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Pet Eating Problems - Why Won't My Cat Eat?

Pet Eating Problems - Why Won't My Cat Eat?

Cats are notoriously picky eaters, but sometimes food avoidance can be a sign of a more serious underlying issue. Here, our Jackson vets discuss pet eating problems and some reasons your cat might not be eating.

Cat Not Eating

Cats may have various reasons for refusing to eat, which can include not enjoying their new food or experiencing pain and discomfort. Determining the cause behind your cat's loss of appetite can be a distressing and challenging situation.

If your feline friend skips one or two meals but then goes back to eating as normal, there likely isn't anything to worry about. On the other hand, if your cat or kitten stops eating for more than a day there could be an underlying health issue causing your cat discomfort.

Less Concerning Reasons Why Your Cat Won't Eat

The following list includes some of the less serious reasons why your cat may be suffering from a lack of appetite:

  • New food
  • Stranger in the house
  • Recent vaccinations
  • Change in regular routine
  • Motion sickness following travel

If your cat's situation aligns with any of these conditions, it is probable that your cat will resume eating within 24 hours and gradually revert to its usual routine. However, if your cat persists in avoiding food for more than a day, seek veterinary attention.

More Serious Reasons Why Your Cat May Not be Eating

GI Trouble

Some common gastrointestinal problems in cats that may cause them to stop eating can include: foreign objects trapped in their intestinal tract, intestinal parasites, urinary obstructions, cancer, colitis and significant changes to the composition of their gut bacteria. 

Gastrointestinal (GI) problems can induce feelings of nausea and lead to a decreased appetite in cats. When cats are afflicted by GI issues, they may exhibit additional symptoms such as weight loss, vomiting, constipation, or diarrhea.

If your cat displays signs of GI issues, it is important to consult your veterinarian. These gastrointestinal problems, including the symptoms mentioned above, are considerably serious and may necessitate urgent medical attention. In such situations, an early diagnosis and prompt treatment plan are crucial.

Dental Health Issues

Just like people, cats can suffer from tooth decay and various mouth infections. You kitty may be refusing to eat because of pain caused by advanced tooth decay, broken or loose teeth and inflamed gums. An injury to the inside of their mouth may also make it too painful to them to eat. 

If you believe that your cat is suffering from mouth pain it's time to call the vet. Your Memphis vet can clean your cat's teeth and do a thorough examination of your cat's mouth to check for any oral health problems. 

Kidney Disease

Just like gastrointestinal issues, kidney disease can make your cat keel nauseous and refuse food. If your feline friend is suffering from kidney disease, you may notice other sympsomts like drinking larger-than-normal amounts of water and frequent urination. Kidney disease is a relatively common condition in cats over seven years old.

Kidney disease can only be diagnosed and treated by your vet. If your cat has stopped eating and is showing other symptoms of kidney disease contact your Apple Valley vet to book an appointment.  

Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.

If you have noticed your cat refusing to eat and you're unsure why, contact Northside Animal Clinic as soon as possible to book an examination for your kitty.

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