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My dog tries to eat everything in sight, but my cat is so picky. Are cats really more finicky than dogs, or is something else going on?

My dog tries to eat everything in sight, but my cat is so picky. Are cats really more finicky than dogs, or is something else going on?

BY: The Daily Cat experts

Cats and dogs have many things in common. They are both mammals and love the attention of humans. In the wild, they are both predatory animals too. The wolf ancestors of dogs, however, were also scavengers and omnivores by necessity, eating plants and carrion as well. Cats will sometimes nibble on greens, but their diet is much more meat-based. Scientists refer to them as obligate carnivores, meaning their primary nutrients come from meat.

In the wild, keep in mind that pickiness often pays off. It can help to assure that the food is edible and safe for consumption. Think about your enjoyment of a hamburger or other familiar meal. If it smells or looks “funny” to you, you may be less inclined to eat it. Your cat is no different. If the odor, color, texture and other factors are unfamiliar, the cat is less inclined to nosh. That’s one reason why you must transition your cat to a new food gradually.


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