Cat Won't Eat: 7 Reasons

“Loss of appetite in cats is often linked to gastrointestinal problems such as gastritis (inflammation of the stomach lining), gastroenteritis, or pancreatitis,” says Caos. Pain and hunger can occur from these circumstances.

Older cats often have chronic renal problems. Caos says this can cause progressive appetite loss when the kidneys fail to filter waste. “Other symptoms may include increased thirst, weight loss, and urination pattern

Dental issues including gum disease or dental pain can make cats uncomfortable eating. “If your cat has dental issues, they may eat less or avoid certain foods,

As with humans, choosy cats may favor certain flavors, textures, or brands. “If they are given a new type of food or if their diet has changed, they may eat less until they adjust,” adds Caos.

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Cats may be stressed by new locations, pets, or routines. Caos says this may impair their appetite while adjusting to a new normal or a stressful life move. 

Medication can impact a cat's appetite, much like in people. New vaccinations may temporarily alter food intake. 

Ask your vet whether your cat's meds or vaccinations cause loss of appetite. If so, plan ahead to keep a cat's appetite up.

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