Why Your Cat Stopped Eating Wet Food but Will Still Eat Dry Food

You would think that it would only happen the other way around but there are times when your cat might stop eating wet food but will continue to eat the dry ones. Here are the most common reasons why they might suddenly do this.

Cats Can Be Picky About Their Wet Food

It’s not just the flavor that cats are picky about. They might also have a strict preference when it comes to wet food texture. Some cats, for example, may only touch wet food that consists of gravy. They may ignore other wet food in different forms despite it being the same brand and flavor.

If you have recently made a change to your cat’s wet food then you might just have to revert back to what your cat usually prefers. This is why it’s important to buy cat food in small packs, at least until you are fully certain of what your cat’s preferences are.

Effects of the Weather

As strange as it sounds, some cats may suddenly stop eating their favorite wet food if the weather changes. For example, the wet food might get cold more quickly during the winter season, especially if you are leaving it next to the window or door. Your cat may not like eating the wet food in such instances. The same can happen when the weather gets too hot.

Dry cat food is less likely to be affected by the fluctuation in weather. You may want to experiment with the placement of the wet food. You might want to also warm up the wet food if you think if it’s getting too cold. It can be worrying if your cat no longer eats wet food but he should be fine as long as he is eating and drinking plenty of water.

Your Cat is Sick

If your cat is not behaving like his usual self then please take him to the vet for diagnosis. Cats can display unusual behaviors, such as not eating certain types of food, when they are sick.

Disclaimer: The content on MyPetChild.com is for informational purpose only. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional veterinarian advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your veterinarian when in doubt.

Comments

  • Harry bourletos | 11/02/2022

    My wife and I took our 18 year old cat(my wife took the cat in from her cousin) for a routine vet visit. She may not have been to a vet at all or not for a long time but the visit seems to have stressed her out and since then while she continues to eat dry food she doesn’t seem to want canned food any more.do you think that vet visit has anything to do with that. The vet didn’t find any health issues with her.

  • Susan W | 18/02/2022

    One of our cats has started snubbing his nose up at wet food recently. He still behaves like he wants some, but when I sit any down to him he walks away from it. I tried buying different flavors and brands, thinking maybe he was bored with his usual favorites. He did eat a few of the new ones a couple times, so I thought that must’ve been the problem and went out and bought more of the ones he seemed to like, but he wouldn’t eat them again. There’s been no problem with dry food, he eats it lie always and he’s a healthy cat.

  • Preena | 02/08/2022

    Hi,
    Sorry to hear this. My cat is doing exactly the same, did you find a solution in the end? Could do with some help as I am getting worried! Ta x

  • Mary Davanna | 24/02/2022

    My cat has stopped eating wet food will eat some of his dry food and is loosing weight

  • Aletse Aganarral | 03/03/2022

    Our 7 month old cat stopped eating wet food. Her vet said there aren’t any health issues, but she has lost weight since she stopped eating. She’ll eat dry food and behaves as if she wants wet food. But once I put it in her dish she kind of gags and then walks off. I’ve tried different brands, mixing it with her dry food etc., but she’s not eating it. I warmed it a few times and this didn’t help either.

  • Preena | 02/08/2022

    Hi, sorry to hear this, my cat is having similar issues. Has there been an improvement? I could do with some help, ta x

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