Do Adult Cats Eat Less?¿

United States
August 31, 2008 9:33am CST
do they eat less?,,, i have a cat and she used to ask for food like all the time but now she is barely eating,, is that normal? im new in the cat's world :P
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@ElicBxn (60052)
• United States
1 Sep 08
This is not normal, take her to the vet at the soonest opportunity. There are all kinds of things that could be wrong, from a bad hairball to diabeties.
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• United States
1 Sep 08
really? i havent found any hairballs anywhere ,,, :S
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@ElicBxn (60052)
• United States
1 Sep 08
Call your vet, now!
@rebekkahm (149)
• Canada
31 Aug 08
It depends on the cat jane. How much does your kitty weigh? A five pound cat should eat about 1/2 to 1 cup of food per day. They don't need much. Another thing to look for if you are worried about your cat's health is did she change her routines? Is she not going to the bathroom? Is she drinking more/less water? Does she play? If your kitty is still playing, drinking and eating and going to the bathroom ok, she should be fine. Regular checkups are always good though so if you do feel concerned don't hesitate to bring her in.
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• United States
1 Sep 08
yeah she is doing all those things ,,, i guess she is just getting older XD but im gonna take her for a check up just to be shure thanx :)
@nevaul (84)
• United States
2 Sep 08
Cats, at times, can be finicky eaters. That's not to say you should swap the brand of the cat food constantly as this can reinforce the habit of finicky eating, but possibly offer a treat with it every once and a while. Generally speaking, if you're cat's not really showing any signs of bad health, it could mainly mean that it's just regulating it's eating cycle. It could be simply eating while you sleep rather than while you're awake. Still, to put your mind at ease if nothing else, just speak with a vet and see if they would recommend bringing the cat in to check over. He'll likely ask you to bring some of it's droppings in to examine for worms and such, draw blood and look in the cat's ears and other areas to check for parasites, and then finally check it's weight for the statistical average before asking for a follow up to keep an eye on it's weight. Overall though, if your cat isn't showing any real negative signs of health, or had a change in it's energy level/habits outside of eating, it's likely the cat is simply changing it's eating habits, as most cats will only eat enough to sustain their current energy demand.
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@stellarjade (1240)
• United States
31 Aug 08
I think all cats are different. I have a very old cat who eats all the time. An my other one is an adult, but eats about once a day and is fine with it. If your cat if refusing to eat at all, I would be somewhat concerned. If you are worried, you can always call any vet and they will give you advice.
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@snowy22315 (33038)
• United States
31 Aug 08
Adult cats dont eat as often as kittens but that doesnt sound normal to me. I would get your cat checked out. Most cats like to eat and enjoy their food. My cat wants food every morning and evening and kind of munches all day long. He's kind of overweight though he probably shouldnt be eating quite so much. They do like food.
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@RumDaisy (32)
• Canada
16 Oct 08
So first off the most important thing is to monitor your cats weight. If you notice that she is losing weight then you should definitely get her to the vet. If you have just opened a new bag of food it is possible that the manufactuing was slightly different from the last batch she had. It is also possible that the fat in the food may have gone rancid do to sitting to long (so make sure not to buy food too much in advance). Make sure that you are feeding your cat a high quality cat food, preferably one that follows the AAFCO guidelines. Generally these foods use higher quality products and are less likely to vary significantly between batches. Make sure that you are measuring the amount of food that you give your cat, and make sure it is appropriate to what the label suggests feeding. There is a natural decrease in the amount of food a cat will consume once it has stopped growing (so this may also be what has happened with your cat). I hope this helps (I am an animal nutrition major and future vet) so please tell me if there is anything that I can elaborate on.