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When you finicky cat stops eating

Tuesday, August 28, 2012
posted by Jim Murphy

After a restful week vacation in Delaware, I noticed that my younger cat Millie stopped eating. Millie is a very finicky eater anyway but I became concerned because it seemed as if she wasn’t eating anything for a couple of days. I tried to pamper her, giving her extra treats but nothing seemed to work. She didn’t seem ill and other than not eating , she behaved normally. Now I’ve mentioned in the past that my older cat, Mollie always tries to intimidate her. I think that Mollie causes Millie to “stress out.”  Well, the good news is Millie began eating again today and did use her litter box. I realized that if a cat is stressed out, they can stop eating.

Cats should be fed in a quiet place free from any loud noise or foot traffic. It’s always a good idea to introduce your cat to a variety of foods while she is still a kitten. This way if you can’t get her favorite food, there’s always a substitute.

Finally, you have to rule out any medical condition such as renal failure that may have caused her to stop eating. Watch for weight loss, lethargy, vomiting etc. If you notice any of these things, get her to the vet for a proper diagnosis. never ignore a change in eating habits.

Luckily, Millie seems to be fine now but I will monitor her closely and take her for a checkup.

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