My cat doesn’t like to eat lately

  • Mochi
  • June 06, 2024

There are a couple of reasons why your cat might be off their food. It could be a sign of an underlying illness, or it could be something less serious. Here are a few possibilities.

Medical Issues
Loss of appetite is a common symptom of many feline illnesses, including dental problems, kidney disease, and hairballs. If your cat is showing other signs of illness, like lethargy, vomiting, or diarrhea, it's important to see a veterinarian right away.

Diet Discontent
Maybe your cat is simply bored with their current food. Try offering a different flavor or brand. You can also warm up their food slightly to enhance the smell, which can be more appealing to cats.

Stressful Situations
Changes in routine, new pets in the house, or loud noises can all stress out a cat, leading to a loss of appetite. If you think this might be the case, try to create a calm and familiar environment for your feline friend.

How to increase your cat’s appetite

Warming it Up
Heat up a bit of canned food in the microwave for a few seconds (be sure to stir and check the temperature before serving). Warm food releases stronger aromas, making it more attractive to finicky felines.

Flavor Boosters
Add a spoonful of low-sodium chicken broth or tuna water (avoiding broths with onions or garlic which are toxic to cats) to their kibble or canned food. You can also try sprinkling a bit of nutritional yeast or fish oil for an extra flavor punch.

Wet vs Dry
If your cat usually eats kibble, introduce some wet food for a change in texture and moisture.

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