What to do if my cat won't eat

By Max. D Gray. Updated: January 16, 2017
What to do if my cat won't eat

Cats' natural independence makes them basically self-sufficient animals and, generally, they're used to rationing their own food. However, they don't all learn this ability and it is us who need to give it the right amount of food. If you have noticed your feline is eating less than usual or has stopped eating, there's probably a reason behind this change of behaviour. If you don't know what to do if your cat won't eat, keep on reading this article and find out.

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Steps to follow:

One of the causes that can trigger a loss of appetite in your cat is food. Have you recently changed its diet? If so, he may not like the taste of its new food and that's why it's rejecting it. Although you may not have changed it recently, it's always recommendable to start here to make sure this is the cause or not.


If your cat has always eaten normally, you haven't changed its diet and it suddenly stopped eating, the most recommendable thing to do is to take it to the vets so it can be checked-up. Loss in appetite can be a symptom of diseases such as leukemia, parasites or common pathologies such as hair balls in its stomach.


If you have taken it to the vet and your cat is healthy, try mixing dry food with wet food to give it a more attractive look and lure the cat to it. Another trick that hardly ever fails is canned food, with the adequate nutrients and proteins for your feline, with taste enhancers. If you're going to change its food because it has bored the current one or it doesn't like it, remember you should mix both brands first and, slowly, get rid of the old food and only leave the new.

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Over all, do not give your food to the cat as it could be the reason it doesn't want to wat. Felines, unlike dogs, have a refined palate and it's not unnatural for them to stop eating if they've tasted something the prefer to their own food.


Other factors that may be affecting your cat's appetite are that it may have stress or anxciety. Felines are very calm animals and need a place that is adequate to this characteristic, it must be relaxed. Identifying the source of the problem and trying to modify its environment to make it calm, as well as giving it its own space where it can be alone, away from other animals if you have them and a safe place. If you have more cats or dogs, this can generate competition between them when it comes to eating.


Pay attention if it has other symptoms apart from appetite loss, such as mucus, watery eyes, inflated gums, nausea, vomit, diarrhea, etc. If this is the case and it has some of these symptoms, your cat may have conjunctivitis, mouth infection, parasites, rhinotracheitis, kidney failure or any other common diseases in cats. Thisis why you should take it to the vet immediately and start an adequate treatment.

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