Usually the lack of appetite in cats is a sign of a disease. In such a situation it would be logical to take the cat to a veterinary clinic. But, unfortunately, is not always so easy to do... Veterinary clinics are not all staffed by professionals, so you can’t fully rely on their experience. In this article I will discuss what can be done on your own in case your cat refuses to eat or has a poor appetite.
What if the cat doesn’t eat or eats poorly
To begin with you should pay attention to the fact that the cats may refuse to eat for one or more days for natural reasons. This can happen due to climatic conditions (too hot weather) or stress. Nothing wrong with that, the cat won’t die of hunger. If the cat has stopped eating, wait for 2-3 days. But make sure that the cat always has food and water available. Besides, the animal can eat at night, when you can’t see it.
If some time has passed, but the cat still refuses to eat, you can still try to change the menu or give it something special. One of the best treats for cats is a premium cat feed (do not use cheap feed as they can do much harm). This feed is always delicious and soft at the same time. If it is difficult for the cat to eat solid food, this would help.
In case the cat doesn’t get better in a few days, you definitely need to contact the veterinary clinic. At the same time make sure that the doctor looks for the right cause of your cat's ailment.
What should a veterinarian do if the cat refuses to eat?
The veterinarian should conduct a comprehensive inspection of the animal: to examine the oral cavity, probe and listen to the abdomen to check the body temperature.
If nothing is found during the inspection, they should carry out a blood, urine and feces test to reveal the hidden disease. In an extreme case: X-rays of the abdominal and thoracic cavity.
After the diagnosis, the veterinarian will prescribe treatment for your cat.
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