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Getting a Kitten to Eat Dry Cat Food

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If your kitten doesn't like dry food, it may be difficult to get them to eat it. This is a guide about getting a kitten to eat dry cat food.
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October 4, 2007

How does one convince a 10 week old kitten that dry cat food is edible? I have tried adding water to the dry kibble, leaving it plain, and she still tries to "bury it". She eats canned food (and cheesies) with no problem, which is the problem as she is a little pig!
She has been de-wormed twice, there are 2 older cats in the house so she has her choice of three types of dry cat food.

Cinnamon from Williams Lake

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October 4, 20071 found this helpful
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If you start a cat out on wet food, they'll of course never want dry food... But I have 2 suggestions for you... Start by mixing dry with wet 50-50...& SLOWLY reduce the wet food.

If that doesn't work, you can buy (or make) a can of chicken broth (UNSALTED) & use the chicken broth full strength, undiluted right from the can or box to wet the dried food.... But as it is with a child, If they get hungry enough, they'll eat! (I bet it's harder for you to watch him miss a meal or 2, than it is for him...)

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* Make sure any time you give a cat broth it's UNSALTED because salt is bad for their kidneys. And use care when it comes to TUNA for humans OR tuna cat food... because tuna is LOADED with Mercury, & they are such little creatures, Mercury can easily reek havoc on their tiny systems. I give my cat tuna cat food no more than once a month.

-----> And here's a tip for all you cat lovers out there. Cats can't digest lactose, so everyone will tell you "Don't give milk to cats, It'll give them diarrhea" but the solution is the same for cat's as it is for humans. Lactose Free milk. I buy my cat Lactose Free whole milk. It's available in the grocery store sitting close to the regular milk. (it cost's about twice as much as regular milk) I don't over do it, but for a treat, I give my cat 3 or 4 tablespoons at a time.

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October 4, 20071 found this helpful
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Try mixing the dry food with cooked white rice. Most cats love rice and this may get her started on dry food.

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And here's another reason you shouldn't give cats tuna: most cats lack the enzyme necessary to digest it. A cat can starve to death on a diet with lots of tuna.

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October 5, 20071 found this helpful
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Mix it with the wet food. By the time she finishes the wet food, the dry food will have some of the flavor of both and be softer. Eventually, she will try it. Just like a child - if you keep putting something in front of them without pushing it, they will try it on their own sooner or later.

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By Paula Jo Carr in Mebane, NC (Guest Post)
October 5, 20071 found this helpful
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My husband and I have 5 cats and we have learned that the cats are like our daughters were...each one has their own personality and taste perferences.

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Buy some "dry food for kittens" as IF you are giving them adult dry food IT is much too difficult for them to eat.

Remember too that they are just small babies and like our adult babies they require to be fed every 2 to 3 hours...

We have a bag of dry food folded back and sitting in the corner of the kitchen for the babies to eat when they want to right next to their water dish.

*****IF cats only eat dry food their poo-poo will not smell...but when they do eat canned food LOOK OUT FOR A VERY BAD POO-POO SMELL...

Our friend (who is also our vet) told us to never let the cats go more then 72 hours/3 days without eating. IF they do go that long then there is something wrong with them and take them to their vet to be seen immediately.

Always make sure their water is fresh & clean each day & also that their cat box is pooped scooped at least once a day.

Try different kinds of dry kitten foods as they are like us and have different taste too.

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Good Luck to you and keep us informed on how your both doing...

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October 29, 2017

My kitten is 12 weeks old. We got him when he was 4 weeks. His mom abandoned him. I bottle fed him KMR, but when we started wet food he wouldn't eat it. I mixed it with the KMR and he was okay with it, but to this day he won't eat wet food or dry food.

We started cooking chicken for him and occasionally giving him tuna. We tried mixing wet with dry, we tried putting tuna juice from can on dry, we tried just dry or just wet. He does not want to eat his food. So he still gets chicken or tuna, but mostly chicken. I know they say to just put some dry out and when he is hungry he will eat, but I'll go 8 hours or more without giving him any chicken and he still doesn't touch the cat food. What should I do.

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October 29, 20170 found this helpful
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If your cat will only eat chicken then I would do this:

  1. Buy a can of full chicken broth from the market.
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  3. Put the dry food in the bowl and pour the chicken broth over the top of the food.
  4. Do not water down the chicken broth, but instead use it as full strength.
  5. The cat will smell the chicken broth and start eating his food.
  6. At first you can add a few tiny, really tiny pieces of chicken mixed in with the dry food.
  7. Slowly start to take away the chicken and only give the dry food.
  8. If he eats this, start to add less chicken broth as time goes on he will get use to eating his dry cat food.
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November 1, 20170 found this helpful
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I have a list of things I use for picky eaters. Some I have learned from Vets and some I just stumbled on.

