Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Fussy Cat Develops Taste for and Eats Only Baby Food

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Fussy Cat Develops Taste for and Eats Only Baby Food

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Q.: We have a nearly 19-year-old cat in very good condition. Recently, she's become a rather fussy eater. It's not her teeth, as they've been checked by our vet, and she'll still occasionally eat dry cat food. She used to like certain flavors of canned cat food, but lately she wants only Gerber baby food - the various meat varieties. Is there sufficient nutrition in the baby food? We do try to coax her to eat deli roast beef or low-sodium ham, and I'll poach a chicken breast, but she tires of that quickly. She'll invariably hold out for the baby food, which she seems to love.

A.: Well, at 19 years your cat does not need to explain anything she does, and it is obvious that she likes baby food to the exclusion of everything else. However, you are correct that food manufactured for human babies does not have the vitamins and minerals that a cat would need. Pet stores sell vitamin and mineral supplements for cats in various forms, and if she would accept that, then the problem is solved. However, if she is as fussy as you are describing, then I doubt that she would accept them.

I think the best solution is to take some of the dry food that you say she eats occasionally and grind it up into a fine powder with a food processor. Then just mix a teensy-weensy bit of the powder with the baby food. If you do not add too much of it at first, then most likely she will not suspect any subterfuge. As time goes on you can gradually add more of it to the portion of baby food that she is eating. That bit of dry cat food she is ingesting with the baby food will round out her diet.

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