How to Improve
a Cat's Appetite
When a cat refuses to eat, it’s either because he or she is
sick or just plain fussy. Now, I’ve had cats in my household
pretty much all my life so I can tell if the refusal to eat is
due to illness or fussiness.
So if it’s the latter, of course you need to take your cat
to the vet. The vet would be able to determine the cause and
from my experience, some of the common causes are general
stomach upset, digestive disorders, a kidney that doesn’t
function well, and even dental problems.
If your cat refuses to eat due to fussiness, then there are
certain things you could do to up the cat’s appetite. Here are
a few suggestions that you might want to try…
First, you could try to mixing a bit of cat nip with his or
her favorite food. For example, my cat Tazzy loves to eat
Friskies seafood platter flavor. One time the local store ran
out of stock so I opted to buy the Chicken and Tuna flavor
because that was the only flavor available at the time.
Put some in Tazzy’s bowl and served, but he didn’t want to
eat it. That ginger fuzzy little brat! Some nerve huh? Okay
anyway, I had a jar of Cosmic catnip so I added some to the
Friskies chicken and tuna.
To my amazement, Tazzy went ahead and gobbled up the food.
For me, it was a sight to behold! I don’t buy catnips regularly
though, but when I do, I usually apply some on the stuff toys
for my cats to play with. It really pumps them up.
Anyway, I heard of this method quite a long time ago but
never actually tried it until recently. I’ve done more tests
since and this approach seems to work most of the time. So, if
your cat is a little on the fussy side, then it can’t hurt to
give this tactic a shot. By the way, I usually buy the Cosmic
brand catnip shown here.
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The Vitamin Mineral
I’ve heard lots of great feedback regarding the use of
vitamin B for stimulating a cat’s appetite. I couldn’t find a
vitamin B only supplement for cats.
Heck, I’m not even sure if there is such a thing available
on the market because most vitamin supplements for cats that I
came across so far are actually multivitamins with some mixture
of herbs, minerals and things like that.
I found a good vitamin mineral mix that really works for my
fussy eaters. So if there’s no catnip around or if the catnip
doesn’t work, try adding some vitamin mineral mix to the food.
It might just stimulate your fussy eater’s appetite.
I know it works for me, well to a degree. At the very least,
the vitamin mix helps improve your cat’s general health. Here’s
a good vitamin mix that you might want to try out.
Halo Purely For Pets
VitaGlo Vitamin Mineral Mix
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The Boiling Method
Another simple yet effective method is to boil some fish or
chicken until they are full cooked, then mix them together with
dry kibbles or canned wet food. I realize this approach is a
bit of a hassle because you have to boil the stuff then wait
for them to cool down, but it works pretty well and you don’t
have to pony up for a jar of catnip or vitamin mineral mix.
Although I highly recommend you get a vitamin supplement of
some sort to ensure your cat’s overall well being.
I thought I should let you know about this allergy
medication called Periactin which doubles as an appetite
stimulant. My cat Banjo had URI (Upper Respiratory Infections)
and my vet prescribed this for him. A couple of doses were
enough to jump start his appetite. Works like a charm but like
I said, it's a prescription medicine so you have to ask the vet