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The most common symptom that sends cat owners to veterinarian

Off to the vet
Off to the vet
Karla Kirby

The most common symptom for cat caregiver’s going to the veterinarian’s office is refusal to eat. It is often difficult to tell if the problem is serious or if the cat is simply being finicky.
There is a good chance your kitty will refuse his/her food at some point. Following are things you can do when this problem crops up.
Offer fresh food, often the food has been sitting out, it has become stale and loses its flavor. Fresh, strong smelling food can indeed stimulate a cat's appetite. Sometimes, merely topping off the food bowl can trigger a feline’s appetite. The beautiful sound of fresh kibble will cause some cats come running.
Observe your cat for other signals of illness such as lethargy, diarrhea, vomiting, and lack of playfulness. If you see any other signs, see your veterinarian immediately. If there are other issues it is imperative that you see your veterinarian right away.
Try a new kind of food. Many times cats will respond to a new kind or flavor of food. Trying a new dry or canned food can draw a cat enough into eating.
Whatever food you select, please make sure it is good quality food formulated to meet cat's every nutritional need. If you introduce something new, pay especial close attention to see if your cat eats the new food. If she/he does not eat the new food you may want to go back to the old kind or consult your vet.
Make sure you keep on watching your cat closely until she/he is eating regularly. If your cat starts to lose weight, stops drinking water, or else begins displaying symptoms, consult your vet without delay.
It’s wise to plan ahead. Have several cans or pouches of special food packed away, in the event your kitty doesn't eat and acts "ill.” These treats can be a powerful appetite stimulant.

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