Tips for Getting Your Pet to Eat Food They Don’t Like

Dogs aren’t exactly known as picky eaters.

Some of them will even sneak a treat out of a littler box if you let them. But there are a few who seem to turn their noses up at many kinds of food. Cats can be even more difficult when it comes to appetite.

If you’ve got a picky eater at home, here are a few tricks to try to get them to chow down.

Mix Foods

If your pet is refusing to eat something new, but still enjoys his old food, try mixing the two together for a few days. It’ll trick him into eating the new stuff by masking it with the old. It’s also how you should normally be transitioning dogs to a new diet each time you make a change.

Use Chicken Broth

Chicken broth makes everything taste better. If your dog or cat is being persnickety about his food, consider adding a little low sodium chicken broth over the top to give it a little extra flavor. Hopefully, this will encourage your pet to eat and get them used to the new taste in their bowl.

Cut the Scraps

Your pet’s reluctance to eat his food might be entirely your fault. If he’s used to being fed table scraps then his palate likely prefers food with a little added flavor than what you’re going to get from something at the pet store. Stop feeing your pet from off the table to help curb their spoiled ‘tude when it comes to their food.

Cut Back the Treats

Your dog or cat might not being eating his new food because he thinks he’ll just get his fill of treats throughout the day. If your pet is refusing his dinner try withholding treats for a bit so he can’t rely on them to quench his hunger.

The Starvation Method

Sometimes you happen upon a pet that is just too stubborn for his own good. He’ll refuse to eat no matter what you do. In that case, the only way to curb this problem is the gentle starvation method. Begin by placing your dog or cat’s food down for 30 minutes. If he refuses to eat in that time, take it back up. Wait until his next normally scheduled mealtime and put it down for 30 minutes again. If he doesn’t eat, take it back up. Eventually hunger will win over and your dog will eat his food. If not, there’s probably a deeper problem than just a picky pup, and you should head to the vet.

Meet the Author: Ben Kerns

Ben Kerns is a freelance writer, photographer and outdoor adventurer based out of San Diego. When he’s not busy working you can find him hopping across the world looking for new places to climb big rocks. He’s also fanatically obsessed with funding his outdoor obsessions for as little money as possible. This stuff gets expensive.

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