Does your feline friend only eat certain flavours or textures of cat food? Does your cat like to be fed straight from your hand or eat a nibble and demand for food every few hours? Does your kitty eat a certain kind of food and simply refuse to eat when the food is not to its liking? Then, my friend, you got yourself a fussy eater.
It is common for cats to be particular when it comes to what they eat. Some stick to their favorites and turn their heads to food that aren’t appetising for them. However, some take it to the extreme that it begins to become a source of frustration for the owners. But this doesn’t have to be the case. Here, we are going to talk about how to deal with our fussy eaters.
Start them young
Creating a good eating habit should start at a young age. When your furry friend is still a kitten, try to expose it to a variety of food and continue to practice this.
Establish a schedule
Overfeeding may be the cause why your cat is refusing that sumptuous meal that you prepared. Your cat may just be too full from frequent snacks or treats.
Establishing a schedule will minimize overfeeding and will make your cat hungry enough to dig in. Most cats are hungry after 12 hours. (Please note that feeding should be done more often for kittens under 18 months old.)
You can also stimulate your cat’s appetite by playing with them before meals. Exercise stimulates appetite.
Check your cat’s eating habit
Cats are usually solitary eaters. If you have several cats in the house, it is best to give them separate bowls and out of sight of each other. They also don’t like it when someone is watching them while they eat.
It is also suggested to give your cat a quiet and peaceful place to eat–a place where the cat feels safe (away from foot traffic and no sudden noises or appearances of another furry friend).
Also, if something has changed in your house–new pet, new bowl, or new feeding spot–this may cause your cat’s loss of appetite. Try feeding your cat using its old bowl and see if there’s a change with its eating pattern.
Dry to Wet Diet
When transitioning from dry to wet diet, keep the dry food in the fridge where your cats can’t smell it, or you can put it outside. If your cats can take a whiff of it, they might not eat the food in front of them.
When to visit the vet
If it has been 24 hours since the last meal and your cat still refuses to eat, looks weak and inactive, it is best to visit your vet right away. There might be a serious health reason behind your cat’s lack of appetite and weakness. However, if your pet is active, playful and appears to be healthy, then it probably doesn’t like the food. Try the tips we mentioned above to manage your pet’s eating habit.
Consistency is the key in managing picky eaters. Decide on the best way to feed your cat and stick to it.
Oreo was trying to be cheeky and get out of doing a Sunday Selfie introduction two weeks in a row! Well, that just isn’t acceptable. So, we persevered and with a little bit of trickery we were successful.
Oreo is a shy little thing. She came to us with her sister Peaches who is so much more outgoing and becoming more and more a chatty kitty! Oreo will prefer to hide when we have strangers coming over and took a while to warm up to us. When she came to us she was so fluffy but you could still feel her bones under her skin – she was SO skinny.
Oreo was 1 kitten in a small litter of 3. One of her sisters was a bit of a fatty and was 800grams (Oreo and Peaches were less than half that!). So when it came time for them to choose foster homes they had to be split up (sadly). This way, we are sure that Oreo (and Peaches) both get plenty of food and don’t have to fight for it.
Slowly but surely, Oreo is gaining weight and confidence. She has her favourite treats (cooked chicken) and even enjoys lactose free yoghurt when we give it to her.
Today’s selfie was easy to take once we wore her out and got her to fall asleep.
Today we are focusing on one half of our newest dynamic duo. We have Peaches and Oreo. Today, Oreo did not want to participate. Oreo just wanted to snuggle or hide.
Peaches on the other hand was all about the camera. She knows which is her best side (every side!) and plays to it.
Some of the things we LOVE about her is she is just so friendly. From the very beginning she would purr so loudly whenever you picked her up (and she still does!).
She’s fast and will be the first one on your lap when you sit down. She knows where the prime real estate is in this house. Now that it’s also getting cooler in the Southern Hemisphere she loves to snuggle with dad – he’s so much warmer.
So today was especially difficult to pick just one selfie… so we are a going to bombard you with many!
And don’t forget to check out our Insta where you can see short video’s and clips of them throughout the day. You may also be interested in some of our past foster kitten selfies or our downloadable foster care guide.
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Exciting news everyone! If you are following us on Facebook you would know that we have worked in partnership with the VERY talented Meri Amber for her newest song ‘Cats and Internet Cats’.
This song is an original written by Meri Amber but does feature yours truly in a few cameo’s (my claim to fame!). It also features some of our beautiful foster kittens and the older cats.
We had so much fun putting together this video with Meri and really hope that you will hop on over to her website or her youtube channel and check out some of her other work. Send some traffic her way!
She’s more than just a talented musician – she’s also quite crafty making all the cat love letters and the picture frames that you see in the video clip. If you are interested I’m sure we can convince her to share her secrets with us!
Let us know what you think because we love partnering with other creative people and spreading the joy of cats!
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First it was fame on Instagram, now Guinness World Records is calling – but to placid Melbourne house cat Omar, it’s all just another day in the office. Three-year-old maine coon Omar is reportedly in the running to become the longest cat in the world – a record currently held by a maine coon from the UK named Ludo who was measured at 118.33cm in 2015.
Owner Stephy Hirst, from Croydon in Melbourne, told the Maroondah Leader she started an Instagram account for her giant cat a couple of weeks ago and before long he had been featured on Cats of Instagram. And once you’ve been on Cats of Instagram which has more than 8 million followers, it appears the sky is the limit. Ms Hirst said she was contacted by Guinness World Records who said Omar could be the longest cat in the world. She has sent his measurements in for verification. At 120cm long and weighing 14kg, he’s already about three times the size of the average cat.
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“(Omar) was tiny when we got him but then he just started growing and was 10kg at one year old,” Ms Hirst said. “We thought he might be (the longest cat in the world) but we hadn’t done anything about it because he might not be fully grown yet.” Omar eats a diet of kibble and raw kangaroo meat and enjoys naps on the couch or trampoline. He also lives with two Shetland Sheepdogs Penny and Rafi who he has long outgrown. The maine coon is one of the largest and oldest natural breeds of domestic cat in the world.