After reading up on a lot of forums about how cats need wet food I have tried to feed my cat wet food from about November until recently (February). I dont try every day, more like every once in a while when i go to the store i try a different brand and have even tried one or two off amazon. I've tried just a small dollop in his normal food, ive tried just wet food without his food, and ive tried a mixture of both evenly and nothing worked. He hasnt touched wet food any time that ive tried this. When i mix he will leave the whole thing, when i put dried food on top he will eat it off and around the wet food but not touch the wet food at all.

I should mention i have a scheduled feeding time and amount and i have only tried an evening time for the wet food. I keep him on poultry for the most part but on the wet food ive tried even branching to Salmon as a 4th ingredient. His dry food is chicken and turkey based and he eats fine.

He drinks a decent amount of water when i am home, sometimes ill hear him drinking randomly in the evening and every morning after i shower he jumps in right after i get out and licks the floor of the shower for a little bit. I could shower right after he drinks from his bowl and this will still happen so its not like he is dying of dehydration (from what i can tell). His coat is really nice and im taking him on a checkup soon.

I am wondering if this is a problem? Should i keep trying different wet foods or should i give up? Is there a specific process to transition? Is there a specific temp or way to serve the food that makes a difference?


Some cats may never enjoy wet food sadly, it's always good to introduce new types of foods when young.

Cats taste depend on a few things, most importantly texture and smell. The smellier the better!

Some cats like chunks and gravy type of wet food while others would prefer the pate texture.

Smell is factor #1 they don't have a very good sense of taste like us so they rely more on how smelly it is. Warming up his food in the microwave will help with enhancing the smell, be sure to mix it well and that it's not too hot.

To get more water into him if he refuses wet food is to add water to his dry (remove food after 1 hour to prevent mold and bacterial growth) and buy a kitty water fountain. Cats prefer running water so a fountain is handy though not all cats like it.

Our go to food for fussy can eaters at the clinic is Purina veterinary Diet Essential Care, for whatever reason cats go nuts for it. It's a running joke for it to be called "kitty crack".

I hope this helps a little, I'll add more things if I think of any.

  • i should mention that according to the previous owner my cat is about 2 – Ian Feb 15 '17 at 23:38
  • ill try the warming thing though and see if i can pick up some of that food to see if it works. I have steered clear of purina because of the dog scandal but id be willing to give them another shot. I would rather not add water to dry food but ill use that as a last resort – Ian Feb 15 '17 at 23:44
  • The veterinary formulas from Purina are not made in the same facility as the Purina you see in the pet stores or grocery store. It's not monitored the same or have the same staffing, sadly the only reason Purina makes the low quality foods is because it sells more than the vet industry. Easier on people's wallets but doesn't have the same science or ingredient quality. Good luck :) – Rebecca RVT Feb 15 '17 at 23:48
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    So I looked briefly for the veterinary diet you mentioned but it wasn't at any store and I couldn't find the same type online (although I might have just looked in the wrong place). I can relook for the food. I asked my vet about it when my cat got a checkup and she said that some cats just don't like wet food. She said my cat had a wet nose and didn't seem dehydrated so it isn't a huge issue but if I was really worried to try one can per week and maybe split it over a say or two or so. That is what I've been doing generally. He eats once in a blue moon and I get excited then never eats more. – Ian Jun 26 '17 at 16:39
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    I will probably re look for the vet diet again though eventually but at this point I think my cat doesn't like the texture of the food and only eats when he is really hungry – Ian Jun 26 '17 at 16:43

Consider bringing your cat chicken or turky with gravy. And make it the same brand her dry food is. My cat doesn't really like things that have salmon or fish in them but when they contain chicken or turky she flips all over them.

  • Let me know if you get results please – toothless199 Jun 21 '17 at 1:07

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