However, they’re still a great source of nutrition for all cats. Spreading out the kinds of food that we feed our cats, we’re at least reducing vulnerability.

Leaving raw or wet food in the bowl for too long

In the wild, a cat’s diet is made of high-protein foods consumed multiple times every day. By comparison, most pet owners schedule feeding to twice per day. They dump a huge number of food to the bowl, which may sit for up to 12 hours. Food that has been sitting out for a lengthy time period is not likely to appeal to a cat whose desire is dominated by his sense of smell.

Going one step farther from cats that become used to a kind or brand of food, some can become addicted when they’re offered a specific food as a treat and deny the other food given. The expression tuna junkie was coined to describe cats that develop an addiction to lettuce.

Some kinds of human food are acceptable for cats to eat as long as it’s an occasional treat, but it shouldn’t be component of a cat’s regular diet because it’s not nutritionally balanced. Cats who eat plenty of tuna can create yellow fat disease, a very painful condition caused by inflammation of the fat tissue that happens as a consequence of high fatty acids and low levels of vitamin E. Tuna also comprises the enzyme thiaminase which destroys thiamine on your cat’s body.

The issue with cats getting addicted to a non-species particular food is twofold.

Your cat isn’t receiving all the nutrients he needs when food isn’t balanced. Over time this is life-threatening.

Obtaining a addicted cat to eat an appropriate cat-friendly diet could result in him holding out, and creating a life-threatening condition called hepatic lipidosis. The liver begins to break down your cat’s fat once the body doesn’t receive enough food, since the liver isn’t effective at this, it immediately becomes helpless.