How to Feed Your Cat in 12 Ways?

When cats are sick or suffering from anxiety, they are more likely to lose their appetite. Did you ever wonder how to get a cat to eat during such condition? There are times that they are just quite picky when it comes to food. For owners who are having a hard time feeding their kittens, add some water on the dry food. Start from here and slowly minimize the water amount as time goes by. In this way, your kitten will be adjusted to it. Weather can also affect why cats do not eat especially when they have colds because of incapability to smell food. If this happen, it would be hard to feed and force them to eat. With a little tender loving care, it may be successful but only for rare cases.


Surgery and other medical operation can also be a cause of this condition. If they don’t eat, they are going to be weak and unwell. In this way, the body tissue will start to break down and seek for energy to function which later on lead to slow healing process of the wound. Feeding your cats during this circumstances is very important. Recovery is what they need. If lack of food, the cat’s immune system will suffer and won’t function very well making them more prone to infection. That is how the cat's response to treatment given to them.

Compare to dogs, cats cannot survive without food for a long period of time. They may suffer from serious condition often called hepatic lipidosis. It is a condition where the liver is not functional well. This disease can develop to cats if they don’t eat within 2-3 days. Most owners are aware that cats can be picky and this can cause some altered nutrients on their body which can be really dangerous.

The best thing to do is to try all possible food they can eat. Either raw bones or meat. If you need to run to baby food, then go for it. This type of food is soft and very healthy. Watch out for powdered onion baby food or garlic as they can be very toxic to cats. Remember that these ingredients won’t help your friend recover!

In this article, you’ll find some helpful tips to encourage feeding your cat. So what can you do?

1. Change Their Diet

There are times that you need to change their diet. Why? Because there are instances that the present food causes some allergies and kidney problems. Whatever the reason may be, it is good to change their diet especially if they are getting ill from it and if they are not happy about it. Changing of food can be a bit challenging but it’s all worth it.

2. Implement Changing of Food Slowly

Always consult with your vet when changing their diet. If you need to do this, implement a small amount of new food mix to their old food for couple of days. Let them get used to it. The sudden change of diet can cause stomach upset, vomiting and diarrhea. For the 1st 3 days, give the amount of new food for about 30%. The next day makes it 50% for the new food and within the end of the week, give about 80% of the food. It should get give the owners a successful result without any risk.

3. Make Use of Smell

Smell is very important to encourage them to eat. If the new food is given and refused to be taken, cats are just waiting for it to get warmed and adjusted to body temperature. They are animals, and they are more likely to eat fresh food and warm. Do not give new food straight from the fridge, heat it from the microwave to make it warm.

4. Change Diet from Dry to Wet Food

If your friend is suffering from diabetes or urinary problem, they need a high protein diet and you can provide it with wet food. Most cats are fanatic to dry food so changing their diet can be challenging and sometimes may result in the hunger strike. Slowly mixing the dry food to wet food. Owners can also add a little amount of water to dry food as to make them adjusted to wet food and the taste. Do not give food more than 4 hours as it can develop moulds.

5. Try out Meat and Bones

Sometimes the vet may recommend raw chicken or wings. Cats love these! Just remember not to give cooked bones as it can be very dangerous to their health. Start to cut raw bones into smaller pieces if needed.

6. Give Broths and Gravies

Some cats love broths and gravies added to their food. Ask your vet if this is appropriate for your friend’s condition. Example of broths to use are tuna, chicken, beef and pork. Add a small amount of water in a can of tuna and mash it up. It also good for cats with kidney disease to encourage them to eat.

7. Tender Loving Care

With your tender loving care, cats will eat. Sometimes, this can be enough to feed them so start trying and see if it works. Put a little touch and hand-fed if necessary to help them eat. If they cooperate, keep doing this.

8. Proper Exercise

Proper exercise, outdoor activities and playing can increase their appetite. Use laser point to encourage them to run, walk and play. Outdoor activities are also fun! Bring them along with kids in the park to relax and get some fresh air. In this kind of activity, owners are likely to encourage their cats to eat and experiment things from outside home. 

9. Use Syringe When Feeding

The syringe can also help them eat, of course with the vet’s recommendation. There are foods that are easy to condense. Ask your vet about this type of diet. Example of these is baby food. If the cat is still not eating, the vet may use a feeding tube to give a solution to this problem. Your friend may need to confine in the hospital in this case.

10. Make Them Hungry

It may sound rude but it helps them in some way. Make them hungry by removing all kind of foods they see. Do this all day long and let them feel hungry. In this way, they will look for food afterward and you’ll find it effective.

11.Initiate a Feeding Schedule

Try to feed them after 12 hours. They tend to get hungry by this time. It can be a good stimulant to initiate them to feed.

12. Eat with Them

Cats are considered to be social eaters and loves to eat with their owners. Take time to do this. Eat together while creating a great bonding.
If all of above recommendations didn’t work, your vet may suggest the following treatment:

  • Medications to increase their appetite
  • Supply a high-calorie diet on their food
  • Syringe feeding
  • Feeding tube

Proper Feeding and Snacks

The amount of food and snacks you need to give your cats depends on several factors. Once you establish the right amount of food they need, stick to that. It can either be a small or large amount to you, leave it that way if that’s the only thing to make them healthy and get back on track. Remove excess salt from the diet, serve this as a part of their treatment. It’s also best to have your vet checked any kind of food you will be giving them. For recovery purposes, the vet may prescribe specific treatment to this condition.

With a little touch, love, care and reassurance, it helps them feel relax and eat.

About the Author Evelyn

My name is Evelyn, creator of PlaywithMeow!, I created Play with Meow to connect, share and inspire other cat lovers around the world, hoping we all utilize this community to make a better life for our cats.

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