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Does anyone have any great suggestions for how to get him to eat? We have tried a ton of things and are up for some new idea.
 

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Has he been to a vet? Cats can't go long periods w/o eating the way dogs can. I can cause problems with their liver.
 

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How long has it been? Have you tried different foods? How old is s/he? How long have you had her/him? Has s/he ate that food before? You should really take your cat to the vet asap.
 

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This happened to my Mandi last year....apparently the longer they go without eating, the less they want to eat. I took her to the vet but they never found out what was wrong with her. It cost me $1500. They kept her for 3-4 days, ran all kinds of tests. They had to hook her up to IV because she was dropping weight. None of the tests were conclusive. They just kept offereing a variety of foods until she finally started eating. And she was on four different kinds of medication, one was an appetite stimulant. You really should have your cat checked out if you can. Keep us posted.
 

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Cats fasting is bad news. Try enticing the kitty with some really smelly wet food, or drizzle some tuna juices over his/her regular food. But if there's still no eating, you really do need to go to the vet.
 

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I probably should have stated that my cat has been to the vet and is actually on a feeding tube. He had hepatatic lipidosis but it seems to be resolving. We are trying to get him off the feeding tube and back to eating on his own, but he won't cooperate. We have tried a million things to get him to eat and I am just wondering if anyone else has any ideas. He is a 8 yr old cat. We've had him since he was a kitten. We have tried all kinds of foods.
 

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What foods have you tried so far? I would try maybe a pureed raw food - like fish or chicken blended a bit so it is easy to eat(is your cat a meateater?).<br><br><br><br>
I am guessing your cats teeth were checked? If the teeth are really bad, it can hurt to eat so the more soft and liquid food would be easier.<br><br><br><br>
Is your cat drinking? If so, try slipping some meat juices in the water.
 

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My cat is a meat eater. We have tried wet food, dry food, snacks. Some special wet food from the vet, all kinds of store brand foods. His normal dry food. We tried putting out tuna for him. Tuna juice seems to be a popular choice perhaps I will try just the juice next time. We are not entirely sure if he drinks on his own. We do feed him water through the tube though and he has a million water bowls laid out around the house.
 

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Maybe he's getting adequate nutrition via the feeding tube so isnt actually hungry. Perhaps you need to reduce the amount of feed he's receiving a little to stimulate his appetite and get him eating again. But you should probably talk to your vet about his regime first though.
 

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We tried not feeding him through the tube for a day and that didn't inspire him to eat either. I hate to go longer than a day. Does putting catnip on food help anyone know?
 

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Warming the food can help. Don't feed food straight out of the fridge. Warm food smells stronger and might help stimulate the appetite. And strong smelling foods too are often more appetising to unhungry cats.
 

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All good ideas offered so far. They only thing I can add is... have you tried baby food? Warmed up to enhance the aroma.<br><br><br><br>
Or, ask your vet about Nutri-Cal, a high calorie supplement for dogs and cats that won't eat. This is what got my guy eating. He had a terrible time adjusting when I first brought him home from the shelter; he had been neutered and was nursing an eye injury. He refused to eat for me. After consulting with my vet, she gave me a tube of Nutri-Cal and I put some on his nose so he'd have to lick it off... and then he wanted more! So I gave him more and that was what sparked his appetite again. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
Definitely keep in touch with your vet, since a cat not eating is not a good thing. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sick.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":sick:">
 

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Make sure the baby food doesn't have onion powder. I don't know if they put that in baby food any more but they used to. It's toxic to cats (and dogs, but cats are more affected.)
 
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