My Cat Stopped Eating. Should I Take Him to a Vet?

Everybody knows that cats can be picky eaters. If your cat stopped eating, it could be a symptom of several things. Some are serious, and some are not. However, it’s important to get your cat to eat again before he depletes his stored proteins, which are required to process fat reserves. If that happens, your cat may develop hepatic lipidosis, which can lead to liver failure. If you respond to the problem quickly, you can avoid a tragic outcome.

Frequently, a change in your cat’s appetite will indicate a sudden illness, so it is important to take him to the vet as soon as possible. Here are some things that could make your cat stop eating.

• Your cat may have intestinal problems, cancer, pancreatitis or kidney failure. Even a nagging toothache can make your cat stop eating. It is critical to have him examined by your vet to see if he is sick or not.

A lack of appetite could mean anything from a toothache to intestinal problems to kitty stress• If your cat had a recent vaccination, he could have lost his appetite due to a reaction to the medication. Vaccinations are great protection from diseases, but sometimes they have side effects. Usually, a loss of appetite will not be severe and will go away rapidly.

• If you recently moved, your cat may not be used to the water at the new home. He can also be experiencing motion sickness from the trip. Cats establish routines, and a new home could upset your pet. A new member of the household could also make your cat lose his appetite briefly.

• If your vet determines that your cat isn’t ill, he might be depressed, bored or stressed. A cat’s emotional health frequently affects appetite.

• Your cat might simply be finicky. It can take a long time for a cat to adapt to a change in diet.

If your cat stopped eating, don’t starve him so that it will eat a new kind of food. If necessary, your vet can prescribe a medicine to stimulate his appetite. In some cases, your cat may be coerced into eating some canned tuna or liver, especially if he is normally fed dry food. Give us a call at 504-835-4266 to schedule a health & wellness check-up today.

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