- loss of taste or smell due to age or physical damage
- medical conditions (disease, physical trauma, inflammation)
- emotional stress (pain, anxiety, fear)
Absence of food intake adversely affects all body systems. Pets that are underweight or have recently lost more than 10% of their body weight need extra nutritional support, and veterinary care is advised.
To encourage a cat to eat, try warming the food, encouraging words and stroking, gently cleaning the cat’s nose to improve its ability to smell, and using a highly palatable food with a strong, attractive aroma.