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5 reasons your cat might be losing weight catipedia-icon2.png

1. A less than 5-star presentation

If your cat is suddenly eating less, try improving his or her dining experience. Store dry food in an airtight container to retain freshness and offer wet cat food on a clean plate at each meal. Wash dry food bowls and water bowls at least once a week. And make sure your cat’s litter is not in the same space as her food station.

2. Stress and distractions

Cats are sensitive to their environments and might react to stressful changes—like a new baby in the home—by refusing to eat. They may also eat less if they’re distracted. Try placing food bowls away from foot traffic and feed your cat during a time he or she can dine without interruption.

3. Intestinal problems

Gastrointestinal issues—food allergies, parasites or intolerance to a new food—could be the cause of your cat’s loss of appetite. Plan a visit to the vet to help rule out these issues.

4. Aging

Although some cats gain weight with age, others actually lose weight as they get older. This can be the result of a shift in metabolism or decreased sense of smell and appetite.

5. Diseases and disorders

If all other explanations have been explored, it's possible your cat's weight loss is a symptom of a disease, like cancer or diabetes. Your vet will work closely with you and discuss the best course of action.

If your cat quits eating altogether he may have anorexia and is at risk of developing liver disease. Again, consult your vet to help determine the cause of your pet’s weight loss and a plan for managing it.

TOPICS: HEALTH DIET SENIOR

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A: Inside every bag of Purina Cat Chow you'll find a selective blend of protein, fat, and fiber. Everything we use in our premium cat food formulas has a place in your cat's healthy diet.

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A: Our top priority is the quality of the food that nourishes not only your pets, but the pets we share our lives with, too. So from source to bowl, the quality of our food is assured by taking the following steps:

Ingredient Sourcing

  • Purina ingredient sourcing and processing meet or exceed FDA, USDA or AAFCO standards for pet food. And every supplier of ingredients for Purina products must meet our stringent standards for ingredient specifications, product safety, sanitation and manufacturing practices.
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  • All of Purina's North American manufacturing facilities have on-site quality assurance laboratories and staff. And we're working to expand the use of technology to further screen ingredients for quality assurance.
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  • 99% of all Purina pet food products sold in the U.S. are made in Purina-owned U.S. manufacturing facilities and Purina's sophisticated tracking system ensures important measures of control: All raw ingredients are tracked from time of receipt at our plants, through their inclusion in finished products, and on to retail stores.
Q: Where is your food manufactured?

A: 99% of all Purina-branded pet food products sold in the U.S. are made in Purina-owned U.S. manufacturing facilities. Purina's sophisticated tracking system ensures important measures of control: All raw ingredients are tracked from time of receipt at our plants, through their inclusion in finished products, and on to retailers.

Q: I am unable to find a particular product in my area. Can you help me locate it?

A: Yes, we can help. Although distribution of our Purina Cat Chow products is national, not all stores carry all sizes and varieties. Contact our Customer Service department via our Contact Us page or call us at 1­-888­-228­-2469.

Q: Do you offer coupons?

A: We offer coupons in local papers, through direct mailing programs and via emails to registered members. We don't have a regular section on our website itself. We suggest you watch for sales or promotions at your local retailer.

Q: Where can I find articles and information about my cat?

A: We believe there's always more to learn and to share and that discovery should be fun. It's one more way we're helping you and your cat share a better life together. Visit Catipedia for articles and information and... a little bit of fun.

Q: Where can I find articles and information about my cat?

A: We strongly recommend talking to your veterinarian for immediate answers to urgent situations. While CatChow.com is an excellent resource of information provided by cat care experts, your veterinarian can provide the best care for your individual cat..

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