No healthy animal in a normal state will deprive itself of food and starve. It is another matter if it is ill or there are other, no less objective and important reasons for refusing food and water. Owners of cats need to be able to catch the nuances so as not to miss the first signs of the disease and take the pet to the veterinarian in time for examination.
Natural reasons for refusing water and food
Not always the cat does not eat or drink because of illness or injury. Cats are selective animals, and Pets are also very capricious and picky. Therefore, the refusal may have the following reasons:
New food that was not to the pet’s taste. This can also happen if a new kitten is taken into the house and offered food that it has not tasted in the place where it lived before. Also, failure can occur when a sharp transition from breastfeeding to eating wet or dry food, natural products. You need to teach the kitten to them gradually.
Contaminated food or water. Cats are very squeamish, they definitely will not like dust in a Cup of water or stale food. Just half an hour of standing it in the open air is enough, as the cat will not eat. The same applies to dry food. If you pour a lot of “drying” into a bowl at once, the attractive smell quickly disappears, and the contents of the feeder are no longer perceived as food. Naturally, the cat will refuse to eat this “something”.
Stress, for example, from a change of residence, the appearance of a new owner or addition to the family, including due to the purchase of another kitten or puppy. The animal suffers from jealousy, especially if it is not given as much attention as before. One of the ways he can attract attention is to stop eating.
The air temperature is too high. The cat’s appetite decreases sharply and thirst increases. You need to take care of the constant availability of clean water and offer him lighter food, some kind of delicacy. Feed forcibly should not be, the cat itself will eat when the temperature drops. Most often it will be at night, so you should leave her a reserve for this time, otherwise she will Wake up the whole house with screams.
A poorly feeling animal can refuse any food or even water for several days,or not eat, but only drink a little. This is a normal condition, if not accompanied by other dangerous symptoms. This can be done by cats recovering from an illness or surgery, who have experienced a difficult birth, as well as just entered puberty. The first heat or rut can provoke a strong release of hormones, and this leads to loss of appetite.
When refusal to eat and drink becomes a dangerous symptom
If the forced fasting is prolonged or the cat does not drink water at all, hides in a dark corner, looks untidy, “greasy”, does not even try to wash, has a fever, vomiting or diarrhea – these are alarming signs indicating serious disorders in the body. You need to urgently take the cat to a veterinary clinic, because such symptoms can indicate very dangerous diseases, injuries or damage to internal organs.
The reasons for these conditions can be:
- Heavy food that takes a long time to digest;
- Food poisoning;
- Helminth infestation;
- Infectious diseases;
- Foreign body in the digestive system;
- Inversion of the intestines;
- Benign or malignant neoplasms, metastasis, cancer intoxication;
- Kidney or liver failure;
- Internal bleeding;
- Severe injuries to internal organs (beatings, falling from a height, getting under the wheels of a car, and so on);
A small kitten can not starve and not drink liquid for too long. This weakens an already fragile body, so even a day of hunger strike can be risky for its health. A young and strong animal can “sit on a diet” for three to five days, provided that it constantly drinks water in sufficient quantities.
If the cat does not want to look at any liquid, you need to consult a veterinarian. An elderly cat may eat irregularly and suffer from poor appetite, especially if it has chronic digestive problems. However, too long a lack of appetite can not be considered the norm in this case.
The most important thing is to make sure that the cat is drinking. Refusal of water is a terrible symptom that leads to severe dehydration and can even cause death. In this situation, it is important to quickly take your pet to a veterinary clinic to make a diagnosis and discover the true cause of the animal’s condition. Self-medication is strictly prohibited!
If there are natural causes, you need to eliminate the trigger that triggered the loss of appetite:
- Choose a quality food;
- Establish communication with the cat, pet it, show that everyone loves it;
- Change the water more often and don’t put too much dry food in it. It is better to do this more often, but in small portions;
- Do not allow the cat to rummage in the trash and eat leftovers;
- Keep medicines, cosmetics, and household chemicals away from it;
- In extreme heat, place the animal in a shaded, cool place. In case of severe overheating, heat or sunstroke, give your pet a drink, moisten the wool with water, and put a damp cloth on his head.
If the cat’s condition causes concern, it is better to be safe and go to the clinic to exclude negative consequences and deadly diseases.
Hi, my name is Mike Fletcher. I am 36 years old and I’m a veterinarian at a veterinary clinic in Granby Colorado. And this is my blog about Pets. I hope I can answer your questions here.