Why is my cat not eating properly?
There are very many reasons why your cat may be off their food. To start with, your vet will try to work out whether it’s a medical or behavioural problem. Some of the common causes include:
Tooth and gum disease
Tooth and gum disease (tooth root abscesses, tartar build up, broken teeth and gingivitis) can cause enough pain to stop your cat eating.
Kidney disease very often causes a cat to feel unwell and reduces their appetite.
Your cat may stop eating if they are hurting somewhere, it may not be obvious what is hurting them and you may just notice vague symptoms (for example being hunched up).
Stress can cause a cat to stop eating. For example, a change to their usual routine, moving home or being bullied by another cat.
High temperatures (fever) are often caused by infections and usually cause a decrease in appetite.
Change of food or feeding station
Changing your cat’s food suddenly or moving their food bowl from its usual place can cause a cat to stop eating. Read our guide on how to safely change your cat’s diet.
A lot of other diseases will cause a decrease in appetite. For example heart failure, pancreatitis, liver disease and cancer.