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Perfect ways to encourage your cat to eat

Many times you find it difficult to convince your cat to eat, when they are not feeling well or stressed, they may suffer from a lack of appetite. So people need to try them to eat ,cats suddenly decide they don’t want to eat a certain food or treat anymore. But sometimes a cat stops eating for a more serious reason. There may be things you can do at home to help your cat regain its appetite, but sometimes veterinary intervention is necessary, so what can you do to help your cat to eat? 

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Intestines, pancreas, or other parts of its digestive system may cause it to stop eating. Your cat may also vomit and have diarrhea or abdominal pain alongside digestive issues. But usually, a decrease in appetite will be one of the first signs of a digestive system problem. Issues can range from acid reflux, tumors, an imbalance of intestinal bacteria, parasites, irritable bowel disease, and other problems.

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Some cats like to eat things that they shouldn’t ingest or develop hairballs, all of which may become stuck in the stomach or intestines.3 A foreign body stuck in your cat is then referred to as an obstruction. An obstruction won’t let food pass through the digestive tract and therefore your cat may vomit, then most likely stop eating. Some foreign bodies can pass through your cat’s system, simply causing some vomiting and diarrhea, but also a lack of appetite. Cats love to play with string, yarn, and the like. But this brings with it the risk that your cat will eat the string, which can lead to serious complications in some cases. As a cat caregiver, you need to be aware of the dangers of string ingestion and the signs that the string is still in your cat’s gastrointestinal tract.

So what should the owner do to encourage their cats to eat?

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Security, the owner have ensure the cat to feel comfortable and security. 

Smaller meals throughout the day may seem counter-intuitive, but it can actually encourage your cat to eat. If your cat doesn’t have a large appetite, it may be overwhelmed by a large bowl of food.

Attention. Some cats want attention when they’re eating. Try stroking your cat and talking soothingly to it while it’s eating. You can also try a bit of petting if your cat is near the bowl but not eating. This tactic won’t work with every cat, though, so if your cat seems disturbed by the attention, leave it alone.

 Wipe the cat’s nose. If the cat has been sick, it may not be smelling very well. Wiping the cat’s nose and trying to remove discharge may help it smell better. In turn, it may be more interested in food because it can smell it.

Hand feed the cat. A cat who hasn’t been interested in food may be more inclined to eat if you hand feed it. For canned food, you can put a little on your finger and offer it to the cat. For dry food, place a bit in your hand, and hold it out for the cat to eat.

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