Illness. Loss of appetite is one of the key indicators that something is wrong. So be sure to pay attention if your cat suddenly stops eating. A number of different conditions may be responsible, including infections, kidney failure, pancreatitis, intestinal problems, and cancer.
The most important step you can take to help your cat is to see your veterinarian as soon as possible. There is often much that can be done to support and sometimes cure medical ailments of older cats through the use of medication, nutrition and supportive therapies.
If they have access to water, the average elderly cat can survive for 8 to 10 days without food. Even if they have enough water, it could take three to four days if they don’t eat protein. It is improbable that a cat would survive more than three days without water or food.
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On average, your cat can survive for one to two weeks without food. However, if they do survive that long they are likely to be seriously ill and in need of immediate veterinary attention. Cats organs shut down very quickly if they don’t eat.
Signs Your Cat Could Be Dying
Loss of appetite is one of the key indicators that something is wrong. So be sure to pay attention if your cat suddenly stops eating. A number of different conditions may be responsible, including infections, kidney failure, pancreatitis, intestinal problems, and cancer.
The list of potential causes for cats not eating is long and diverse and includes kidney disease, cat flu, diabetes, fever, hyperthyroidism and pancreatitis. Dental problems, pain and internal obstructions may also result in your cat not eating.
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Cats that are towards the end of their life may lose all interest in food. One of the ways to take care of a dying cat is through force-feeding. If this sounds cruel or unhelpful, try to think of it as a way to help your kitty be less hungry. You can force-feed with your bare hands or by using a syringe.
Your cat may vomit or have diarrhea and often shows a loss of appetite with corresponding weight loss. The buildup of toxins in the blood can lead to a depressed cat or even more severe neurologic signs such as seizures, circling, or head pressing. Some cats will die from these toxic buildups.
If a cat doesn’t eat for 24-72 hours, we need to start force feeding. To do this, you’ll need to get human baby food from the grocery store or blend cat food into gruel. You’ll want to get a meat based kind (like chicken or turkey), and make sure it doesn’t have garlic in the ingredient list.
General symptoms of kidney failure in cats can include:
Contrary to popular belief, cats do not prefer to die alone. However, they do so due to their instincts. When a cat is ill or dying, their instincts dictate for them to hide from predators. Further, they stay away from others as this will ensure that they get proper rest.
While dying cats may show their contentment through purring, they may also purr as a coping mechanism — purring has been shown to strengthen the cat’s muscles, and may even release endorphins that help her deal with whatever pain she’s going through.
What happens if a cat doesn’t eat? Cats need nutrients to live, which they get from food and water. If cats stop eating, or if they can’t find food with enough protein, this can cause hepatic lipidosis, a liver condition that can be fatal if left untreated.