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How to eat a pate food?

post #1 of 20
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I'm really not sure what section this belongs in.

In another thread, it was discussed by a couple of us, that our kitties did not know HOW to eat pate style foods.

I'm just wondering if this is a common occurance, and if there's anything that can be done about it?

Kizzy can eat the food that comes in the size/shape of flaked tuna pieces.

With pate style food, he licks at it and just basically smears it around rather than eating it.

If I finger feed it to him, he will bite off chunks of it and eat it ok that way, but he can't eat it out of a bowl, or off a plate

Any suggestions?
post #2 of 20
My cat is the same way, I find that taking it out and putting it on a plate and then kind of "chunking" it up with a knife helps.

You have the whole pate on your plate, then just slice through it one way and then cross ways several times, like you were going to dice an onion.

Does that even make sense?
post #3 of 20
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Originally Posted by Nekomania View Post
My cat is the same way, I find that taking it out and putting it on a plate and then kind of "chunking" it up with a knife helps.

You have the whole pate on your plate, then just slice through it one way and then cross ways several times, like you were going to dice an onion.

Does that even make sense?
Yup, makes sense.... That is kinda like when I grab a glob and feed it to him via my fingers....

But it doesn't seem to matter how I put it on the plate, he still tries to only lick it.... But when I hold it in my fingers, he will bite it

Now that I think of it..... I wonder if I froze some "bite sized" globs, if he'd eat it that way (semi frozen, so it wouldn't flatten when he licked it).... hmmmmmm.

Sure would open some doors if I could get him eating other wet foods. I'm gonna try that, I have an open can for the kittens in the fridge, I'm going to roll some into balls and freeze it tonight..... see if he will eat it tomorrow.
post #4 of 20
Thats a good idea. My cat seems to like "Kitty-sicles" too.

I hope it works!
post #5 of 20
Interesting, because mine will ONLY eat the pate types. They will not eat pieces of meat, large or small. If I give them chunks in gravy, the gravy goes NOW, and the chunks dry out. Good thing there's variety!
post #6 of 20
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Originally Posted by rapunzel47 View Post
Interesting, because mine will ONLY eat the pate types. They will not eat pieces of meat, large or small. If I give them chunks in gravy, the gravy goes NOW, and the chunks dry out. Good thing there's variety!
Weird huh.

It is like he doesn't know how to scoop it up.

The chunks n' gravy, he will eat the gravy. The chunks, it all depends on the texture, and right now all he eats is the FF Grilled ones (I've been able to find chicken, beef, and a couple fishie ones).

Its a fine line here.....

I forgot to freeze some food, but am going to today and see if it works.

I wonder if there's anything I can add to it to make it stick together? Hmmmm.
post #7 of 20
Cotton does well with kibble mixed in his wet - it gives him something to grab.

I find I had to get him a wider bowl with reasonable steep sides so that he can lick his food into a tall clump, them chomp the clump...kind of like a kid with an ice cream cone.

When we had his food on a plate, it just got licked onto to floor.
post #8 of 20
my little guys won't eat chunky foods, they will only eat pate style foods. i water it down and make it a little soupy, then they just slurp it right up.
post #9 of 20
I chop it up into smaller sized pieces, but if I feed on a saucer then they get licked onto the table. I need to find a good cat bowl with some low sides.
post #10 of 20
Two of my cats refuse to eat pate, no matter how I fix it. I wonder if it's because they can't get hold of it? I always figured they were just being picky. The other two will eat it if that's all they're offered, but they prefer the kind with chunks in it that have the texture of real meat. I do see them trying to pick up bites of it rather than licking it.
post #11 of 20
If you are looking for a flat dish with low sides, you can do lots worse then these. They are not cheap, but they are high quality, practically indestructible, easy care, and all my cats have loved them.
post #12 of 20
My boys won't eat any (wet) food that they have to chew, so when I feed them the pate I just mush it up with a fork and then slop it on the plate/bowl and they lick it up.
post #13 of 20
Mikey will only eat pate style fancy feast. Though he is a picky one, he will eat the top half and wait for me to flip it over so he can eat the bottom
post #14 of 20
Alpine only eats pate. Tried the chunks/gravy and it was a major FAIL!

If it's a moister pate, I just give her the "chunk" of pate and she'll bite off pieces of it bit by bit. If a can of pate is a bit dry or firmer, I will add a little water and mush it up.
post #15 of 20
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Originally Posted by Ms. Freya View Post
Cotton does well with kibble mixed in his wet - it gives him something to grab.
Great suggestion.

I tried that tonight and it seemed to work (tho Kizzy wasn't too hungry at the time).

Thx.
post #16 of 20
Mine love the pate style (hate the sliced stuff). I usually just break up a portion and make it into bite size pieces for Charlie and Ling.

Jack has to have him mashed down in order to stop him from eating too fast - and he has a CLEAN bowl when he's done. No problems in eating it for him.
post #17 of 20
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Originally Posted by rapunzel47 View Post
Interesting, because mine will ONLY eat the pate types. They will not eat pieces of meat, large or small. If I give them chunks in gravy, the gravy goes NOW, and the chunks dry out. Good thing there's variety!
All of mine are the same way. I quit buying anything other than pate for a long time.

Stumpy has the most difficult time with it, simply because he has no teeth (not even canines). I have fairly low sided flat bowls and push the chunk of pate up against a side wall where he chomps it up.

And I found my ceramic bowls for about $1 each at a local pet store. I also have stainless steel bowls of the same basic shape that I found at Petsmart (under $2).
post #18 of 20
I add warm water to all the wet food. It makes it easier to eat and the extra water doesn't hurt.
post #19 of 20
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Originally Posted by Snake_Lady View Post
Great suggestion.

I tried that tonight and it seemed to work (tho Kizzy wasn't too hungry at the time).

Thx.
I'm glad it worked for you.
I was thrilled when we figured it out because it meant he got more of it in his mouth and less on the floor.

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Originally Posted by Momofmany View Post
I also have stainless steel bowls of the same basic shape that I found at Petsmart (under $2).
I suspect I have the same bowls. I know they were only a few dollars and work great...plus they have rubber bottoms so don't end up shoved accross the kitchen.
post #20 of 20
For my girls, I mash the pate down with a fork, and then scoop it up into a loose mountain....they don't seem to have too much difficulty with it that way for the Friskies. They wouldn't eat much of the Authority like that, though...it had to be mixed with water.
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