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

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

At Hohenwald, our veterinarians understand that cats are choosy when it comes to food. If your cat is not eating, it can be challenging to identify the cause. Here are some reasons why your cat might be refusing food, and when you should take them to see the vet.

Cat Not Eating

Cats may refuse to eat for different reasons such as not liking their new food or feeling pain.

Figuring out why your cat is not eating can be difficult and stressful. If your cat only misses a meal or two but then eats normally, it's usually not a big deal.

But if your cat goes without eating for over a day, it could be a sign of a health problem that needs attention.

Less Concerning Reasons Why Your Cat Won't Eat

Here are some not-so-serious reasons why your cat may not be interested in food:

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

If your cat experiences any of the listed conditions and stops eating, they will probably resume eating within 24 hours and get back to their normal routine. But, if your cat continues to refuse food for over a day, scheduling a vet appointment is recommended. It's always better to take extra precautions when it comes to your pet's health. 

More Serious Reasons Why Your Cat May Not be Eating

GI Trouble

Cats can have tummy problems that make them not want to eat. Some common problems include foreign objects in their tummy, bugs in their intestines, cancer, gut bacteria changes, and blocked pee.

If your cat has a tummy problem, they might also lose weight, throw up, or have trouble pooping.

It's important to take your cat to the vet if you notice any of these signs, as these issues can be serious and require fast treatment.

Dental Health Issues

Cats can get tooth decay and mouth infections which can cause them pain while eating. Your cat may refuse to eat due to advanced tooth decay, broken teeth, loose teeth, inflamed gums, or an injury inside their mouth.

If you suspect your cat is experiencing mouth pain, take them to a vet. In Hohenwald, your vet can clean your cat's teeth and examine their mouth to find any oral health issues.

Kidney Disease

Kidney disease is a common condition in cats over seven years old. Just like when your cat has an upset stomach, kidney disease can make your cat feel sick and not want to eat. If your cat has kidney disease, they may also drink more water and pee more often.

If you notice these symptoms and your cat isn't eating, you should contact your vet in Hohenwald to make an appointment. They can diagnose and treat kidney disease, so getting your cat checked out as soon as possible is important.

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 your cat isn't eating and you're worried, reach out to Hohenwald Animal Hospital right away to schedule an exam. They'll figure out what's causing your cat's eating troubles.

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