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How to Convince a Cat to Eat Canned Cat Food

If a cat has become accustomed to eating dry cat food and you want to switch it to canned, use these tips to make the transition.


  • Step 1: Establish a meal schedule Establish a regular schedule of two or three feedings a day if the cat has been eating dry food whenever it wants.
  • Step 2: Stimulate an appetite Get the cat active before feeding times. Exercising or playing with the cat will stimulate its appetite and make it less likely to refuse canned food.
  • Step 3: Combine canned and dry food Add the canned cat food to the cat's dry food in increasing amounts, until you have switched the cat over to 100 percent canned food after about a week.
  • TIP: Warm up the canned cat food if it has been refrigerated. Heating the food will increase its aroma and make it more attractive to the cat.
  • Step 4: Add a treat Try sprinkling a very small amount of the cat's favorite treat on top of the canned food if the cat resists the change. After the cat has begun eating the treat, press it into the top of the canned cat food. You'll have manged to persuade your cat to eat the new food before you know it.
  • FACT: Obesity in cats can predispose them to diabetes, hepatic lipidosis, and arthritis.

You Will Need

  • Regular feedings
  • Exercise or playtime
  • Canned cat food
  • Dry cat food
  • Treat
  • Warm cat food (optional)

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