Food is basic need for all animals and under normal circumstances pets are really looking forward to food and treats. As a rule, if a cat refuses to eat, this is a very clear indicator that something is going on.
The medical term for this condition is “anorexia”. Anorexia is a sign of a very large list of possible causes and underlying diseases. A cat refusing to eat for 3 days is at extreme risk of dehydration and organ damage. If you noticed today that your cat did not eat, please do not wait until tomorrow when it might be too late. If your cat is refusing to eat, please bring him up to medical consultation immediately.
What Are Some of the Possible Causes of Anorexia in Cats?
How Will the Veterinarian Diagnose the Cause of The Anorexia?
Once at the clinical consultation, all the specific information you can share with your veterinarian can be very useful for the case history. The veterinarian will proceed to perform a complete physical examination, checking the mouth, eyes, and nose of your cat, he will palpate his abdominal area looking for inflammations, masses, or any other abnormalities. The veterinarian might request a blood sample and possibly some diagnostic imagining such as X-rays or abdominal ultrasound. In addition, the veterinarian might test your cat for retrovirus.
What Will the Treatment for The Cat’s Anorexia Be?
The treatment will largely depend on identifying the underlying cause. Bacterial Infections such as gastroenteritis or respiratory infections can be treated with oral antibiotics. Abscesses will need incision, drainage, and debridement, followed by oral therapy. Masses, polyps, fractures, tumors, and some obstructions require surgical treatment. In some extreme cases your cat might need to stay in the hospital with intra venous therapy to restore the hydration and electrolyte balance.
Complex cases of gastrointestinal disease might need the cat to be fed using a tube. The details of the tube placement and feeding technique depend largely on the specific case some of these cases require days of hospitalization. In addition, the veterinarian might prescribe some pain management medication to your cat.
The veterinarian will find an appropriate treatment for your cat’s specific case after identification of the underlying cause of the anorexia. It is important to search for professional advice and follow the veterinarian’s recommendations and prescriptions. Please never try to medicate your cat with medicine that works for you, many human medications are toxic for cats.
What Can You Do If the Veterinarian Thinks That the Cat Is Healthy?
If the veterinarian finds out that the cat is not suffering from any underlying disease, and all test results are within normal parameters, this are very good news; your cat is healthy! However, the case is not over until the cat resumes to normal eating habits.
Under any circumstance, let the displaced cat without food. As an owner, it is your responsibility to provide a safe space for each cat to feel comfortable and free of stress. You might have to consider keeping the cats apart, and work towards gradual socialization. Consult a specialized cat behaviorist if the problem persists.
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