Help! My Cat Won't Eat Her Wet Cat Food

Encourage your cat to eat all of her wet cat food by mashing up the pieces and adding a bit of water to the gravy.

By J. Veronika Kiklevich, DVM | Posted: Thu Feb 17 00:00:00 PST 2005

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Q. My cat Jane primarily eats dry cat food, however, I like to give her a can of wet food a couple of times a week. I feel the wet cat food provides her with some fluids to prevent kidney problems or dehydration. She only eats the gravy off the whole pieces and leaves them to dry and stick horribly to her dish. Is there the option of gravy-only wet cat food?

A. Your cat veterinarian can recommend a pet food company that makes various veterinary diets that come in packets, which are, essentially, a gravy-only wet cat food. The advantage of using these cat foods is that they are completely balanced and good for your cat. Ask your veterinarian about the availability of this diet in your area. As another alternative, mix the wet cat food she prefers with some water to increase her overall water consumption. Because many cats are finicky about the texture of the cat food that they are eating, this may not please her. Also, be sure to provide your cat with plenty of fresh water daily to prevent dehydration.

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Anne    Seattle, WA

1/17/2014 11:38:20 AM

I just wanted to share my opion that I received from a pet store. my cat had hard stools and didn't drink much water. She told me to hide the water dishes, so I put a coffe mug fresh on the coffee table, and the other on my night stand, she prefers drinking from a cup, fresh cold water every day, but she will not drink from the bowl on the floor next to her cat food, I believe it's to warm and dusty, Also her being a pickey eater,& hard stools she recemended a pumking dish, with gravey comes in an envelope, she loves it and has loosened her stools, give it to about once a week.

Dora    New Port Richey, FL

11/8/2013 7:07:26 PM

My cat is not eating the dry food, he only eats the wet food. He will try to eat the dry food once in a while, I think he can't chew with his teeth. Is there a soft dry food for senior cats?

Janet    Bethlehem, PA

6/13/2013 2:34:25 PM

this can be a problem

Michalle    Portland, OR

4/17/2012 1:36:05 PM

Cats can be very finicky. They have their favorite foods.

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