Stress is a common source of food refusal. This may be attributed to inter-cat bullying, changes in the family such as moving home, a new spouse, pet or baby, loss of a companion.
A stressed cat requires time, patience and love.
There are too many potential medical causes to list in this report. A loss of desire in a kitty who usually eats well can be a sign of sickness. That could include nausea, dental pain, generalised pain, disease, kidney failure, cancer, and operation. If your cat has suddenly lost his appetite, it’s important to find a veterinarian to find out the underlying cause.
As your cat advances towards his mature years, his sense of smell diminishes which may cause a decrease in your cat’s appetite. Changing to a moist diet and warming up it might help stimulate his appetite.
Associating food with feelings of nausea may occur if they had been fed with a specific food while sick or nauseous. Pregnancy and chemotherapy are causes of food aversion. This makes sense from an evolutionary stage, as our brains associate nausea with the food and attempt to protect us from further nausea/sickness by forming an aversion, even when food wasn’t the reason for nausea in the first location.
If your cat associates an unpleasant odor or taste with his meals, he’s going to prevent it. Should you want to conceal medicine, it’s far better to conceal it in a little treat, rather than his normal food.