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3 year old, fixed male. Very healthy. Huge appetite. We feed dry food (Purina One) in the morning, and a can of Friskies in the evening. He LOVES it all, and always wants more, but we measure his servings, and his weight is stable at 11#. Very suddenly, he has STOPPED eating his canned food. Barely touches it. He doesn't whine for more food. He just mostly ignores it, and wolfs down his dry food in the morning. Not sure what's going on. How unusual is this behavior? We'll probably switch him to 100% dry food as a result.
 

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How long has he been refusing wet food? Is he an outdoor cat? Maybe a neighbor is feeding him during the day ... or putting food out for their own cat and yours is eating it. Have you tried a different brand of wet food. Cats get fluids from eating wet food, so if you do switch him to all dry be sure he's drinking water.
 

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Maybe switch to a different flavour? Our male cat mostly eats wet food and he'll go through phases of only liking one particular flavour, such as "turkey and giblets", or "duck and salmon". Then he'll suddenly go off that kind and prefer another kind for a long time.

It's the reason we stopped buying the expensive stuff, to be honest. We got fed up with tossing most of a $3 can of premium food when His Royal Siameseness turned up his nose at it. Now we only have to toss most of a $0.70 can. His coat is soft and shiny, so it can't be doing him any harm.
The theory of picky cat eating is, they're obligate carnivores. Because they can only get nutrients from a limited range of foods, they seek as much variety as possible within that limited range.
 

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Indoor cat. We monitor his food pretty carefully to keep him from ballooning. Tried different flavors, all of which he used to love. Same response. We'll keep him on dry for a week, sort of pressing reset, and then try again, maybe with another brand. We'd like him to eat some wet food because it ensures better hydration. Pooping is easier if you are well hydrated. Agree about pricey wet food. Not at all clear there are any nutritional advantages, though there is a lot of mythology out there.
 

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OK, three weeks later. We restarted on the same canned food we used to give him, and BOOM - he loves the stuff again. The answer is to back off, wait a while, press reset, and start over.
 
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