The Love/Hate Relationship between Cats and Food

Do cats love food like dogs do? As a dog owner, I’ve never doubted my dogs love for food. But the word on the street, at least in my neighborhood is that cats are ‘picky eaters’. We don’t really understand what that means, so we did some research on the topic.

Cats are called ‘opportunistic’ eaters. Dogs are too, but dogs relationship with humans lead them to rely on scraps from the humans for food. Cats do not. They are hunters and hunt small prey, so they are used to a varied diet, but also a constant source of food – typically eating between 10-20 times per day. That’s probably why so many cat owners allow their cats to free feed.

We’ve read many stories about finicky cats, but all animals must eat, your cat is not going to starve themselves, so it’s a matter of finding the right food and environment for your cat.


Some tips on getting your picky cat to eat more regularly:

  • If your cat suddenly becomes picky, you should check for a medical cause.
  • Cats can be sensitive to freshness, flavor and temperature, so watch for patterns as to what they do prefer and what they avoid.
  • Replace the bowl – cats may not like plastic or metal bowls. And be sure the bowl is clean and free from detergent residue.
  • Make sure you are feeding them on a regular schedule in a calm & safe place

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