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Kitty's favorite flavors

Vicki Clinebell majored in journalism at the University of Colorado, and headed an advertising agency before beginning a long career in broadcasting, spanning production and copywriting to sales and management for an ABC affiliate statio...

Is your cat a gourmet?

Feed your cat his favorite flavors and look for healthy food ingredients to enhance a frisky and happy nine lives!

cat eating dry food

Cats can be finicky eaters. The food that was their favorite yesterday might suddenly be a meal they refuse when you offer it today. You want your pampered pet to have nutritious, healthy food with the right balance of protein and the vitamins and minerals they need. Pay attention to their likes and dislikes, and be prepared to rotate flavors and formulas when necessary.

Favorites

In some ways, cats are like small children when it comes to exploring new food choices -- they are not always flexible! When your cat has a good experience with food it becomes a favorite and something she looks forward to and expects at mealtime. What happens when her favorite flavors are suddenly not so pleasing to her? This can occur if the cat has a bad experience -- like a tummy ailment -- after eating. The cat may associate the illness with the food and decide to spurn it. It can also happen when the manufacturer adjusts the recipe. You might not notice the difference, but more often than not your cat will!

Fresh flavors and high-quality ingredients will generally be a hit. And an excellent variety of flavors means you can try a few and see which your feline gourmet prefers.

Cats notice textures and have their individual preferences. Some cats crave wet food, while others insist on dry blends. For cats that enjoy both, try a food that gives them a crunchy outside with a tender center, like the aptly-named Meow Mix Tender Centers. This favorite pleases most cats with a variety of tastes, as it comes in salmon, white meat chicken, tuna or whitefish flavor.

Wet cat food has a high appeal to many cats, and they'll identify a favorite quickly. The most popular are seafood and poultry: salmon, tuna, whitefish, shrimp, chicken and turkey. Look for a wet cat food that has chunks of meat or fish blended with gravy for a smooth and easy-to-digest texture. The food should be protein-rich and have a nice aroma the cat enjoys. Vegetables and fruits may be listed among the ingredients -- cats usually enjoy foods like carrots, sweet potatoes, blueberries, cranberries and even kelp. The healthy nutrients and disease-fighting antioxidants in these foods benefit your cat. Other foods many cats enjoy: apricots, spinach, broccolli and pumpkin. Offer your cat a taste of different food flavors and expand the list of favorites! For most cats, it starts with a taste of chicken, turkey and seafood. A good food with quality ingredients will keep your cat sleek, satisfied and healthy to enjoy every day of his nine lives!

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