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My British shorthair wants to eat nothing but dry cat food! She won't even smell the natural food that I sometimes try to give her. Is it normal? If not what should I do?? Emotion: sad
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yes, It's unfortunately how some cats are. When you say natural food, what kind of food are we talking? Are you talking canned and wet food?
Does it mean she refuses to eat other dry food brands as well? If yes the manufacturers may be adding something addictive to the food and hence your cat's behavior. In any case I'd definitely try switching her to something else even though it may take time. I somewhat dislike the idea of a cat eating the same food all the time. I think there should be some variety. Maybe that's just me though.
No, you're correct. If a cat will eat other foods, it's really best to switch it up. You should start slowly so as not to mess up their tummies. But absolutely they should eat other foods. Mine never eat the same food in one day. They eat Merrick, Weruva, Nature's Variety, Petguard (only the grain free), and Soulistic. This way they get different protein sources, different healthy flora in their system.
alfinnlayyes, It's unfortunately how some cats are. When you say natural food, what kind of food are we talking? Are you talking canned and wet food?
I mean she only wants dry food (Hills) and will not eat natural raw food like beef, chicken, fish, etc.

But how can I switch her to something else if she won't eat it? To make her starve? My heart will be bleeding if I do that. Emotion: sad
NO! Never, ever do that. Never starve a cat to try and make them eat a different food. It only takes 24-48 hours of a cat not eating to develop fatty liver disease which is life threatening. I should know. My Alex got it because she had IBD and her liver was already inflamed without showing any signs until she couldn't stop vomiting and wouldn't eat. I got her to the vet as soon as I could but the damage to her liver was already done and that began a terrible downward cycle. So no matter what anyone else ever says, don't ever do that. Blech, Hills!! ugh.

There are ways to do this. I have a page on switching foods slowly: http://ibdkitties.net/switchingfoods.html . I tell you how to mix the new food in with the old food a little at a time and keep doing it exactly until the old food is gone. There are also things you can put on called food toppers. They're just dehydrated and freeze dried meat, ONLY meat. No fillers, nothing else. Cats LOVE this stuff. http://ibdkitties.net/Treats.html . Dr. Becker also has something called appetite flakes which is again, freeze dried food that is very palpable. You sprinkle it on the food to entice them to eat. Check out the article I wrote, look at the products and if you still have questions keep asking. That's what I'm here for. It may take some time and patience but you CAN do it and your baby will be much better off for it in the long run. Dr. Becker's appetite flakes are at the bottom of that treat page I just gave you the link for. They really do work!
alfinnlayNO! Never, ever do that. Never starve a cat to try and make them eat a different food. It only takes 24-48 hours of a cat not eating to develop fatty liver disease which is life threatening.
This is now getting interesting. Do you mean that if a cat doesn't eat anything for 24-48 hours it can get sick? Whow. I'm a bit surprised I must admit because I know sometimes cats won't eat for about 2 days if they have food poisoning for example and nothing deadly happens to them. Maybe I'm missing something. Emotion: thinking I don't want to say you are wrong of course. You seem to have much more experience. I just didn't get this one.