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post #1 of 15
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sara hasnt been eating her canned food lately... it is the same nutro canned food that i have been feeding her... i noticed when i got back from vacation and i brought her home from the vet that she wasnt eating it when i put it out, but she still cries for it... i gave the vet plenty of food (wet and dry) for them to feed her, and it appears they were feeding it to her...
is it possible that she just all of a sudden decided she doesnt like it? she used to eat about 1 1/2-2 cans a day... she eats her dry food normally if not more than usual... i was just wondering... i just bought a bunch of cans of the same various flavors i usually buy and she is not eating any of them, and i am sorta ticked that she is not eating it, that stuff is not real cheap
post #2 of 15
So long as she's eating normally with her dry food, I'm not worried from a health point of view. Sounds like she's simply changed her mind...cats do like a bit of variety now and then. I'd save it, try another flavor you think she'll like (just one or two cans) for now, and later in a week or so, try these again.

I can really empathize! Last week Tyler had 3 favorites..this week, he's only eating one of those three
post #3 of 15
Maybe... I think Baylee decided she didn't like a flavor of Petguard anymore. What does Sara do when you set the bowl down in front of her?

Sometimes Max looks a bit finicky about the wet food... I just scoop out a bit of it with a spoon and hold out the spoon for him to investigate and lick. When he starts licking the spoon, I use it to direct him to the bowl and then he gets the hint and starts eating the rest of it. You might see if that works, if not, do you still have the receipt... maybe you could return or exchange the unopened cans?
post #4 of 15
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Originally Posted by pinkdaisy226
Maybe... I think Baylee decided she didn't like a flavor of Petguard anymore. What does Sara do when you set the bowl down in front of her?

Sometimes Max looks a bit finicky about the wet food... I just scoop out a bit of it with a spoon and hold out the spoon for him to investigate and lick. When he starts licking the spoon, I use it to direct him to the bowl and then he gets the hint and starts eating the rest of it. You might see if that works, if not, do you still have the receipt... maybe you could return or exchange the unopened cans?
yea, i was thinking about returning them...i'll look into it... when i set the food down she runs over to it and sticks her face in it like she is gunna eat it, but she sniffs it and then turns around and looks at me... over the course of an hour she may take 2 or 3 bites of it, then i pick it up and throw it away...
post #5 of 15
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Originally Posted by mferr84
sara hasnt been eating her canned food lately... it is the same nutro canned food that i have been feeding her... i noticed when i got back from vacation and i brought her home from the vet that she wasnt eating it when i put it out, but she still cries for it... i gave the vet plenty of food (wet and dry) for them to feed her, and it appears they were feeding it to her...
is it possible that she just all of a sudden decided she doesnt like it? she used to eat about 1 1/2-2 cans a day... she eats her dry food normally if not more than usual... i was just wondering... i just bought a bunch of cans of the same various flavors i usually buy and she is not eating any of them, and i am sorta ticked that she is not eating it, that stuff is not real cheap
Jasper did the same thing!! Now he won't eat ANY canned food, and he used to like felidae, avoderm and innova!! He still fusses for some, but when I offer it to him he sniffs it, maybe has a couple of licks or a tiny bite and then walks off and won't touch it again, but on the other hand I just switched him to the nutro kitten dry and he is eating that like a PIG!! I think she has just decided to be a cat . Good luck.....
post #6 of 15
My kitty Elmo is soooooooooooo fussy. He gets free fed Royal Canin Persian but he loves his canned food. We will discover him a new flavour which he will go crazy over for a couple of weeks and then he will turn his nose up at it and then we have to find him a new flavour.
post #7 of 15
I had another idea for you... if you're very concerned about her eating this specific brand of food, maybe try sprinkling some treats in the bowl so that maybe she'll try to dig those out, get a taste of the food and eat it... I did that with Baylee once and it worked a bit.

