For many cats, wet cat food makes up the vast majority of their diet. It’s about the closest our feline friends can get to an authentic menu of small critters and birds, without causing carnage among the neighborhood’s wildlife.
The trouble for pet owners is that wet food quality varies widely. The best stuff can be fit for human consumption, while the worst can be fattening, stuffed with strange ingredients, and contribute to poor dental hygiene.
Adding to the complexity is the pickiness of many cats. Some won’t eat wet food without combining it with dried kibble; others won’t eat food that’s been left out for a certain amount of time, and most will only consider a certain selection of flavors, turning their nose up at anything else. As owners know, cat’s seemingly arbitrary rules about their food can also change overnight, leaving you wringing your hands as your cat looks on with disdain.
Luckily, there are some actionable steps you can take to promote good feline nutrition. When you know what separates quality wet food from the bargain basement stuff—as well as what your cat is looking for in their diet—then their erratic food preferences can start to make a little more sense. We can’t promise that you’ll ever completely understand why your cat suddenly turns down certain meals, but we can share our extensive research with you, to help inform your future shopping decisions.