My wife has a rule that any food we put out for the cats will be eaten. She believes I feed them too much because I put other food out for them when they don't eat it. That means that I'm spoiling the cats. But I've concluded the cats don't always eat the food because they smell something wrong with it.
I mean, we're talking about three rescue cats. Scheckter has always had specific tastes but I've lived with him about ten years. I've come to learn his tastes even as they changed. Lady was a rescue from the streets. She eats 95% plus of what's put in front of her, earning her nickname of "Me, too."
Quinn is the most capricious about what he'll eat. I suspect this is because his sense of smell is sharper than the others. Peel a citris fruit in a room where Quinn is sleeping, he'll sit up, favor you with a knife edge glare, and depart with alacrity. Bananas have a similar effect on him. He doesn't like the smell of beer, wine, or coffee, either, while the others will sniff these things and metaphorically shrug.
I've noticed their dismissal has become true with one brand of wet flavor in particular. They've quit eating it but I have four cans left. Earlier this week I decided to do an experiment. At Scheckter's request, I opened the can for their morning feeding. The other two came running. But instead of feeding them in their two usual areas, I separated them. I didn't want them seeing how each reacted to the food. I wanted each to react independently, unaffected by what the others did. In each case, the cats sniffed the food in their bowls, turned and walked away. They each then sought the others' bowls, sniffed, and walked away.
It could have been a fluke. I repeated the experiment this morning. Same results.
Sometimes a cat won't eat because it's finicky, no doubt. But when all three cats walk away from a can of food, something is wrong with the food.
Each time, afterward, I opened another can of a different brand to confirm they were hungry.
Not a morsel remained when they finished.
I've kept the cans after rinsing them out. I'm going to research to see what others have experienced with this food.
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