Owner's attitude when a pet does'nt want to eat.
What are the reasons that can explain why an animal does not want to eat ?
How can we stimulate the dog's or the cat's appetite ?
When the appetite of a dog or a cat dicreases, there are two main hypothesis :
- - pathological problem that affects the body shape, the smell or the taste senses,
- - behavioural problem : due to the education, the environment of the animal...
If the observation shows some lesions in the oro-nasal area, or other general symptoms (higher temperature, diarrhea, vomiting...), the animal will be immediatly presented to the veterinarian. Fasting must not last too long, especially with a cat, because of its high proteic requirement that makes him "burn" his muscular proteins ; moreover, the important mobilization of fatty reserves may lead to a pathological accumulation of lipids in the liver.
In case of vital risk, the veterinarian could set up a forced-feeding system, thanks to a naso-gastric tube that allows to administrate liquid food to the animal.
During his recovery, the owner will encourage him to eat, staying with him in a quiet place, eventually feeding him by hand.
When he is too much spoilt, the animal becomes very demanding concerning the quality of its food : he can even refuse to eat what he receives, if he knows that his owner will give up once faced to his sollicitations.
Products packed up under controlled atmosphere and presented in small portions allow to keep all the flavour of the food until its consumption.
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