Just like humans, all cats are different. This also means that they have different tastes in food and different eating habits.
None of my three cats has what I would call “normal” behaviour towards food. Lugosi is “the feline dustbin”, Ruby eats and picks at her meals like a bird, and Spider…. well, the latter is the most finickity eater out of the lot.
Once I have put food down for all three, Spider is always the one that sniffs and then sticks his nose up and walks off. One way around it is to encourage him by putting a little food on my finger and letting him lick it off. But even then, it´s kind of a game, where he sniffs at it, backs away slowly, and then sniffs at it again about 3 times before he decides to gently stick his tongue out and eat it. After repeating this a couple of times, he only eats a tiny bit, and walks off again. At other times, he will only touch his food when it´s served on the floor. Yes, you heard right. The floor. No plate or bowl. Tsk!
The problem is that I feed them raw food these days because it is simply much healthier than the sh*t that goes into even the special food that can be bought from the vets. And because it´s raw, I can´t leave it out all day and it needs to go back into the fridge after half an hour. Lucky for the cats, I am currently unemployed apart from a bit of web design from home, so I am being used like a well-trained human yoyo, forever going back and forth taking their food out of the fridge and then returning it after they had a few bites to eat!
Feel free to comment with your own experiences of your cats´ eating habits. I would love to hear about it.
P.S.: My kitties´ raw food diet is supplemented with a fantastic powder called “My Natural Cat” that contains all the vitamins and minerals that cats need, available from my wonderful friend Felice at Feline Instincts.
Spider munching raw chicken