Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Cat won't try wet food
I've been trying to switch my cat from dry food to wet. I make sure I get grain-free, good dry food, but I know wet is better for kitties.
I currently give Catabal 1/2 cup of dry food 2x a day, but she almost never finishes it all. She's a nibbler. She nibbles when I give her food, wanders away, comes back, nibbles some more, wanders away, etc. etc. There's almost always some food left in her bowl when I go to give her more. When I'm at work she hardly touches it at all. It seems like she waits for me to get home to really eat.
So I've started the process of switching her from wet to dry, but she doesn't seem to be into it at all. I'm mixing a little bit of wet food in with her usual dry food, in an effort to gradually build her up to eating wet, and even that seems to turn her off. She sniffs at it a bit and then walks away, when she usually takes at least a few bites after I give her dry food. The wet food just sits there in the dry food and gets dry and crusty, and I end up having to throw it all out and give her a fresh bowl of dry food. I've tried at least 5 different kinds of wet food so far and nothing seems to be working.
I'm not really sure what to do. I don't really consider her diet "free feeding," since I give her a specified amount of food at the same time every day, but at the same time she doesn't treat the feedings like actual mealtimes, so I imagine she's just not hungry when I give her food again... so I guess it sort of is free feeding. But at the same time, the wet food doesn't seem to interest her at all. I'm just wasting food and not getting anywhere.
Do I need to do something like remove her bowl of dry food after a certain amount of time instead of leaving it out all day? I imagine that would build more of an actual mealtime schedule, which might pique her interest in wet food, but I hate the thought of removing her food when she hasn't had enough to eat. I don't know.
Any advice would be much appreciated!