Your kitten's appetite

Your kitten may be a little particular about what they like - here's how to help them enjoy the food you'd like to feed them

Cats and kittens are sometimes very particular about the types of food they prefer. Often when attempting to wean them over to a food we know will be nutritionally better for them long-term, they can refuse to eat.

Kittens and adult cats can deteriorate very quickly if they go without food for more than 12 hours, so ensuring you always have a preferable food available whilst transitioning is essential. Try mixing some of the new food in with the old and gradually increasing the new whilst decreasing the previous food. Alternatively, try the ‘two bowl method’ and have their regular food down in their normal bowl and a small portion of the new food in a separate bowl positioned close by. This helps to associate the smell of the new food with something they already find pleasurable. It may take a few days but eventually, curiosity will get the better of them and they will start to sniff, lick and try some of the different food on offer. Also, always ensure they have plenty of fresh, clean drinking water available.

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