A balanced diet is essential for good health, whether for us humans or for our pets. But now, for several days or several weeks, you noticed that your cat was no longer eating his kibble and that worries you. Do you have to change the kibble? Review the composition of his meals? Make an appointment with the vet? Answers.
What is good cat food?
The nutritional needs of the cat
A cat needs a balanced diet to be in shape but also and above all to be in good health. If he does not eat balanced or not enough, a cat may be affected by a lack of tone and energy, deficiencies or sometimes significant weight loss.
As a reminder, a cat must have several small balanced portions during the day. It is even highly recommended to leave kibble available to him. You should not offer him a single hearty meal in a day. The amount of food depends on the age of the cat and its activity. The sterilization of a cat is also to be taken into consideration. Once he has been operated on, his intake should be reduced by 20%. Cats are carnivores. They must therefore eat a diet rich in animal protein. In addition, cereals must be offered in limited quantities.
What to feed a cat?
On supermarket shelves and in pet stores, you will find two types of food for your cat:
- dry food, which brings together all varieties of kibble,
- wet food which consists of pâtés, mousses, bites in sauce, slices or even small pieces in jelly.
Of course, nothing prevents you from offering your cat homemade menus. If they are balanced, they are perfect for your cat!
Watch out for dangerous foods
Cats cannot eat all categories of food. Some of them are even poisonous. Here is a list of foods to avoid in cats.
- Milk causes digestive disorders and allergies. Only milk from breastfeeding is authorized until weaning.
- Eggs and the avidin they contain are not good for cats.
- Chocolate should be avoided because it contains theobromine.
- Coffee, tea, and alcohol are dangerous stimulants.
- The cheese and the cold meats are too fatty. They can cause serious health problems including inflammation of the pancreas.
- Onion and garlic are dangerous because they contain sulfur which destroys red blood cells in cats.
It is also not recommended to give leftovers to a cat. More often than not, they are too rich. In addition to promoting the cat’s weight gain, they can cause serious indigestion.
Your cat refuses to eat his kibble: the causes
Your cat no longer eats its kibble. Before thinking about the worst, know that it is very common! The first reflex to have is to occasionally offer other types of food and even other croquettes. If your cat is eating again, then he is not happy with the kibble offered. Sometimes the cause is different.
Loss of appetite
Loss of appetite can be occasional and not serious. Sometimes it can be explained by a too rich meal, croquettes which contain too much cereals or the consumption of small animals outside. When the weather is hot, cats also tend to eat less. In all of these situations, the loss of appetite does not last and the cat quickly regains the pleasure of eating. If it doesn’t and your cat is losing weight, you need to be concerned.
Your cat no longer eats his kibble but he eats his mash without difficulty. Chances are he has oral problems. It could be a build-up of tartar, cavities, broken teeth, or gingivitis. These pathologies can significantly increase the sensitivity of the teeth and cause pain.
Loss of appetite can also be caused by illness. The most frequently encountered are diabetes, kidney failure or digestive disorders. If you notice that your cat is suffering from a loss of appetite in addition to other symptoms, make an appointment quickly with the veterinarian who follows your pet.
If your cat no longer eats his kibble, it may be that he is not well psychologically. A cat may feel anxious about moving, new people or animals coming into the house, in which case their refusal to eat is an alert. Your cat is trying to tell you that he is not feeling well. Reassure him!
What to do if your cat doesn’t like his kibble?
Sometimes, if a cat refuses to eat its kibble, it is simply because it does not like it. If you’ve just changed brands or formulas, your cat may not like the taste or texture. The smell can also bother the cat. The feline is a foodie, so it is delicate!
What to do ? Here are all our tips for choosing the right kibble for your cat.
- Avoid entry-level kibbles, they are simply not recommended. Economical, they are poor in animal proteins and rich in cereals. They are often too high in salt.
- The kibbles must be selected taking into account the age of the cat. There are kibbles for kittens as well as for seniors. In both cases, the recipes are perfectly suited to the needs of cats.
- Specific kibbles are also to be considered because they meet the nutritional needs of sterilized cats, overweight cats, cats suffering from urinary disorders or even intolerance.
My cat no longer eats its kibble: what to do?
If your cat no longer eats its kibble, and especially since it has not been eating for more than 48 hours, then you must be concerned. Contact your veterinarian to get an appointment as soon as possible.
In the meantime, observe your cat and try to identify other symptoms. Does your cat meow? If so, he may be asking you for food, but in another form. Of course, we have to offer him something else, but punctually. Cats can be finicky! Keep in mind that cats should eat a balanced diet. If you are planning to change your cat’s diet, then go for a gradual transition. Note that the pâtés must be given at room temperature. It is also possible to moisten the croquettes.