Nothing is more troublesome for cat parents than a picky eater. Cats are known for being pretty particular; that’s part of their charm! However, it can be tricky to find the best food for picky cats.

Worst of all, failing to find a good food could cause your cat to refuse food altogether, leading to serious health problems. Try these tricks to find a food that your kitty will actually eat.

Why Is My Cat So Picky?

Your cat is a creature of habit. They like routine, and they’re very particular about what they will and won’t welcome into their life.  There are so many reasons your cat could be a picky eater—here are a few of the most common.


, or the irrational fear of new things, can occur in cats just like it does in humans. Your cat could be irrationally afraid of certain foods or ingredients. That’s why they likely don’t want to try anything new; in the feline mind, something unfamiliar is unknown and dangerous. PetGuard has a variety of formulas to introduce more variety into your cat’s diet and break this neophobia.

The Goldilocks problem

Is your cat’s wet food too dry or too cold? Just like humans, cats have different preferences for temperature and texture at mealtime.

If you serve your cat wet food and they don’t want it, try adding warm water or broth to their food.   They might simply prefer warm food! Your cat’s food could also be too dry. In the wild, cats get most of their moisture from food. If they don’t like their new dry food, they may prefer wet food

Your cat isn’t hungry

Indoor cats don’t expend a lot of energy. For that reason, they don’t always need high-calorie diets.

Because of their low energy requirements, your cat might simply not be hungry! If you aren’t sure, try setting a regular feeding schedule for your cat. This will help you see if they’re eating enough, or if there may be another reason for their pickiness.

Allergies or health problems

Cats can be allergic to certain ingredients in their food, just like humans. If they have an adverse reaction to a certain food, they’re unlikely to want it again.

If you’ve ruled out all other causes for your cat’s picky eating, we recommend visiting your vet. They can check your cat for allergies and serious health problems. If your cat is lethargic or ill, visit your vet as soon as possible.

The Best Food for Picky Cats

You’ve probably already tried several cat food brands for your kitty. The best food for a picky cat satisfies both their personal tastes as well as their nutritional needs.

Nutritionally speaking, cats need a high protein, carnivorous diet. Check the label on your cat food. As a general rule of thumb, look for foods with twice as much animal protein as carbohydrates. Your cat also needs to have fats, minerals, vitamins, and moisture.

Many vets recommend feeding your cat wet food, which is lower in carbs. Indoor cats don’t require too many carbs since they don’t expend as much energy as animals in the wild. Wet food thus tends to be the healthiest choice.

Worried about wet food and dental health? Contrary to popular opinion, wet food does not cause worse teeth in cats. Remember to always consult with your veterinarian for reliable medical advice.

So, what’s the best food for picky cats? In our experience, cats want a balanced diet with variety. That’s why we recommend our top four best-selling wet foods for picky cats.

  • Fish, Chicken and Liver Dinner: Mackerel, chicken, chicken liver and salmon are the delicious combination your cat will not be able to resist.  
  • Chicken and Beef Dinner: This is the ultimate “turf and turf” dinner for your cat. With zero artificial flavors or colors, your picky cat will love this carnivorous feast.
  • Savory Seafood Dinner: Cats love fish. If your kitty doesn’t respond well to beef or chicken, try serving seafood. They’ll enjoy this savory meal of salmon, mackerel, and shrimp.
  • Premium Feast Dinner: Picky cats often crave variety, and Premium Feast Dinner is chock full of it. Beef, liver, chicken, and rice satisfy even the finickiest of felines. This is also a fish-free diet if you are trying to avoid fish.

These wet foods are sourced sustainably from hormone-free cows and cage-free chickens. PetGuard wet cat food is also free of corn, wheat, gluten, and carrageenan. Whichever flavor you choose, it contains everything you need to satisfy your picky kitty—with zero mystery ingredients.

Satisfy Your Picky Cat

We know it’s frustrating to coax your picky cat into trying new foods. That’s why PetGuard works hard to develop the best food for picky cats. Try serving your cat a variety of foods until you find a few flavors they enjoy (but make sure not to introduce new food brands too quickly – see our guide for more help). Consult with your vet to make sure your kitty is healthy and satisfied after mealtime.

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