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post #1 of 23
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Bought some treats for my cat but he doesn't eat it. He looks excited when I get the bag and open it, but he won't eat it out of my hand (usually will eat his dry food off my hand). If I put the treat on the floor, he will lick the thing a few times, and then shows no more interest. He won't eat it. If I mix it with the food, then he seems to eat it with the rest of his dinner.
Is this a normal behavior from a cat?
post #2 of 23
My cats are quite picky, and sometimes it will take me a week of giving them the same treat every day before they decide to eat one. And some they won't eat at all regardless.
post #3 of 23
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Originally Posted by yiplong View Post
Bought some treats for my cat but he doesn't eat it. He looks excited when I get the bag and open it, but he won't eat it out of my hand (usually will eat his dry food off my hand). If I put the treat on the floor, he will lick the thing a few times, and then shows no more interest. He won't eat it. If I mix it with the food, then he seems to eat it with the rest of his dinner.
When Alley arrived here from the rescue center she would only eat dry food. She will eat nothing else, not even fresh fish. Persi is such a big beggar and will eat anything and I do mean anything. It makes me feel guilty but Alley is not interested in any kind of treat at all.
post #4 of 23
My cat will not eat anything marketed at a "cat treat". The only treat he will eat is fresh meat or a cooked egg. Spoiled!
post #5 of 23
mine are all different: everyone likes the Kitty Kaviar [shaved tuna]. Java LOVES Wildside Salmon [& people salmon, too!]. Cable likes those, plus cheezy treats. Chip & Firefox seem to like most everything. Pixel's favorite treat, tho, is people chicken or turkey - not lunch meat, but actual strips pulled of the piece of chicken/turkey. i got her fried chicken [took off the skin!] when she wasn't eating during her UTI.
post #6 of 23
What type of treats are they? Some cats are very picky and if it's bland or funky smelling treat they may not like it.
post #7 of 23
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Originally Posted by strange_wings View Post
What type of treats are they? Some cats are very picky and if it's bland or funky smelling treat they may not like it.
It was pounce Perks crunchy, tuna/salmon flavor.
post #8 of 23
It can take some experimentation to find out what kind of treats a cat likes. Maybe he doesn't like fish - you could try chicken or cheese flavored treats instead.
post #9 of 23
We have one cat that likes treats, and one that just flat won't eat any of them. In fact, if we put them in his food, he won't eat his regular food, either. Cats have taste preferences, and they are very individual.

If you want to give him a treat, try a number of different brands and flavors. You may find one he likes. If not, don't feel bad about it; he's just not interested.

Other than that, hows the kitty doing?
post #10 of 23
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Originally Posted by mrblanche View Post
We have one cat that likes treats, and one that just flat won't eat any of them. In fact, if we put them in his food, he won't eat his regular food, either. Cats have taste preferences, and they are very individual.

If you want to give him a treat, try a number of different brands and flavors. You may find one he likes. If not, don't feel bad about it; he's just not interested.

Other than that, hows the kitty doing?
He's doing great, continues to hump my stuffed dog happily and meow in satisfaction afterwards.
post #11 of 23
The only treat my kitten Church really likes is the chewable 'cat vitamins' I bought!
post #12 of 23
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Originally Posted by Nekochan View Post
The only treat my kitten Church really likes is the chewable 'cat vitamins' I bought!
At least s/he's healthy!

I've never had much luck with the Pounce. My 4 all like the Whisker Lickin's, especially the Milk and Cheese (crunchy with soft center) or the Chicken and Cheese (soft). I really only have one who LOVES the real dried fish treats (Mojo gets "fishy treats" after a claw clip, so she's much more patient about it), and Trent will kinda eat the fish treats.

They don't know that some things are labelled "cat treats" and that means they are supposed to like it.
post #13 of 23
If the pounce treats haven't changed much in the last 8 or 9 years, then they still smell as awful as they used to. So I wouldn't blame a cat for turning their nose up at them.

Some of the other members here use higher quality treats and their cats like those brands, so it's just a matter of trying different stuff.
post #14 of 23
Yeah, I use the "expensive" treats, but Church turns up his nose! He doesn't like Ziwipeak treats (or their cat food samples we got.) He doesn't like Holistic Blend treats. He doesn't like Zuke's Minis... He doesn't even like freeze-dried Wildside 100% Salmon very much! Yet he's just crazy for those Nu-Cat vitamin chews!
post #15 of 23
The only treats mine like are Kra-mar chicken chews for dogs. Made from 100% dried chicken, so it's safe for cats too.
post #16 of 23
My cats are so obsessed with treats! In fact, they will beat each other up for a treat. I had to stop giving them treats because of the violence that ensued. They don't fight like this over their regular food; just treats. They will eat any brand too.
post #17 of 23
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Originally Posted by yiplong View Post
Bought some treats for my cat but he doesn't eat it. He looks excited when I get the bag and open it, but he won't eat it out of my hand (usually will eat his dry food off my hand). If I put the treat on the floor, he will lick the thing a few times, and then shows no more interest. He won't eat it. If I mix it with the food, then he seems to eat it with the rest of his dinner.
Is this a normal behavior from a cat?
Yes sometimes when I try a new treat, my cat gets all excited when I open the bag. But when I put the treat down, he sniffs it and walks away. It's normal.

I suggest trying a different kind of treat. My little guy likes Foster's & Smith or Whole Life brand freeze-dried salmon.
post #18 of 23
Thread Starter 
I mixed the treat with his food and he still won't eat it. He picks all the meow mix out of the bowl and leaves the treat.
post #19 of 23
My boy will pretty much eat any treat, but my girl is very picky - I've tried cheap treats, expensive treats, organic treats - but she does like Greenies, particularly chicken or beef, and oddly enough she likes those little hairball treats.

On the other hand, Dharma is very urgent if ever I make myself a ham or turkey sandwich...she must have had those lunch meats before I adopted her.
post #20 of 23
They're all different. My Forest will eat anything marked "treats" (actually, Forest will eat pretty much anything period ). Tailer will eat many, but not all, kinds. Harvey would never even touch any kind of treats. He'd sniff at them and just look disgusted about it.
post #21 of 23
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Originally Posted by darlili View Post
On the other hand, Dharma is very urgent if ever I make myself a ham or turkey sandwich...she must have had those lunch meats before I adopted her.
Our Maine Coon kitten is crazy about Buddig lunch meat. I bought some recently and she just goes nuts for it. She'll climb all over me to get at it, and even try to take it out of my mouth!
post #22 of 23
My mother's cat is very peculiar...won't eat any type of treats, no canned, only 1 kind of dry cat food, stares at things out of place...Ya she's weird. But some cats just don't like treats.
post #23 of 23
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Originally Posted by yiplong View Post
He's doing great, continues to hump my stuffed dog happily and meow in satisfaction afterwards.
That's an odd behavior; there are experts here that can comment on it, since it's certainly out of my realm of expertise, or even experience.
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