Encore’s Guide to Feeding a Fussy Cat

Cats are notorious for being fussy eaters and as an owner it is difficult to understand why. Read on to find out why cats can be fussy eaters and guide to feeding a fussy cat.

Cats can be picky when it comes to their food. Whether they have a yet-to-be-identified allergy or they’re just being fussy, it isn’t always easy to make the purrfect decision when you are feeding a fussy cat.

In a similar way to feeding a young child, feeding a fussy cat can require a great deal of patience. Understanding what they do and don’t like can be challenging and you cannot ask your cat what they like or don’t like to eat. So, what is the key to feeding a fussy cat? Let’s find out.

Why are cats fussy eaters?

Before you even attempt to find the best cat food for fussy eaters, it’s important to answer the question: why are cat’s fussy eaters? Are they really that picky? Do they, like humans, like to experiment with their taste palate? Or are allergies the reason for your cat’s complaints?

Cats actually have far less taste sensors than a dog, so why are they so picky? This is because a cat, unlike a dog, is unable to metabolise in their body some critical nutrients required for good health.  Perhaps the most important of these is natural taurine. As natural taurine is so crucial for a cat, their senses have become finally tuned to detect natural taurine in their food. You can have two foods; one with taurine produced in a laboratory and one with natural taurine and cats are naturally drawn to the natural taurine which is found in meat and fish ingredients in Encore natural pet food.

It’s important as a cat owner to be thorough and attentive when feeding a fussy cat. They will usually give clear indications as to what they enjoy and what they don’t, in the same way a human does. But, just like us, they can also suffer from allergies to some food products.

Cats thrive on diets rich in protein – similar to what they would feed on in the wild. High levels of protein support improved body functions and help to maintain a healthy body weight.  At the opposite end of the scale, high levels of carbohydrates in food can have an adverse effect and can put unwanted stress on the liver and kidneys. So, feeding a diet that is rich in high quality animal protein and low in carbohydrates, will have your cat racing to mealtimes!

Your feline friends judge food in a similar way to humans. Obviously, taste is important, but texture and smell have a huge part to play. When living in the wild, cats are drawn to food with a good level of moisture and often soft to bite. There is a natural preference towards wet food, so if your cat is dry fed and isn’t showing much interest, this could be the explanation.

Cats can also suffer with allergies and unfortunately, there’s no way for them to explain to us what these are. Most cat foods are made up of multiple ingredients, so it can be difficult to diagnose exactly which one is causing the issue.

Encore's guide to feeding a fussy cat

So, what is the best food for fussy eaters?

The best thing to do when feeding a fussy cat is to go back to basics and try to put together a diet that closely resembles what they would naturally source in the wild. Diets that can get close to achieving this include raw cat food diets or cat food made from high quality animal protein, such as Encore Pet Food.

The real meat used in Encore natural pet food provides high levels of protein and a natural source of taurine, that every cat loves. Each delicious recipe also contains low levels of carbohydrates, which can be a cause of allergies and sensitivities. The natural meaty texture of Encore will suit the natural palate of your cat and because there are no additives or chemicals used, the food smells great as well!

To purchase naturally delicious cat food that is great for feeding a fussy cat visit the Encore website.

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