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Best Natural Appetite Stimulant for Cats

Is your cat a picky eater? Or do you just want to encourage your feline friend to eat more? There are simple tricks you can try to get your pet to increase her food intake. Read on to learn more about the best natural appetite stimulants for cats. 

Natural Appetite Stimulant for Cats

  • Give your cat seafood or fish varieties of wet food. You can also mix it into her regular food and blend it into gruel. 
  • Alternatively, you can add water from canned anchovies, tuna, or clams to her food. Other options include plain, low-sodium chicken broth (do not give your pet broth with chives, garlic, garlic powder, onions, or onion powder in the ingredients), grated parmesan cheese, parmesan powder, and nutritional yeast powder. Your cat may have a preference for stinky food.
  • Warm their food in the microwave. 
  • Give her human baby food. 
  • Giving your cat CBD oil, either directly or mixed into her food, may help boost her appetite if her poor appetite is caused by mild digestive issues, nausea, or stress. But it’s important to be sure of what’s causing your pet’s appetite loss. Using CBD to provide relief from the causative factor may initially require trial and error in terms of dosing. It’s always best to get your vet’s go ahead before giving your feline CBD to stimulate her appetite.  

If any of the aforementioned tricks work and your pet starts eating more, then her loss of appetite is not a serious cause for concern. If none of the natural and safe remedies work and your cat hasn’t been eating normally for a few days, it’s time to have her checked by your veterinarian. Do not wait too long before taking her to the vet, as your feline friend might have a more serious underlying health problem. 

It’s important to keep your pet adequately hydrated when she’s not eating normally. If necessary, you can give her fresh water, plain chicken broth, or the juice from canned anchovies, clams, or tuna by using a syringe.

Why is Your Cat Not Eating?

Figuring out why your cat refuses to eat will help you find the best solution to the problem. You should consult your vet regarding safe and natural options before resorting to over-the-counter appetite stimulants. And always ask for a vet’s recommendation before giving her any OTC drugs for nausea, other mild digestive issues, pain, or whatever condition that’s causing her poor appetite. 

Your pet may simply have a highly discriminating palate, and you can address this by finding out what specific flavors and textures she finds most appealing. But there are other factors that may be causing her poor appetite, including:

  • Tooth pain from a broken tooth, tooth abscess, or other oral problems
  • Stress
  • Constipation, intestinal obstruction, or other stomach issues
  • Upper respiratory infection, or a cat cold
  • Urinary obstruction or kidney disease
  • Inflammation of the pancreas

Stress can be easily managed with CBD oil and by minimizing exposure to or eliminating your cat’s stressors. If your cat isn’t eating due to a medical reason, she’ll need a proper diagnosis and treatment. Treating the underlying condition will soon restore her healthy appetite.

If your feline has been vomiting and unable to keep food down, you can help her stomach calm down first by having her miss one meal. Just make sure she still drinks plenty of water. 

If her condition has improved by the time her next meal schedule comes around, i.e., she’s no longer vomiting, try giving her a teaspoonful of plain, boiled white fish or skinned chicken. Give her a few minutes and if she’s able to keep this down, you can feed her a few more teaspoonfuls. Gradually increase the amount during her next meal, and continue to monitor her condition. 

Keep an eye out for other symptoms; loss of appetite may be just one symptom of a more serious problem.