If you notice your cat isn’t eating, it may be a normal reaction or it may indicate a disorder. In summer, cats tend to eat less and lose weight. This is called thermoregulation. Cats slow down their metabolism and this decreases their appetite.
But, if your cat vomits, has diarrhea, has a change in their behavior, or does not want to eat or drink anything, see your vet ASAP.

It is essential to recognize the real cause for your cat’s fasting. There are many possible causes, some of them are common and harmless but some causes are fatal to your cat.

Reasons your cat’s not eating:

● thermoregulation
● food change
● change in daily cat’s routine
● vaccination
● stress
● anxiety or depression
● travelling
● sexual instinct
● pregnancy
● postpartum period
● post anaesthesia/surgery
● parasites
● oral disease
● weight management/self-regulation
● stomach and intestines disorder
● viral infection
● liver, kidney and urolithiasis disease
● upper respiratory infections
● dirty food bowl
● food storage issues
● other causes

 

Why a cat doesn't want to eat
Why a cat doesn’t want to eat

When your adult cat isn’t eating and loses weight rapidly

When your car isn’t eating enough food, they will utilize their fat reserves. This is dangerous because their bodies use proteins to convert fat into energy. This conversion is done in your cat’s liver. If your cat loses weight rapidly, it may overwhelm their liver with fats. This is stressful to the liver and may lead to hepatic lipidosis, a severe disease that can lead to liver failure. You should take your cat to a vet to be treated to avoid liver failure. If your cat is not eating, it’s helpful if you can weigh your cat and track how much and how quickly they are losing weight. If your cat is losing weight rapidly, see your vet
as soon as possible. The veterinarian can give your cat nutrients and fluid intravenously or through a feeding tube.

Why a cat doesn't want to eat
Why a cat doesn’t want to eat

When your kitten isn’t eating

If your kitten isn’t eating, take it very seriously. Kittens don’t have fat or energy reserves and cannot survive without water and food. It depends on a kitten’s body structure, weight, and immunity, but some kittens have survived one day without food or water. It is not recommended or safe for a kitten to go without food or water. If your kitten isn’t eating, you should force the kitten to eat and drink water by injecting it into their mouths through a syringe. If you are unable to force feed your kitten, you should immediately contact your local veterinarian. Your vet can infuse your kitten with fluids and nutrients and determine why the kitten isn’t eating. If your kitten doesn’t eat for a few days, even if you are able to force feed your kitten, you need to see a vet to diagnose the issue. Changes in your kitten’s food, moving, new adoption, and other changes can cause a loss of appetite in your kitten. If there haven’t been any changes or stressors in your kitten’s life, a lack of appetite should be concerning. If a kitten is drinking but not eating, this can still cause dehydration as your kitten gains some water from their food.

 

Why a cat doesn't want to eat
Why a cat doesn’t want to eat

How can you help your cat when they lose their
appetite?

Many normal life changes can cause stress in your cat—cats like routine, attention and stimulation. If one of these three factors isn’t fulfilled, your cat may show behavioral disorders, including eating disorders.

If your cat’s not eating, think of possible changes to their routine. Try to give them extra affection and attention. Make time to play with them and offer some extra tasty food and treats. This may stimulate their appetite and help your cat find their life balance again.

It may take some detective work to figure out what has caused your cat’s lack of appetite. Even changing your schedule can affect your cat. For instance, if you begin to get up an hour earlier every morning, then you’re feeding your cat an hour earlier and this may affect their appetite. Maybe you’ve changed your cat’s bowl or put it in a different place. Cats will typically refuse to eat out of a dirty bowl. Cats are also sensitive to changes in their food’s temperature. Every change in the daily routine of the life of the owner can influence the cat’s behavior.

Diarrhea, vomiting, behavioral changes and weight loss necessitate you contact your veterinarian.