Your cat has turned her nose up yet again at the dry kibbles you placed on the bowl and you wonder why is she being so stubborn? If your cat refuses to eat dry food there is usually a reason why. Generally, cats prefer to eat wet food because it approximates fresh meat. They are obligate carnivores by nature so they will choose the wet food option over dry almost every time. Cats must eat meat protein as their main source of nutrients.
Dry Food Is Not All That Bad
Some camps describe dry cat food as “species inappropriate”. This is due to its lower water and protein content and higher carbohydrates content. However dry cat food is not harmful providing the cat has access to and drinks enough water.
Why Your Cat Refuses To Eat Dry Food
The concern of owners whose cat refuses to eat dry food is how to encourage their cat to try it. If your cat persistently refuses to try dry food, first take her to the vet to rule out any problems especially painful dental conditions which may make your cat reluctant to eat the harder dry food. If she is healthy and she continues to reject dry food, it could be due to any of the following reasons: Some cats get imprinted on a particular food’s taste and texture and will be unwilling to try new food. It is therefore important to expose a kitten to a wide variety of food flavors and types while still young.
Introducing Your Cat To Dry Food
The following tips may help you to introduce your cat to dry food: Try different brands of cat food that are age and breed appropriate for your cat in regards to kibble shape, size, hardness and texture as described above.