Quick Tips: Chicken Soup for Cats

Sick cats often will not eat if they can't smell their food. Tempt your cat to eat by following these tips.

Posted: Wed Dec 18 00:00:00 PST 2002

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Cats that cannot smell often will not eat. If your cat is not eating, please take her to a veterinarian as soon as possible, as lack of appetite is a sign of illness. To maintain a sick cat's strength, and to help it heal, consider these suggestions when feeding your cat:

1. Offer canned cat food. It has more aroma than dry, so sick cats are more apt to eat it.

2. Warm up food in a microwave. Heating food (don't let it get too hot!) will release more odors that may stimulate the cat to eat.

3. Try baby food (without onion powder). Baby food has a strong smell and may help entice a sick or poorly eating cat. Tuna may also create an appetite in some cats, but it should not be used as an exclusive diet long term.

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Janet    Bethlehem, PA

6/22/2013 4:15:47 PM

my cats wouldn't eat it, I tried baby food & yogurt, no luck

Janet    Bethlehem, PA

12/31/2010 9:33:38 AM

good important, thanks

janet    bethlehem, PA

7/23/2009 4:37:43 AM

very interesting thank you

janet    bethlehem, PA

9/1/2007 7:35:35 PM

My one cat always begs for chicken from my campbell's chicken noodle soup. Doubt he would lap up the broth but loves the meat.

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