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.