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LOL. Sheba is a bit of a finicky eater. If it doesn't have gravy or if the preparation isn't in pate form, she tends to shy away from the food.

Does anyone know if there's an easy way to obtain gravy, or if there is a specific product, that I can add as an adjunct to her food? Clearly I could make a heavy stock by boiling down and reducing, but that method takes hours... I'm interested in alternatives...

Obviously the people products that first come to mind are inappropriate given they all contain ingredients not suitable for cat consumption (onion, garlic, high sodium, etc.)

Thanks,

- Cheetah
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My cats can all be the same way about their wet food...

As far as foods that contain gravy, there are a couple of brands that come to mind. If I read your post correctly, you said Sheba likes either wet food that is pate in style or other styles so long as they have gravy. If that's the case, there are foods that do have gravy in them. I don't know what type of wet you feed or the price point, but I have a couple of suggestions. Friskies makes a pouched food that has additional gravy. It's a newer product and it has done well here with my cats (I feed it as a small part of their rotation). Fancy Feast also has a Gravy Lover's option that seems to be well tolerated. Science Diet also has a number of foods with gravy that my cats love (even though I'm not a fan, I do have it as part of my rotation). Higher quality wet foods with gravy are also available, but my cats have snubbed them. So, I typically buy premium pate food and add warm water to the mix and then mash it. That way, the food itself makes a nice gravy -- my cats typically eat it right up. They love it that way! And, this can be done with most any pate style food. I've found that they all eat more wet food when the warm water is added and prefer that way to the straight-out-of-the-can taste.

As far as products you can buy to add a gravy, I do believe there are some commercially available. But, I haven't used them and don't know how they are or really much about them. Hopefully, others will come along with some suggestions as well -- especially regarding higher quality foods with gravy (since I stick to the pate for the most part). Just know that you're not alone -- many, many of us have picky eaters ourselves. It comes with the territory, I suppose. Good luck!

Edited to add: Some premium brands to look for that have gravy or added "juice" are Wellness pouches, Weruva, Tiki Cat, ZiwiPeak, Prairie Homestyle, Merrick... (I have tried them all here and some are still in my rotation while others weren't given the time of day by my cats. But, that's just my crew -- every cat is different.)
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Originally Posted by CheetahCats View Post
LOL. Sheba is a bit of a finicky eater. If it doesn't have gravy or if the preparation isn't in pate form, she tends to shy away from the food.
Aren't pate and chunks/shreds in gravy the two main options available?
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Aren't pate and chunks/shreds in gravy the two main options available?
Thanks. Alongside a dry kibble that she can snack on freely, she is fed one can daily of wet food in pate or sliced varieties. The sliced variety has gravy along with the solid food, but with both, I have to dole out small portions for her to eat during the day; Otherwise it sits and goes to waste. If I add gravy to the portions she leaves behind, she's more apt to finish what is served.

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I typically buy premium pate food and add warm water to the mix and then mash it.
Thanks. I've done the same thing in the interim

I'd still like to know if there are indeed gravy products out there that can and are suitable to serve.
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