Take your old cat to the vet as a matter of urgency Dental problems and gum disease can be common in older cats, and these are frequently accompanied by a lack of appetite. Infections, pancreatitis, cancer, and intestinal problems are all issues that your vet will want to rule out as they examine your cat.
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.
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.
Senior cats increasingly have trouble regulating their body temperature, and will be more susceptible to heat and cold than healthy adult cats. Even when provided with a warm bed and environment, cats nearing death often have a low body temperature. You may notice that your cat’s limbs feel cool to the touch.
Massage: Physical stimulation can be very helpful as well. Very sick cats are often reluctant to play, but if you can get them going even a little bit, that will boost their blood supply, which in turns boosts hunger. If that doesn’t work, try a massage.
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.
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.
Loss of appetite 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.
Signs that your cat is in pain and may no longer have a good quality of life can include:
Dying cats will become withdrawn and irritable, unprovoked aggression may become more common, the cat’s appetite will change, and it’ll spend more time hiding or become clingy as it feels afraid. Heavy breathing, seizures, lower body temperatures, and an unkempt appearance are other signs.
Because cats rely primarily on body language to communicate to one another, they must be attuned to biological and behavioral changes in the other animals around them. This includes detecting weakness or changes in body temperature and odor. They are also intuitive in that they often know when they are about to die.
For many cats, the best way to lose weight is with a canned diet food fed several times per day, rather than leaving food down all of the time. One of the reasons canned diet foods work better is because finicky felines often prefer wet food to dry.
Will cats starve themselves if they don’t like the food you give them? Yes, they have been known to stubbornly refuse to eat if the food you give them is not to their liking. In severe cases, cats that stop eating may develop hepatic lipidosis as quickly as within three to four days – this conditions can kill them.