Your cat sleeps a lot and eats only a little, if at all
In order to assess the state of your cat’s health, it is important to be able to identify clearly whether it is just eating very little or nothing at all. If your cat does not eat much food, you can observe its behaviour and try to find the cause of its refusal to eat. Harmless triggers can often be the problem, which either go away on their own (e.g. getting used to a new pet) or are easy to resolve (e.g. by going back to a previous feeding place or bowl).
If your cat is sleeping a lot more, you should keep a close eye on it. With increasing age, cats also become calmer, which means they need less energy in the form of food. They enjoy peace and quiet and sleep more. As long as your cat continues to eat small amounts, this is probably nothing to worry about.
But watch out for other symptoms if your cat stops eating or is eating very little food. If any of the following symptoms occur, you should consult a vet promptly:
- Weight loss
- Dull, ragged coat
- Diarrhoea and vomiting
- Increased thirst and urine output
- Fatigue, weakness and apathy
A visit to the vet is also essential if your cat has not eaten for more than 24 hours. This is because the first signs of organ damage can already occur after this time.