Number one is all meat baby food in a jar (beef or chicken). Another is Fancy Feast can cat food. A lot of cats will eat this over any other canned food. Hartz Mountain Delectables Bisque is kind of a tuna slurry (at Wallyworld).

Another good one is b.f.f. tuna and beef babycakes in a pouch (higher end pet stores). If your kitty still will only eat chicken and tuna, that is not so bad. Cats are obligate carnivores. Most of the other stuff in canned and dry food is not doing them much good.

You can get cat vitamins on the internet if you feel meat alone isn't good. My 12-year-old cat has eaten only chicken (raw + some skin and bones and eggs) his entire life. I prepare the food from a recipe from my Vet. He is thriving. Good luck

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October 5, 2017

My aunt's cat is in his teenage years, I'm babysitting him while she's in California. It's been four days and all he eats is milk. I have no problem what so ever, but he's super skinny and it makes him get diarrhea which stinks really badly! I want him to eat dry food, but he eats three little pieces a day and he needs to gain weight! Someone please help its been years since I had a cat and I've tried putting wet food with dry food and he still doesn't eat it!

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October 5, 20170 found this helpful
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Cat sitting is not always an easy job as cats are usually finicky about things like messing up their routine, being away from familiar things (home), and being away from their owner.

  • Has your aunt had a problem with her cat not eating properly?
  • Sometimes just messing up their routines will through a cat into a difficult stage and that might involve not wanting to eat.
  • Does he normally eat wet and dry food and are you providing the same type/kind/brand of food he usually eats at home?
  • If not, that may be some of the problem .
  • I do not believe he should be drinking milk as it is very apparent his stomach cannot tolerate it and that is why he has diarrhea.
  • This condition may actually be very bad for him as he is getting no nutrition from the milk and continuous diarrhea is bad for an animal the same as it is for humans.
  • Is he drinking water? The constant diarrhea may actually be making him dehydrated and that is not a good thing.
  • Have you discussed this with your aunt? She may have some good suggestions but I believe she does need to know what is going on.
  • Do you have his "home" food and water bowls? Cats like a larger shallow bowl for food.
  • Ask your aunt what is his favorite flavor of food and try only that for a few days.
  • Warm wet up in microwave for 5-8 seconds to see if that will help.
  • Place only a small amount of dry food in his bowl at one time.
  • Take the milk away and only offer wet food in the morning and afternoon to see if he will get hungry. Small amount of dry food in his bowl.
  • Does your aunt talk to him when eats? I know this may sound silly but many people do.
  • Here are a couple of sites that have suggestions and others will be along that will have good suggestions also.
  • http://www.cats  -things-wont-eat
  • http://consciou  cky-cats-to-eat/

here is an article about giving milk to your cat and the problems it can cause.

https://www.the  or-my-cat-552036

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November 13, 2016

I was at vet on Friday and she said to start dry food. My 9 week old kitty hates it. I put in some regular milk (cap full) and she ate it. This was 6 hours ago, is she going to be sick?

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November 15, 20160 found this helpful
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I cant imagine why milk would make your kitten sick. Unless she has an allergy to it, which is pretty uncommon. If she does not like dry cat food, feed canned food. Canned food has all the nutrition of dry food and helps your cat to stay hydrated because it is moist. A cat that stays well hydrated may have less chance for kidney disease later in life. I give my cats a tablespoon of cream once in awhile for a treat. they love it.

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November 16, 20160 found this helpful
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I read something on the site about cats not digesting milk, that's why I asked. Kitty did not get sick. I've been feeding her wet food but vet said try dry it's better for their teeth. I got her at three weeks old and as I said I've never had a cat much less a three wk old kitten. We've been winging it from beginning and were both still here, so I'm gaining confidence as a cat owner. Thanks for responding.

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June 17, 2017

I have a 7 week old kitten and it has no interest in eating kitten food. I've tried dry food, I tried crushing it up. I've tried wet food and it doesn't want anything, but to keep feeding off its mom. What should I do?

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June 17, 20170 found this helpful

Some kittens (and mothers) do not always want to do the weaning process so it is crucial that someone helps them succeed. I always tried putting some wet food on my finger and rubbing it around in their mouth (usually worked to some extent).

I found a couple of really good sites that tell several things to try that may help you through this process.

http://www.petm  to_feed_a_kitten

http://www.askt  ing-kittens.html

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June 17, 20170 found this helpful

This kitten may still need its mother's milk. 7 weeks is still young.

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