Click here to learn more.
A. First, never let a cat go without eating for more than a single meal: It can kill them. Cats are susceptible to a condition known as hepatic lipidosis, or fatty liver disease. We don't really know exactly how or why they suffer so much from not eating, or whether there has to be some other cause along with the lack of food that sets off this liver disease. But we do know that affected cats are very sick, and may well die without expensive and difficult treatment.
So what can you do when your cat has to have a change of diet, but has no intention of cooperating?
First, realize your cat isn't just being finicky. Cats in the wild are known to "imprint" on specific shapes, flavors, smells and textures, and they learn at a young age that only those things are "food." This helps them learn to avoid foods that might be poisonous.
The same thing happens when we raise kittens and young cats to eat the exact same food every meal. Your cat honestly may not think the new food you're offering her is edible at all. To her, it's like you're giving her rocks — and unlike Labrador Retrievers, cats aren't into eating rocks. That's why it's a good idea to give new kittens several different kinds of food — dry, canned, and different varieties and brands — so they understand there is a range. If it's too late for that, it's going to take some careful planning to get your cat switched to her new diet.
For those lucky owners of only slightly resistant cats, you probably won't need to do anything but offer the new food. If that's not enough, try warming it in the microwave and, if necessary, adding a little bit of tuna juice on top.
Like this article? Have a point of view to share? Let us know!
Thank you for subscribing to Petwire. Look for the latest newsletter each Wednesday.
Miles the German Shepherd mix puppy is
resting comfortably at an animal shelter
after he was rescued from a dumpster.
Want to add years to your senior pet's life? Make sure he eats right, is in
shape, and stays mentally and physically…
Should you adopt an FIV-positive cat?
Gepetto was left behind life on the streets
and now enjoys the comforts of…
You have a dog. You love your dog. You
adore your dog. But what if the feeling
isn't mutual? How can you tell?
Some senior cats struggle to digest fat
and protein. That’s why as many felines
age, their diets need to evolve, too.
The tobacco-colored Havana Brown is a playful and curious cat who loves spending quality time with his family.
If the video doesn't start playing momentarily,
please install the latest version of Flash.
Thank you for subscribing.