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cat not eating loss OF APPETITE

Your cat not eating its typical amount of food likely means that something is amiss.

Your cat not eating its typical amount of food likely means that something is amiss.

A number of different medical conditions may be the cause of your cat’s loss of appetite. Check first with your vet if there is no underlying health reason for this change. Find your nearest vet.

If the health check is ok, stress may be the culprit behind the problem, which can be helped with the following advice and by using a Feliway Diffuser or Spray, leading to your cat being healthy and happy once again.

What causes loss of appetite?

There are a number of reasons which lead to stress in your cat’s life. Below are some of the most common causes of stress.

  • Travelling causes a disruption in your cat’s routine which might cause them to avoid eating for a time.
  • Changes in the household environment can be disturbing to cats as it causes disorientation (to find out more see cat stress).
  • Cats can take a long time to adjust to new types of food, so a recent change in diet could be the culprit behind your cat’s finicky eating habits.
  • Competition with other cats for resources such as food and water can keep your cat away from its food bowl, or presence of a dog can make access to the food bowl difficult for your cat.



Be aware of situations that could lead to stress such as travelling, changing environments, or new kinds of food, and help your cat feel more comfortable during these stressful situations with the help of Feliway.


Plug in a Feliway Diffuser in the room your cat frequents the most to reinforce their feeling of security.


For additional comfort, apply Feliway Spray daily on their resting and hiding areas.


Give each cat in your household its own separate eating or drinking area to avoid stress caused by to sharing its food or water with other cats. See how to lay out your home to make a Cat Friendly home.


If loss of appetite persists, take your cat to a vet to make sure that the problem isn’t being caused by a medical issue.

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