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How To Stimulate A Cat's Appetite

Updated on April 1, 2013

Give me something GOOD to eat!

Cats are well-known for being finicky, but with these irresistible treats up your sleeve, you'll soon have your cat eating again!
Cats are well-known for being finicky, but with these irresistible treats up your sleeve, you'll soon have your cat eating again! | Source

How to coax your cat's appetite...

Cats are known to be picky eaters. Sometimes this is just a matter of preference, and sometimes it is a matter of illness or old age. Whatever the reason, sometimes the appetite just needs a jump-start. Here are a few ideas for foods that will stimulate or kitty's appetite and help him start eating again.

Try Jack Mackerel. This is an incredibly fishy fish that comes in a can. You can find it in the canned meat section at your grocery store, usually on the top shelf. It costs about $1.50 a can. (When you buy your fish, be sure to buy some zip-lock sandwich bags. I'll tell you why later.) When you get it home and open it up, you will see that it contains 3 or 4 cooked fish with heads and tails cut off packed in a yummy, fishy juice! About half of one of these fish makes a good meal for a cat. Add a little of that tasty juice, and you've got a feast!

Make a week's worth of tasty cat meals!

Of course, if you only have one cat, you may be wondering what to do with the rest of the fish! That's easy. Get out your zip-lock sandwich bags. Cut the remaining fish in half. (It's easy, they just fall apart.) Put half a fish into a sandwich bag and add a bit of the fishy juice. Repeat until all the fish and juice are evenly distributed among six to eight sandwich bags. Put these in your freezer. Now you have a week's worth of food for your cat for under $2.00. Just remember to take a bag out every day to thaw. You don't want to put this in your microwave and heat it up, or you will have an incredibly fishy smelling house!

Another way to tempt cats who are off their feed is with creamed soups. This is especially good with older cats and cats who are ill. Favorite flavors seem to be Cream of Chicken and White Clam Chowder. Mix the can of soup up with 1/2 can of skim milk or prepared powdered milk. Be sure not to use any other kind of milk because the fat in milk tends to cause diarrhea in cats. Warm the soup very slightly. It should be lukewarm. Preparing the soup this way should make two or three meals for your cat, depending on how big he is.

You could use salt free chicken or beef bullion to reconstitute the soup. You can also use these alone to get a little nourishment into your cat and be sure he stays hydrated. Of course, keep a bowl of fresh water available at all times.

Your cat will surely love Jack Mackerel, and he will probably adore creamed soups and bullion. However, remember that these are not complete foods. Be sure your cat always has a bowl of dry food available. Introduce canned food every few days to see if your cat is ready to eat it again. You can't force your cat to eat his cat food, but at least have it there for him in case he wants it.

Copyright:SB:April 2, 2009


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    • SallyTX profile imageAUTHOR

      Sally Branche 

      2 years ago from Only In Texas!

      I'm glad I could help! Thanks for reading! ;D

    • Larry Rankin profile image

      Larry Rankin 

      2 years ago from Oklahoma

      I've had problems with my cat having an inconsistent appetite. I'll put some of your tips to use. Thanks.

    • SallyTX profile imageAUTHOR

      Sally Branche 

      4 years ago from Only In Texas!

      Many thanks! ;D

    • sweetie1 profile image


      4 years ago from India

      Nice hub..voted up and awesome

    • SallyTX profile imageAUTHOR

      Sally Branche 

      4 years ago from Only In Texas!

      Yep, if your cat won't eat mackerel, it's time to visit the vet! ;D

    • jtrader profile image


      4 years ago

      If the mackerel doesn't do the trick I don't know what will ;-)

      Voted up and interesting!

    • SallyTX profile imageAUTHOR

      Sally Branche 

      4 years ago from Only In Texas!

      Oh good! I'm glad! ;D

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      4 years ago

      Just tried the cr of chicken soup. She's eating it! Thanks for the suggestions

    • SallyTX profile imageAUTHOR

      Sally Branche 

      4 years ago from Only In Texas!

      Thanks! Yes it is a real challenge to get a cat to eat sometimes, but it can usually be done with a little patience and creativity! ;D

    • FlourishAnyway profile image


      4 years ago from USA

      Wonderful, detailed information. I have also tried with great success providing meat baby food out of the jar -- beef, turkey, chicken in that priority order. They love it, as it is rich and different from what they are used to. It works especially well with kittens, sick kitties, or old kitties who have lost their appetite. I have also used it to administer pills (crush up the pill and mix it). Voted up and more.

    • SallyTX profile imageAUTHOR

      Sally Branche 

      5 years ago from Only In Texas!

      Many thanks! ;D

    • moonlake profile image


      5 years ago from America

      I wish I had known about this with our 22 year old cat. It would have been cheaper and he would have liked it better I think. Voted up on your hub.


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