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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.

Judy    Pittsburgh, PA

4/15/2012 12:53:31 PM

I should have also stated that she went from pate to just licking the gravy from the pate. Then I got the gravy lovers with the chunks in it and pate-ing it. She took a couple licks and left it a lone. Now she is back to licking the gravy and leaving the chunks alone. Mean time she has two different hard foods to choose from. She would not starve. But she never been much for drinking water. But she is more playful then ever!

Judy    Pittsburgh, PA

4/15/2012 12:43:47 PM

My cat started doing this as well. I don't know what to do. Her energy level is higher than ever. I am very puzzeled.

CatChannelEditor    Irvine, CA

1/26/2012 11:17:08 PM

The latest research encourages more wet food, as it has fewer fillers than dry food. Each cat is different, however, so you should work with your vet to find the food that's best for your cat.

Vendetta    McMinnville, TN

1/22/2012 11:59:34 AM

I have read different articles about wet versus dry cat food so I asked my cats vet about it and she said that dry is the best and that when my cat needs water, she will drink.She says the hard food cleans their teeth better. yest I still read other articles that say that wet is best. What are we to believe?

ls    boston, MA

11/25/2011 5:09:52 AM

short and sweet

Lisa    Millwood, NY

11/18/2011 12:41:46 PM

I take care of a feral cat who has lived outside my hourse for two years. She will not let us touch her (or him perhaps) but waits patiently at our back door every morning. I give her both wet and dry food each day. She loves the dry food and licks all the gravy off the wet food leaving behind the pieces. Your article suggested asking my veterinarian about a gravy only product. I do not have a veterinarian. Is there a brand you could suggest?

janet    bethlehem, PA

12/23/2010 4:22:53 AM

good article, thanks

Cathy    Hubbard, OH

9/1/2010 5:28:01 AM

Try getting the PATE instead of the chunks. That is what my kitties eat and I have one like yours also.

April    Philadelphia, PA

7/23/2010 5:37:29 PM

My cat did the same thing; would eat all the gravy and leave the chunks behind. The other day, just for the heck of it, I ran his regular can of Fancy Feast through a small coffee grinder (by Cuisinart), along with a bit of water. So, of course, it ended up being a puree / "thick soup". Well, he ate it right up! So, instead of giving yourself the headache and spending money on "new" foods, try pureeing first - your cat just might prefer a more 'liquidy' consistency for is food.

Heather    San Jose, CA

3/22/2010 8:46:45 PM

I had the exact same problem with my cat. She would lick up all the gravy, leaving the chunks of meat in the bowl, then look up at me and meow, as if to say, "But mommy, I'm still hungry!"
I purchased a packet of VitaGravy from the pet store, only to find that she refused to eat it. I even tried warming it slightly and mixing it thoroughly with her food to disguise its presence, but, to my surprise, she turned her nose up at food she would have otherwise eaten, simply because I had added the VitaGravy. Of course, all cats have different preferences, and your results may be different. I should note, though, that VitaGravy needs to be refrigerated (to keep it fresh) once opened, and is a slight inconvenience since most cats do not show interest in cold food, as its aroma is suppressed and fats congealed. I also had trouble keeping the packet from spilling in the refrigerator.
After much trial and error, I currently utilize the following solution: Rather than buying the canned food with chunks of meat or shredded meat in that ever-so-delectable gravy, I now purchase the "Pâté," sometimes called "loaf" style of canned food. The nutritional value and moisture content is meets the exact same standards as other styles, and it is just as widely available. The paté-style food has something of a gravy, or sauce, of its own. I scoop a portion out of the can and add a small amount of room-temperature bottled, distilled, or filtered water to the bowl. You can use lukewarm water if you like, as it will bring out the aromas and make it more appealing to your cat. Simply mash it up with a plastic utensil (the paté breaks apart very easily and requires no cutting) until well blended. The result is an extremely palatable, very moist meal, that doesn't leave your cat the option of only eating certain choice pieces, which ensures that she is getting all the nutritional balance intended. Adding water also ensures that your cat is staying well-hydrated, as cats have a very low thirst-drive, as in the wild they normally take in nearly all the water they need by eating entire animal carcasses, which are about 70%-80% water, depending on the species. This means they are used to meeting their water requirements by food alone. Even when supplied with fresh water at all times, some cats will not drink enough and end up dehydrated, and ultimately with kidney and bladder problems, if they are eating dry food exclusively. Please consider this information when considering your moist-food options.

