- Dec 11, 2014
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A couple of days ago I was looking for advice on the frequent "scarf and barf" behavior of two of my cats, a mother and daughter who spend a lot of time together in one particular area of the house. Now they both seem to have almost stopped eating, period! They weren't interested in the canned food I gave them this morning, the dried food that's always available in various foraging toys, or the evening canned food. One of them wasn't hungry yesterday either and spent the night snoozing in the bedroom closet instead of where she usually is, on the bed with me. While she was out of the closet most of the day today, she spent some of the time in a corner, huddling by a night stand, and is now back in the closet, which is behavior I interpret as a stress response. I gave them each a tube of Inaba Churu (a pureed treat food) today, and they ate that, but that's about all that I'm aware of them consuming unless they nibbled on a few of the dry chows. They may have eaten a tiny bit of the canned, but they usually lick the dishes clean (and sometimes barf it back up fairly quickly). What in the world is happening? The only thing different is that in order to slow down their eating and hopefully stop the "scarf and barf" was to give the canned food, at both morning and even feedings, in two portions, about an hour apart, instead of all at once. The food is the same variety they've been happy with for months, as is the dried. Why have they zoomed from overeating to ignoring their food? The only other possible wrinkle is that there has been so much vomit lately that I've had to use the carpet cleaning stain remover a lot. Could that in some way be affecting their appetites? The product is made for treating pet stains, so you'd think it would be safe to use around animals. If they don't start eating within a day or so I'll probably have to take them to the vet (given that we're entering the weekend, that probably means the emergency clinic). What in the world might be going on here?