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

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

Our vets inTurlock understand that cats can be picky about their food. If your cat refuses to eat, it can often be difficult to know why. Here are a few reasons why your cat may not eat and when you should take them to your vet.

Why is my cat not eating?

Many things can make a cat stop eating. It could be because they donèt like their new food, or they might feel discomfort or pain. As a cat owner, figuring out why your cat isn't eating can be frustrating.

If your cat misses a meal or two but then starts eating normally again, there is probably no need to be concerned. On the other hand, if your cat stops eating for more than a day and continues to resist food, another health issue could be at play, at which point it is best to consult your veterinarian.

Less Concerning Reasons Why Your Cat Won't Eat

Below are some of the less severe causes of a cat's lack of appetite.

  • New food
  • Stranger in the house
  • Recent vaccinations
  • Change in regular routine
  • Change in environment (new home or new pets)
  • Motion sickness following travel

When one of the above reasons is the cause of your cat stopping eating, they will typically return to their normal appetite after 24 hours. However, if your cat refuses food for more than a day, it may be wise to book an appointment with your vet. Regarding pet health, it's always better to err on the side of caution.

Serious Reasons Why Your Cat May Not be Eating

GI Trouble

Gastrointestinal (GI) problems in cats can make them feel sick and not want to eat. Some common digestive issues in cats include:

  • Foreign objects trapped in their intestinal tract
  • Intestinal parasites
  • Urinary obstructions
  • Cancer
  • Colitis
  • Changes to the composition of their gut bacteria

Cats with these problems might feel queasy and not want to eat. They could also lose weight, throw up, get constipated, or have diarrhea. 

If your cat is showing signs of GI issues, it's time to see your vet. Gastrointestinal problems like those we've listed above are quite serious and may require emergency care. An early diagnosis and a quick treatment plan are key in cases like this.

Dental Health Issues

Like people, cats can suffer from tooth decay, pain, and oral infection. Your kitty may be refusing to eat because of mouth pain or a gum condition, which makes it too painful to eat.

Our Turlock vets can clean your cat's teeth and carefully inspect their mouth for any potential oral health issues.  

Kidney Disease

Kidney disease in cats, much like stomach problems, can cause your cat to feel sick and not want to eat. If your cat has stopped eating and shows signs of kidney disease, contact your local vet in Turlock to book an appointment.  

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 you are concerned about your cat's ongoing refusal to eat, contact our Turlock vets as soon as possible to book an examination to determine the cause of your kitty's eating problems.

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