The food bowl remains full
We generally think of dogs as much more voracious pets than their feline counterparts. In fact, in pop culture, you’re probably more likely to see a fictional cat lapping up a bowl of milk than eating from a food bowl. And that’s a problem for a whole separate reason! But make no mistake – your kitty should be eating her food, and if you suddenly notice your cat not eating, you should pay attention and try to figure out why.
Why has my cat stopped eating?
If you notice your cat not eating, the first thing to do is ask “Why is my cat not eating?” Though it certainly could be a serious issue, your cat not eating could have a much more simpler reason, too, so there’s no need to immediately rush out to the vet before you’ve at least tried to identify an underlying reason. On the other hand, though, don’t ignore the issue altogether. “Despite their air of indifference, cats are sensitive creatures,” explains Daniel Rotman, Founder of PrettyLitter. “If your cat stops eating, you know that something is up.”
Cat not eating: Stress or environment change
Your cat may not be sick, but if he’s been impacted by some significant change, his response might manifest in a decreased appetite. Have you moved into a new home? Gotten a new pet? Suddenly started staying home a lot more – or started going out again after months of being home all the time? These external factors can contribute to your cat’s appetite suddenly being a little wonky.