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Feline Loss of Appetite:

If your cat is not eating any food, you will surely notice it. Even though your cat may be finicky about its food, it will not leave the food entirely untouched for days in a row. However, if you have been unfortunate enough to have a cat that has been ignoring its food for days, you can be certain that something is amiss.

A finicky cat may begin to eat its food once the food is changed. However, if your cat is really sick, no amount of appeasing will make it eat the food it has already rejected. It is not that the cat does not like the food anymore; it is simply that the cat no longer has an appetite for it.

A cat’s loss of appetite is not a new occurrence. Cat owners have been experiencing this problem with alarm for years. If your cat has suddenly stopped eating, there has to be a medical reason for it. If a cat has had an infestation of roundworms, tapeworms, or hookworms, it may experience discomfort and may, therefore, not feel like eating anything. If your cat has worms, there will be other symptoms of illness too. Diarrhea and the presence of blood in its stools are some of the common symptoms indicating the presence of worms.

Cats often succumb to colds. Just like humans, if a cat catches a cold, it feels ill and miserable. During this time, it is essential for the cat to preserve its energy. However, the cat may reject food for a few days, until it feels better. If your cat is sneezing occasionally, it may be due to an allergic reaction; however, if the symptoms of the cold continue for a few days, it could be due to a serious infection in the upper respiratory tract. Such infections can cause a loss of appetite.

Stomach and intestinal problems like a twisted bowel, certain medication, cat leukemia, and diabetes are some of the other causes of a cat appetite loss. Like humans, cats may also suffer from a lot of problems. Cats too need energy when they are sick. However, when a cat is sick, it is not always possible to force it to eat. In such a case, the problem could get aggravated or complications could arise as a result of the cat not eating any food. Therefore, if your cat has not been eating food and doesn’t show any interest, even when you have switched the food, take your cat to a qualified vet who can run tests on it and identify the problem so that treatment can begin.

 
  Submitted on May 7, 2010  
 
 
 
 
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