How Long Can Cats Go Without Food
Want to find out how long a cat can survive without food? Read on to find out!
How Many Meals Should A Cat Eat Every Day?
Cats in the wild evolved to eat frequent small meals because they lived on rats, mice and other small rodents.
Frequent meals are good when their small, but it doesn’t really work with domestic cat food so most owners choose to give their cats bigger meals three or four times a day, although your vet may have different recommendations if your cat is overweight or on a special diet.
Cats are fine with two meals a day, so if you’re not around to feet your cat at lunch time it’s okay to feed them in the morning before you leave and in the evening when you get back.
It’s important not to feed them too much because obesity can be a big issue for cats and can lead to diabetes, arthritis and other health conditions.
Kittens need more food than adults to ensure they grow into healthy adults, so they should be fed three or four meals a day.
How Long Can Cats Go Without Eating?
In theory, a cat could survive for up to two weeks without food, although not eating could cause permanent damage to their health.
The more immediate danger is dehydration. If your cat stops drinking any liquid and they are not getting liquid from food, they will die in a few days.
If your cat does not eat and refuses to consume any water, they could die in a matter of days because their organs would become dehydrated.
You should feed your cat every day. There is no excuse for depriving your cat of food and water. However, your cat may refuse to eat if they are suffering from digestive problems or a wider health issue.
Health Issues Associated With Lack Of Appetite
If your cat refuses food, you should take them to the vet as soon as possible to rule out any underlining courses.
If your cat’s appetite has changed, it could be caused by numerous conditions including dental issues, unary tract disease, arthritis, and cancer. It could also be a result of the cat eating something they shouldn’t have.
Your cat may also refuse to eat if they don’t like the type of food you’re giving them. If your cat won’t touch the food you buy them, try out a different brand/mixture and see if the cat is more responsive.
Pet Food Dispensers
If you’re going to be out for a longer period of time, you may want to invest in a pet food dispenser. You can fill the machines with food in the morning and then schedule them to dispense food at meal times.
Some machines come with extra features like micro-chip recognition so you can schedule different meals for different pets to make sure one of your cats doesn’t eat the others food!