Help, My Cat Is Not Eating!

Cats are such fussy eaters that you might find yourself saying ‘help, my cat is not eating.’ Cats are known for being fastidious with their food choices. However, there could be other more serious factors at play besides pickiness. You should be able to identify the reason why your cat is not eating if you consider the following.


One reason for not eating is falling sick. If your cat is suffering from an obstruction in its stomach, then it will turn away from its food.

There is a wide range of diseases that cats can suffer from and many of them involve loss of appetite.

If your cat is overweight and it stops eating supplements digestive then you will have to act fast otherwise there can be serious implications for the well-being of your cat. Once an obese cat stops eating, it can develop hepatic lipidosis in just a few days. This condition is also known as fatty liver syndrome and it can prove to be fatal if not treated in time. Hence, your cat should keep eating regularly especially if it is overweight. Cats are surprisingly sensitive and their livers can get overwhelmed trying to metabolize fat during starvation. The problem with obese cats is that they already have excessive fat surrounding the liver which can exacerbate the scenario. In such cases, you will have to take your cat to the vet as soon as possible.

Food Flavor

The issue with cats is that they can be very unpredictable with respect to food. They might eat one type of food for several years and then decide one fine day that they will have none of it. Although  this could be due to the picky nature of cats, in many cases it happens because the manufacturer has changed the ingredients or flavor and your cat has noticed it.

Food Texture and Shape

Cats can be very particular about the texture and even the shape of the food. Some have no issues eating triangle shaped food while others take an exception. Some cats will happily eat round shaped food while others may object. Cats also happen to have a predilection or aversion for wet food and dry crunchy items.

You will have to experiment to see what your cat agrees with.

Spoiled Food

Cats turn away from spoiled or rancid food. Check the date to make sure that it is not expired. You may also want to smell it to ensure that there is no foul stench emanating from the food.

And here is the scoop on the dry cat food variety. Many people think that just because it has very little water content, dry cat food will not spoil or it will last very long. However, there are certain ingredients that can go bad if such food is stored improperly. Fats and vitamins can undergo spoilage if not kept in the right conditions. To mitigate such possibilities, keep the food in its original package since it will be made from materials designed to extend its shelf life. Once you open the package, keep it inside an air-tight container in a cool and dry place.

Since your cat has a keen sense of smell, it will be able to tell something is wrong even if the food is not beyond the expiry date. Just to be safe make sure that you visit the manufacturer website and search google for any food recall.

Dental Problems

If your cat is feeling pain in its teeth or gums, it will cease eating. Cats can develop various dental problems including fractures, inflammation, abscesses and lesions. Just like you don’t feel like eating when your mouth hurts, your cat will also feel the same way.

You will have to take your pet cat to the vet to check for oral and dental problems. A dental checkup for a cat is not that easy. Your vet may have to sedate your cat to diagnose any dental problems.

Foreign Bodies

Cats may get hairballs that can obstruct their intestines. Many cats are also fond of ingesting things that they should not be eating. Any foreign body causing intestinal distress in this way is known as an obstruction.

Once it develops, the obstruction may not allow the food to get through and your cat will have to vomit it out. Your cat will then refuse to eat. Certain bodies can pass straight through the cats inside but they can cause loss of appetite and nausea on the way.

Digestive Problems

If your cat has serious problems with the pancreas, intestines or stomach, it may lead to loss of appetite. Digestive issues can also lead to vomiting and diarrhea. However, these problems are often preceded by an increase in appetite as ironic as it might seem.

Cats can develop digestive diseases much like humans such as irritable bowel disease, parasites, bacterial imbalance, tumors and acid reflux.

Respiratory Problems

Respiratory conditions can also cause loss of appetite since they can affect the sense of smell and also reduce the ability to breathe freely. Upper respiratory conditions can lead to nasal blockages and also discharges from the eyes in which case your cat will not be able to smell or see well. The resulting distress can lead to loss of appetite.

Lower respiratory infections will negatively affect the ability to breathe. For such issues, simple antibiotics might do the job. In rare cases, it could be a symptom of a more serious condition like cancer.

You should take your cat to the vet if it stops eating to make sure there is no underlying heath problem. If your vet clears the cat of any disease then you can try different tricks to entice your cat to eat. You will have to try out different brands, recipes, textures, shapes and colors to find out what sits well with your cat.

At DhohOo, we have a range of pet food and nutritional products that might suit your cat. Try them out today!

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