Your cat, like all animals, needs to eat in order to stay healthy. It’s actually dangerous for cats to stop eating, even for a short time. When a cat doesn’t eat enough, she must rely on her fat reserves for energy. Before the stored fat can be utilized for energy, it must be processed by the liver, which requires a
Encouraging Your Cat to Eat
An adequate protein supply. When a cat doesn’t eat, her protein supply is quickly depleted, and her liver becomes overwhelmed by fat. Hepatic lipidosis occurs, and liver failure may result.
Lack of appetite typically indicates that your cat is sick or in pain. If your cat refuses to eat more than one meal in a row, make an appointment for him to see his veterinarian for a check-up. If your cat has a condition, such as kidney disease, an infection, cancer, pancreatitis, or intestinal issues, work closely with your vet to manage your cat’s symptoms. If your cat gets a clean bill of health from his veterinarian, you can try several things to encourage your cat to eat.
Try a Different Brand or Flavor: If your cat isn’t eating her regular cat food, try feeding her a different brand or flavor. When you change your cat’s brand of dry food, you must do it gradually, mixing a little more of the new food into her regular food over the course of a week until she is only getting the new brand of food.
If you must stick with the same brand of cat food for medical reasons, see if the brand makes other flavors of the food for your cat to try. Oftentimes, there is more than one company who makes food to address a specific medical issue. Ask your veterinarian if there are other brands of cat food to address your cat’s medical problem.
Keep Cat Dishes Clean: Cats instinctively avoid putrid-smelling meat, so it’s important to keep your cat’s dishes clean. Metal and ceramic bowls are much easier to keep clean than plastic dishes are. Wash your cat’s dish after every meal.
Warm It Up: Cats prefer to eat food that’s at body temperature. Warm your cat’s canned food in the microwave for a few seconds before giving it to him. Warming up the cat food also makes it more aromatic, which appeals to cats. After warming your cat’s food, mix it up to avoid hot spots.
Put Something Tasty on Top: You may be able to jump start your cat by putting something tasty on top of her regular food. You can put a little chicken or tuna on top of your cat’s food. You could also crumble up some of your cat’s favorite treats, and sprinkle them on top of the cat food. There are also many appetizers and food toppers on the market for cats you can try to entice your cat with.
It’s essential for your cat to eat to survive. If your cat is refusing to eat, try one or more of these tips to encourage him to eat. If these tips don’t work, contact your veterinarian for more suggestions.