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How did they develop a “sophisticated palate”?

Many picky eaters develop their palate by being fed scraps, extra treats, and goodies too often. While spoiling a pet with tasty things makes owners feel good, it is not always the best option for your pet.

Smell is a large part of a pet’s taste preferences. Your pet may prefer foods that stimulate their sense of smell rather than taste, which would include cooked meats, canned food, and other high moisture foods.

What can I do?

Most owners don’t give their pet enough time to accept their food before giving in and adding enticements. Be patient with your pet. If they are healthy and at a good weight, it is okay if they skip a meal under supervision. If eating issues continue, contact your vet.

Determine your pet’s food preferences. This may be an affinity for salmon, chicken, lamb, or even more exotic meat like kangaroo. Select foods that align with their preferences.

1. Stop feeding table scraps. Feeding table scraps can make pets picky eaters. Pets quickly learn to hold off on eating their own food in hopes they will be given tastier morsels during your meal.

2. Keep them on a schedule. Have established feeding times and portions. If they don’t eat at their scheduled meal time, give them their regular amount at their next meal. Do not overcompensate from meal to meal.

3. Rotate food. Make sure your pet’s food is always fresh. Start with a small amount of food and build on this slowly to avoid stomach upset. You can try a variety of proteins and types of food to help determine your pet’s taste preferences.

For help to answer common questions and find solutions, please contact us at 678-369-7987 or visit www.petwants.com/johnscreek

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