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Wednesday, 24 de February 2010
Cat on a Mat
If your cat is not eating then it is more than likely that your cat is unwell. It could simply be an upset stomach or something more serious. If your cat doesn’t eat for any more than twenty four hours and appears lethargic then you should take him to a vet immediately.
Most Common Causes of your Cat not Eating
• Stomach ache – A poor diet can imbalance the stomach and result in upset, if this occurs your cat will probably stop eating. To solve this you can change your cat’s feed from dry food to wet food which will make your cat’s diet more nutritious and palatable.
• Illness – If your cat has an infection or any parasites then he will stop eating. A cat not eating could also be a sign of a more serious illness like kidney disease or a tumour. If you are unsure then take your cat to a vet to be on the safe side.
• Stress – Stress is a common cause of a cat not eating. If you move house or add another cat to your family then it might cause your pet some stress. If your cat is stressed by this then try feeding him in a separate room so he feels that he has his own space.
• Mouth pain – Your cat might stop eating because his teeth are sore. Your cat might have ulcers or abscesses. Take him to a vet to get some medication.
• Poor diet – A lot of cats stop eating simply because they are not getting all of the nutrients they need from their diet. The main constituent of a cat’s diet should be protein as wild cats eat raw meat as their main source of food. Vitamin A is a supplement that your cat will need to be given as they do not make enough by themselves.
• Someone else feeding your cat – Outdoor cats often find alternatives to eating at home. Cats enjoy hunting and they often catch birds and mice. There is nothing wrong with this but many animals that live in the wild have worms and parasites that can be passed on to your cat. To stop this from happening minimise the amount your cat goes outside and when he does watch where he goes as he will head in the direction of food.