Click here to learn more.
Vetstreet. All rights reserved.
Vetstreet does not provide medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. See Additional Information ›
If your cat isn't interested in his food, it's essential to work with your veterinarian to make sure there isn't a health reason why he's lost his appetite. Once you get an all-clear on that end, here are a few special tricks to get a healthy cat healthy cat eating again:
Cats may be the original food snobs: In addition to having strong likes and dislikes, they often turn their noses up at food that's been sitting around. This can be especially true of canned food, which does get pretty unpleasant when its been left out (would you take a taste?!). Instead of leaving a day's worth (or more) of food out, offer your cat small portions, fresh from the package. If he doesn't eat it after 30 minutes, try again in a couple hours.
Warming your cat's food amps up its flavor and aroma. A few seconds in the microwave will do the trick.
Over the years, some of my veterinary clients have developed a simple "Is my cat sick?" test to rely on at home. If the cat won't eat a regular meal, they chalk it up to a fussy day; however, if the cat rejects her favorite treat (a bit of roasted chicken or a smidge of meaty baby food), they know to call the veterinarian. No one knows your cat better than you do, and if she suddenly rejects a food she loves, it's worth taking seriously.
It's one thing to be finicky, but something else entirely when your cat starts losing weight. If lack of appetite is an ongoing concern with your cat and she's lost a half-pound or more, ask her veterinarian about the possibility of a medication to stimulate her appetite. Some antidepressant and anti-anxiety meds can help switch a cat's appetite from the "off" position back into "on."
And if that doesn't help, talk with your veterinarian some more to work on other solutions to keep your cat healthy.
This article was written by a Veterinarian.
Like this article? Have a point of view to share? Let us know!
FDNY firefighters used oxygen masks to
revive a cat and a rescue dog after a fire
spread to their Brooklyn home.
If you struggle to just get your cat to the
vet clinic, you’ll be amazed by the big
adventures Lily and Bug have…
Five interior designers share innovative
ways to create a dog-friendly home
without sacrificing style or function.
Whether it’s deep and dry or high and
phlegmy, your pup's cough could be a
sign of a serious health problem.
We combed our database of nearly a million puppies born this year to declare the hottest male and female monikers.
The energetic and extroverted Munchkin might be short on height, but you better believe that he’s long on fun.
Thank you for subscribing.