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Will a cat ever just lay off his food for a while because he isn't hungry?

Yes I know, the vet, the vet. I have, but she can't see my cat for a few days, and I'm just curious. He isn't eating, but he seems fine. Playful, as active as ever, running around like nothing's wrong, pooping like usual, not throwing up at all. So could he be just not hungry? I've asked my daughter, but she promises she isn't adding extra food to his bowl. I don't think she would be, since we've talked about the importance of not overfeeding him and getting him too fat, which was a problem with a neighbor's cat.


Asked by Ballad at 11:07 AM on Nov. 20, 2013 in Pets

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  • They will go off their feed on occasion and as long as they are drinking and it doesn't last a day or two, I wouldn't worry. If he is acting fine my guess is that a little something got dropped or maybe he got access to Ballads food. Make sure the bowl is well washed cats can be picky if they feel things aren't up to their standard of the moment. LOL

    Answer by Dardenella at 3:13 PM on Nov. 20, 2013

  • Does he go outside at all? He may be getting food elsewhere.

    Answer by anng.atlanta at 11:08 AM on Nov. 20, 2013

  • How long has this been going on?

    Answer by QuinnMae at 11:15 AM on Nov. 20, 2013

  • How old is he? There are a few things that can cause a cat to not want to eat.

    Answer by KyliesMom5 at 11:30 AM on Nov. 20, 2013

  • Seems strange. DId you change his food recently? Some animals are picky eaters and when you change even the brand they can refuse to eat. The bigger concern would be if she swallowed something and it's lodged in her intestines and can't pass. But in that case they usually start to vomit eventually. Figure out a way to measure what she is eating and drinking and then ask the Vet I guess.

    Answer by QuinnMae at 11:46 AM on Nov. 20, 2013

  • I'm betting he found food around the house somewhere else... LOL!

    Answer by m-avi at 12:17 PM on Nov. 20, 2013

  • If he's acting normally I wouldn't worry too much. Cats are strange. He'll eat when he eats.

    I know my picky bitch girl won't eat if we buy a new kind of food - luckily our big boy will eat anything, so nothing is going to waste now that we have two cats!

    Answer by AdensMama0308 at 1:44 PM on Nov. 20, 2013

  • Maybe the formula of the food changed. Sometimes companies change formulas without notification and they are allowed six months to use up the bags with the old list of ingredients. I would try swtching foods.

    Answer by CollinBayleeMom at 6:10 PM on Nov. 21, 2013

  • Oh no. He's an indoor cat. He wants nothing to do with the big wide world. We rescued him when he was six or eight months old, after he'd been kicked out of a home and then spent a month or so as a stray. Now he won't even so much as poke his little nose out the door, even if he sees a clear chance at escape. He knows where his bread and butter is.

    Comment by Ballad (original poster) at 11:14 AM on Nov. 20, 2013

  • He's about two and a half years old. This has been happening for only two days now, going into the third.

    Comment by Ballad (original poster) at 11:34 AM on Nov. 20, 2013