40 yrs ago ... Yes meat digest was sprayed on food to make it more paltable
Today MOST companys use the oil ( canola , sunflower etc with the pres agent Im most cases of premium foods natural E which also acts as a supplement...) I know a number of companies that DO NOT spray anything on the food to aid palatabilty and some evan do not use animal fat( I do ?? that since it would be good for the animals) ( umm my guess is oil is not to tasty to a dog or cat )
FF is a double edge sword if you use it to entice you may end up with it ... I would try a flavorful premium ... I do have a list ... wellness , nutro and by nature make pouches which are much more appealing to some cats