QUESTIONS TO ASK IF YOUR CAT NO LONGER EATS :
First of all, be aware that a cat’s appetite may vary depending on the circumstances; there may be simple reasons why the cat no longer (or eats less).
A high outside temperature, temporary stress, hairballs that disrupt the cat’s digestive transit, a bag of kibble that has been open for too long… all these factors can lead to a decrease in food consumption. Don’t be surprised: when his appetite returns, he may eat a lot at once to compensate!
The cat is a routine animal and any change in its environment is likely to spoil its appetite. If the cat doesn’t eat more or eats less, here are the questions to ask yourself:
- Have you recently changed its diet? A cat sometimes refuses to eat because it doesn’t like the new food. Unlike dogs, cats can sulk for a long time. Cats are stubborn when it comes to enforcing their food preferences!
- Can your cat have easy access to its bowl of food? When two cats live together, one may try to intimidate the other to the point where the second cat no longer dares to approach its bowl. If your cat has joint problems, he may also have difficulty reaching his bowl when it is placed high up… Perhaps the cat is no longer eating because he can no longer access his food.
- Has your cat’s environment changed? A cat that arrives in a new place or is boarded is usually too stressed to eat. You should not be alarmed to see him sulking at first. Let him acclimatise while keeping a close eye on him…
When a cat’s anorexia is stress-related, other behavioural changes are sometimes evident: the cat becomes aggressive when handled, becomes messy, stays hidden in a corner, etc.