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post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 
hey everyone,

i haven't posted for a while and i thought i'd stop by to ask a question. no matter what i try bryne will NOT eat wet food. i've tried to mix it with dry food.. i've tried to put a little water with her food.. and i've tried to just give her wet food, but she wont eat it. any suggestions on how to get her to start eating wet food along with dry food? i give her chewy and hard treats right now, but i dont think that counts for anything. =)
post #2 of 11
i'm no expert, so i don't know if i really have much advice, but have you tried like every brand and flavor out there. i know my damian is very picky about he will eat and is very limited.
post #3 of 11
tuna juice over the wet..

have you tried cuts and gravy
post #4 of 11
There are some tips here that might help, if you've not already tried them.

http://www.catinfo.org/#Transitionin...o_Canned_Food_
post #5 of 11
Have you tried those Sheba domes? When Raven is REALLY off his food, the tuna & mussels flavor he will eat anytime. He really likes the mussels. He also likes the chicken and chicken & duck flavors. Those are my foods of last resort before going to the people tuna.
post #6 of 11
Yes, try several different brands and flavors. Some cats like only fish flavors, while others like only poultry or beef. The one brand almost every cat will eat is Fancy Feast. They seem to find Nutro Max Cat tasty too.
post #7 of 11
My Merlynn is SUPER picky when it comes to eating wet food. It's taken me a good 6 months to get her to really like it. I had to bite the bullet and stop dry completely and only feed wet. After one hour if there was food left, I'd put it away and try again at next meal time.

The best one I've found for her is Nutro Max Cat Chicken and Lamb.

I now feed them dry food every other day or so. That way they don't get used to eating it every evening for example...because I started doing that and they would eat a little for breakfast and wait for crunchies for dinner.

Good luck!
post #8 of 11
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.
post #9 of 11
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Originally Posted by moggiegirl View Post
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
post #10 of 11
I read every label at the pet food store and picked up one of each kind of food with good ingredients and NO by-products. It took a lot of tries until I found only one they will eat - Merricks. Then, they will only eat 2 flavours. Our cats do not like fish or seafood so it's Granny's Pot Pie and Thanksgiving Day Dinner by Merrick.

Just keep trying different good brands and you should be able to come up with one or two they will eat. Also someone said to sprinkle a bit of Brewer's Yeast on top of the food and they might start eating it. Good luck.
post #11 of 11
Thread Starter 
thanks everyone. =) i'll make a list of every brand you've said and head off to petco to pick up a bunch of different flavors.
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