Appetite Loss in Tabby Cats
Tabby cats can be fussy feeders at times. It’s part of their charming personalities. If your tabby cat occasionally skips a meal, don’t worry too much. Like humans, they can have days when they just don’t feel like a bite to eat.
Be cautious though if they are off food for a day or so you need to understand why and if you can’t identify and solve the issue then you may want to take him to the vet since it may be a sign that something serious is wrong. Often, discarding their meal time is a symptom of another health issue.
Feeling stressed out is one of the major reasons tabby cats don’t eat. Different circumstances around the home, even rearranging the furniture, can be very stressful to your cat that is a creature of habit.
No need to become overly concerned, try giving your cat a little extra love, especially if you’re feeling stressed too. Animals do catch stress from us humans so cats can pick up on your own stress and mirror it.
Another source of stress is a new entrant to the family. If you’ve brought a new pet into the home, your cat may feel uneasy. They are territorial by nature and a new dog, cat or even a gerbil can be seen as a competitor. Enable them to become familiar with the new member of the family.
Know that they may not eat normally while they adjust.
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If you recently changed your cat’s brand of food and he’s not eating, go back to the old one and mix the two together, slowly weaning the old stuff from the bowl.
Cats can be finicky eaters and they may not like the new food as well as the old one. It may even be upsetting their system.
If you are suspicious about your cats eating, measure the amount of food they receive and see if it is being consumed. If they are not eating as much or not at all, you may want to see your vet.
If your cat isn’t eating, is irritable, withdrawn or lethargic, it could be the sign of an illness. This can include an infection, digestion issues, a tumor, kidney disease or even tooth or mouth pain.
If they are not really unwell, your veterinarian may recommend milk thistle, vitamin B12, diazepam or a similar medication. Never give these to your tabby cat without your vet’s advice. You want to make the situation better, not worse.
By being familiar with your cat’s habits, you can be aware of any major changes in their food consumption that could signal a larger issue.
The big challenge with keeping any pet healthy is being aware of what they are feeling.
They can’t talk to us however you will find that over time you will become very intuitive to their symptoms and needs and will find that they do actually talk to us, it’s just in a different language.
The Cat Bible is a great way to lean what your cat’s behavior mans and helps you learn “cat talk” so you can really get to understand your tabby.