If your cat has suddenly stopped eating or has shown a gradual decline in appetite, neither scenario should be ignored. Here are 5 reasons why.
Thursday 14th November 2019
If there are no medical reasons for inappetence in your cat, here are five questions to ask yourself.
1. Is my cat stressed?
Cats are sensitive creatures and they can become stressed for many reasons and this can have a negative impact upon appetite. Has anything changed in the household that may be responsible? Make sure you cat has a quiet place to eat away from any distractions or competition from other pets. Check out our helpful fact sheet on this topic ‘Ten calming tips for anxious cats’ here.
2. Are my cat’s bowl and feeding area dirty?
Make sure each meal is served in a fresh bowl, with no residue of previous meals and rinsed well of cleaning products and unpleasant tasting detergent. Uneaten wet or fresh food should be picked up and discarded as soon as possible.
3. Is my cat’s food past its best?
4. Is my cat’s food too cold?
5. Is my cat ‘eating out’?
One or many of these factors could be affecting your cats appetite. However, if the answer to these questions is no, we have some further reading and advice on how to encourage your cat to eat in our fact sheet ‘Inappetence in cats’ read it here.