Getting a Sick Cat to Eat- Unlike dogs or other animals, it’s dangerous for cats if they don’t eat one day. For those animals, the energy for a variety of physiological processes remains available from the burning of body fat stored in body tissues. But the process of burning fat for energy in the body of a cat is very inefficient. At the time of burning fat, there is a change in metabolism in cats that causes liver tissue damage, called hepatic lipidosis.
There are so many causes of a cat not eating. The simplest may be because the cat is bored with the usual food. Another cause which is more feared is that the cat is sick. Appetite in the sick cats will be reduced or even disappear.
Cats which are ill need extra energy as well as the availability of the nutrients needed to repair damaged body cells and to increase immunity to fight the disease. However, while being sick, most cats don’t want to eat and it can aggravate their condition.
Following these few simple actions in getting a sick cat to eat, but if there’s no change take immediately your cat to the vet.
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Sometimes a cat is a bit lazy and spoiled. Try handing the food to the front of his nose or put some food into his mouth and see if its appetite is aroused. This method can be tried several times if that does not work use the following way.
Mixing & Replacing Cat Food
Like humans, cats can get bored of the same food every day. Some dry cat foods do not have appetizing smell and taste. This can be overcome by giving wet food or canned food that does have a stronger smell and taste. If the cat is given canned food, try to mix the dry food with canned food first. Canned food (wet) should not be given every day for a long term because in addition to inadequate nutrition can also accelerate the formation of plaque or tartar on the cats’ teeth.
Various canned food products for cats are widely available in the market/pet store, from the inexpensive to expensive. Note also the content of every food brand. Foods that are often encountered, such as Whiskas & Friskies usually enough to stimulate the appetite. If you want better food can be given to the brand Science Diet (Hills) or if you want more good can be given a special diet of Science Prescription Diet a / d. In addition to flavor and aroma that is more stimulating, nutrition of Science Diet Prescription a / d is also better and more complete. Keep in mind the special foods Science Diet Prescription a / d only to be given once in a while, not for food every day.
Feeding the Cat Food to the Cat’s Mouth
Feeding the cats could be by hand, a small spoon or easier to use a syringe (injection) without a needle. The food given is the wet food. This wet food can be:
- Canned food.
- Dry food soaked in warm water first, then softly crushed with a spoon or blender.
- Mix canned food with dry food that has been crushed.
Feeding the cat food to the mouth while occasionally handing it in the cat bowl to see if the cat wants to eat by itself. Be careful when feeding by using a syringe. Hold the cat’s head or ears, insert syringe containing the liquid food from the side (tip side of the mouth), slowly press the syringe for cats so that the cat can chew and swallow food properly. A syringe containing foods should not be sprayed into the mouth of a cat because it can cause choking.
Give Vitamins and Appetite Stimulants
Some supplements or vitamins can be given as an appetite stimulant. Vitamins which are the most simple and easiest to usual is vitamin B complex. This vitamin can be given in the form of tablets or syrup.
Other supplements that can be given is the amino acid lysine (Lysine). In addition to stimulating appetite, lysine also can interfere with replication/development of disease-causing herpes virus Feline Rhinotracheitis (cat flu).
Look for supplements and vitamins in your nearest pharmacy. Usually lysine and B complex are widely available as a supplement for children. They will help to increase the cat’s appetite a few days after being given continuously every day. If you want a more influential way (instant way), contact your veterinarian and ask for your subscription appetite stimulant.
Tube feeding is feeding directly into the cat’s stomach through a tube. Usually performed by a veterinarian for a sick animal who can not chew and swallow food whatsoever. Tube feeding is also often performed on kittens which are not breastfed by the mother cat and can not suck milk from the teats.
Follow these tips as well:
- Try to feed simultaneously together with several other cats to create the competition. Tthe cat may be lured to join the taken food for competition with other cats.
- Warming the food may help your cat to eat because it will easily be smelled of the cat. Please note don’t let the temperature becomes too hot for the food.
- Cats prefer wet food than dry food. By adding the broth in the food it can stimulate the appetite of the cat. The cat will love to lick the broth provided in the cat food.
- Don’t let the cat food left at a place for more than 10 -15 minutes. Give a small amount of food but let it be more frequently given. Thus, cat’s appetite will be more often stimulated by new food was given.
- To introduce new cat foods to cats, mix a little new food with the usual foods. Gradually add the new cat food until finally the cat is fully accustomed to the new food.
If you have tried the ways of getting a sick cat to eat above but still there’s no significant change of the cat’s appetite, this problem should be immediately consulted with a veterinarian to avoid the undesirable things.