Cat refuses food: what to do?
Fasting days may please you, but not your cat. If a pet refuses to feed, he has serious reasons for this. What to do in this situation?
1. Checking health.
Disease can be caused by a disease. Many ailments practically do not manifest themselves in the initial stages, and you can not suspect anything about them. Take your pet to a veterinarian to rule out health problems.
2. Make sure that the food suits the cat.
The selected food should be similar to the pet in composition and physiological characteristics. Cats are predators, and the basis of the diet of all predators is meat. Therefore, in the list of ingredients in the composition in the first place should be meat. Select the food strictly for the purpose, depending on the lifestyle of the cat, breed and age. Veterinary diets are shown to pets according to the recommendations of a veterinarian.
Cat refuses food: what to do?
3. We monitor the quality.
Possibly purchased feed of inadequate quality. Before buying, be sure to check the integrity of the packaging and the shelf life of the diet. Beware of fakes and do not purchase feed by weight, as You don’t know what kind of feed it is and in what conditions it was stored.
And one more important point: the food in bowls should always be fresh. Food and canned foods deteriorate quickly. The uneaten food will have to be discarded and the bowl thoroughly washed. Dry food retains its qualities for much longer, but in a bowl it is exhaled and must be updated.
Dry food, poured into a bowl three days ago, will not attract a cat!
4. We comply with the diet.
The main thing is to choose a balanced, suitable diet for the cat and in the future strictly adhere to it. A cat can be fed either with natural products (in this case, food for the pet needs to be prepared separately), or with prepared feeds: wet and (or) dry. Changing the type of feeding and feed line unless absolutely necessary is not recommended. This is a direct route to digestive upsets and cat refusal to feed.
Recall that it is impossible to combine two types of feeding (natural products and prepared feeds). But ready-made dry and wet foods to combine in one diet is not only possible, but also necessary!
5. We bring variety.
Cats like a varied diet, but diversity must be right. Products from the human table and randomly selected goodies do not belong to this. If a cat eats dry food, it will correctly diversify its diet with wet food (canned food) from the same manufacturer or at least the same class.
To increase interest in food (as well as to encourage and demonstrate your love) treat your cat with special treats: they are not only tasty, but also healthy. So, there are goodies for the prevention of diseases of the oral cavity or to maintain the beauty of the coat. And there are special liquid cream delicacies that can be used as an appetizing sauce, i.e. water them with the usual cat food (for example, Mnyams cream treats with tuna, scallop or chicken). Feeling new shades of aroma and taste, the pet will gobble up her lunch for both cheeks!
6. Set up the mode.
It is believed that dry food should always be freely available for cats. But some picks lose interest in what is always under their nose. Perhaps your cat is one of them? Try to feed the pet at a specific time, and in between do not feed it.
7. We select the right bowls.
Surprisingly, refusing food can provoke an inappropriate bowl. On our portal we talked about which bowl to choose for a cat.
Cat refuses to feed: what to do?
8. We select the right place for feeding.
A cat will never eat if something annoys her, so the bowls should be installed in a quiet place, away from appliances, household chemicals, passageways, drafts and, attention, a cat tray!
9. We support the active mode of the day.
The more the cat moves, the better its appetite. A sedentary lifestyle is a direct path to excess weight and health problems. Involve the cat more often in active games, then interest in the environment (and even more so in food) will be warmed up.
10. Eliminate stress.
The cat will never eat under stress. If your pet is worried, try to eliminate the causes as soon as possible. In case of severe prolonged stress, consult your veterinarian.
We hope these recommendations will help restore your pet’s appetite!