A cat that no longer eats is always worrying. Temporary stress? A health problem? A diet that does not suit him? If your cat has not touched its bowl for two days, you should immediately take it to the veterinarian.
Causes of loss of appetite in cats
Your cat has lost its appetite, but it’s not for nothing. There are different possible causes.
1. Health problems
If a cat suddenly stops eating, there is reason to worry and look for a health cause:
- A pain in one or more teeth or gums
- Of hairballs or object obstructing the stomach
- The fever
- Of osteoarthritis , which prevents him from bending his head towards his bowl
- A food poisoning or poisoning
- Of diabetes , resulting in a loss of appetite
- A disease that prevents him from breathing properly and therefore from sniffing his food (coryza).
2. Food problems
The quality of the food is essential for a cat. Our hairballs have a sensitive digestive system and they need to find as little processed food as possible in their food bowl . Forget the first supermarket prices and promote healthy and balanced food.
- Food that has been left in the air for too long
- A place too close to the litter box or not quiet enough
- A sudden change in diet
- Too cold food
- Bowls that haven’t been washed in a long time.
3. Behavioral problems
The environment of a cat must be reassuring and routine , at the risk of the latter not feeling disturbed. Yes, a cat can also develop depression! The reasons for this may be:
- The arrival of a new animal or baby
- The death of a family member
- A heat wave
- Overly attentive neighbors who feed your cat.
Before taking your cat to the veterinarian, several solutions exist to try to stimulate his appetite. First, sprinkle a little brewer’s yeast in its bowl. If this technique does not work and your tomcat is still sulking his bowl, try changing his diet. Please note, the transition must take place over at least one week!
If you find that the food is really stuck, do not hesitate to reheat its food for a few seconds in the microwave and wash its bowls well after each meal. You can also encourage him to eat, or even give him directly in the hand.
Finally, remember to place the bowl in a quiet place away from the litter box. If you are the proud owner of several animals, make sure that each one eats in its bowl and in a different place so as not to create competitiveness between them.
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