How Long Can Cats Go Without Food?

Seeing our pets not touching its food indeed raises our alarms up. What could be wrong? It would even be more alarming if your feline companion would not eat for consecutive days. And you will be there left wondering about what could be the cause of this sudden loss of appetite. There are a lot of probable causes, read further to know more about on how to explain this sudden change of behavior in your cat.

A Cat’s Anatomy

All living things in this world need certain things in order to survive: food, water, and shelter are the most fundamental needs that a living thing must have in order to survive. Now, in the animal kingdom; animals and humans alike most certainly need food and water in order to survive every day. Without these, the health of humans and animals will eventually deteriorate.

Specifically talking about cats – cats of course, needs food and water to survive! They get nutrients and energy from these resources, without them, a cat may become unwell and may possibly lead to graver consequences if occurred in extended periods of time.


Possible Causes of Not Eating

There can be a variety of causes as to why your bubbly cat friend suddenly doesn’t want to touch his or her food, much less drink some water. You can only do so much as to notice that there is something unusual about your cat’s drinking and eating pattern. But you should never, ever, self-diagnose.

The best thing to do as soon as you notice something unusual with your cat’s habits is to consult with your vet right away. At some point, the vet will more or less know and understand what is going on. Your vet will know what to do best.

Now, here are the common probable causes of a cat's loss of appetite:

1. Gateway to other diseases – Most likely, loss of appetite for food and refusal to drink water is just one of the symptoms of another disease

2. Diabetes – Again, by reading this, do not right away assume that it is one thing or another. It is still best to consult with your vet. So, this is not to say that your cat may already have diabetes. Loss of appetite is only an early sign of diabetes. Have your cat undergo tests to find out if indeed he or she has the disease.

3. Depression – Yes, animals are also vulnerable to depression. Your cat’s sudden loss of appetite may be your cat’s way of communicating that he or she is depressed.

Now, this is a question with no definite answer. It is because there are a lot of factors to take in for one to fully determine how long a cat can go without food. We will answer this question using three variable factors: Condition, age, and environment.

  • Favorable

            Condition: Cat is healthy

            Age: Considerably young

            Environment: Neutral (Just right)

Now we are looking at exhibit A, a favorable scenario. A cat can survive for at least two weeks in this scenario, provided that your cat is still drinking water. After 10 days of having no food, your cat may already develop hepatic lipidosis.

  • Harsh

            Condition: Cat is sickly

            Age: Relatively old aged cat

            Environment: Extremes (Hot or cold)

            Let us now turn our attention to exhibit B, a harsh scenario. In this case, it will be really difficult for your cat to cope. A cat reaching the 7 days bar is already a generous estimate for a chance of survival.

How Long can a Cat go Without Water?

Just like how we gave answers to the first query, we will also be looking at this problem in different scenarios with different factors to consider.

  • Favorable

            Condition: Cat is healthy

            Age: Considerably young

            Environment: Neutral (Just right)

Water is an essential resource that your cat should not be missing on. A lot of functions in a cat's body rely on water. In favorable conditions, a cat that does not drink water (due to circumstantial reasons like lack of access, or sadly irresponsibility of the owner) is already lucky if he or she survives 5 days of not drinking water.

  • Harsh

            Condition: Cat is sickly

            Age: Relatively old aged cat

            Environment: Extremes (Hot or cold)

A cat scenario would have a rather difficult life. A sickly, old cat may develop further complications if he or she does not drink water anytime soon. 2-3 days of no water may be crucial and may lead to a critical condition.

Consequences of not eating or drinking

Hepatic Lipidosis – A cat that contracts this condition becomes really susceptible. It will be difficult for the cat to cope up again and regain its health. This condition destroys the liver and its vital functions, further worsening your cat’s condition.

Dehydration – Lack of water intake may lead to dehydration that leads to further complications. If your cat becomes dehydrated as a result of lack of appetite, it can be really dangerous.

Organ failure – If your cat continued to remain aloof from food and water, then after dehydration there is a high possibility of organs failure. Organ systems shut itself down one by one, starting from the stomach to the more vital ones. We would recommend getting a X-ray if you notice this, be sure to read out cat x-ray costs guide.

What can you do?

1) Try getting your cat to eat Try various ways to get your cat to touch his or her food. Deviate from your cat’s usual mode of eating.

2) Take your cat to the vet This is the best thing you can do for your cat if you feel like you have exhausted all means to get your cat to eat or drink; or you can also go straight to your vet and not wait it out. Time is running!

3) Try giving your cat nutritional supplements If your cat does not want to touch solid food and even water, you can try giving it some vitamins and nutritional supplements that can function as an alternate or substitute to the minerals and nutrients lost from your cat’s lack of appetite.

You can probably consider Tomlyn Nutri-Cal for Cats – it is a food supplement that is really tailor-fitted for cats that are having a hard time eating. The irresistible taste is fortified with the concentrated source of nutrients and minerals essential for your cat's health.

Your vet will know best I just could not emphasise more on how important consulting with your vet is. Self-medication and diagnosis are counter-productive – instead of having your cat treated right away. Veterinarians are rather more equipped than us when it comes to these matters of life of cats.

Good nutrition is important

The bottom line of all this is that as human companions to our feline friends we have this mutual responsibility to take care of one another. We may never know how our cats take care of us in ways it knows and understands. In times like this, it is not our turn to provide the care and treatment it deserves.

How Long Can Cats Go Without Food?
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Rebecca Welters
 

Yes, I am that weird cat lady with 200 cats and live in the darkest corner of the city where no one dares to go! Joking! But I am a cat lover and have 2 Ragdoll cats called Toby, he's 3 years old and Dory, she's 8 years old. I'm 36 years old and live in the quiet town of Washington.

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