Have you ever wondered how long can a cat survive without food?
In this article, we'll look at how long cats can go without food, the causes of a cat’s food refusal, and what we can do to assist them. Continue reading to find out!
How long can a cat survive without food?
The average cat can potentially survive for one to two weeks without food if they have access to water. But then experts emphasize that if a cat goes for two days without food, it’ll become malnourished, unwell, and possibly develop disease. Hence, it is important to kept them fed well. Ensure food are provided timely and there are always drinking water readily available.
What cause a cat to stop eating?
Sometimes health issues may cause your cat to stop eating. Respiratory disease can affect your cat’s appetite. Your cat may experience a brief loss or restriction of sight/scent when they experience a clogged nose and blurry eyes.
If your cat have such disease, you can try nebulizing and applying saline drops to help our fur-iend breathe more comfortably and smell their food. This may let then resume their appetite. If it doesn't work, bring them to see the vet.
Some cats may accidentally swallow foreign objects like hairballs which can hinder food from passing through their digestive systems and results pain and lost appetite to eat.
Endoscopy is a technique that can be used to remove foreign things from the stomach. If your veterinarian lacks endoscopic expertise or there is a low likelihood that the foreign object can be removed with an endoscope, surgery is recommended.
Digestive system disease,your cat may also stop eating if there are issues with its stomach, intestines, pancreas, or other digestive system components.
You might try these simple home remedies for your cat's minor digestive issues for a couple of days. Encourage water intake, hand feed to encourage them to eat, or tempt them with tasty food. Severe diseases in digestive system components typically require surgery, and seeking veterinary care is a must.
Dental disease is also one of the common disease our feline fur friend may face. They may stop eating if their mouth is in pain, toothache, resorptive lesions on the teeth, gum inflammation, dental abscesses, and others.
The only effective treatment for dental pain is to address the cat’s underlying dental disease. Pain medication may help reduce pain, but their effects will only be temporary. The best person to ask for advice is a veterinarian because they can diagnose the condition and provide the required care.
Cats are masters at hiding pain, illness, and discomfort. That is why it is important to be mindful and comfort them in times of pain. If you see any unusual behavior, you should seek for veterinarian advice. Early diagnosis and treatment will provide the best outcome for your cat’s recovery!
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