belong to pets, which differ slightly from dogs in terms of nutrition and gastrointestinal physiology.
Cats eat more often and in smaller quantities because their digestive tract is less capacious.
Due to the specifics of these animals, a lack of appetite occurs in virtually every cat’s disease .
This is not a specific symptom, but a symptom that you can easily notice and thus realize that something is wrong.
In this article you will learn when your cat’s lack of appetite can be dangerous to his health and how to deal with this problem.
It occurs in the course of many diseases , which is why its etiology is different.
Often this condition is accompanied by nausea and sometimes vomiting .
Disturbed food intake can lead to protein / energy malnutrition .
It is caused by a poorly balanced diet and insufficient food intake.
Lack of appetite in a cat manifests itself:
causes damage to organs.
It is assumed that 10% weight loss is already an abnormal process that should be monitored.
The correct way of feeding guarantees maintaining an appropriate balance between the components supplied to the body and the demand for tissues.
When imbalances occur, deficiency syndromes develop.
Why does a cat not want to eat?
Why does a cat not want to eat?
Why does a cat not want to eat ?
The most common causes of lack of appetite include:
- Mouth diseases .
- Diseases against the background of metabolic diseases.
- Diseases against the background of insufficient diseases.
- Gastrointestinal disorders together with other obstructions .
- Most often, the lack of food intake is caused by the inability to perform this activity.
This condition very often affects cats with oral diseases such as:
erosions on the tongue.
These are changes that cause great pain and discomfort to the animal.
Strong pain prevents the kitten from taking and possibly chewing food.
Such changes often bleed , are softened , there is a bad smell from the mouth .
You can prevent this – oral prophylaxis and regular dental checkups are very important .
Older cat won’t eat
A very common patient in the veterinary office is a senior cat .
Caregivers struggle with the appetite problems of such an animal, remembering which kitty was not greedy when young.
Adult cats are at risk of kidney failure , diabetes and dental problems.
All these factors come down to one:
to lack of appetite.
To get the best out of this situation, go to a veterinarian who, after carefully examining the patient and having a blood check , will be able to determine the cause of the problem.
Diabetes and renal failure
These are the most common metabolic diseases in cats .
Diabetes in the cat is associated with abnormal glucose managementin the body, and renal failure – with impaired filtration and reduced ability to excrete urea and creatinine in the urine .
Both of these diseases have something in common.
Both diabetes and kidney failure in the cat lead to so-called uremia .
The development of uremia in a cat causes:
formation of erosions in the digestive tract and on the tongue,
Already at the very beginning of the disease there is a lack of appetite associated with an increased content of metabolites in the blood .
This situation usually applies to older cats , over 8 years old and obese cats .
Only a check-up blood test will allow us to confirm the lack of appetite against the background of these two diseases.
A commonly diagnosed disease is so-called triaditis .
This is inflammation of the bile ducts , pancreas and intestines .
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In this case, there is:
strong pain the abdominal cavity,
sometimes jaundice .
Nutrition through gastrostomy tubes , intragastric probes is recommended in this situation , as the lack of appetite caused by the disease makes it worse.
We are making a vicious circle here.