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Your Cat Stops Eating

Updated on June 23, 2011

Have a Really Sick Cat that Stops Eating?

A cat that stops eating is a sign that he/she is really sick. My cat stopped eating for about 1 month and lost 3 pounds. It was scary. She would not eat or even drink her water. I took her to a holistic vet who gave a homeopathic appetite stimulant that did not work at all. She had two of those, and they did nothing. The vet also gave my cat some aloe gel for stomach inflammation. I would say that the aloe gel might have worked because my cat's stomach stopped being swollen after giving her the entire bottle. It was hard to do because I had to take a syringe and shove the stuff down her throat.

Tips and Tricks to Get Your Cat to Eat

It can be a full time job to get your cat to eat again once they get into the habit of not eating. Baby food is a good way to try to get the appetite going again. You have to use all meat baby food without anything else mixed. It is harder to find the all meat kind and you have to also be careful of the salt included. Some types of baby food have a high amount of salt which is probably not good for a small cat. You don't want to feed your cat just baby food for more than a fee days because it lacks all the nutrients that a cat needs. Because baby food is rather bland in taste, a cat that has an upset stomach can usually keep the food down. At first you might have to feed the cat with a syringe if the cat refuses to approach the baby food which can happen if the animal has not eaten for a couple of days. Even if your cat only takes a few licks of the baby food at first, it is a good start. A sick cat is not going to eat the entire jar. You are just trying to get the cat into the habit of eating something. You can pull the jar out a couple of times a day to give your cat a little taste.

Once the cat has eaten a little bit of baby food or maybe half a jar, you can try a can of tuna. At first, the cat may only lick the juice. However, that is great for a cat that has not been drinking any water. Again, you do not want to feed your cat tuna for the long term. There is not enough meat protein in tuna to keep the cat healthy. The cat may also drink chicken broth. Usually, the baby food, tuna, or chicken broth will get the cat's taste buds interested in food. The baby food and juices can be fed with a syringe if the cat seems uninterested. The key is to keep trying different options to see what works for your cat. My cat liked the baby food the best. She wouldn't eat a lot at first. Eventually, she did eat an entire jar.

When your cat stops eating, you do want to get it checked out by a vet. You want to make sure the cat's teeth aren't hurting. Sometimes the cat has bad teeth and can't chew it's hard food anymore. Wet food is easier on the teeth until your cat can have the bad teeth removed.

It can take a long time to get your cat back on a regular eating schedule. Once the cat is having regular bowel movements, than you know that your baby is eating enough. Try a variety of things to stimulate the appetite, keep a variety of cat foods around the house, put food and water in several locations so your cat is always running into it, and bring the food to your cat when he/she is hiding in one spot. I hope some of these tips will help you get your cat eating again.


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      truthfornow 5 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      It is hard with older cats. Some days my cat doesn't seem to want to eat. She got down to 5 pounds due to her stomach problems. Now she is better, but it took a long time for me to build her weight back up. Some days she goes back to her old ways and doesn't eat. You might need to take your cat to the vet to make sure nothing more serious is wrong. Good Luck to you.

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      MizBejabbers 5 years ago

      I'm kind of having that problem with an elderkat right now. She is 19 and has lost a lot of weight. It started when I had to put our other cat on diabetic food, and I don't think there is enough fat in it for her. Kitten chow was recommended and she loved it, but it cost me a $200 vet bill on the diabetic cat. So what do you do? I have increased her wet food meals to at least 3 per day and instructed my retired husband to feed her any time she wants food, but she still hasn't gained back any weight. She has always been a finicky eater and doesn't stick well with anything very long.

      Years ago we had a young cat that would go on jags of not eating much for days, but he was healthy enough, so we weren't too concerned after it didn't seem to affect him adversly.