Possible Reasons Why Your Pet Isn’t Eating

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One of the telling signs that your pet’s health is in jeopardy is when it’s eating less or entirely avoiding it. Remember, all pets, including cats and dogs, love to eat: there’s something wrong with it when it’s not emptying the food bowl. So, let’s learn some of the reasons why and try to remedy them:

It’s simply and plainly picky

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Feeding a cat is like feeding a 10-year old child. Our furry feline friends and canine companions can be picky eaters, causing a lot of trouble for the pet owners. Mr. Whiskerton might be in the mood to eat wet food today, but his taste might change by tomorrow.

Get your pet used to a certain kind of food, and don’t feed it with anything else, unless if prescribed by your local vet. Frequent dietary changes might render it picky!

Vaccine side effects

Albeit minor, the side effects of vaccination are visible and alarming, especially if it is prolonged. Some cats and dogs might develop allergic reactions, like hives, severe swelling on the site of the injection, skin irritation and breathing difficulty. Once visible, immediately bring it to the vet. Aside from which, both cats and dogs might lose appetite, though usually, its effects are temporary and are usually gone in a matter of days.

Digestive problems

One of the common causes of not eating include digestive problems, usually epitomized by stomach pain, being unable to digest its breakfast, and intestinal problems. Remember, cats and dogs avoid eating altogether when there’s abdominal pain. Immediately have it checked once the signs start to manifest: it might be caused by intestinal blockages and even something as fatal as gastric torsion.

Travel and new surroundings

Pets are used to routine observances everyday and for both they’re schedule is like this:

“Bark or meow uncontrollably until human wakes up and feeds me, he then leaves, I sleep all day, he returns, he takes me for a walk or plays with me, I eat, then I sleep.”

If you’re moving out of your current home and taking your pet with you, prepare for the possibility that it might lose its appetite. A change in its routine, according to Pet WebMD, might render it to lose its appetite. Aside from which, pets might also experience nausea and sickness because of long travel times. Try to remedy this by keeping your pet as comfortable as possible as soon as you arrive at your destination.

Underlying ailments

If your pet is experiencing kidney, liver, intestinal and pancreas problems, then it might not eat in the amount that it usually does. That being said, urinary tract infections, kidney stones, pancreatitis and liver problems are usually the culprit.

In a minor scale, your pet might not be eating well because of dental problems. A pet might avoid eating altogether if its teeth and gums hurt. Check for signs of periodontal disease and tooth decay.

Psychological reasons

Dogs and cats are very smart, and they have feelings too, contrary to what some people might tell you. That said, pets can display signs of depression, and they have a mourning period as well, especially if one of their animal companions has passed away. They also display signs of sadness when they know their human friend died, as evidenced in numerous heartbreaking YouTube videos. To know the extent of a pet’s loyalty, try watching Hachiko: A Dog’s Story, a film based on a true story.

In a lighter note, your pet might not be eating because of the location of the food bowl. Try placing it in low-traffic and well-lighted areas. Aside from which, if a pet or a human family member terrorizes your pet while eating, it might avoid the food bowl altogether, given that it already associated it with a negative experience.

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