Cats love food, and they usually jump at the chance to nom on treats whenever they can. So, when your cat isn't eating, it's understandable that you're worried. Several factors could be at play, and you need to take it seriously. Here's a look at what you should do if your cat isn't eating as much.


If your cat stops eating, the first thing you should do is visit your veterinarian. There may be an underlying health issue that's causing your kitty to lose her appetite, and only your vet can determine what that might be. Also, cats can get sick if they stop eating.


Once you get a clean bill of health, look for stressors around your home that might contribute to his appetite loss. Did you recently redecorate a room in your home? Did you recently move? Has your work schedule changed? Where is your cat's food bowl? Is it in an area that suddenly has more traffic? You might consider walking through the rooms in your house where your cat hangs out the most and look at it from his point of view. Think about your normal routine and look for things that may have changed. Sometimes even the smallest trigger is enough to cause your kitty stress, and you may need to make a few changes to help remove the trigger.


If you have more than one cat, sibling rivalry may be at play. If there's tension in the home between him and another cat, he might be avoiding a food competition. Feed your cat in a separate room from the other pets, where the environment is quieter. If your pets are fighting, you might need to wipe the slate clean and reintroduce them.


Make mealtime more enticing for your kitty. If your food's expired or if your cat's tired of the flavor or texture, she might turn her nose up at dinner. Also, be sure to check online to see if your cat's food has been recalled.

If your kitty is just bored with what she's been eating, try mixing a new flavor of food with the old one or tempt your cat with extra-fragrant wet cat food. You might try experimenting with different textures or flavors. Or, you could try making your kitty dinner from scratch—just check with your veterinarian to make sure your homemade recipe is nutritionally balanced.

It's also possible your cat has developed a food sensitivity or allergy. Talk with your veterinarian if you think this could be the case.

A sudden shift in food can make your cat's stomach upset, so make these changes slowly. If you've been serving your cat refrigerated, canned food, warm it up a little before serving it. Use treats to entice her. Try making mealtime a game and toss individual kibbles down the hall so she can "hunt" them like prey. Interactive feeder toys can also help.


As you help your cat with environmental adjustments, support his e-meow-tional health. Comfort Zone products can help your cat manage stress by promoting relaxation and emotional balance. By mimicking your cat's natural pheromones, these products signal in his language that everything's okay. Plug a Comfort Zone Cat Calming Diffuser with Opticalm Diffuser into the rooms where your cat spends the most time, or use the Comfort Zone Multi-Cat Diffuser with Opticalm Diffuser if you have more than one cat. You could choose to put a Comfort Zone Calming Pheromone Collar on him, so the calming notes are with him no matter where he is. Since scratching and spraying are stress signs, you might need the help of the Comfort Zone Spray & Scratch Control Spray too.

Stress can be a serious issue for your kitty. Once you've ruled out health issues, look around your home and at your routine for things that may be causing your cat stress. Changing the environment can help your cat feel more comfortable. And Comfort Zone products can help you support your cat's e-meow-tional health.


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