A cat’s eating habits should not be confused with food refusal. Most cats tend to be “occasional eaters.” They nibble at their food, walk away, and then return periodically for more nibbles. Seldom do they eat voraciously. Their occasional eating is sometimes interpreted as not liking a certain diet—but it’s simply the feline way.
Some pets indulge in what the veterinary community has tagged “dietary indiscretion.” Regardless of how well-fed these pets are, they raid garbage cans. If the raids are successful, they lose interest in their regular diet. The habit of eating garbage can also be a dangerous practice, resulting in vomiting, diarrhea, or the consumption of contaminated food or toxic chemicals.
To prevent this indiscretion, be sure your cat has no easy access to garbage, whether in the house, basement, or garage. Also check the garbage cans in your yard to make sure they’ve got tight-fitting lids. For their own protection, and in the name of being a good pet neighbour, your animals should be discouraged from roaming your neighbours’ yards.