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Decreased Appetite

Decreased Appetite

If your pet has a loss or decreased appetite, it is important to determine why your cat or dog eats less than usual. It is not advised to compare it to what is advised, since every pet has its own individual need. In case you notice a lack, or loss, of appetite in your cat of dog, it is advised to consult a veterinarian, as it may be a sign of a serious medical condition.

How to Recognize

Judge a change in your pet's appetite by their own personal eating habits. All breeds and individual pets eat differently. It is also normal for your pet to have a decreased appetite if they significantly reduce their daily amount of exercise.

Causes of Decreased Appetite

A loss of appetite is a common side effect to many different illnesses. While decreased appetite may be a sign something is wrong, it is also a normal side effect to vaccinations (though it should only last a brief period of time) and behavioral changes. If your pet is feeling anxious or afraid, he/she may experience a decreased appetite.


If your pet's loss of appetite lasts more than a day or is severe enough that your pet refuses to eat at all, seek veterinary care for your pet.

Treatment for Decreased Appetite

Your pet's treatment will vary depending on the underlying condition causing a decreased appetite.

Pet Insurance

When adding a dog or cat to your family you want to make sure your pet is happy, healthy and protected. During its lifetime your pet is exposed to many illnesses and diseases and some breeds are affected by a congenital disease which is a condition existing at birth. At these moments when your pet is ill or maybe needs surgery, you want to be protected for the unexpected and high veterinarian costs.

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