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What Do You Feed A Fussy Cat

Cat Eating The Food

Here at BarkinBISTRO, we are being asked more questions about cats and in this article, we will help you understand why your kitty is being fussy and how to encourage them to eat a fresh raw diet.

Is my cat a carnivore?

Absolutely 100%, your kitty is an obligate carnivore meaning they do not need highly processed foods.  Sadly most commercial cat foods are full of sugar and therefore addictive, also making a huge number of our cats obese.  Your kitty does also “imprint” on food making it difficult to change the diet without a few problems.  Puss-cats can often look at you with utter disgust when you change their food!  Also remember, you do not own your kitty, they own YOU!!

Tempt your cat with exciting fresh new foods.

We often find here at BarkinBISTRO that adding a small amount of blood (from any animal, chicken, turkey, beef, lamb, venison etc.) helps, as blood is full of taurine – essential for cats.  Just add a little to their food and see if it helps.

Depending on what you are feeding, adding some small pieces of cooked meat or fish can also be helpful.

  • Try chicken wing tips – small and safe for cats and great for their dental health.
  • Tinned sardines in olive oil can also be tempting for fussy cats.

Outdoor or Indoor Cat

Indoor cats tend to be less fussy as they are not outside hunting for their food, so probably easier to change unless of course, they are “super suspicious”!

Outdoor cats are superb hunters and will most likely get all the nutrition they need from hunting their prey (depending on where you live of course). If your kitty hunts outside, do regular worm-count tests as they are more likely to get worms or parasites too. Feeding our range of cat foods, plus some DIY and cooked options will give your kitty the best and most nutritional diet.

Avoid dry high-carb foods.

Sadly we see a lot of cats suffering from kidney issues here at BarkinBISTRO and we believe that cats should NEVER eat dry, highly processed food.  It makes them drink more and this certainly affects kidney function for obvious reasons.  Our fresh raw cat food is full of the moisture your kitty needs.

Never starve your cat

A mistake a great deal of people make and if your kitty is not given food with enough protein, or stops eating, this can cause hepatic lipidosis which is a liver condition that can be fatal if left untreated. Your cats liver cannot support the body in the same way that a dog can, so this process can happen quickly.

Why is my cat not eating?

There could be many reasons and if it continues for more than a couple of days, we recommend seeking advice from your holistic vet. Below are some other symptoms to look out for.

Food Allergies

If you notice unusual symptoms, such as lack of appetite, skin issues or an upset tummy, this could suggest an underlying food allergy.

Respiratory problems

Cats have a very acute sense of smell which stimulates their appetite, if your kitty has any respiratory problems, this can affect their appetite and as we know ourselves, a stuffy blocked-up nose is not much fun.

Fussy and picky with food

Have you changed their food? As we mentioned earlier, our furry feline friends can be very fussy if the texture or smell of their food has changed.

Digestive issues

If your cat is experiencing any type of gastrointestinal distress like nausea, sickness, diarrhoea, or abdominal discomfort, they may be reluctant to eat or drink. Unfortunately, a lack of food and water is likely to worsen the condition.

Sadness and depression

Like us, our feline friends can suffer from sadness and depression. If your    kitty suddenly stops eating and turning down their favourite treats, they could be depressed.


Anxiety may look different in each individual.  Some cats may become more subdued than normal. Others become more vocal, can overgroom, or have a change in appetite and eating habits.

Foreign objects

Excessive hairballs (due to overgrooming) and other foreign objects like toys can block  up your cat’s digestive tract. If you think your kitty has swallowed a foreign object or has lost their appetite, is vomiting, or appears to be in pain, contact your vet.

Dental disease

If your cat has lost their appetite and it is accompanied by excessive drooling and discomfort while eating, or they have smelly breath, this can often be dental problems which is why it is so important for cats to have the correct diet. Common dental issues in cats can include gingivitis, toothaches, and fractured teeth.

Medication, vaccinations, flea and worm treatments

These can all have side effects—including a loss of appetite. Look at titre testing instead of vaccination and natural flea and worm treatments.

Underlying health conditions in your cat

Does your cat have any medical issues as these could also result in loss of appetite and weight loss.

  • kidney disease
  • hyperthyroidism
  • liver issues
  • diabetes
  • pancreatitis
  • parasites
  • Cancer


As always folks, here at BarkinBISTRO we advise that you do as much research as possible and if you are concerned about your cat we suggest you seek help from your holistic vet.  We believe that our range of fresh raw and cooked food is the best choice for your kitty and are always happy to answer any queries you may have.

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