Other than that, I think Pat's suggestion of swapping out flavors is a good one... either that or exchanging/returning them.
post #8 of 15
[quote=pinkdaisy226]I had another idea for you... if you're very concerned about her eating this specific brand of food, maybe try sprinkling some treats in the bowl so that maybe she'll try to dig those out, get a taste of the food and eat it... I did that with Baylee once and it worked a bit.[quote]

Our family cat when I was growing up would get really finicky about her food every now and then, and my mom was getting irritated buying her new foods all the time. so, every now and then my mom would boil up some chicken livers and crush up a few in her *undesireable* food for a week or so until she decided she liked the food again, and then even without the liver she would happily eat the food for a month or two so without complaint

but Olivia (her name) was a really wonderful cat...I dont know...maybe a different cat would notice that the treat was gone-

funny side story-in switching Adeliade to Nutro wet food from Science Diet wet food (because I sensed she didn't like it) I tried to use the gradual method but on the first day she just ate the Nutrol portion and left all the SD in the bowl...how funny is that?? :-) cats are so funny
post #9 of 15
[quote]=SharonKay]but Olivia (her name) was a really wonderful cat...I dont know...maybe a different cat would notice that the treat was gone-[quote]


not that your cat isn't wonderful Olivia was just a pretty easy going cat-easy to trick her lol
post #10 of 15
I generally have to "retire" a certain brand of food after two or three months, because Jamie simply decides he won't eat it anymore. I just hang on to the cans (check the "Best By" dates), because I know he'll start eating it again when he's sick of one of his latest "favorites". The way I've found to cope with our notorious "food switcher" is to rotate a few brands every week, and then to stop giving a certain brand for several weeks. I only buy dry food in small bags, because he does it with the dry, too.
According to Desmond Morris, this "food switching" is a survival tactic employed by cats and birds. His book is really entertaining:
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/AS...824940-2426514
post #11 of 15
Does she eat dry food? How is she acting now?



Quote:
Originally Posted by mferr84
sara hasnt been eating her canned food lately... it is the same nutro canned food that i have been feeding her... i noticed when i got back from vacation and i brought her home from the vet that she wasnt eating it when i put it out, but she still cries for it... i gave the vet plenty of food (wet and dry) for them to feed her, and it appears they were feeding it to her...
is it possible that she just all of a sudden decided she doesnt like it? she used to eat about 1 1/2-2 cans a day... she eats her dry food normally if not more than usual... i was just wondering... i just bought a bunch of cans of the same various flavors i usually buy and she is not eating any of them, and i am sorta ticked that she is not eating it, that stuff is not real cheap
post #12 of 15
Thread Starter 
my situation is identical to carolcat's....she eats the dry food like a pig, but sniffs the wet food, takes a couple of licks and then goes away...and she doesnt act any different than usually does

thanks everyone for your input
post #13 of 15
Sounds like a common thing huh?! My boys are currently refusing to eat any one of the three flavours they usually eat in cans, but they will still eat the wet food pouches. I am thinking in their case it's more of a texture thing, as the pouches have meat in little cubes with a sauce. *shrugs*!!!
post #14 of 15
oo, im going to have to try those pouches, my girl won't eat canned food. she picks at it if theres tuna mixed in, but the canned food alone, not even a lick. thanks for the info on the pouches though, i figured it would be the exact same thing, but in a non-recyclable pouch, since some companies seem to enjoy making things un-reusable, heh.
post #15 of 15
It seems to be a fairly common problem:-). Mine do the same thing and I constantly have in supply a variety of different flavours and brands of cat foods. Until recently they wouldn't eat anything except proplan. Now they have decided that they only like the proplan salmon and chicken flavours but I haven't yet found another brand that they will eat. So, I too go through these phases of wasting a lot more food than they eat. Since they do still eat their dry food I am not overly concerned except for the cost.

One thing that does seem to help is that every now and again I will give them a can of 'junk' food (whiskas, 9 lives, etc.) and they eat that just fine -for one day. The next day they turn their noses up at it, but will start eating the good quality food again. Maybe they are like us - enjoy an occasional bite of junk food - then back to the diet:-).

One possible trick to try to get them to eat that does work is to sprinkle catnip over top of the food.

Kathryn
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