Ordinarily, getting your pet cat to cut down on how much he/she is eating is the problem. On rare occasions though, it’s the exact opposite with not having an appetite.
Sometimes, it may seem that your cat simply has no interest in eating what you have served up. We’ve gotten into the likely reasons why your cat may lose his/her appetite in last week’s article.
This time around, let’s turn our attention to how you can stimulate your pet’s appetite and get them interested in food again.
Change Up the Food You’re Giving
In many cases, the reason why your cat has stopped eating the way he/she normally does is simply because the food you’re offering is not to his/her liking. It could be because you served new food or your pet has just grown tired of what you’ve been giving.
To get around those potential feeding issues, you can provide some new food.
PetMD recommends serving your cat some kitten food. Kitten food can often be more flavorful than food formulated for adult cats so your pet may be more willing to give it a shot.
You can also try offering pieces of chicken or turkey to your pet cat. Just be sure that pieces of poultry in question are not loaded with artificial flavors.
Serve Warm Food
If money’s tight, but you already have cans and pouches of cat food at home, you can try another method of enhancing your pet’s appetite. Get your cat’s food, place it into a microwave-safe container, and then heat it up for about 10 seconds.
You’re not looking to cook the food here. You just want to heat it up enough that it starts giving off an aroma. That may be enough to do the trick.
Use an Appetite Stimulant
Last up, you can also try using an appetite stimulant to encourage your pet to start eating normally again.
Per this post on Cornell University’s website, there is a form of appetite stimulant that can be applied on to the skin of a cat. There are other appetite stimulants that can be taken orally.
Before using any of these stimulants though, be sure to ask your veterinarian if they are safe for your cat.
Your cat not eating is a problem that can be addressed. Try out the tips above and see how effective they are on your pet. Hopefully, one of those tips can get your cat to go back to his/her normal eating habits.
Feeding issues can emerge at inopportune times. If you need someone who can help entice your cat to eat more as you are away on business, we at TAILored Cat Services are more than happy to lend a hand. To learn more about how we can help, just call us at 425-923-7791 or review our website.