Hasn’t your cat eaten for 24-72 hours? This lack of appetite is a matter of stress and needs to be addressed as soon as possible. You might be thinking “How to force-feed a cat?”

Your cat’s regular consumption is necessary. Whether it is any health issue or anxiety you must know how to get a cat to eat.



First and foremost, you may make certain that the cat is relaxed and secure. Allow it to have some space away from other cats and dogs who may be making it feel compelled to compete for attention, good sleeping locations, and even food. Cats respond to sensitive loving care, and spending some time with your cat, paying attention to it, and putting small pieces of food on your finger to be licked off can just help get things started.


Dishes with strong flavors, such as fish, or delectable foods, such as chicken or prawns, may also be beneficial. Food may not taste as good due to illness, but heating it to body warmth will help release the smells and make it more attractive again.

If your cat has to avoid too much salt or another ingredient as part of its therapy, check with your veterinarian to see if certain foods are prohibited. The veterinarian may even recommend a special meal to help with rehabilitation. If being close by reassures the cat and helps it relax and eat, offer it small treats and praise it constantly. If the cat refuses to eat, take away the food and try again later.



The first step is to figure out why your cat isn’t eating anymore. You can sometimes figure it out by noting that most cats despise change. Anything unusual in the house could be to blame. Visitors, new pets, new meals, new cat dishes, a changed schedule, a new feeding location — you name it, it could be to blame. Return your cat’s diet and environment to what is “normal” for him or her as much as possible and see what occurs.

If this doesn’t work or you notice any other concerning signs, it’s time to see your veterinarian. Almost every sickness that cats can contract has the potential to make them stop eating.


  • You need to force-feed the cat by discovering out what’s wrong then after treatment wait for the medicine to take effect. For example, a cat with dental problems will normally resume eating once it is no longer painful.
  • It’s possible to encourage them by trying something new, as long as it’s almost enticing to them. Purchase a variety of canned foods (pate-style, flaked, etc.) in various tastes. Warm a small portion of it on a small plate. If your cat isn’t interested, try adding some fish oil, chicken broth, tuna juice, or a boiled egg to the mix.
  • Feeding time should be a social and enjoyable event. Bring your cat to a calm area, with a diffuser that emits feline face hormone, a natural signal to cats that everything is “all right.” Feed him by hand or place a small quantity of plate-style food on your finger and press it against his lips. Praise and pet your kitty. If your cat is willing, syringe feed cat by a small slurry of cat food into his mouth. However, do not press the issue. A force-feeding cat can be stressful for them, and it can also be harmful to you.
  • If none of these methods work and your cat still refuses to eat, your veterinarian may consider an appetite stimulant (such as mirtazapine or cyproheptadine) or even the insertion of a feeding tube. While some owners object to the idea of a feeding tube, the majority of those who have agreed to the operation are pleased with the results. Giving cats all the food, water, and meds they require is surprisingly simple with feeding tubes.
  • Waiting too long to schedule a veterinary appointment for a cat that has stopped eating is one of the most common blunders pet owners make. Poor nutrition has immediate negative consequences, and the longer you wait, the more difficult it will be to convince your cat to eat again.


  1. Wrap Kitty up like a burrito in a towel so it can’t swat at you or wiggle.
  2. Force feed anorexic pets a diet made for anorexic pets mixed with water. To avoid liver failure, these cats must consume a certain number of calories per day. Hills A/D and Royal Canin Recovery are two great veterinarian diets for anorexic pets. An average-sized cat will require around one can per day, split into five feedings and mixed with water. Dehydration can be prevented or treated with water. Dehydration can lead to kidney failure and can make you feel like you’ve had a nasty hangover. It’s no surprise that these cats refuse to eat.
  3. Take care of your nausea. If your cat drools when it smells the food or vomits after it’s been fed, it’s nauseated. If this occurs, please contact us right away. This is something that we can help with medication!
  4. Before you begin, gather your supplies (towel, syringe, and food). Prepare the tinned food in the following manner:
  •   Mix one can (156 grams) of A/D with 1.5 cups of water on day one. To make a soupy gruel, mix everything in a blender. To make sure the food isn’t overly hot, warm it up and test it on the back of your wrist. Suck up 35 mL of this gruel and inject it into the side of Burrito Kitty’s mouth. Tilt the chin up just a smidgeon so that it falls into the back of the mouth due to gravity. Rep this process five times, as evenly as possible throughout the day.
  •   Mix one can of A/D with one cup of water on day two. Feed 40 mL of gruel five times with a syringe, just as you did in step a.
  •   Mix one can of A/D with one cup of water on day three and every day after that, but now you must feed more at each meal. Feed using a syringe at least 55 mL each time, for a total of 5 meals per day.

If you are unable to get at least one can per day into your cat, please contact us. 

We cannot emphasize enough that if we feed less than this, we risk losing these patients. Aggressive dietary care and hydration are critical to their survival. In certain circumstances, we can discuss the insertion of a feeding tube or a referral to a specialty center.

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