Natural Appetite Stimulant for Cats

Updated February 21, 2017

There are several appetite enhancers on the market for cats who are not eating. Cats who are not eating any food for more than three days can develop serious liver problems. It's important to immediately take your cat to a vet to determine the cause and what kind of appetite stimulant would be best for your cat.

Getting Your Cat to Eat

As soon as you notice your cat isn't eating, you should try persuading your cat to eat. Keep in mind that starvation in cats can be directly caused by chronic kidney disease. So even if you get your cat to start eating again, it's best to have a veterinarian see your cat. Try serving your cat different food. It's recommended that you feed a cat a mixture of both dry and wet food. But try enticing them with wet food. Sardines and tuna have scents that cats enjoy. Consider how you store your cat's food. Store leftovers in glass containers in your refrigerator instead of keeping the food in the aluminium tin. If your cat seems ill or weak, you will want the food and water bowls nearby. You can also try to offer a reward to your cat for eating, such as a treat you know your cat will like.

Natural Stimulants

Foods that will stimulate your cat's olfactory senses will help attract your cat to the food. If they can't smell it from where they are, they might not be interested. B multivitamins can be given to your cat with their food and can help to stimulate your cat's appetite. For example, try crushing a piece of the B vitamin into a dish that you know your cat might try. Catnip or nepeta, a species of plant, will stimulate your cat's pheromonic receptors. Catnip will also help to aid your cat with any digestive problems and can be used as a natural appetite stimulant. At most pet stores you can find the Nutri-Cal natural dietary supplement for helping to get your cat to eat. If none of these natural stimulants work, you may need to consider a prescription drug appetite stimulant as prescribed by a veterinarian.

Foods to Avoid

While you're desperately trying to get your cat to eat, make sure you don't give your kitty foods that could harm her or keep her from eating normally again. Avoid giving your cat raw food--salmonella could pose a risk. Never give your cat anything containing onions, which contain an alkaloid disulfide compound that can lead to anaemia which can kill your cat. Also, avoid giving him milk or dairy products. Typically, a small portion of milk is OK, but you don't want that to be the only thing that your cat will eat.

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