Why is My Pet a Picky Eater
Last Updated June 21, 2020
Picture this - you set a big bowl of goodies for your fur baby and instead of being greeted with joyful munching your pet takes a whiff, stares at it, and walks away, completely ignoring the food in front of him or her. Heartbreaking - we know!
If this happens to you, then you have a picky eater on your hands! You may think your pet wants different meals every time but the truth is your pet can actually happily munch the same food every day its entire life. Yes, you read that right. You don’t actually have to change their food every time they reject one - all you need to do is to find that nutritious meal.
But first, let’s understand why your fur baby is being a picky eater! Below are some potential reasons as to why this is happening:
They are spoiled with treats
Spoiling your pets with treats makes them prefer treats over anything else. Treats are normally made to be a lot tastier than some meals because they often trade this off with nutrition. Your pets might prefer eating these tasty treats because they are spoiled with it. As you can see, this has the potential to be a big problem because treats are usually not healthy and if they prefer these, they will not get the right nutrition.
They are already full
Your pets might actually be already full! Either you already fed them or they found something to eat themselves. Feeding them again right after their meal is dangerous because you might accidentally overfeed them. Overfeeding pets can lead to multiple complications including obesity and diabetes. If the latter is true, it can be dangerous because they might have eaten something that we don’t want them to!
They are under stress
When your pets are under stress, they can act very differently. They can get stressed by anything new in their lives such as moving to a new home, having new people around, or missing people in their lives (such as the kids going back to school). When this occurs, you will need to reassure your pets and always make sure that you are giving them the right meal.
They are waiting for something better
Similar to your pets being spoiled with treats, some pets might be smart enough to know that if they wait long enough, their fur parents will cook them up something else.
Your pets do not feel good
Pets are smart - they know what they feel and they what made them feel that way. This is true for food as well - they know which food makes them feel good or bad. If your pet is a picky eater, there is a good chance that the food you are giving them makes them feel bad - from an upset stomach to more complicated diseases.
So, what do you do when you have a picky eater?
Well, like what is stated above, you may think your pet wants different meals every time but the truth is your pet can actually happily munch the same meal every day its entire life. The key is finding the right meal. This meal should also be both nutritious and tasty because your pets will not say no to tasty meals while a nutritious meal will definitely make your pets feel good about eating this meal.
Healthy dog food that your picky eater should eat must consist of a certain mix of protein, vitamins, fats, carbohydrates, and minerals in order for the meal to be healthy and nutritious. Ingredients like beef and chicken naturally makes the food tasty for your dogs.
On the other hand, healthy cat food that your picky eater should eat must be something similar to what they eat in the wild - a moisture-rich, protein-filled meal. Ingredients such as chicken and fish naturally make the food scrumptious and tasty for your cats.
Picky eaters are common, and it might stress you out as food is very much linked to their health. No worries though as BidaBest is formulated with the health of your pets in mind. It’s proven and tested that our products actually helped a lot of picky eaters out there! Check out the reviews that we have (we are even currently ranking 5 out of 5 stars in our facebook!).