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Do cats get bored eating the same food everyday?

Our clients frequently ask this question. You like and crave variety in your own diet so you think your cat must too. However, for the vast majority of cats, this is not the case. Cats will happily eat the same food their whole life. If your cat was bored with her food or hungry, she would stand by the refrigerator and beg. Felines are creatures of habit and prefer to eat the same food every day because they have found it to be safe. In a cats mind, eating a new food is risky and scary. Cats prefer a sure thing and are never fond of surprises. In the wild, they eat only to satisfy their nutritional needs. And that's all your feline needs to remain happy and healthy, balanced nutrition that meets the dietary needs of her carnivore nature. Oh, add in lots of playtime and love, too.

Why did my cat just stop eating her food and now wants something different?

There are a few cats that will just stop eating a food, but that is almost always related to a medical issue. Your cat may have a bad tooth and when they bite down on the food they feel pain. The cat can’t reason that they have a bad tooth. Instead, they blame the food for hurting them. They could be sensitive to one of the ingredients or they may feel sick after they eat. We often see cats that stop eating altogether because their food gets changed so often, they can’t process the chaos and refuse to eat anything. If your cat stops eating, please have her checked by your veterinarian.

People that insist that their cat needs variety in her diet are really basing their assumptions on how they feel about the topic, not how their cat feels. Sometimes our felines become so much a part of the family, we forget they are cats and that their needs and desires are completely different from ours.

Once you've found a quality food that meets her nutritional needs, leave well enough alone.  A healthy cat is a happy cat.

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