Animals are pretty good at hiding signs of illness and injury. Unfortunately, this makes it difficult for cat owners to determine when their furry friend needs to see the veterinarian. An unusual change in your cat’s behavior, such as his or her eating patterns, needs to be evaluated by the vet. The same applies to unusual changes in your cat’s elimination habits. Additionally, keep a watchful eye on your cat’s weight.
Types of Eating Habit Changes
Healthy cats are typically eager for their meals, and they aren’t shy about speaking up when it’s time to dine. If your cat begins to appear indifferent about mealtimes and eats far less than usual, it’s time to call the veterinary clinic. Similarly, schedule a prompt checkup for your kitty if he or she begins acting ravenous, despite eating the same or more food than usual. Pay attention to how your cat eats. Some cats prefer to graze all day long, while others eat their meals in one sitting. If this changes, your cat should see the vet.
Causes of Increased Appetite
It’s possible for a cat’s increased interest in food to be a psychological issue or a learned behavior. However, your vet will need to rule out an underlying medical cause, such as the following:
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Intestinal cancer
Causes of Decreased Appetite
It’s alarming when cats become uninterested in their meals. If your cat refuses to eat altogether, you should consider it an urgent medical problem. Call the vet right away. A drop in appetite may be due to:
- Dental problems
- Intestinal parasites
- Consumption of a toxic substance
- Intestinal blockage
- Depression or separation anxiety
- Cardiac problems
- Respiratory infection
- Kidney or liver disease
Additionally, senior cats can sometimes lose interest in food because of a decrease in their sense of smell.