July 23, 2017

Moggie vet’s advice: A cat refuses to eat: should I panic?

Cats tend to have the stomachs capable of containing more food than their actual weight. Well, at least that’s what it looks like when your insatiable pet consumes chicken, fish, beef and your favorite spider plant, and it sometimes seems that the pressure inside it should overshoot. But sometimes a cat suddenly doesn’t want to eat, and it could make you anxious. So here are a few things to pay attention to.

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Should she be hungry at all?

Before rushing to your vet, ask yourself – what if she’s not hungry at all? It is especially the case with the free range cats, who could have caught a sparrow an hour ago. She could steal something from your table as well. So if there are no other disturbing signs – she may be simply not hungry.

Has she experienced any stress recently?

Travelling, moving to a new home, getting to a new owner, new people and even the extreme weather conditions could cause a stress to your cat. As long as the life threatening issue isn’t resolved, the cat may want to stay away from her bowl of food. It is completely natural, she’ll catch up later when she figures out there’s no danger in what happens around.

Do I offer her a good quality food?

Cats can smell the rotten food perfectly. You may not notice the first signs of wet food getting spoiled, but the cat will detect them easily. If that is the case, try offering the food that you’re sure is fresh – the cat will gladly accept the replacement.

What should I do then?

But what if you’re sure she should be hungry, she lives in a stress-free environment and refuses to eat the freshest food? Don’t panic right away. After you’ve noticed your cat has a decreased appetite, continue observing her. If this fasting is not accompanied by any other symptoms, you could wait a little. Usually, there’s no harm if your stubborn pet refuses to eat for 3-4 days. If the cat still doesn’t come back to her plate or if any new disturbing signs appear – it’s a good reason to take your cat to the vet.


Make sure your cat can drink as much water as she wants. Also, pay attention to the litterbox these days – the cat may expose no signs of pain, but the physiology will demonstrate the intestinal problems eventually.


Anyways, just be attentive to your cat and don’t panic right away – maybe she’s just found some glossy magazine issue about dieting 🙂


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