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What to Do When Your Cat’s Suddenly Losing Weight

Pets can’t come out and just tell you when they aren’t feeling well, so pet owners need to observe their behaviors to watch for changes. When kitty begins losing weight, due to not eating or if the pounds just seem to be falling off for no reason, there is likely a cause. But, no worries! Many things may be remedied with simple dietary adjustments.

Your cat may be trying to tell you something

Psychological Factors

Cats, like humans, can suffer from many psychological disorders that effect their eating habits. Depression, anxiety, and stress are all factors that play a major role in kitty’s health. Environmental factors, such as the cleanliness of water and food bowls, an excess of loud noises, another animal in the feeding area, or a littler box that is too close to the food bowls are all examples of things that can cause a cat to be stressed. Additionally, cats (who tend to have stubborn personalities) may protest changes such as a new pet or a move by non-consumption. Boarding your pet while going away can also cause a great amount of anxiety.

What to Do

Clean out bowls each day after mealtime, keep noise volume down if possible, give kitty a few minutes alone to eat each day, be sure that the feeding area is far away from the potty area (you wouldn’t want to eat lunch in the bathroom, would you?). Give your cat plenty of individual attention still if a new pet is introduced, and see into getting a petsitter when you go on vacation, rather than boarding.

Gastrointestinal Issues

Your feline may have possibly developed an allergy or intolerance to a certain food. Also, kitty might have a parasite, like roundworm.

What to Do

Change your cat to a new, easily-digestible diet. If you notice spaghetti-like worms in your cat’s feces, the veterinarian can prescribe a medication to de-worm.

Senior Status

As your cat gets older, there can be noticeable changes in body size. Some cats become more chunky, while others lose weight. The culprit may be a decreased sense of smell, dental disease, constipation, or changes in metabolism.

What to Do

It is important for your cat to get regular senior pet checkups. Be sure to keep kitty’s teeth clean and free from tarter (which can lead to more serious liver issues down the road). Simply adding fiber to a cat’s diet can be helpful too.

Be sure to clean kitty’s bowl after each meal

Serious Conditions

Not eating can be symptomatic of some more severe circumstances. If you have tried the above courses of action and none seem to work, these more serious conditions may be to blame: cancer (look for lethargy and hiding, as these are symptoms as well), fatty liver syndrome (hepatic lipidosis), diabetes (also look for drinking excessive amounts of water, frequent urination, sluggishness, UTIs, and sweet-smelling breath), or feline infectious peritonitis (accompanied by a fever that is unresponsive to antibiotics).

What to Do

Have your veterinarian conduct a complete physical exam, blood tests, and a urinalysis to determine whether there is a serious problem. Early detection may be a matter of life or death to your pet.


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