Tips For A Cat That Isn’t Eating
25 March, 2014

Some of our cats are naturally finicky eaters and only like certain food, while others are very good eaters and can be on the plump side.  As with everything, it is important to find the right balance between being a good eater and keeping your cat’s weight in check.  However, if your cat has suddenly stopped eating, you need to figure out why this is occurring if it lasts for more than one day.

Below are some reasons your cat might not eat:

Your cat might not be eating because he or she is sickLoss of appetite is one of the key reasons that your cat isn’t eating. Therefore, make sure to pay attention if your cat suddenly stops eating. A number of different conditions may be responsible, including infections, kidney failure, pancreatitis, intestinal problems, and cancer. But it isn’t always serious and might just last for twenty four hours.

Did you get some vaccinations or tests on your cat?

Did you notice your cat’s loss of appetite shortly after you took it to the vet for routine vaccinations? If so, the reason your cat won’t eat may be an adverse reaction to the shots. Loss of appetite is among the more common of these side effects which is usually temporary and mild.

If your cat’s lack of appetite lasts for more than a day, you should take your cat to the vet.

Your vet can give you some tips to get your cat to start eating again

If illness is the reason your cat won’t eat, your veterinarian will help you develop the best regimen for you and your kitty. This may include a change in food type or consistency; some cats may even be enticed to eat by offering canned foods when they are not feeling well. In more extreme cases, your vet might give your kitty a food or medicine that acts as appetite stimulants or recommend syringe-feeding your cat a liquid diet. Or the vet may recommend placement of a feeding tube to ensure adequate nutrition (only in severe cases).

If your vet then rules out illness, there must be a psychological issue at hand.

Did you change your cat’s routine?  Did someone in your home move or change jobs?  Any type of change in familiar schedules can affect a cat’s emotional well-being. Or, your cat could just be a finicky eater. Keep in mind that cats, in general, take a long time to adjust to new types of food, so a recent change in diet could be the culprit.

Your kitty probably has certain foods, such as liver or canned tuna, that get your kitty’s appetite back up and active again. Remember to only offer these foods in small amounts. Large quantities may harm your cat by causing deficiencies or an overabundance of certain vitamins.

Instead of relying on human food, try encouraging your cat to eat commercial canned food. You may find that heating the food or mixing in fish oil or broth could entice your picky cat to eat. If your cat still won’t eat, take the food away and provide fresh food later in the day. If the food is left to harden and become stale, your cat may learn to avoid it in the future.

If your cat has been eating human food exclusively, be sure to transition your kitty over several weeks by mixing together your pet’s favorite people food with cat food. Over time, you should be able to change the ratio until your cat is eating only cat food.

It is also recommend (if possible) to try and rotate your cat’s diet among a few different brands every few months by doing the same as the above. This may help with your kitty’s finicky nature and minimize food allergies and intestinal problems.  It’s very much like us humans who can become too dependent on one type of food.

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