Cats’ reluctance to eat can have many different causes and should not be taken lightly.
This is why fasting is so dangerous for cats
Refusal of food can quickly end badly for cats: in times of poor food intake, the body draws the energy for survival from its fat stores. However, before the stored fat can be used as fuel, the liver must mobilize this fat storage. This step requires adequate protein intake.
In a Cat that stops eating, protein stores are quickly depleted and the liver is hopelessly overwhelmed by the breakdown of fats. As a result, fats are stored in the liver – the so-called hepatic lipidosis, at the end of which in the worst case scenario Hepatic insufficiency stand.
Causes of loss of appetite in cats
Loss of appetite (anorexia) can be an organic disease or a psychological cause.
If a cat refuses to eat any food, it should definitely be introduced to a veterinarian.
The vet will not only assess the general condition of the cat, but will also check the teeth, gastrointestinal tract, cardiovascular system and internal organs such as the liver, kidneys and pancreas.
It is important that you know this too possible psychological causes Think about it and report it to the vet. These include, for example, a recent change in food, changes in home decor, or stress from new conspecifics or people.
Checklist: Is the trigger in the feeding place?
It is important for everyone Stress during feeding to avoid. The number one rule is therefore: no coercion! Nutrition should be made as stress-free and enjoyable as possible. Ask yourself the following questions about the place of feeding:
- Is the bowl in a frequently visited place? – If he is restless, cats immediately feel stressed.
- Is the bowl itself unsuitable for cats because it is too deep or too small or has it been cleaned with a harsh cleaner? – Make sure you choose a bowl that doesn’t flap your cat’s whiskers while eating, and only clean bowls with boiling water and no scented dish soap.
- Does your cat need to share the feeding place with a cat companion? – Remember that cats by nature hunt alone and eat their prey alone. Therefore, in a multi-cat household, the following applies: Each cat should have their own feeding place, possibly even with a privacy screen to avoid eye contact with other cats.
- Do you combine nutrition with direct drugs? – This can be uncomfortable for some cats.
Checklist: Is the trigger in the feed?
If the feeding place is okay, you can take a close look at the feed itself.
From a cat’s point of view they are above all Texture, taste and smell important. If the pieces of dry food are too large or the wet food is too sticky, some cats may prefer to back off. Too small chunks or powdered ground feed are also rarely welcomed.
Since the sense of smell can decrease with age or be compromised by diseases such as the feline flu, a slight warming of the feed improve acceptance. This intensifies the smell. In principle, the feed always fed at body temperature it should be.
Affection or attention in cats
In the so-called affection or attention, the cat eats only if it receives the positive attention of its owner. It often affects cats who have lost their family homes and / or loved ones or who have suffered a serious illness. They can be encouraged to eat through human affection (such as calming persuasion).
The cat is losing weight, what to do
TO underweight cats the ribs and pelvic bones are clearly visible. When the chest and abdomen are touched, the fat layer is missing and the waist is clearly visible. If the cat is behaving normally despite her elf figure, her weight should be discussed at the next vet checkup.
The cat will lose a lot of weight in a short period of time, speed is essential: rapid weight loss can be an indication of a disease process. Special food, which is mainly used for convalescence after operations or illnesses, is suitable for feeding. Otherwise, vitamin preparations or beef fat powder mixed with your favorite wet food can promote weight gain.
Don’t be afraid to have one Consult your vetif your cat refuses long-term food or shows signs of pain (hissing at the bowl, overly careful “lifting” of food, one-sided chewing, etc.) when eating. The “cat oddity” that we like to attribute to our velvet paws in these cases is unfortunately too often an unrecognized organic disease or a disturbance of psychological balance.