Why Does My Cat Only Eat Dry Food?

My cat Athena will only eat dry food. I’ve tried giving her wet (or canned)  food but she dismisses it with her paw and acts like she’s digging in her litter tray. In other words, she’s saying it’s crap.

It wasn’t always this way. As a starving rescue kitten of 10 weeks old she would devour everything I would put in front of her, (well, wet food for kittens).

All was well until I decided she needed some variety in her diet and I plonked down in front of her a bowl of dry food. Well, she enjoyed it very much. Just loved to munch on it. After that, there was no going back to wet food for her. It was her decision and she was sticking to it.

And that’s how it’s been for almost two years.

 


Is dry food healthy?
Most commercial dry cat foods contain many additives, artificial colours and preservatives, and your cat will not be getting the proper nutrients if this is all she eats. I avoid giving my cat the usual commercial brands and prefer to go for natural premium cat foods (made in England, where I live) instead. So far this is the only brand I’ve found that she likes. I tried her on another and she wasn’t too keen.

Cats, being carnivores, must have meat in their diets as they need the amino acid taurine in order to keep strong and healthy. And taurine, essential for cardiac health, is found primarily in the muscle meat of animals. Premium or/and natural foods will contain more protein and natural additives (natural preservatives like Vitamin E) and avoid the use of artificial colors and flavours. Premium foods also feature high quality carbohydrate sources like rice, which a cat will find easier to digest than other grains.

If you are feeding your cat only dry food please remember to keep a bowl of water out for them because it’s so easy for animals to become dehydrated. I try not to be too concerned about Athena in that respect because she loves her water,

Benefits of dry food. 

  • Crunching away on dry is good for the teeth as it helps keep tartar down.
  • It can be easier to store.
  • Can be left in cat’s bowl all day without smelling or going off.
  • Doesn’t smell as much as wet food.

Benefits of wet food 

  • Better for overweight cats as it has fewer calories than dry
  • It is better for cats with urinary issues as it keeps them keep more hydrated.
  • Better for cats suffering from constipation because it contains more moisture.

I would prefer it if my cat enjoyed eating wet food, but I’ve tried everything to get her to eat it. I’ve also tried giving her some boiled chicken just to get her interested in meat, but she won’t have any of it. I’ve tried mixing dry with wet too. I don’t know why she doesn’t like wet. I can only guess that she hates the smell or just doesn’t like getting her whiskers dirty!

I’d love to know about your cats and what you are feeding them. Please feel free to comment below.

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A video of Athena as a kitten greedily tucking into wet food. Please note that I don’t usually feed her on the kitchen worktop, it’s just that she jumped onto it and dived right into the bowl!

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Wordless Wednesday

Does Your Cat Love To Eat Grass?

My cat Athena loves munching on grass.

She is an indoor cat so I have to buy her the grow- your-own-at-home variety. This is usually wheat or oat-grass that you grow in a tray or pot.

cat  loves grass

I also let her eat grass from our lawn in our back garden when I take her out with the harness. We don’t use any pesticides and fertilizers so I know she’s safe eating this. However, if she were an outdoor cat, free to roam into our neighbour’s gardens, then I’d worry. You just don’t know what’s out there.

Cat grass is easy to grow at home

After a few false starts in trying to grow cat grass I have now found a brand that is very easy to grow. You see, even though I’m a nature lover, I am quite useless at growing anything – I’m just not green-fingered enough. I blame it on the fact that I was born, raised and still live in the city! Or maybe not. We do have nice big back garden, though, and I’d love to start looking after it more.

But  back to the kitty grass. Athena has a fondness for it. No, actually she is addicted. Catnip does nothing for her, but regular grass, well, she calls for it daily.

I keep the cat grass on the bathroom window-sill where it gets plenty of sunlight during the day. The bathroom door is always closed so I only let her have some in the morning, when she seems to be craving it more. I always watch over her, which is important because some cats are in danger of swallowing a large blade of grass and end up choking. So be careful. Best to supervise your cat.

Why do cats like to eat grass?
It’s great for the digestion. It’s also high in vitamins and minerals and adds roughage to the diet, which can help prevent fur balls (hairballs). However, cats don’t have the enzyme to digest the grass, so yes, they can throw up after eating it.

Why do cats sometimes throw up after eating grass?
Mostly, it’s to get rid of those fur balls (hairballs). The grass helps dislodge those troublesome fur balls that can create a blockage in the intestines. Cats instinctively know that this is so. And because cats can’t digest the grass due to lack of enzyme to do so, they will often regurgitate.

How much should a cat eat?
Because my cat is an indoor cat I can monitor her intake and not let her have too much. If your cat spends time outside you may not know how much he or she is eating. Generally though, the cat will know instinctively when they have had enough. But remember, if your cat is an outdoor cat, they may be nibbling on toxic grass that’s been treated with pesticides, etc, so it’s best to have some grass available indoors. Also, providing a pot of grass for your cat will stop them chewing on any toxic house plant you may have indoors (which you shouldn’t have anyway if you have a cat).

You can buy cat grass from pet stores and most supermarkets, as well as online.

Do your cats happily nibble on grass? Do they crave it every day? Please leave a comment and let me know!

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