There are instances when we need to introduce a new diet for our cats usually because of medical or nutritional reasons. Veterinarians sometimes prescribe certain brands or kinds of cat food to best suit the cat’s needs. An example of this situation is when the cat has high risk of kidney disease. A cat would then need a specific diet to save its life.
While cats naturally hate change especially when it comes to their food, there are some cats who are especially picky. It is, then, up to cats owners to find a way to make these picky cats enjoy their new food.
Here are a few things you can do to get your picky cat to eat anything.
Try to simply feed them the new food.
Simply serve the new food to the cat to see if it would eat it. If it does, all your feeding problems have just been solved. If it doesn’t, do not worry. There are still other things you can do. Try this way first to avoid unnecessary difficulty.
Incorporate the new food with what the cat is used to.
Mix in the new food in 10 percent increments per day. For example, on day one, you feed the cat a mixture of 90 percent of the cat food it is used to and 10 percent the new one. On the second day, you raise the new food percentage to 20 percent. You do this ten percent increments until you reach a hundred percent and the cat is just eating the new cat food. If at certain points the picky cat refuses to eat, for instance, during the 50 percent mark, dial back 10 percent and try again.
Mask the new food with tuna water.
Use the water from canned tuna to mask the smell of the new cat food. The familiar scent of tuna makes the cat more likely to devour the food you are serving. This is essentially masking the new with the familiar.
Explore other brands.
If all else fails, consult your veterinarian to explore other brand and/or options that would still cater to your pet’s medical and nutritional needs. It is important to seek medical expertise to rule out other medical problems. There are times when cats can’t help but be picky. This is when cat lovers need to translate their love into patience. At the end of the day, we really can’t make cats to eat anything. We can only try and encourage these independent creatures to eat something that’ll be good for them. Sometimes, we’ll fail, but what is important is we never stop trying.
Even in cat-hooman relationships, sometimes a cake is the best way to say something. Sometimes a cake is the best way to show that you care. Whether it is your cat’s birthday, or you just want to treat your lovely pet, this recipe is sure to set the celebratory mood. Check out the recipe below and bake your heart out.
1 teaspoon Butter
2 tablespoons flour
1 egg white
1 can (6 ounce) canned chicken in water (drained) or any choice of canned meat
1 tablespoon liver spread
1 teaspoon shredded cheese
Butter the muffin tin.
Preheat for 10 minutes. Set the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
In a bowl, mix your choice of meat, cheese and egg whites. Divide the mixture equally into 2 – 3 muffin cups.
Bake the cake for 10-15 minutes. Check by poking a stick into the center of the cake. If it comes out clean, it is ready.
Cool the cake completely then frost with the liver spread. You may top the cake with a little more cheese and/or your cat’s favorite treat.
This celebratory recipe is customizable. You can add toppings or ingredients that your cat loves. Indeed, showing your cat how much happiness she/he brings to you can be very delicious and pretty.
As a cat lover, there are only a few things better than watching your cat have a good time. Toys are a good way to keep you cat happy and active. However, There are times when commercial cat toys just can’t catch the fancy of our lovely fur babies.
Sometimes everyday objects seem to entice their playful side more. This can be a good thing as these items are not only readily available, but also budget and ecologically friendly.
Here’s a list of ten house items your feline friend will love playing with.
Cats are huge fans of things that they can chase and pounce on. The unusual texture and bounce of crumpled paper makes it a good plaything for cats. If one crumpled paper gets them so hyped up, imagine what multiple crumpled papers would do to them! If you want to go the extra mile, making origami like paper cranes would make very pretty cat toys.
Seeds or Beans
With its unique sound and composition, seeds and beans inside a tiny cloth bag, is sure to capture the curiosity of your cat.
Catnip Infused Yarn balls
Cats have a special fascination with catnips. Pair this mint herb with yarn and you have created a toy your cat is sure to be crazy about. All you have to do is infuse catnip into the yarn ball by immersing both items in water. Let dry and let your cat enjoy.
Plastic water Bottle
Thinking of a good way to recycle plastic bottles? Cats and their fascination with things that roll make this everyday item a perfect toy for your feline friend.
Something that rolls as well, paper tubes are sure to bring your cat hours of fun. You may cut out holes in the tube for your cat to grab, claw on, and chase just to make it even more interesting.
Boxes with holes has long been an interest of cats. They love to hang out inside of the box. They love to go in and out of the cavity. They sometimes like to drag it too. The biggest edge cartoon boxes over commercial ones are they are very cheap and easy to replace.
Tie a knot at the middle of an old handkerchief to make a ball-like figure with loose parts. This combination will entertain your pet as they display their natural agility and speed.
With a little creativity, the object of amusement of your cat is just within your home. What do you think would your cat’s next toy be?
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