This happens around 20-25% of the time I feed my kitten.
The kitten asks me for food. I put the food in the plate & keep it at his usual eating place. He will smell it and then walk away disdainfully. However,if I take small bite size portions in my hand and feed him - he will eat it - I have to feed him around 3-4 bites by hand & then he will move to the plate and start eating it. Alternately, if instead of feeding him by hand, if I take a piece and put it on the floor, he will eat it. Again if he eats around 3-4 pieces from the floor, he will move to the plate and start eating off the plate.
My kitten is around 8-9 months old, male, neutered.
What can be the reason for this? And what's the solution?