|A beloved cat may lose its
appetite and stop eating due to a variety of illnesses, stress
related conditions or just old age.
It is critical
to consult your vet since going 3 days without food can cause
lifelong serious affects on a cat's liver.
I've compiled the
following cat appetite stimulants divided into two major categories- natural
stimulants and prescription drug stimulants. I always prefer to take the
natural route whenever possible, but sometimes a critical condition does
require prescription help.
Natural Cat Appetite Stimulants
Appealing foods such as sardines,
tuna or “gourmet” canned foods. The more smelly the food the more likely it
is to tickle the cat’s olfactory senses.
B Multivitamins given in a
pediatric dose. Can be obtained from health food stores.
Catnip can act as a
natural digestive aid and appetite stimulant. Catnip can be purchased in
over 100 forms- from toys to seed kits.
Nutri-Cal natural dietary supplement
is designed to entice cats that won't eat. It also works great for hiding
and administering pills.
Prescription Drug Cat Appetite Stimulants
Cyroheptadine is an antihistamine
with appetite stimulant properties for cats, but not dogs.
Valium (Diazepam) is an effective
appetite stimulant, but can cause liver failure in cats. It is vital to
have the cat’s liver enzymes checked before using Valium and again a few
days after starting therapy. Any increase in liver enzymes should rule out
the use of oral diazepam.
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Note DWM Tech is not a VET.
If you have a sick
cat CONTACT your veterinarian!