Has your cat lost its appetite, even when eating its favorite food? Or is it a real challenge to find something that your cat will eat – the “right” food? A big problem for cats is that they are very prone to obesity especially in the U.S. But, did you know that almost equally as bad is that some cats are also prone to extreme weight loss.
If it appears that your cat has lost 10% or more of its body weight, there may be some underlying cause that may need attention. It is difficult to ascertain what would be considered to be the “normal” weight of a cat, because this differs due to breeds, age, and individual cats. The concern associated with weight loss is more of an observed thing – for example, it seems that Kitty isn’t interested in her food and looks like she has lost a lot of weight.
Check out the video below, where a Vet talks about what to check for and some possible causes of weight loss in cats. She talks about things like hyperthyroidism, kidney disease and intestinal parasites. But before we push the panic button and worry about more serious conditions that result in weight loss, here are 4 common factors to look out for when investigating this sudden change in your cat.
Dirty Bowls. If you don’t like eating from a dirty bowl, your cat won’t like it either. Dirty and gross cat bowls may affect their appetite. If you are using more wet foods for your cats, you need to get into the habit of washing the bowls after every meal. No one would enjoy a meal that looks like a pool of germs. Also, always store a lot of water for them in a clean separate bowl and wash it once a day to remove dirt and hair from the water. Lastly, the ASPCA (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) suggest keeping their litter box away from your cat’s food. You wouldn’t like to eat in a bathroom right?
Cats Environment. Cats don’t want to be interrupted when eating. When your feline friend is having its meal, avoid touching them or even watching them. They might feel disturbed and might refuse to eat. Make sure that when they’re eating, no other animal or person will interrupt them. Let them eat in peace.
Worms and gastrointestinal issues. If you know that there is no problem with a cat’s environment and food bowl and they still refuse to eat or still have experienced extreme weight loss, try to consult a Veterinarian to check if there are any worms living in your cat’s intestinal tract. Worms may be caused by a number of factors. Two of the most common causes are; a lack of hygiene and maybe your cat has eaten something that had worms, like a mouse or some other vermin. You Vet will also recommend a good worm treatment to help eliminate the problem.
Old Age. Cats of different ages have different eating patterns. If your feline friend is getting older, some of its senses might have deteriorated, like the sense of smell and taste. This could have an impact on the cat’s appetite for food. Further, older cats are prone to more illness like constipation and change in metabolism that might cause sudden weight loss. To solve this problem, consult your veterinarian for a much better diet that is suitable for senior cats. Add more fiber to keep your cat healthy during its golden age.
If all else fails, consult with your veterinarian for a more in-depth investigation. It could be a more serious condition, which you want to address as soon as you can. In the meantime, keep your cat healthy by preparing the proper food, giving them plenty of water, keeping their eating environment clean and even your cat itself.
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