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Cammy will NOT eat cold wet food!

post #1 of 12
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I don't know what to do. If she doesn't eat her wet food she meows all day or night (depending on which meal was cold). I can't afford to give her a new can each time.
post #2 of 12
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Originally Posted by kscatlady View Post
I don't know what to do. If she doesn't eat her wet food she meows all day or night (depending on which meal was cold). I can't afford to give her a new can each time.
Have you tried either microwaving the unused portion, or else mixing in some hot water to warm it up?

If that doesn't work, can you get the 3oz cans instead? More expensive than the 5.5 oz ones, but not if you're throwing out half the can each time.
post #3 of 12
Thread Starter 
I get 3 oz cans because she only eats about 1.5 oz a sitting. I didn't know if microwaving it would be okay. But I'll try one of those things.
post #4 of 12
Using the microwave will take the chill off of it ... that is what i do for the kitten.
post #5 of 12
Depending on how strong your microwave is you only need 7-10 seconds. Always mix it up well with a fork and even test it by touching it to make sure it's not too hot.
Once you get a routine down you'll know exactly how many seconds it needs and you can eventually skip touching it to make sure it's not too warm.
post #6 of 12
I do the hot water mix-in for my refrigerated half-cans... Genever doesn't like cold food either. Plus she's a gravy fan, doesn't eat chunks so I get her the pate, and mixing a bit of water in makes it more gravy-like for her too.
post #7 of 12
I give my boys pate style wet mashed into warm/hot water anyway, so that warms cold food pretty efficiently, and they like it, since both are big 'gravy' kitties. Plus it makes the cans go further since their wet is a supplement to their dry. (And they drink more water!)
post #8 of 12
I have had this issue with my cats, Cassidy and Delaney, in the past as well and I think it's an important question since so many cat owners (new or otherwise) struggle with finicky, picky eaters. And it can be so frustrating when our furry loved ones refuse to eat when we know that they need to in order to remain healthy and happy. But, luckily, this situation is a one that is easily fixable -- at least that has been the case for me and my girls.

Before I adopted Delaney, I had just Cass and she ate only half of a 3 ounce can of wet cat food. Therefore, I was keeping the other half of the can in the fridge to use the next day. And I quickly found that while she'd willingly eat the first half of the can, she would turn her nose up at the same food the next night. And, let me tell you, it drove me insane because I couldn't figure out why she was acting so finicky about her food. Because she had lost some weight due to her odd eating patterns I had taken her to the vet to see if they had any insight and they were the ones that caught the fact that she was most likely not as interested in the canned wet food the second night because it was chilled whereas the food was room temperature the first night and therefore more palatable. And it wasn't just the fact that it was cold on her tongue, either. The chilled food tends not to have as strong a smell as the food when it is room temperature or warmer and since cats are drawn to food by its scent, Cassidy wasn't as interested in the food when she couldn't smell it as well. So the vet offered up a couple of different options: (1) use warm water or warmed chicken broth (low sodium, all natural) added to the canned cat food for the second serving -- not only will it add warmth, but it will make it seem "fresher" too, (2) take the canned food out from the fridge about an hour before serving so that it can take the chill out of it, (3) put the contents of the canned food into a microwave safe dish and then heat for 5-10 seconds or until warm (but be careful that it doesn't become hot as microwaves tend to heat unevenly), (4) heat the can on the stove under medium heat -- this is also useful if you add fresh ingredients to your cat's food (again, use caution here as it is possible to overheat the food), and, finally (5) try to encourage your cat to eat an entire 3 ounce can of wet food at once (this is only appropriate in some situations).

Now that I have Delaney and both my girls are still growing, I am feeding them each an entire 3 ounce can of wet food each evening. Therefore, this isn't so much of an issue for me anymore. But, trust me, I feel your pain -- feeding cats can be difficult and frustrating at times. But rest assured that you're on the right path and that, at least, for this particular scenario, there are a lot of options and possibilities out there that can help both you and Cammy take care of business .
post #9 of 12
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Originally Posted by Grogs View Post
Have you tried either microwaving the unused portion, or else mixing in some hot water to warm it up?

If that doesn't work, can you get the 3oz cans instead? More expensive than the 5.5 oz ones, but not if you're throwing out half the can each time.
I mix hot water and make a cat food "soup" which my three love.
post #10 of 12
I threw in the towel on this battle. Nabu won't eat leftover food. Just won't. I've even tried saving it in a glass or tupperware container instead of the can (thinking maybe it took on a metallic taste), but no luck. Sometimes he'd go for the hot water trick, but not consistently.

Be careful with the microwave. We have a 1200 watt microwave and just a few seconds can make a small amount of cat food VERY hot.

Since I have 3 cats I buy the 5.5 size can and use one for each meal - no leftovers.

A trick that might help you-- tuna flakes crunched up and sprinkled on wet food. Nabu doesn't eat well without something sprinkled on his. It smells very strong so if he starts eating the flakes he'll eat his dinner. I buy a medium sized jar for $5 at Petsmart and it lasts a long time. They have a store brand too.
post #11 of 12
My cats wouldn't eat microwaved food, but they will eat food that has been warmed in a water bath. I just put some water in the micro for a minute, then I plop the can in and let it warm up for a few minutes. It takes the chill off, but doesn't change the taste.
post #12 of 12
Any canned foods that are in the fridge are heated up in the dish with some hot water and stirred up before serving. I've never had a problem that way.

But I do suspect that Cpt Jack would eat food in any form - hot or cold!
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