How to encourage your cat to eat

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When they’re stressed out or unwell, cats may lose their appetite. If that happens, you’ll need to try to get cat to eat, which can often be difficult.

Provide the cat with small bits, praise it frequently, and stay close by if doing so reassures it and helps it relax and eat.


If your cat underwent surgery or was diagnosed with a serious disease, it might not feel like eating when you bring it home from the clinic. The issue with not eating is that it puts the cat in a vicious loop whereby it becomes weaker and sicker when it is ill and doesn’t want to eat when it isn’t eating. If it doesn’t eat, its body will start consuming bodily tissue for energy, which will prevent healing. An appropriate diet is essential for rehabilitation.

Otherwise, the cat may not have a well functioning immune system, making it more susceptible to infection. It may even change how the body responds to treatments intended to make the cat healthier.


Hepatic lipidosis, a potentially fatal liver illness, can occur in cats, as opposed to dogs who can go without food for a short time without experiencing any serious consequences. If a cat goes even briefly without feeding, this could manifest (two to three days). Furthermore, we are aware that in order to prevent risk, cats must have their extremely unique nutritional needs satisfied. Because they might be fussy eaters and don’t always pay as much attention to their food as dogs, cats can be difficult to encourage to start eating.

Do any meals make you feel sick, to the point where you can’t eat them? I think cats are the same. They may refrain from eating a certain meal because it reminds them of the sickness they experienced when battling a particular ailment. This is referred to as food aversion, and it might contribute to a cat’s reduced appetite.

Meal aversion can arise when a sick cat is repeatedly offered a certain food or is even force-fed. The cat will make an effort to avoid that meal because it associates it with being sick. Therefore, don’t leave food out for your cat if it doesn’t seem to be hungry, and never try to force-feed it with a syringe.


When a cat loses its appetite, you want to do anything and everything to pique its interest in food once more. Owners frequently utilize baby food since it is supple and cozy to lap, as well as possibly feeling nourishing and comforting. The problem is that many infant meals use powdered garlic or onion to improve flavor, but since onion is toxic to cats, feeding your cat food containing it won’t speed up recovery.

So, how can you encourage your cat to eat?

Make sure the cat is comfortable and safe first (see the section on keeping your cat happy). Give it some space to roam away from other cats and dogs that can be making it feel like it needs to compete for food, love, and cozy places to sleep.

Taking the time to sit with your cat, give it some attention, and place small food pieces on your finger for it to lick off could potentially be helpful. Cats respond to kind, loving care. When you’re unwell, food may not taste particularly good, but warming it to body temperature might help release the odors and restore the flavor. Utilizing flavorful foods like fish or mouthwatering dishes like chicken or prawns may also be advantageous.


Whether your cat needs to avoid too much salt or another component as part of its therapy, consult your vet to find out if any foods are off-limits. The veterinarian may even suggest a food designed expressly to hasten recuperation. Cats do, however, respond well to kind, loving attention. If the cat won’t eat, take away the food and try again after a short while.

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