janet    bethlehem, PA

7/15/2009 4:34:38 AM

very interesting thank you

Linda    Mandeville, LA

1/11/2009 11:22:50 PM

Good article.

sheila    yacolt, WA

1/8/2009 8:35:03 PM

Gayle from texas -

if your still looking at this thread - go to and look up vita gravy for cats. there is also a brand called syengery, or when you get to vitagravy, click product like this. Have the cat also checked for dental problems. good luck!

Elizabeth    Roseville, CA

10/22/2008 9:13:27 PM

This works great with our cat. We serve the gravy in the cat first and then put water in the can and let it marinate in the fridge and she has new gravy for the next feeding!

Vivian    santa clarita, CA

10/5/2008 10:27:05 AM

Just make sure you have fresh water. I give my cats canned food to prevent hairball, not kidney failure.

Gaye    Arlington, TX

7/14/2008 11:03:08 AM

I'm reviewing your 2/17/05 reply to party asking who makes "gravy only" cat food. You waffled by saying "Your veterinarian can recommend ...." No, mine can't. Now why wouldn't you tell who makes gravy only in packets if you know. Certainly, my vet doesn't know. So, I'm searching the internet. My 17-year-old cat is just dying in front of my eyes. She literally won't eat, but she does lick the gravy off the wet food I give her. So, I wind up giving her about $10 worth of food each day just so that she can get the gravy from the packets. Then, I toss the actual food.

So, if you really know who sells packets of gravy-only, please don't keep it a secret. I guess I need to start making it myself. But, then, what I make may be OK for me but not for a cat.

Linda    Mandeville, LA

4/21/2008 3:55:23 AM

Good article.

Linda    Mandeville, LA

2/29/2008 4:07:39 AM

Sounds good as my cat likes the gravy of wet food better than the food itself.

Ashley    Duluth, MN

12/30/2007 6:59:58 PM

I had noticed the same reaction with our cat. Instead of giving her just any regular wet can cat food, I had switched her to food that resembles tuna in texture, tuna being one of her favorite treats. We are happy with the change because she eats all of her food and there is no stick food dish left for us to clean up after.

Katarina    Brantford, ON

11/17/2007 2:11:05 PM

My female cat, Giera will not eat anything but her dry food and some dairy products. She will drink lots of water though. The boys like a bit of tuna every once in a while.

Sheila    Montgomery, TX

9/30/2007 8:36:53 AM

This article relates to one of my four cats, he will lap up the gravy then walk away, but I don't have a problem with left-overs. For one thing I feed all four cats one can of wet food, even at that there would be some left overs, but the dog will gladly clean up any remains. I will try some pouches for more gravy but my animals would not like me to add water to their food, they are way too picky for that. I have made them gravy (less salt). Heck when we were under the scare of tainted foods, I made all of their food, just recently went back to purchasing their food. I tried the new Sheba premium cuts last night and the cat who only likes gravy ate every last piece of his Sheba. It is expensive, but one can per four cats 2-3 times a week isn't so bad, and they love it, that is what matters (that and it won't hurt them).

janet    bethlehem, PA

7/21/2007 6:23:45 PM

interesting article. Thanks for the info

janet    bethlehem, PA

5/21/2007 7:07:45 PM

very informative one must keep up to date on the best food to feed a cat with health problems

Nicola    Santa Cruz, CA

5/16/2007 9:48:17 AM

My cats are picky too, I've been giving them omega 3 fish oil, and this helps them to eat the food, and its good for them too!


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