Siamese cats are very active and energetic and they really love their food, therefore it’s very easy to notice the cats lack of appetite, as well as the sudden change in their interest in nutrition. Before you try to identify the possible cause for the cats lack of appetite, make sure you aren’t over feeding your siamese cat.
There are many things that can interfere with a Siamese cats appetite without necessarily showing any other external signs. Sometimes the problem could be an underlying health issue, change of diet or the cat could be suffering from A gum or dental problem.
It’s important for you to track your cats eating habits and take note of any visible and environmental changes that could have caused the loss of appetite. Check For The Following.
- Sudden weight loss.
- Decreased energy levels and lethargy.
- Irregular defecation.
1. Siamese Cats have sensitive stomachs.
Siamese cats are noted for having sensitive stomachs, which is true to an extent but the problem runs deeper than you think. This sensitivity is caused by a variety of causes that are common in siamese cats. Such causes include:
- Esophageal hypomotility. Food takes longer to pass through the oesophagus due to lower muscular activity.
- Pyloric stenosis which is the narrowing of part of the stomach in young Siamese cats. It can cause vomiting and gastric distention.
- Poor digestion caused by parasites or by bad bacteria.
If the cats digestive mechanism is affected in any way it can cause problems in the way their body absorbs nutrients which affect their appetite. It’s important for the cat to maintain a healthy gut. You need a product that contains probiotics, good bacteria, promotes balance and gut health as well as a dietary supplement. The Fortiflora Purina supplement is the perfect product that fits these criteria as it helps to restore and maintain a healthy gut.
2. Gastrointestinal Obstruction.
Gastrointestinal obstruction refers to the blockage that may occur in the stomach or intestines. Its a fairly common condition to which cats are susceptible. This is caused by a blockage usually a foreign body that prevents food from being ingested and digested. Kittens are more at risk since they are fond of putting non edible things in their mouths.
The hardened stool can also cause a blockage as well as hairballs which are usually ingested when the cat grooms itself. Common symptoms include diarrhea, vomiting, refusing to eat, weakness and lethargy, abdominal pain or swelling. Most of the time the obstruction is caused by hairballs which can be prevented or eliminated. The use of Cat Lax is ideal for such cases as it helps eliminate hairballs.
3. Side-effects From Medication, Vaccinations or calming sprays.
Any form of medicine or vaccine can cause temporary loss of appetite as a side-effect. You could have administered pain meds, got them their routine vaccines or gave them deworming. Anything can adversely affect cats well being as well as curb their appetite. The use of Vetoquinol Nutri-Cal can really help provide extra nutritional support for when they refuse to eat.
Sometimes the use of calming sprays, medicinal herbs or even deterrent sprays can leave them in a state of euphoria or extreme happiness. This Causes them to be occupied or overwhelmed and they can temporarily lose their appetite in the process.
4. Change of Diet.
Siamese cats or cats in general are very picky eaters. They like their usual diet and wont necessarily approve of anything different. Sometimes you may try a different flavor or brand which have a different taste or smell that your cat will reject.
Also, cat food companies are always improving their formula and your cat may not approve of it. Cats are also sensitive to different textures and shapes and if you trying something different, your cat will not approve and will stop eating.
Remember that it’s very common for Siamese cats to suffer from sensitive stomachs and the appropriate food will be required. I recommend the Hill’s Science Diet Food For Sensitive Stomach & Skin
5. Your Siamese Cat is Too Playful.
Siamese cats are very playful and highly active. It’s not unusual for them to get so occupied that they forget to eat. Children are they same as they love to play and adventure. For this reason its difficult to get kids to eat.
Likewise with siamese cats, their intelligence together with their curiosity and crave for adventure might be side tracking them from properly taking in their nutrients. This isnt a lack of appetite but rather a shift of the cats attention away from food.
6. Dental Issues.
Dental issues can really prevent a cat from properly taking in foods. Eating involves chewing and if the cat feels any pain or discomfort they will stop eating to prevent the pain. Issues such as
- Tooth aches.
- Mouth sores / injury / abscess.
- Gum disease or inflammation.
- Loose or broken tooth.
Any of the above issues is enough to stop the cat from eating. It’s even worse if the cat doesnt have a proper dental health routine since certain diseases and inflammation are bound to occur. Siamese cats are also prone to Periodontal disease.
Siamese kittens on the other hand will go through a phase of teething which causes alot of pain. As a result the cat will stop eating.
7. Anxiety and Depression.
Siamese cats are pets of habit, they love routine and absolutely hate change. Any type of change or unfamiliarity is enough to cause them to stress. This can be a change to their surroundings, absence of a loved one or possibly an external stress factor.
This disturbance to their routine can later turn to depression which can adversely affect their daily life causing them to suppress their emotions. This can cause them to withdraw from playing, eating and being interactive.
8. The Cat is in Pain.
The first signs of being ill or in pain is the loss of appetite. When humans are not well one of the first things to get affected is our appetite, likewise with cats their desire for food can greatly decrease due to them feeling unwell.
Most of the time its normal for them to reject food especially when they get the flu or catch a tummy bug. However it becomes a problem if the cat avoids persistently. Then you will need to speak to your local vet.