Cat begging for food but won't eat food
(Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada)
At first my cat Garry eats the new food I buy and seemes to like it. Unfortunately he always eats too quick and barely chews. This is why I feed him three small meals a day. Then he threw it up and now refuses to touch that kind of food. I can't afford to keep buying new foods to try, so I tried mixing little bits of cheese and chicken in with the food. He will pick them out of the cat food carefully and then cry for more. I'm so frustrated! In the last four days he's only had a little bit to eat and I'm worried he'll get sick. I should also mention he has anxiety/licking fur off issues. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
P.S. I had to lock him out of the room to type this and he's crying and scratching at the door. Sigh.
Answer by Kate
I am wondering if there are other issues here. Cats like to eat food which has a very strong smell, this encourages them to eat. Now when a cat gets a cold or some other problem which can affect their sense of smell they also loss the desire to eat.
Also cats do go through periods of being fussy with the food they eat and it can take a little while to find something they like.
If I were you I would buy a high quality wet cat food which has a high quantity of meat or fish in which ever your cat normally likes and try feeding them only that. If they still refuse I would suggest that you take him to the vets to be checked over in case their is an issue which is affecting his ability to eat or swallow.
I know this can be extremely frustrating for you as I had a cat who had a thyroid problem and so was hungry all the time no matter how much they ate and the constant crying for food became very wearing. However as long as you keep in mind that your cat is not doing this deliberately and that there must be something wrong with either your cat or the particular food.
i hope the issue is sorted out soon
best wishes Kate
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