HELP! – My pet has stopped eating

It can happen in the best families… Fido or Felix won’t touch their food. Or the pet guinea pigs suddenly stop eating. Vets from Maxi Zoo explain how pet owners should interpret this and what to do about it.

Off to the vet with rodents

With pets which are vegetarian, e.g. guinea pigs and rabbits, their health is threatened if they suddenly stop eating, because unlike dogs or cats, they can always find something to eat in their natural surroundings. Their digestive system is attuned to that. And that’s why it’s highly alarming when they suddenly no longer want to eat anything. It’s possible that they’ve been given the wrong thing to eat which has damaged their organs and could cause serious illnesses. Teeth problems or infections can also be the cause of unintentional fasting. So go straight to the vet! Apart from that, it’s just such animals as these in particular which are in danger of being over-fed by their owners with concentrated foods through misguided love. If an animal has become too fat, it shouldn’t be allowed to shed its pounds by fasting but by reducing the quantity of food bit by bit and changing over to less fattening ingredients.

No worries over reptiles

Reptiles, on the other hand, have quite different reasons why they stop eating – they, most notably, can fast for a longer periods no problem. Snakes can just as easily live together with their prey as well as want to devour it. That’s when it’s often advisable to remove the feed animal because it’s more likely to do damage to the apparently defenceless snake. Snakes avoid eating before they start to cast their skin or shortly before winter hibernation. But other situations are also conceivable. Before you start worrying, just remember: your pet is quite capable of surviving for several months without food.


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